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5 | Cindy and Carrie Share Bad News and Good News

The Injured Athletes Club

Release Date: 04/11/2019

5 | International Yoga Instructor Adam Whiting: Moving with Integrity show art 5 | International Yoga Instructor Adam Whiting: Moving with Integrity

The Injured Athletes Club

You might think of yoga as primarily a way to prevent and perhaps recover from other sports injuries. However, it can also be an intense physical endeavor in its own right—one which, instructor Adam Whiting told us on this week’s episode, is going through a transformation in terms of how its practitioners teach and practice. Here, he explains how his own back injury informed his approach, and how it changed his life on and off the mat.

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4 | New York Jets' Brandon Copeland: Comeback of the Century show art 4 | New York Jets' Brandon Copeland: Comeback of the Century

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From a torn meniscus weeks before his Pro Day to a broken hand shortly before we recorded this podcast, Brandon Copeland—a linebacker for the New York Jets—has had his share of injury-related setbacks. Now, he maintains a detailed—but flexible—routine to stay healthy, mentally and physically. He joins us on the Injured Athletes Club podcast this week to expand on his regimen and update us on what he’s been up to since we talked for our book, Rebound.

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3 | Olympic Runner Carrie Tollefson: The Power of Positivity show art 3 | Olympic Runner Carrie Tollefson: The Power of Positivity

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Anyone who’s met Carrie Tollefson, seen her on national broadcasts, or listened to her podcast C Tolle Run would likely describe her as a positive person. But her athletic career wasn't all high moments. Along the way, she had a number of serious setbacks, including a cancer scare, years of plantar fasciitis, and a painful abdominal injury. She came back from these injuries to secure a total of five NCAA championships, a spot on the Olympic team, and a long-term career covering the sport.

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2 | Cindy and Carrie Explain How to Rebound show art 2 | Cindy and Carrie Explain How to Rebound

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Injuries affect essentially every athlete. The experience is as much mental as physical. But typically, the support athletes receive during this time has focused mostly on joints, bones, and tendons—not thoughts, emotions, and experiences. This podcast and our Facebook group for injured athletes are intended to help change that. Now, we have a new resource to share: our book Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries, out Oct. 15 from Bloomsbury Sport.

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1 | Olympic Gold Medalist and Hockey Forward Meghan Duggan show art 1 | Olympic Gold Medalist and Hockey Forward Meghan Duggan

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In December of 2011, hockey forward Meghan Duggan sustained a serious concussion that required 14 months of recovery. At her lowest, she wondered if she could handle going to the grocery store, let alone returning to the ice. But through a long, slow process of self-discovery and an innovative treatment, she rebounded—to new heights. While her injury recovery was terrible, she said, the skills and determination she gained fueled all that came afterward, including Olympic gold.

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12 | Cindy and Carrie Take Stress Head-On show art 12 | Cindy and Carrie Take Stress Head-On

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Blowing bubbles, cuddling with cats, and drinking tea on your deck might not seem to have tangible effects on your recovery process—but in reality, they can be critical. When left unchecked, stress can quickly become yet another psychological and physical obstacle to recovery, and self care is an important technique for neutralizing it. This week, Carrie talks in more depth about the perils of stress for injured athletes—and shares one concrete tool to begin neutralizing it.

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11 | Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and Freestyle Skier David Wise: High Hopes and Low Expectations show art 11 | Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and Freestyle Skier David Wise: High Hopes and Low Expectations

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When you’re on top of the world after a major victory—say, an Olympic gold medal (or two)—it’s relatively easy to think positively. But David Wise has had his fair share of challenges surrounding his greatest achievements. Through his work on mental skills, though, he’s learned to view each setback as a chance to soar higher. Here, he shares the story of his most recent obstacle, a broken femur sustained weeks before in Austria.

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10 | Cindy and Carrie Turn Obstacles into Opportunities show art 10 | Cindy and Carrie Turn Obstacles into Opportunities

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Even the strongest, most resilient athletes might feel anger or despair in the face of unanticipated setbacks. You can’t always control that reflexive reaction. But it is often possible to pause, take a beat, and change your response. This week , Carrie shares a strategy for shifting your perspective when you hit a snag. Obstacles to Opportunities gives you a step-by-step framework for recognizing counterproductive narratives and nudging them toward those that keep you moving forward.

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9 | High Fives Foundation's Roy Tuscany: Not the Same, But Still Awesome show art 9 | High Fives Foundation's Roy Tuscany: Not the Same, But Still Awesome

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In the aftermath of a skiing accident that burst-fractured his T12 vertebrae, Roy Tuscany found a critical source of positivity—the support of his family, friends and community, who started a fund that enabled him to focus on healing. As Roy moved through recovery, he decided to repay this kindness by starting an organization that would offer the same gift to other injured athletes. Now, more than 10 years later, the High Fives Foundation has disbursed more than $3 million in grants to 237 athletes.

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8 | Cindy and Carrie Climb the Anxiety Pyramid show art 8 | Cindy and Carrie Climb the Anxiety Pyramid

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Of all the emotions you’ll encounter in your injury journey, fear and anxiety are among the most powerful. Often, they can tell you something important: that even if your body’s healed, your mind may not be ready for you to return to training and competition. This week, Carrie offers a tool to help get your physical and emotional recovery back in sync. It’s called the anxiety pyramid, and it provides a simple but effective way to visualize going step by step to gain confidence during your comeback.

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It’s the week before the Boston Marathon, and I—Cindy Kuzma—won’t be running the race, for the first time in six years. I’m disappointed and know I’ll feel left out on Marathon Monday. But I’m also excited to watch an amazing elite field and cheer on my friends who are racing.

Sitting with all those conflicting emotions has proven a bit challenging. So I’m glad that this week on The Injured Athletes Club, my co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson Cheadle talks me through a mental exercise that’s all about making peace with feelings that seem opposite or incongruous at first.

We started by calling it Good News, Bad News—but flipped it to Bad News, Good News midway through, as we realized we naturally think of the challenges first (and that it’s more helpful to end on a high note).

On this episode, we discuss:

  • Some of the positive emotions that can accompany injury—including looking forward to improving other parts of your performance or spending time with friends and family 
  • Why it can be hard to accept those upsides or square them with your disappointment or other negative emotions; why we fight for one side to “win”
  • How thinking back to high-school or college graduation, with its blend of melancholy and anticipation, can help us remember it’s possible to honestly feel a whole range of things at one time
  • Why getting stuck either in the positive or negative side—or in either defying or conforming to others’ expectations of how you “should” be feeling—can be detrimental
  • The way staying open to the lows is necessary to experience the highs; after all, they’re both an essential part of the human experience
  • Situations in which Carrie’s seen her athletes use Bad News, Good News, including overcoming new pain, setbacks, and other obstacles
  • How, practically speaking, to make it work (including some fun variations, such as writing your own clickbait headlines)
  • The way this quick, simple exercise can build over time into greater resilience to handle more serious situations
  • The definition of psychological flexibility, and its potential link to levels of anxiety or depression
  • Other tools you can use to cultivate psychological flexibility, including redefining obstacles as opportunities and staying open to possibility


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