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3 | Olympic Runner Carrie Tollefson: The Power of Positivity

The Injured Athletes Club

Release Date: 10/10/2019

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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45 | Equestrian Hannah Selleck: A New View on Training show art 45 | Equestrian Hannah Selleck: A New View on Training

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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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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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39 | Triathlete Lesley Paterson: Channeling Your Passion show art 39 | Triathlete Lesley Paterson: Channeling Your Passion

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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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38 | Sophie’s Choice show art 38 | Sophie’s Choice

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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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Anyone who’s met Carrie Tollefson, seen her covering running events on national broadcasts, or listened to her podcast C Tolle Run would likely describe her as a positive person. She’s known for both her Minnesota kindness and her optimistic tagline, “Get after it.”

 

But her athletic career was, as she puts it, “not all happy, happy, joy, joy.” Along the way, she had a number of serious setbacks, including a cancer scare when she was still in college at Villanova, years of plantar fasciitis, and a painful abdominal injury that eventually required an extensive repair procedure.

 

The fact that she came back from these injuries to secure a total of five NCAA championships, a spot on the Olympic team in Athens in 2004, and a long-term career covering the sport prompted us to interview her for our book Rebound—and then to follow up with her again on the podcast. 

 

Carrie joined us today to discuss:

  • How runners tend to view injuries, and how she’d always come back stronger (5:50)
  • The major, unusual injury that almost ended her career before it truly began—and how it changed her entire life (8:12)
  • How she cross-trained when she couldn’t put any weight on her foot or even get into the water (14:13)
  • The powerful mindset shift that increased her gratitude during her recovery process (17:05)
  • The painful moment that led to her second major injury—one she had to aggressively manage during the Olympics (21:14)
  • How she navigated injuries with her sponsors (30:18)
  • Whether her positivity comes naturally to her or if she actively works on it (34:19)
  • What she’s learned about mindset and injury from watching and interviewing other top runners (38:51)
  • How two injuries—one real, one invented—played a role in her husband Charlie’s proposal (41:03)
  • The biggest pieces of advice she gives athletes competing right now on mindset and injury (44:43)

 

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