When you're injured, it's still possible to stay involved with your team from the sidelines. In this video, Brandi Chastain, who you might remember scoring the winning point for the US against China in the 1999 Women's World Cup, explains how she helped her team when she was injured. First, she says, attend practice and train as much as you can from the sidelines. That sends a message to the team that you're still a part of it, and plan on still being a valuable player when you return. For example, if the team was running on the field, Chastain says she would be doing pushups on the sidelines.
You can also benefit yourself and your team by keeping your mind in the game -- for example, watching games with an analytical eye. I've been in this situation a few times, and I managed to snag a team job -- once as assistant coach, and another time, bench manager. Chastain suggests that injured players can also help their team by taking video or tracking stats.
How to Help Your Team When You're Injured [via Positive Coaching Alliance]