How Harry Giles Can Become an NBA Superstar, Erasing a History of Sports Injury

As Harry Giles prepares for the summer’s NBA draft this year, the biggest challenge he faces is overcoming his injury history. If he remains healthy, many believe Giles has a chance to be an impact player in the league, with the eventual potential to develop into a perennial all-star. He has great size and athleticism and plays hard on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. He also runs the floor extremely well and plays above the rim.

One NBA scout told Chad Ford via ESPN, “He’s almost the perfect basketball player when you think about modern NBA bigs. If he can stay healthy, he’ll have a chance at becoming a superstar. He went onto say, “But the knees will have all of us wringing our hands when it’s June 22 and we are on the clock.”

Giles’ injuries date back to his high school days where he tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus in his left knee during 2013, while competing for USA Basketball. He then tore the ACL in his right knee during his senior year at Oak Hill Academy. He missed the first 12 games of his freshmen year at Duke while still recovering from his right ACL.

In preparation for his rookie season, the biggest thing that Giles can do to propel himself forward prior to becoming a pro is to eliminate mental and emotional performance blocks still left over from his past knee-injuries. When the mental and emotional element of an injury is neutralized, it is effectually like deleting all of the injury baggage carried along since the time of the injury for the player. Ultimately, this re-aligns the player’s psyche, physical body, and mind-body connection. Going through this process could help Giles take big steps forward in his progress as a player.

Below are examples of players who, by eliminating the mental/emotional discord surrounding past injuries, were able to free up their bodies from chronic injury patterns. Zeroing in on the unconscious level allowed them to regain the trust, confidence, and balance needed within their muscle memory to allow their body to regain and surpass the performance level prior to injury.

Example, Player 1: After two injury redshirt seasons and prior to his sixth and final year in school, the player focused on clearing out the feelings, images, and emotions from his two past ACL injuries, meniscus tear, and broken wrist. Doing so allowed the player to free himself from his chronic injury history. During his senior year, the player didn’t miss a game, averaging over 35 minutes per game, the most during his college career and leading his team in scoring.

Example, Player 2: After 8 months of recovery from a right knee injury, the player was still stuck in his rehabilitation process. In September during preseason, over the course of a 6-week program, the player comprehensively cleared out the unconscious blockages relating to the injury. After initially not believing he would achieve his goal of starting the first game of the season, because of the long road back, the player consequently found himself in the starting line up come Game # 1. He subsequently started the next 10 games of the season, significantly contributing to his team’s success.

Based upon these and other case studies, Giles could quite possibly sustain similar results by taking the same approach.

Your emotions and your thoughts are directly linked into your body, and vice versa. For example, think about a time when you were injured. Now, remember back to how much you had to fight the body’s (unconscious mind) protection mechanism for wanting to guard the original injury once you began moving around again. This guarding pattern is generally fueled by fear and other emotions, such as the fear of re-injury, pain, and/or future setback. If the fear and emotional and mental imbalances surrounding an injury aren’t neutralized on the unconscious level and persist, healing and full recovery can be blocked. Negative emotions cause the physical body to tense up, putting it into a protection pattern. This can create additional imbalance, ultimately disrupting recovery. A player will almost always limit himself from going full throttle when this happens, whether they mean to or not. This is why it is vital for players like Giles to comprehensively clear out past mind-body imbalances.

Sports science can now identify and clear out which mental and emotional blocks are holding an athlete back. Giles, who is projected as a late first round pick, could get the chance to leap-frog expectations by employing a program geared towards freeing up his body. This could give Giles the chance to gain the trust, and feel back that he requires to confidently move forward on all levels. Doing so could allow him to put all of his considerable gifts into action over the long term, eventually catapulting the big man towards perennial all-stardom.

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