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1 | Welcome to The Injured Athletes Club

The Injured Athletes Club

Release Date: 02/16/2019

32 | Cindy and Carrie Travel Through Time show art 32 | Cindy and Carrie Travel Through Time

The Injured Athletes Club

Your physical being occupies space in the present moment. But often, our thoughts are a million miles away, fretting over the past or fearful of the future: Will I ever run again? What if I hadn’t gone on that last ride or collided with that other player? These thoughts can hook us, leaving us unable to move on. We describe how to catch yourself taking these less-than-productive trips. From there, you can recenter your mind, adapt to the existing reality, and act to create a better future.

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31 | Olympian Mechelle Lewis Freeman: Finding the Opportunity show art 31 | Olympian Mechelle Lewis Freeman: Finding the Opportunity

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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 grams of protein she ingested to the positive mantras running through her head. Injury threatened to derail her, but because she’d invested in training her body and also her mind, Mechelle was able to see opportunity in the obstacle—a mindset she maintains as a coach and non-profit leade

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30 | Trans Athlete, Coach, and Activist Chris Mosier: Claiming Your Legacy show art 30 | Trans Athlete, Coach, and Activist Chris Mosier: Claiming Your Legacy

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Chris Mosier has made history before, as the first transgender athlete to represent the United States in international competition, appear in the ESPN Body Issue, and be sponsored by Nike. In January, he once again blazed a trail at the Olympic Trials for the 50K racewalk, becoming the first transgender athlete to qualify and compete in the Trials in the gender with which they identify. However, injury nearly robbed him of the chance to make it to the starting line. Chris shares more on this episode.

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29 | Paralympic Gold Medalist Alana Nichols: Embracing New Identities show art 29 | Paralympic Gold Medalist Alana Nichols: Embracing New Identities

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Basketball, ski racing, sprint kayaking, surfing—Alana Nichols’ athletic career has brought her to the highest levels of a wide range of sports. Still, she tells us on this week’s show, as a Paralympian she often struggled to get the same care for her injuries as her able-bodied peers. Alana's advocacy has carried over into her newer roles as president of the Women’s Sports Foundation and mother of baby Gunnar,

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28 | Soccer Coach and Mental Skills Consultant Amanda Ferranti: The Courage to Care show art 28 | Soccer Coach and Mental Skills Consultant Amanda Ferranti: The Courage to Care

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The second time Amanda Ferranti tore her ACL, she had a feeling her soccer career was over. Even as she coped with the challenges of recovery and retirement, she was working on another project: a system to help other injured athletes manage their emotions and thrive through, and beyond, their rehab process. In this episode, Amanda—now a soccer coach and certified mental performance consultant at Ferranti Empowerment—outlines the process by which she journaled and planned her way to a successful future.

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27 | Elite Runner Alia Gray: Breaking the Cycle show art 27 | Elite Runner Alia Gray: Breaking the Cycle

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We first spoke with this week’s guest, pro distance runner Alia Gray, in person during Olympic Marathon Trials weekend in February in Atlanta. She’d chosen not to run the race despite a qualifying time and an injury-free stretch—a choice made from joy rather than fear, she says, and one she describes at length in this episode. We caught up with her again in late April to find out how she was faring since the coronavirus pandemic upended her season.

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26 | Water Skier and Coach Matteo Luzzeri: Strength Through Support show art 26 | Water Skier and Coach Matteo Luzzeri: Strength Through Support

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In slalom water skiing, Matteo Luzzeri says, “you’re playing tug of war against a 6.2-liter engine boat.” Injury—both from overuse and from sudden, traumatic events—comes with the territory. On this week’s episode, Matteo—who's also a Ph.D. in sport psychology—shares the story of his most serious injury, a ruptured Achilles in September 2014. Support and mental skills techniques both helped him come back stronger, he explains.

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25 | Cindy and Carrie on the Rebound Lifestyle, mid-Pandemic show art 25 | Cindy and Carrie on the Rebound Lifestyle, mid-Pandemic

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This podcast—and our book Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries—exist primarily to teach mental skills to sidelined athletes. But we’ve always known these lessons and techniques can transcend injury, and even sports performance. While we never imagined we’d be applying them to a global pandemic, here we are—and both of us, Carrie and Cindy, have been finding the same mental drills we use to bounce back from injury surprisingly relevant. Here's how.

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12 | Former Gymnast and Mental Performance Consultant Angie Fifer: Another Door Opens show art 12 | Former Gymnast and Mental Performance Consultant Angie Fifer: Another Door Opens

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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 instantly knew she’d found her calling—to prevent other athletes from having the same experience she had. When she was 16, a serious fall on the uneven bars sent her to the hospital and threatened her future in the sport. Angie shares more about this experience, her transition to endurance sports, and her work helping athletes and others “be their best a little bit more often

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11 | Canadian Olympian and Runner Jessica O’Connell: Today, Not Tomorrow show art 11 | Canadian Olympian and Runner Jessica O’Connell: Today, Not Tomorrow

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After overcoming multiple injuries to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in the nick of time, 5,000-meter runner Jessica O’Connell faced another series of setbacks as she prepared for the Games. Through it all, she's realized adversity strikes everyone—the best (and luckiest) among us are those who can persevere. It’s an attitude that’s served her well throughout her career. She views injuries as disappointing but not devastating, in large part because she now has a plan to deal with them.

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We’re sorry you’re here, but we’re glad you’re here, too!

Welcome to the first episode of The Injured Athletes Club, a podcast about how to cope with sports injuries. We’re your hosts, mental skills coach Carrie Jackson Cheadle and journalist Cindy Kuzma. We’ll be right there with you through this 12-episode season.

We’ve both been there—sidelined—and we know how frustrating rehab can be, how slow your progress can seem, and how the entire experience can leave you feeling isolated and alone.

On this initial episode, we discuss:

-What The Injured Athletes Club is: “It might not be a club that you originally wanted to be a part of, but it's a way to reframe it—to go, ‘Ah, this actually can be a really powerful experience,” Carrie says

-Some of the most common psychological consequences of injury, including loss of identity, lack of confidence in your body, fear of reinjury, worry about falling behind your competition, and disconnection from your tribe

-Why it’s so important to do mental rehab along with physical rehab when you’re injured

-How social connections and support—including in groups like The Injured Athletes Club—are critical to the recovery process

-Who can benefit from mental skills training/mental rehab from injury (hint: It’s not just elite athletes)

-What to expect in this upcoming 12-episode season: shows that alternate between interviews with guests—including athletes, researchers, clinicians, and more—and episodes where Cindy and Carrie break down the tools you can use to cope with injury and recover faster and stronger

-How the mental skills you practice during rehab can benefit you long after you’ve recovered from injury

-What it means to rebound from an injury and come back stronger

-The way we hope to change the entire perception of injury: “When you step back and look at your entire athletic journey, this is just going to be one point that maybe provides a really powerful opportunity for you to learn more about yourself and come back even stronger, both mentally and physically,” Carrie says

-One mental drill Carrie recommends to any injured athlete (get out your pen and paper for this one)

 

Resources we mention:

-Our website, www.injuredathletesclub.com

-The Injured Athletes Club Facebook group


Thanks for listening, and please reach out anytime at hello@injuredathletesclub.com with questions, guest suggestions, or other feedback.

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