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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

57 | Carrie and Cindy Build Your Team show art 57 | Carrie and Cindy Build Your Team

The Injured Athletes Club

When you’re an injured athlete, it’s easy to feel isolated and alone. There are a lot of legitimate reasons for this, and factors that make it challenging to reach out and ask for the support you need. In this episode, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson talks us through exactly why support matters so much. And, she gives you specific tactics for determining which support you need and when you need it, and how to assemble a willing crew around you to offer it.

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56 | Carrie Answers a Question: Ric’s Request show art 56 | Carrie Answers a Question: Ric’s Request

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This week, Carrie responds to a request from listener Ric J. He asks: "How do I come to terms with or accept that I can no longer do exactly what I had hoped to do? I never let that dream go. After four years, I should but I can't."

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55 | Runner and Mountaineer Manal Rostom: Accept, Adapt, Act show art 55 | Runner and Mountaineer Manal Rostom: Accept, Adapt, Act

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Manal Rostom has been running since the age of 13. She rededicated herself to the sport in her 30s, and subsequently ran 13 marathons, becoming the first Egyptian woman to run five of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors. And, she climbed new heights; she’s also the first Egyptian woman to summit two of the world’s highest mountains. This week, she shares the story of the injury that sidelined her for six months, and what she learned about adapting, motivation, and self-love along the way.

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54 | Carrie Answers a Question: Sarah’s Sadness show art 54 | Carrie Answers a Question: Sarah’s Sadness

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"There are days when I feel utterly hopeless and cry a lot. How do I keep it together? My doctor prescribed therapy and counseling, but there are no available spaces in my area. Besides yoga and meditation, what can I do to stay or return to positive?" This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson suggests some ways for listener Sarah B. to accept the emotions she has and to process them in a way that allows her to move forward.

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53 | Skyrunner Hillary Allen: Courage and Curiosity show art 53 | Skyrunner Hillary Allen: Courage and Curiosity

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Hillary Allen’s amazing story is actually the very first one we highlight in our book Rebound. In 2017, she fell off a ridge during Norway’s Tromsø Skyrace, tumbling 150 feet to what could have been her death. Her injuries included two broken ribs and wrists, a fracture in her back, and a ruptured ligament in her foot. Her compelling new book Out and Back tells the tale of her accident and recovery. On this week’s show, we delve into some of the emotional components of that incredible journey.

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52 | Carrie Answers a Question: Carla’s Challenge show art 52 | Carrie Answers a Question: Carla’s Challenge

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How can I handle the pressure of not being able to train with the fear of losing fitness as a competitive athlete? This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Carla F. She suggests Carla reset her goals and remember that her fitness will come back in time, once she allows herself the time and space to heal.

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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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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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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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