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The Injured Athletes Club

Release Date: 10/24/2019

51 | Paralympic Javelin Thrower Justin Phongsavanh: Building a Dream show art 51 | Paralympic Javelin Thrower Justin Phongsavanh: Building a Dream

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This Saturday, Justin Phongsavanh will have six throws of the javelin to earn his way to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, when he competes at the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials for Track & Field in Minnesota. In this week’s episode, he shares with us the incredible journey that brought him to this point—and how the power of sport has carried him through some of life’s toughest moments.

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50 | Carrie Answers a Question: Frances’ Fear show art 50 | Carrie Answers a Question: Frances’ Fear

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"What I am struggling with the most right now is the paralyzing fear of re-injury. What else can you suggest for the person who has a debilitating fear of re-injury who has tried everything in Rebound and tends to outsmart themselves by overthinking everything?" This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Frances S. She offers Frances insight into what makes our brains fearful to begin with—and then gives some tips for moving forward with confidence.

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49 | Pro Runner Vanessa Fraser: Celebrating Every Step show art 49 | Pro Runner Vanessa Fraser: Celebrating Every Step

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Heading into 2020, elite runner Vanessa Fraser of the Bowerman Track Club had her sights set on the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. But as the big date neared, some pain she’d been feeling in her Achilles tendons was worsening. Just when it became nearly unbearable, the pandemic changed everything. Vanessa took the opportunity to have bilateral surgery surgery. In this week’s episode, she walks us through everything that happened—and why she’s even more excited about her big dreams for the futu

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48 | Carrie Answers a Question: Tania’s Trust Issue show art 48 | Carrie Answers a Question: Tania’s Trust Issue

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This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Tania G about how to get second (and third, and fourth) opinions. Carrie offers Tanya some guidance for navigating a complex medical system, and some ways all injured athletes can build confidence in their diagnoses and treatment plans.

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47 | Carrie and Cindy Rebuild Your Confidence show art 47 | Carrie and Cindy Rebuild Your Confidence

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Fear, doubt, anxiety, worries about re-injury—these are all normal parts of the injured athlete experience. The antidote to all of them? Confidence. And while we often think of being confident as a binary trait—it’s something you are, or are not—that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, confidence is a set of skills that you can strengthen with time and intention, as co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson explains in this week’s episode.

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46 | Carrie Answers a Question: Jennifer’s Jam show art 46 | Carrie Answers a Question: Jennifer’s Jam

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This week, Jennifer H. asks: I have a high pain threshold. I've run through stress fractures and I'm currently rehabbing another one. How can I or should I learn better to be aware of pain in order to prevent injury? Co-host and mental skills coach has answers—including yes you can, and yes you should, along with some concrete steps on how to get started.

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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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44 | Carrie Answers a Question: Penny’s PT Problem show art 44 | Carrie Answers a Question: Penny’s PT Problem

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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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43 | Jet Ski Racer Mouad Salhi: Channeling Your Fear show art 43 | Jet Ski Racer Mouad Salhi: Channeling Your Fear

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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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 42 | Carrie Answers a Question: Claire’s Conundrum show art 42 | Carrie Answers a Question: Claire’s Conundrum

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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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From a torn meniscus weeks before his Pro Day to a broken hand shortly before we recorded this podcast, Brandon Copeland—a linebacker for the New York Jets—has had his share of injury-related setbacks. 

Brandon considers himself much more than a football player; he’s an entrepreneur, philanthropist, father, professor teaching financial literacy, and more. However, being a pro athlete makes all these other endeavors far easier. So, he maintains a detailed—but flexible—routine to stay healthy, mentally and physically. 


All this has allowed him to continue playing for seven years in a sport that’s not exactly easy on the body. He was kind enough to share his story in an interview for our book Rebound—and joins us again on the Injured Athletes Club podcast this week to expand on it and update us on what he’s been up to since.

Brandon told us:

  • How injuries are viewed in the NFL—where, he points out, there is essentially a 100-percent chance of getting hurt (5:11)
  • His strategies for preventing them when possible, and managing them when they do happen (7:50)
  • How he realized his pain threshold might be different from everyone else’s (17:17)
  • How his first major injury—a torn meniscus—came at the worst possible time for this then-future NFL career (19:13)
  • How he used mental skills to manage that comeback, including reaching out for support from a surprising place—the school’s track coach (23:47)
  • The way he allows himself time to be disappointed after each injury, then moves on (26:25)
  • Why he says it’s important to have different forms of motivation available at different times, and how he cycles through them (29:41)
  • What he names his motivational playlists (hint: one matches the title of this episode) (31:39)
  • How he handles haters—including why he screen-shots their comments and saves them (35:48)
  • What injury has taught him about himself, as an athlete and a person (44:23)

 

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