Andrew Heaney: “I’m trying to will my body to heal itself”


Angels starter Andrew Heaney has a bum elbow. He has damage to his UCL and, for now, he and the club are trying to rehab it rather than have him undergo Tommy John surgery. He’s received platelet-rich plasma injections and it takes time for that to work. In the meantime he waits.

But he doesn’t just wait, Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register reports:

Heaney, who is trying to treat his sore elbow without surgery, said he’s started meditating in an effort to help the healing process.

“Right now I’m trying to will my body to heal itself,” Heaney said Thursday. “The mind is a powerful thing.”

Some people laugh at this stuff, but visualization and positive thinking works for some people. Personally I’m skeptical of how much mind can work to overcome matter, but there’s certainly no harm. More importantly, a lot of players who deal with injuries talk about how isolating and discouraging the whole process is. Medical science will ultimately fix the elbow (or not) but there is no reason why Heaney should suffer mentally while that all plays out. There’s more to a patient than just the nuts and bolts.