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12 | Cindy and Carrie Take Stress Head-On

The Injured Athletes Club

Release Date: 07/25/2019

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For years, Hannah Selleck—like most athletes—believed the key to success was pushing her body to the max. But in 2018, the professional equestrian show jumper fell and sustained severe fractures to her tibia and fibula. Now, she’s fine-tuned the parts of her mental training that complement the physical, including visualization and restorative yoga, working them into her routine regularly and recognizing they’re just as critical to success as her time in the ring or the gym.

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This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Penny W., who wonders how to stick to her rehab. What admissions does Carrie make about her own rehab habits—and how does she get herself back on track, and recommend others do so, too?

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Jet ski racing has been Mouad Salhi’s passion from a young age. He’s stuck with the sport for years despite the costs, both financially and in the form of injury. When you’re maneuvering large, heavy vehicles across the water at high speed, you’re bound to get hurt, Mo says—and he’s experienced some serious crashes. But to him, it’s all part of the sport he loves, and has excelled at (he’s claimed world, U.S., and 3 European championships, among other accolades).

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This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Claire C. How does Carrie suggest she think about the future, and weigh the emotional consequences of choosing whether to continue running as she was or holding back?

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41 | Former Pro Freeskier Jamie MoCrazy: Ascending a New Peak show art 41 | Former Pro Freeskier Jamie MoCrazy: Ascending a New Peak

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Jamie MoCrazy started skiing at age 1, and by 18, had gone pro as a slopestyle and halfpipe skier. Everything changed in 2015, when she crashed at the World Tour Finals and sustained a traumatic brain injury. Her condition was so severe the medical team had even written her fatality report. She survived, and embarked on an extensive, years-long recovery process. Now, she and her family help others with similar obstacles—and their caregivers—through the MoCrazy Strong organization.

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This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Dawn F. What advice can Carrie offer during what may be a time of transition? Can she help Dawn pinpoint her objective, and consider the possibility that it’s OK to pursue it through a different strategy?

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Some injuries have a clear treatment plan and a defined timeline for recovery. Others are much more difficult to decipher, and leave athletes wondering what to do and when they’ll be back training and competing again. In her 15 years as a pro triathlete, Lesley Paterson has encountered essentially every type of setback. In this week’s episode, she talks us through how she’s coped with all of them, most significantly a chronic problem that’s affected her for nearly a decade.

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This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Sophie H. Does Sophie have to decide between going all-in on recovery and turning away from sport altogether? Or can Carrie suggest some alternative options? 

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37 | Former WNBA Player and Ph.D. Candidate ShaRae Mansfield: Coping with Chronic Pain show art 37 | Former WNBA Player and Ph.D. Candidate ShaRae Mansfield: Coping with Chronic Pain

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ShaRae Mansfield was a superstar on the court at Western Kentucky University and a third-round draft pick for the WNBA’s Houston Comets. All this success came despite the fact that ShaRae was in near-constant pain. She loved the game, but injuries cut her career short and led her into what she calls a “basketball depression.” She’s now an advocate for people with chronic conditions and a Ph.D. candidate in psychology—she's studying the difficult transition period out of sports, so she can help oth

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36 | Carrie Answers Your Questions show art 36 | Carrie Answers Your Questions

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We—Carrie and Cindy—also operate a Facebook group that’s also called The Injured Athletes Club. It’s a thriving, positive community of other people who just plain get it. This week, in our final episode of season 3, we asked members for their questions about the psychological and emotional aspects of the journey. Here, Carrie responds to concerns about fears, doubts, and understanding what makes you tick, among other things.

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On some level, we all know what stress feels like—a sense of panic, a pounding heart and quicker breath, a notion that we’re overwhelmed and just can’t handle it all.

 

But injured athletes might not realize the degree to which stress infiltrates deep within our bodies. The cascade of hormones that triggers our flight-or-fight response, if repeatedly activated, can have real and damaging effects on joints, bones, and other tissues, and impair the healing process. And of course, it unsettles our minds too, affecting our psychological recovery.

 

This week, Carrie talks in more depth about the perils of stress for injured athletes—and shares one concrete tool to begin neutralizing it. Using the Stress Busters exercise, you’ll think through some ways to ease the pressure ahead of time, then take steps to incorporate them into your schedule and lifestyle. 

 

And, if you stick around to the end, you’ll hear a special announcement from Carrie and Cindy—news about the publication of our forthcoming book Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries. It’s out Oct. 15 from Bloomsbury Sport (a bit earlier if you’re in the U.K.) and you can pre-order it on Amazon or through the publisher now. 

 

Rebound includes many of the concepts and tools we’ve talked about on this podcast, and lots more—a total of 49 mental drills to try, along with explanations of why they work and stories of athletes who’ve been there. With these resources, our goal is to not only help you recover from injury, but come back a stronger, more resilient athlete and person within your sport and outside it.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why self-care goes out the window when we’re stressed—and the harms that can cause (1:50)
  • Why athletes need to be deliberate and proactive about addressing stress (3:56)
  • The ways in which we often needlessly spike our stress response, and how to stop (7:29)
  • How being concrete and specific about what’s bothering us helps us let go of what isn’t truly a stressor, and get to work balancing out the challenges that remain (9:41)
  • The difference between stress balancers and stress relievers, and why it’s important to build both into your life (12:45)
  • How things like blowing bubbles, playing with cats, sitting on the deck with coffee, and creating art have real power in your recovery process (13:51)
  • What Carrie does when she’s entering a time of high stress to prevent injury and illness (21:43)
  • The power of actually writing stress relievers and stress balancers down on lists (24:52)
  • How to start making a profound mindset shift from a framework of “stress management” to “living my values” (27:11)
  • The ways in which these tools build you into a stronger, more well-rounded athlete who can better handle any obstacle (30:01)

 

This is our last episode of season 1; thank you so much for joining us! We’ll be back in September with season 2, and will have a whole new slate of athletes and others to interview, as well as more tools and techniques from Carrie’s practice. Subscribe, if you haven’t already, on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. If you like what you hear, please leave us a rating or a review in Apple podcasts. That helps other injured athletes find the show.


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  • Join The Injured Athletes Club mailing list, for weekly news and updates
  • Join The Injured Athletes Club Facebook group, for support and camaraderie
  • Email us at [email protected] with questions, guest suggestions, or other feedback

 

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