We’re sorry you’re here, but we’re glad you’re here, too! If you’re lucky enough to call yourself an athlete, chances are you’ve been injured. One of the biggest challenges of injury is facing recovery alone. Now, you don’t have to. Mental skills coach Carrie Jackson Cheadle and journalist Cindy Kuzma interview athletes, researchers, clinicians, and others in the field about how to cope with sports injuries and the mental side of the rehab and recovery process. And, Carrie shares some of the mental skills and drills she teaches injured athletes—tools you can use to stay positive and resilient during your recovery. Not only can these strategies help you bounce back stronger from injury, you can use them to rebound from any setback in your sport—or in life.
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Carrie Answers Your Questions
We—Carrie and Cindy—also operate a Facebook group that’s also called The Injured Athletes Club. It’s a thriving, positive community of other people who just plain get it. This week, in our final episode of season 3, we asked members for their questions about the psychological and emotional aspects of the journey. Here, Carrie responds to concerns about fears, doubts, and understanding what makes you tick, among other things.
Cyclist and Heart Transplant Recipient Mike Cohen: An Incredible Journey
From cancer to health. Back to the hospital with a heart attack—and home with a new heart. And finally, across the country on a bike, twice. Mike Cohen’s life has taken him to places he never could have imagined. In this week’s episode, the San Diego-based athlete—who calls himself a professional cyclist riding for a cause—takes us through some of the highs and lows of his travels.
Runner, Coach, and Author Anji Andrews: Facing the Challenge
On most days, British runner Anji Andrews lives the athlete’s dream, working in the running industry in several capacities. But this summer, a foot injury that had begun to develop earlier this year worsened just as the country locked down due to the pandemic. Anji found the constant reminders of what she couldn’t do difficult to bear. In this week’s episode, she talks openly and honestly about the raw emotions of this combination, and how underfueling and overtraining played a role.
Paralympic Medalist Lex Gillette: For Every Vision, a Revision
Lex Gillette—a world record holder and national champion in the long jump—has had to navigate change before. At age 8, doctors diagnosed him with detached retinas, and couldn’t save his sight despite multiple surgeries. Though the transition wasn’t easy, Lex credits his support system—and the confidence they inspired in him—with getting him through. The same ability to adapt to change has also powered him through injuries and other setbacks.
Cindy and Carrie Travel Through Time
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.
Olympian Mechelle Lewis Freeman: Finding the Opportunity
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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I love this podcast!!
I am a cross-country runner. In December, I tore off cartilage in my left knee and had surgery. It has been a rough recovery process, especially with Covid. I’m still in the recovery process, and listening to this podcast has helped me so much. I love listening to every episode because I can relate to them (especially the running ones). 10/10 recommend this podcast and their book, Rebound!!!
I’m a new listener to your podcast. Loved the episode about go FAR. Almost 5 yrs ago, I had a hip arthroscopy surgery for alleged labral tear. The surgeon was overwhelmingly confident I’d be back to running in 6 months, post-op. To this day, again 4.5 yrs later, the hip pain has not only remained but gotten worse. I can’t run, jog or sit without burning, radiating, deep pain. I’ve tried so many non-surgery things since post-op, and I feel helpless and hopeless. Has there been an episode about failed surgeries for young women? Desperately seeking solutions. 😢
P.S. I do practice a lot of mindfulness. It helps, but doesn’t fix the problem.
Uplifting and encouraging!
This podcast (and the book) have given me hope and tactics to work through an injury from the onset to the end. This is a must listen for any athlete, injured or not, to be prepared to take on an injury and come back stronger. I love the optimistic and realistic perspective from the hosts and guests. I listen on my recovery walks and always feel confident and happy after listening.