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31 | Olympian Mechelle Lewis Freeman: Finding the Opportunity

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Release Date: 07/23/2020

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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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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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Mechelle Lewis Freeman had put everything on the line to achieve her Olympic dream. She’d walked away from a successful career in advertising, moved to a full-time training facility, and calculated everything from the hours of sleep she needed to the grams of protein she ingested to the positive mantras running through her head. (The impossible is nothing. I can do all things. No weapon formed against me shall prosper.)

 

Injury threatened to derail her progress, keeping her away from the track for four months in the leadup to the 2008 Olympic Trials. But because she’d already invested so much in training not only her body but also her mind, Mechelle was able to see the opportunity in the obstacle. She took her training to the pool and returned months later to make the team in dramatic fashion, as she explains in this episode. 

 

This optimistic, ambitious mindset not only took Mechelle to the Games in Beijing later that summer, it now informs her work as a relays coach for Team U.S.A. and fuels her mission to mentor the next generation of athletes through her non-profit, TrackGirlz.

 

A huge thank you to Fluid Running H2GO, the only app-based deep-water running system in the world, for sponsoring this season of the Injured Athletes Club. CLICK HERE and use code IAC 30 to take $30 off the full system or the digital bundle.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How injuries are viewed in sprinting (6:11)
  • Her earliest memories of injury, and how they led her away from sport (9:09)
  • What drew her back to it years later (13:49)
  • How she has been able to use comparison as motivation, rather than a reason to doubt herself (18:19)
  • The steps she took to fully commit to her new goal (20:00)
  • The injury that kept her away from the track for four months during an Olympic year, and how she stayed dedicated and focused while dealing with it (22:22)
  • The big secret she kept from her family about her selection for the team, and why (32:16)
  • What actually happened during the Games that summer—and one of the hardest moments of her entire journey (44:04)
  • How she moved on from that experience and translated her gifts into the next phase of her career (55:44)
  • The ideas she has for instilling resilience in young athletes—and for further integrating and diversifying the running community (1:01:23)

 

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