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The Injured Athletes Club

Release Date: 07/01/2021

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The Injured Athletes Club

“When you think about it, how often is your mind completely absorbed in the task in front of you? How often do you catch your mind wandering off task? Our brains, you know, they like to wander off. Mindfulness helps us bring it back, rein it in, back into this moment.”   When you’re injured, it’s easy to get hooked by negative emotions—perceived failures in your past, frustrations about the present, and fears of an uncertain future.    You can’t rid ourselves of these feelings entirely; they’re a part of being human. But if they’re constantly hijacking your...

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“What do you say to people after you get injured and their comment is ‘maybe your body is telling you something?’ This phrase irritates the heck out of me. Of course I’m always looking for something to be learned from an injury but how do they know what MY body is telling ME? I’m reading REBOUND right now (so good) and there are so many athletes with repeated injuries who push through to come back stronger, which is exactly what I want to do. But I wonder how many people told those athletes “maybe your body is trying to tell you something?’ What do you say to that annoying...

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“I remember not knowing whether I was going to be able to race that day. I felt so emotional, I was crying. I had tears on my face and I was just thinking about just how weird the circumstances were, and just feeling how it was taken from Daniela, but it wasn't from me.”   Susannah Scaroni had one career high in summer of 2021—she won her first two Paralympic medals, a gold and a silver, at the Tokyo Games. This past May 29, she had another, when she set the world record in the 5,000 meters for the T54 category.   In between came one of her greatest challenges. In September,...

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“I find it difficult to keep up with daily PT after all these years of rehab and feel like I let myself and my PT down in recent months. This is not the state I want to stop and I want to keep getting better, but the vision of that seems hard to see some days. For the injured athletes that are on long-term recovery tracks, how do you stay motivated and engaged with PT and training when the recovery process is much slower than you want to, or are trying to return to sport but your body is still not fully ready?”   This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a...

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“It's so important to pay attention to how you are talking to yourself, because your words influence everything. So you really need to understand your self-talk and start to dive into it a little bit and know, OK, is the way I'm talking to myself right now—is that helping me or is that actually hurting me?”   Imagine you’re walking past two sets of coaches and athletes on the tennis court, track, or soccer pitch. One coach is yelling at an athlete for her poor performance, telling her it’s all her fault and she’ll never improve. The other is offering encouraging words, letting...

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“I’m concerned my injury will never get better because the doctors and physical therapists don’t seem to have a clear sense of the problem. How do I know when to keep seeing new providers and when to give up?”   This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Rachel. Carrie explains the difference between acceptance and resignation, and other helpful ways to deal with an uncertain diagnosis.    Listen to the show for more—and to submit a question for a future episode, email us a note or a voice memo to .    New this...

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“I know, at some point, I'll feel better, I'll be in a better position. And if there's any chance that I can get back to the level of fitness that I was at before, I don't want to be the one that's holding myself back from doing that.”   In 2020, despite the disruptions associated with the pandemic, British triple jumper Shanara Hibbert was coming off her best season yet. She’d stepped away from her full-time job to focus more on athletics, set personal bests three times, and won two silver medals at national championships, one and one .   “Coming into 2021, I was thinking,...

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“When coming back from injury and having had a number of setbacks, how do you ‘read your body’ to know when to rest more or when to keep up with a PT program? I’m week 4 of 6 in a CAM boot for PTTD. I have a physio, but I’m still scared that—when I can stop wearing the boot—I will not take things slow enough and will reinjure myself. I have lost any confidence that I’ll know when to pull back before getting injured again, and I’m scared of also going out too fast if (IF) I feel better when the boot’s off.”   This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson...

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“A surgery doesn't just fix you physically, it also does help you a bit mentally. The injury gives you that time to stop, in a way. It’s not always appreciated at the time, but you look back, and it was actually quite good to have stopped and kind of reset and be like, right, this is what I want to do—because of how much you miss it.”   Her untapped talent at asking for help. The limits of her patience—and how they weren’t as hard and fast as she’d believed. And, the depth of her commitment to her sport. Scottish pro golfer learned a lot about herself in the year it took...

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“I am a cyclist and do triathlons every so often for fun. I had to give up running years ago after three ankle surgeries which ended with chronic stress fractures. I’ve always been told because I have cavovarus feet I will need surgery to correct, but I’ve been able to put it off. One of my ankles is currently flared up and doc says I should do the surgery on that foot now. It would mean 4 months off the bike. I really want to keep putting it off, as cycling doesn’t bother it. However, I can no longer even wear running shoes, so any sort of fast walking or hiking is currently out. I...

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“Every day doesn't have to be perfect. But you still have to put in the work, and you still need to show up, and you still need to put that brick in. Because in my little brick house in Fort Collins, which I grew up in, all the bricks were there, even if they were cracked, and scratched. They were all there in their imperfection and they made this beautiful structure. That's honestly what kept me going on those days where I felt like I didn't want to show up to do my PT. I felt like that was the one thing that I could do, no matter how boring it was, to lay that brick for the day.

 

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.

 

She’s always written eloquently about her injury, and 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, including the importance of asking for support and how she showed up for herself on days when she didn’t know if she had it in her.

 

And—in a topic that’s not discussed as much, but is critical for injured athletes—she also opens up about her past with disordered eating, how fueling may have saved her life, and her advice for coping with fears about weight and nutrition during recovery. 

 

A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode: Fluid Running. Fluid Running makes it possible to maintain your peak physical fitness even when you're injured through the power of deep water running. Listen for a special discount code in the episode!

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Her respect for the power of nature, and injuries are viewed in extreme running (5:56)
  • How coming to terms with the fact that she might never compete again ultimately made her a stronger runner (14:05)
  • Her “brick by brick” analogy of recovery (18:43)
  • Why asking for support was so hard, and how she learned to do it anyway (23:00)
  • The hardest time period of her recovery, and how she got through it (28:00)
  • The power of curiosity, and why she believes it was one of the secrets to her survival (30:41)
  • How grief and trauma are like waves, and how she’s learned she can withstand them (34:23)
  • Her experiences with disordered eating before—and after—her injury, and why she’s so passionate about sharing them (36:39)
  • Why she—like Amelia Boone—doesn’t like referring to her recovery as a “comeback” (48:11)

 

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