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12 | Former Gymnast and Mental Performance Consultant Angie Fifer: Another Door Opens

The Injured Athletes Club

Release Date: 02/27/2020

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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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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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Angie Fifer first enrolled at Penn State with a plan to become an athletic trainer. But during a class in sport psychology, she felt a tear roll down her cheek. Instantly, she knew she’d found her calling—to prevent other athletes from having the same experience she had.

When she was 16 and an aspiring gymnast, a serious fall on the uneven bars sent her to the hospital and threatened her future in the sport. (Just a heads-up to listeners, she describes the incident in a bit of detail around the 9:56 mark.)

The broken bones and stitches weren’t the worst part. Far more challenging was the transition from invincible to fragile in others’ eyes. Despite supportive parents and teammates, she still felt isolated and depressed without psychological help for the trauma.

On this week’s Injured Athletes Club, Angie shares more about this experience, as well as her transition to endurance sports and her work helping athletes and others “be their best a little bit more often.” We discuss:

  • How injuries are viewed in gymnastics, and how it’s sometimes hard for young athletes to take the long view (5:40)
  • Why gymnasts sometimes fear coming forward with injuries (8:55)
  • The big injury that changed the trajectory of her athletic career, and her life (9:56)
  • The biggest regret she has about that experience (18:55)
  • When it became clear she’d never compete again (22:57)
  • How she found her athletic fire again as an adult (30:35)
  • What happened when she got injured as a runner, and how different the experience was (33:45)
  • The most common emotions she sees in the injured athletes she works with (38:15)
  • How visualization can boost confidence and ease fears of re-injury (40:26)
  • Her biggest advice to coaches (45:13)

 

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