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117 | Strongwoman and Author Alyssa Ages: Learning through Failure

The Injured Athletes Club

Release Date: 03/07/2024

129 | Triathlete and Family Physician Alex McDonald: Advocating for Yourself as an Athlete show art 129 | Triathlete and Family Physician Alex McDonald: Advocating for Yourself as an Athlete

The Injured Athletes Club

“Injury was horrible and I wouldn't wish it on anyone, but I think again, that shaped me and that helped me become a better physician today because of those experiences. I wouldn't trade that experience for anything. It's part of who I am and has made me who I am today.”   Alex McDonald was in medical school when he tried a triathlon with a friend, just for fun. But he quickly excelled at the sport, and eventually decided to take a break between medical school and his residency to pursue it at a high level.  He had some success, but heading into his final season, he went out on a...

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128 | Coach Carrie Answers a Question: Jessica’s Juncture show art 128 | Coach Carrie Answers a Question: Jessica’s Juncture

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"How do you develop a bank of confidence for the future without comparing to past achievements?"   In this Q&A episode of The Injured Athletes Club podcast, mental skills coach Carrie Jackson tackles a crucial question from listener Jessica about confidence.    In her response, Coach Carrie emphasizes the importance of redefining goals, focusing on the present moment, and celebrating small victories. She explains how deliberately setting rehabilitation targets can help injured athletes shift their focus to what's within their control and redefine success. By letting go of...

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127 | Skier and Non-Profit Founder Kelly Brush: Lessons in Resilience show art 127 | Skier and Non-Profit Founder Kelly Brush: Lessons in Resilience

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“All of a sudden, I had two-thirds of my body that weren't working anymore. I had to figure out how to live my life and how to move my body around, who I was and what I was going do with my life in a way that was, I thought at the time, completely changed. Now, I don't think I'm completely changed. I think I'm exactly the same person. I just do things a little bit differently.”   Kelly Brush grew up in a family of skiers, excelled on the slopes from childhood, and eventually achieved her dream of skiing in college at Middlebury College. But during her sophomore year, when she was...

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“ How do you manage the jealousy towards non-injured athletes while dealing with your own injury?”   In the seventh season of The Injured Athletes Club podcast, mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question every other week about the mental side of overcoming injuries.    This week, athlete Rachel voices what so many other injured athletes feel—wondering how to cope with the feeling of loss and jealousy when she sees others doing the sport she’s missing.   Coach Carrie acknowledges that feeling this way toward healthy athletes is normal during recovery....

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“Setbacks are a very common part of injury recovery. I don't know if it's ever happened where someone heals with a perfect upward trajectory. I'm going to, I'm going to go ahead and say, it's very rare that that happens. This is why we talk so much about resilience and hardiness and the bounce that comes with a rebound.”   Almost every injured athlete knows the feeling. You’re sticking to your plan, dedicated to your rehab, and certain that you’ll be back to 100 percent in the time the doctor outlined. Then, it happens—a new wrinkle to the injury, another procedure required, a...

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124 | Coach Carrie Answers a Question: Jessica’s Journey show art 124 | Coach Carrie Answers a Question: Jessica’s Journey

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“ I thought I was done with this group. I had surgery in 2021 to repair a torn labrum in my hip and I was doing better. Then 6 months after surgery, I was given the green light to go jogging 2 blocks and I’ve been in hamstring pain since then.   How do you move past the back-to-back chronic injuries? How do I work out when I’m afraid anything will hurt me? How do I physically and emotionally heal from this 7-year injury journey?”   We always say, “We’re sorry you’re here, but we’re glad you’re with us”—and when we (Coach Carrie and Cindy) heard this week’s...

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123 | Personal Trainer John Petrelli: Grateful Every Day show art 123 | Personal Trainer John Petrelli: Grateful Every Day

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“If this was 20-year-old, John Petrelli, I probably wouldn't have the positive mindset to navigate those waters. I would have probably been going, why is this happening to me? Being fearful, having shame, being angry. But because so many people had come into my life as a mentor and shared their gift of knowledge, their love, their compassion on me … I said, how do I possibly make something positive happen out of this that may impact other people?”   For 30 years, John Petrelli’s work as a personal trainer has relied on him being physically capable. So it came as a shock when,...

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122 | Coach Carrie Answers a Question: Reese’s Roller Coaster show art 122 | Coach Carrie Answers a Question: Reese’s Roller Coaster

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“I am a cyclist. I have had multiple surgeries for an injury that occurred 2.5 years ago. Things are going downhill again, and it looks like I’m going to be faced with a third major surgery. If I do have this surgery, there is a good chance I will not be able to ride a bike again, even recreationally. I am completely heartbroken. I remember the beginning of this journey when I thought 6 weeks non-weight bearing and 6 months to recovery sounded insurmountable. I can’t believe that I’m still here and still in pain. I feel like I’m drowning and I need help navigating what is becoming a...

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121 | Football Player and Entrepreneur Will Bartholomew: The Gift of Perseverance show art 121 | Football Player and Entrepreneur Will Bartholomew: The Gift of Perseverance

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“Injuries, you can use them as opportunities to go do something great. I feel like that was ingrained in me early on in my life. I look back now and I'm very fortunate for having those injuries because they set me up for some great things.”   This week, Coach Carrie and Cindy chat with Will Bartholomew, founder and CEO of D1 Training. Will shares his journey from being a promising football player who faced career-altering injuries to the founder of a successful nationwide network of athletic training facilities.    Will discusses the significant moments in his athletic...

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120 | Coach Carrie Answers a Question: Emily’s Emotions show art 120 | Coach Carrie Answers a Question: Emily’s Emotions

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“ How can you deal with anxiety not of a specific reinjury, but a more generalized fear about your sport being taken away from you again? That fear does help me appreciate what I have now that I'm running again, but also makes disruptions to my training or race plans—whether from how I'm feeling physically, or work/life stress—harder to deal with. How can I cope?”   In this episode of The Injured Athletes Club podcast, mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from Emily regarding handling the anxiety associated with the potential permanent loss of her sport due to...

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“Because I wasn't a competitive runner, I don't think I ever had to face failure in that situation … but in strength sports, when I compete, I'm doing that in front of a crowd and a judge who is just looking at me. And it's totally changed the way that I have to handle that fear of failure because it's right there in front of me. I can't escape that someone is looking directly at me and judging whether I've passed or failed. And what I've learned from that is just that it makes you, I think, a better person when you face failure in that way.”

 

On this week’s episode of The Injured Athletes Club, Alyssa Ages, an endurance athlete, strongman competitor, and the author of Secrets of Giants: A Journey to Uncover the True Meaning of Strength shares the many lessons she’s learned during her athletic pursuits—and why sometimes, failure is the ultimate success.

 

Alyssa discusses her transition from being an endurance athlete to a strongman competitor and how a miscarriage she suffered led to a profound change in her perspective. (So, a note that that’s a topic we touch on, in case that’s a tender spot for you right now.)

 

She delves deep into her experiences with injuries, how strength training helped her physically and emotionally, and how she copes with setbacks using skills she picked up from various sports. The conversation also highlights her thoughts on body image and the cultural norms surrounding women's bodies.

 

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