Let's say that physical involvement with your sport isn't an option right now. But you love being with your teammates and supporting them. Is there something else you can do? Maybe help the coach keep track of scores and records? Or keep time? Or publicize big games to boost attendance?
When you're starting slow, everything counts. If even walking around your neighborhood seems too difficult (or boring), you can work up to it by strolling around the mall or parking the car some distance from your destination.
Many young people with IBD find that of all the low-impact exercises out there, swimming is their favorite. Swimming has always been a great all- over activity at any pace, but it's one sport that most people can still do even when they're having stomach pain.
Hopefully you're focusing on how to stay as fit as possible within your limitations, but you can also use this as an opportunity to explore other, non-athletic interests. Is there a club you've always wanted to join but didn't have time because of your sport? Can you think of a hobby you've been meaning to try? Look for the silver lining here, making the most of your situation until you're well enough to play once again.
If you play a team sport, your participation doesn't have to be "all" or "nothing." Talk to your doctor and coach to see if there's some way you can stay involved. Can you have a modified workout? Can you share a position with another player? If you're not able to play, can you at least join in with practices on days you feel well enough?
Being active can be twice as nice when you do it with someone else. Enlist a family member or friend to be your exercise buddy.
If you find that it's just too difficult to be around your teammates when you're not well enough to play, that's okay, too. This might be a good time to find some substitute activity that will keep your fitness -- and spirits -- up until you're back in the action.
You're lying in bed after a rough night of diarrhea, or you're crashed on the couch with cramps. You feel like all you want to do is veg out and wallow in how much your life sucks right now. Guess what? THIS is when you should get up and do something. Seriously! Going for a walk or shooting some baskets in the driveway may be the last thing in the world you want to do, but try to get over that hurdle to see how much better it will make you feel. Remind yourself that the more physical activity you can tolerate, the more your body will be able to fight off your disease.