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1 | Olympic Gold Medalist and Hockey Forward Meghan Duggan

The Injured Athletes Club

Release Date: 09/26/2019

34 | Runner, Coach, and Author Anji Andrews: Facing the Challenge show art 34 | Runner, Coach, and Author Anji Andrews: Facing the Challenge

The Injured Athletes Club

On most days, British runner Anji Andrews lives the athlete’s dream, working in the running industry in several capacities. But this summer, a foot injury that had begun to develop earlier this year worsened just as the country locked down due to the pandemic. Anji found the constant reminders of what she couldn’t do difficult to bear. In this week’s episode, she talks openly and honestly about the raw emotions of this combination, and how underfueling and overtraining played a role.

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33 | Paralympic Medalist Lex Gillette: For Every Vision, a Revision show art 33 | Paralympic Medalist Lex Gillette: For Every Vision, a Revision

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Lex Gillette—a world record holder and national champion in the long jump—has had to navigate change before. At age 8, doctors diagnosed him with detached retinas, and couldn’t save his sight despite multiple surgeries. Though the transition wasn’t easy, Lex credits his support system—and the confidence they inspired in him—with getting him through. The same ability to adapt to change has also powered him through injuries and other setbacks.

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32 | Cindy and Carrie Travel Through Time show art 32 | Cindy and Carrie Travel Through Time

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Your physical being occupies space in the present moment. But often, our thoughts are a million miles away, fretting over the past or fearful of the future: Will I ever run again? What if I hadn’t gone on that last ride or collided with that other player? These thoughts can hook us, leaving us unable to move on. We describe how to catch yourself taking these less-than-productive trips. From there, you can recenter your mind, adapt to the existing reality, and act to create a better future.

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31 | Olympian Mechelle Lewis Freeman: Finding the Opportunity show art 31 | Olympian Mechelle Lewis Freeman: Finding the Opportunity

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Mechelle Lewis Freeman had put everything on the line to achieve her Olympic dream. She’d walked away from a successful career in advertising, moved to a full-time training facility, and calculated everything from the grams of protein she ingested to the positive mantras running through her head. Injury threatened to derail her, but because she’d invested in training her body and also her mind, Mechelle was able to see opportunity in the obstacle—a mindset she maintains as a coach and non-profit leade

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30 | Trans Athlete, Coach, and Activist Chris Mosier: Claiming Your Legacy show art 30 | Trans Athlete, Coach, and Activist Chris Mosier: Claiming Your Legacy

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Chris Mosier has made history before, as the first transgender athlete to represent the United States in international competition, appear in the ESPN Body Issue, and be sponsored by Nike. In January, he once again blazed a trail at the Olympic Trials for the 50K racewalk, becoming the first transgender athlete to qualify and compete in the Trials in the gender with which they identify. However, injury nearly robbed him of the chance to make it to the starting line. Chris shares more on this episode.

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29 | Paralympic Gold Medalist Alana Nichols: Embracing New Identities show art 29 | Paralympic Gold Medalist Alana Nichols: Embracing New Identities

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Basketball, ski racing, sprint kayaking, surfing—Alana Nichols’ athletic career has brought her to the highest levels of a wide range of sports. Still, she tells us on this week’s show, as a Paralympian she often struggled to get the same care for her injuries as her able-bodied peers. Alana's advocacy has carried over into her newer roles as president of the Women’s Sports Foundation and mother of baby Gunnar,

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28 | Soccer Coach and Mental Skills Consultant Amanda Ferranti: The Courage to Care show art 28 | Soccer Coach and Mental Skills Consultant Amanda Ferranti: The Courage to Care

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The second time Amanda Ferranti tore her ACL, she had a feeling her soccer career was over. Even as she coped with the challenges of recovery and retirement, she was working on another project: a system to help other injured athletes manage their emotions and thrive through, and beyond, their rehab process. In this episode, Amanda—now a soccer coach and certified mental performance consultant at Ferranti Empowerment—outlines the process by which she journaled and planned her way to a successful future.

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27 | Elite Runner Alia Gray: Breaking the Cycle show art 27 | Elite Runner Alia Gray: Breaking the Cycle

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We first spoke with this week’s guest, pro distance runner Alia Gray, in person during Olympic Marathon Trials weekend in February in Atlanta. She’d chosen not to run the race despite a qualifying time and an injury-free stretch—a choice made from joy rather than fear, she says, and one she describes at length in this episode. We caught up with her again in late April to find out how she was faring since the coronavirus pandemic upended her season.

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26 | Water Skier and Coach Matteo Luzzeri: Strength Through Support show art 26 | Water Skier and Coach Matteo Luzzeri: Strength Through Support

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In slalom water skiing, Matteo Luzzeri says, “you’re playing tug of war against a 6.2-liter engine boat.” Injury—both from overuse and from sudden, traumatic events—comes with the territory. On this week’s episode, Matteo—who's also a Ph.D. in sport psychology—shares the story of his most serious injury, a ruptured Achilles in September 2014. Support and mental skills techniques both helped him come back stronger, he explains.

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25 | Cindy and Carrie on the Rebound Lifestyle, mid-Pandemic show art 25 | Cindy and Carrie on the Rebound Lifestyle, mid-Pandemic

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This podcast—and our book Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries—exist primarily to teach mental skills to sidelined athletes. But we’ve always known these lessons and techniques can transcend injury, and even sports performance. While we never imagined we’d be applying them to a global pandemic, here we are—and both of us, Carrie and Cindy, have been finding the same mental drills we use to bounce back from injury surprisingly relevant. Here's how.

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When hockey forward Meghan Duggan broke her wrist in the semifinals of the World Championships a few years ago, she could clearly see the fractured bone on an MRI. The path forward was clear, if a bit painful: She’d wear a cast to play in the finals (where the team won gold), have surgery, then let the bones heal. 

 

That seemed simple and straightforward after what she’d just been through: a 14-month recovery from a serious concussion. Since December of 2011, she’d been coping with symptoms such as migraine-like headaches, severe sensitivity to light and sound, and depression. At her lowest moments, she’d wondered if she could even handle going to the grocery store, let alone returning to the ice. 

 

But through a long, slow process of self-discovery and an innovative approach to treatment, she rebounded—to new heights. She led her team to an Olympic silver in Sochi and then gold in PyeongChang in 2018—and in between, through a contract dispute with USA Hockey that amounted to a seismic shift toward gender equality in the sport. While her injury recovery was nothing she’d wish on anyone else, she said, the skills and determination she gained fueled all that came afterward.

 

Meghan joined us today to discuss:

  • Her lifelong passion for hockey and her marriage to a fellow hockey star (update since we recorded: they’re having a baby!) (5:37)
  • How hockey players view injury and the toughness of the sport (7:05)
  • More about how her concussion occurred, and what she calls “probably one of the worst decisions I made in my life” (13:02)
  • The small steps that began to change her trajectory (20:45)
  • The personal transformation the injury inspired (23:41)
  • Her specific symptoms of concussion and the unconventional approach to treatment she followed (24:42)
  • What her relationship with the team was like while she was out, and when she returned (38:32)
  • How she harnessed what she’d gained during her recovery process to lead her team to Olympic gold (45:39)
  • Her thoughts on concussion awareness and prevention (46:51)
  • What she tells injured athletes about seeking support (50:54)

 

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