39 episodes

Welcome to the Her Sports Story podcast!

A place where we share in the stories of former female athletes, connect on the transition out of sport, and create a space where the “always an athlete” tribe can come from connection and inspiration. Her Sports Story was created by Bethany Crouch, former competitive gymnast of 15 years turned athlete advocate professional.

We are so happy and grateful that you stopped by! Welcome to the HSS tribe!

Follow us on Instagram at @hersportsstory and on the web at www.hersportsstory.org.

Her Sports Story Bethany

    • Sports
    • 5.0, 16 Ratings

Welcome to the Her Sports Story podcast!

A place where we share in the stories of former female athletes, connect on the transition out of sport, and create a space where the “always an athlete” tribe can come from connection and inspiration. Her Sports Story was created by Bethany Crouch, former competitive gymnast of 15 years turned athlete advocate professional.

We are so happy and grateful that you stopped by! Welcome to the HSS tribe!

Follow us on Instagram at @hersportsstory and on the web at www.hersportsstory.org.

    39: Ending Sport with Madeline Barlow, Former Collegiate Swimmer turned PhD Psychology of Human Movement & Life After Sport Success Coach

    39: Ending Sport with Madeline Barlow, Former Collegiate Swimmer turned PhD Psychology of Human Movement & Life After Sport Success Coach

    Madeline Barlow is a former collegiate swimmer that experienced a visceral ending to her sport... like a piece of her passed away the minute she finished her last race.  SO MANY athletes experience this! Her life personal life experiences after sport encompassed loss of relationships, loss of loved ones, distancing herself away from her sport, graduate school and pursuing her PhD in Psychology of Human Movement with a specialization in Exercise & Sport Psychology and eventually becoming reconnected with sports and athletes.  One of her current roles is as a Sport Psychology Coordinator at Drexel University where she works with their current student-athletes. 

    She also is the founder of Madeline M. Barlow LLC serving as a Life After Sport Success Coach! 

    For more info, check out her website, her success after sport kit and follow her on instagram! 

    Madeline M. Barlow, LLC website

    FREE Success After Sport Starter Kit

    Madeline's Instagram

    *Disclaimer:  Madeline practices as a mindset and psychology coach for current and former athletes using her educational PhD in Psychology & Human Movement.

    • 49 min
    38: Talking Coping Behaviors When the Athlete Identity is Lost and Honoring Your Journey with Former Basketball Collegiate Athlete turned Empowerment Coach, Jill Heiman

    38: Talking Coping Behaviors When the Athlete Identity is Lost and Honoring Your Journey with Former Basketball Collegiate Athlete turned Empowerment Coach, Jill Heiman

    After clinging to the identity of athlete during college, Jill Heiman endured a dark time of confused power, depression, and faced a “choose sex to escape” situation. She authentically shares her journey of overcoming the darkness through practicing forgiveness, self compassion and ultimately recreating her identity.  As an Empowerment Coach with a Bachelors in Communications and over 14 years of experience in corporate America, Jill is now committed to empowering young adults by encouraging conscious communication and honoring the value of intentional connections around sex and other key life decisions. She is the Coach and Founder of Awake Journey, and has amazing content on her YouTube Channel, instagram and of course website (all noted here): 
    https://www.awakejourney.com/ 
    Jill's instagram @awakejourney
    Your Awakening YouTube Channel

    • 52 min
    37: Chat with Non Profit Founder - Strong Girls, Cancer Survivor, Teacher & Coach, AND Former DI Basketball Athlete, Lani Silversides

    37: Chat with Non Profit Founder - Strong Girls, Cancer Survivor, Teacher & Coach, AND Former DI Basketball Athlete, Lani Silversides

    Lani Silversides is a former DI Basketball student-athlete, turned coach and math teacher AND founder of a non-profit called Strong Girls United!
    Strong Girls United Foundation is a  501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to empower and inspire  girls to become their best, happiest, strongest version of themselves  through physical activity, mental skills, and leadership programming. So cool! 
    She even has even launched a summer leadership academy for Middle School and High School athletes: Check it out at http://lanisilversides.com/girlsleadershipacademy/ 
    Lani is INCREDIBLE to say the least, and although we didn't get to touch too much on her full story as we dove into all things Strong Girls United --- she is also a Stage 3 Breast Cancer Survivor and Mom of two girls! 
    Her experiences developed through mindfulness,  sport, and positive psychology were critical to my overcoming cancer. It became her mission to create content and resources for students, athletes, and coaches teams who want to get the most out of themselves through combining high performance and well-being.
    Go follow, connect and get involved with SG United Foundation.
    Lani's Instagram 
    Strong Girls United Instagram

    • 44 min
    36: When Your Journey Evolves into Your WHY with former Softball Athlete, Kennedy Haney - Talking Disordered Eating, Body Image and Performance Nutrition

    36: When Your Journey Evolves into Your WHY with former Softball Athlete, Kennedy Haney - Talking Disordered Eating, Body Image and Performance Nutrition

    During this episode Kennedy and I chat on:

    Her experience as an elite softball athlete,
    Disordered eating and body image,
    Her journey through Dietetics schooling and eventually becoming an RDN,
    Coaching high school athletes on nutrition, and
    Loving what she does!

    Follow her on instagram @the.dugout.dietitian
    Elevate Performance Nutrition: www.elevateperformancenutrition.org

    • 33 min
    35: Battling Unexpected Times in Sport Careers & Advice for Life Beyond the Finish Line with Former Swimmer, Rachel Boardman

    35: Battling Unexpected Times in Sport Careers & Advice for Life Beyond the Finish Line with Former Swimmer, Rachel Boardman

    Rachel, former elite swimmer, shares her sports story on barely missing the qualifying marks for the National Championships after overcoming pneumonia. This recovery journey nearly took her three years.  She talks on the transition out of sport - identity, nutrition and exercise wise, getting her PhD,  and what she does today to help athletes in this transition and those looking to possibly start careers as entrepreneurs! 
    She is the host of the Beyond the Finish Line Podcast and you can find her on instagram here: 
    Also, I found this article she wrote about breaking up with swimming and it is spot on! 

    • 50 min
    34: Beyonce, Gratitude, and Navigating the Tough Times with Megan Riggs, Former Rowing Athlete turned Community Development Professional

    34: Beyonce, Gratitude, and Navigating the Tough Times with Megan Riggs, Former Rowing Athlete turned Community Development Professional

    BONUS EPISODE!!! 
    Megan Riggs is sure to be on the best-seller list once her future book debuts.  She has quite the career journey --- taking her to different states and collecting a variety of experiences and lessons along the way.  I am so grateful to call her one of my closest friends and we had consistently said "we need to do a podcast together" --- and that moment has now arrived!
    During this episode we talk:
    Managing your energy, managing others energies, navigating the tough times, the impact of connection, values, mentors, and well Beyonce!
    To keep up with Megan and her day-to-day, follow her here on Instagram: @lady_riggs

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

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16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Jonathan Jones Speaks ,

Stories that Need to be Shared!

Bethany this podcast is so pivotal and necessary. Hearing the interviews I begin to feel connected with you and your guests. This podcast is great for bringing teams together as a community helping us to connect and grow together.

Jonathan Jones
Beyond the Ball Podcast

JTako9 ,

Awesome Podcast!

This is a great listen for athletes at any level, but especially those who are trying to figure out what’s next. Keep up the great work!

Nicole Tobon ,

We want more content like this!! 🎉

Bethany does such an amazing job interviewing these BOSS women 💗 Make sure to listen every week 💪

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