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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.

DISCLAIMER: This content is for educational & informational use only and & does not constitute medical advice. Do not disregard, avoid or delay obtaining medical or health related advice from your health-care professional because of something you may have heard in an episode of this podcast. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with a qualified medical professional for proper evaluation & treatment. Guests who speak on this podcast express their own opinions, experiences, and conclusions, and The Injured Athletes Club podcast hosts nor any company providing financial support endorses or opposes any particular treatment option discussed in the episodes of this podcast and are not responsible for any actions or inactions of listeners based on the information presented. The use of any information provided is solely at your own risk.

The Injured Athletes Club Carrie Jackson Cheadle and Cindy Kuzma

    • Sports
    • 4.9 • 53 Ratings

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.

DISCLAIMER: This content is for educational & informational use only and & does not constitute medical advice. Do not disregard, avoid or delay obtaining medical or health related advice from your health-care professional because of something you may have heard in an episode of this podcast. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with a qualified medical professional for proper evaluation & treatment. Guests who speak on this podcast express their own opinions, experiences, and conclusions, and The Injured Athletes Club podcast hosts nor any company providing financial support endorses or opposes any particular treatment option discussed in the episodes of this podcast and are not responsible for any actions or inactions of listeners based on the information presented. The use of any information provided is solely at your own risk.

    Carrie Answers a Question: Conveying Her Own Challenges

    Carrie Answers a Question: Conveying Her Own Challenges

    “It's been really interesting, this journey with the left shoulder, because I think finally, one of the things I've come to realize is that maybe I've been a little too patient with the process, sort of comparing it to the right shoulder. With my right shoulder injury, it was a different injury, and there were different things going on. And I knew it was going to be a minimum of a year of PT and that I really had to commit and dive in and trust that it was going to be a long recovery, but that it would pay off and it would work out and it did. And so I took that same approach with the left shoulder and I think I'm realizing that's not the only thing that's it’s going to take to fix this.”
    —Carrie
     
    After posing her own question two weeks ago, co-host and journalist Cindy Kuzma turns the tables on mental skills coach Carrie Jackson for this, the final podcast episode of season 5.
     
    Carrie reveals that, while she’s been coaching all of us through our injuries, she’s been coping with her own roller coaster of a journey. Clearly, being a professional doesn’t mean she’s immune from emotions—but she does have the tools to cope, and she shares how she’s been navigating the uncertainties and setbacks.
     
    Listen to the show for more—and to submit a question for a future episode, email us a note or a voice memo to hello@injuredathletesclub.com. 
     
    New this season: We’re asking listeners to support the show directly, which you can do at buymeacoffee.com/rebound. Make a one-time donation or download extras like webinar recordings and resource sheets. Or, you can join as an ongoing member; for $10 a month, you’ll get goodies like podcast extras, live monthly Q&As with Carrie, and discounts from great companies like Fluid Running, Lever Movement, Netic Health, and Reflex Health. 
     
    You can subscribe to The Injured Athletes Club on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Audible, Amazon Music, or wherever you get your podcasts, and if you like what you hear, please leave us a rating or a review in Apple podcasts. That helps other injured athletes find the show.



    Resources/links:
    The Injured Athletes Club Buy Me a Coffee site, where you can download the webinar video on navigating the medical system  
    To access more resources for injured athletes:
    Buy Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries —now available as an audiobook! Join The Injured Athletes Club mailing list, for news and updates Join The Injured Athletes Club Facebook group, for support and camaraderie Like The Injured Athletes Club Podcast Facebook page, for the latest episodes Email us at hello@injuredathletesclub.com with questions, guest suggestions, or other feedback  
    DISCLAIMER: This content is for educational & informational use only and & does not constitute medical advice. Do not disregard, avoid or delay obtaining medical or health related advice from your health-care professional because of something you may have heard in an episode of this podcast. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with a qualified medical professional for proper evaluation & treatment. Guests who speak on this podcast express their own opinions, experiences, and conclusions, and The Injured Athletes Club podcast hosts nor any company providing financial support endorses or opposes any particular treatment option discussed in the episodes of this podcast and are not responsible for any actions or inactions of listeners based on the information presented. The use of any information provided is solely at your own risk.

    • 11 min
    Acrobat and Circus Artist Shelli Epstein: Expanding Your Identity

    Acrobat and Circus Artist Shelli Epstein: Expanding Your Identity

    “I’m walking again, I look like a normal person, I feel very able. But internally, the struggle is, I am not where I used to be. I cannot do the things I love. I cannot run. I cannot jump. So, I still feel the injury is a cloud hanging over me, and I've still got a long way to go. It's an interesting feeling and mental battle that I have with myself on a daily basis.”
     
    It was January 2022, and Shelli Epstein was poised to make a big comeback. After an injury and then the pandemic, she was overjoyed to return to the stage as Running Woman in Cirque du Soleil’s touring show Luzia. Icing on the cake: The production was opening at the Royal Albert Hall in London, where she’d fallen in love with the circus as a child.
     
    Her performance involves a discipline called the Russian swing, where, as Shelli puts it, “the margin of error is minimal.” In the private preview performance, her trajectory was just a few centimeters off. She landed on the swing, but in the process, tore ligaments in her foot and damaged her knee.
     
    Eight months later, Shelli is still very much in the process of recovery. In the meantime, she’s published a book, taken sport psychology courses, and reconnected to who she is, outside of her performances. On this week’s episode, she shares her journey, including the role *our* book Rebound played in helping her through the tougher times. 
     
    New this season: We’re asking listeners to support the show directly, which you can do at buymeacoffee.com/rebound. Make a one-time donation or download extras like webinar recordings and resource sheets. Or, you can join as an ongoing member; for $10 a month, you’ll get goodies like podcast extras, live monthly Q&As with Carrie, and discounts from great companies like Fluid Running, Lever Movement, Netic Health, and Reflex Health.   
     
    You can subscribe to The Injured Athletes Club on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Audible, Amazon Music, or wherever you get your podcasts, and if you like what you hear, please leave us a rating or a review in Apple podcasts. That helps other injured athletes find the show.
     
    Resources/links:
    Shelli’s website, Instagram, and TikTok Her book, Flying High: Life Lessons from the Big Top  
    To access more resources for injured athletes:
    Buy Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries —now available as an audiobook! Join The Injured Athletes Club mailing list, for news and updates Join The Injured Athletes Club Facebook group, for support and camaraderie Like The Injured Athletes Club Podcast Facebook page, for the latest episodes Email us at hello@injuredathletesclub.com with questions, guest suggestions, or other feedback  
    DISCLAIMER: This content is for educational & informational use only and & does not constitute medical advice. Do not disregard, avoid or delay obtaining medical or health related advice from your health-care professional because of something you may have heard in an episode of this podcast. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with a qualified medical professional for proper evaluation & treatment. Guests who speak on this podcast express their own opinions, experiences, and conclusions, and The Injured Athletes Club podcast hosts nor any company providing financial support endorses or opposes any particular treatment option discussed in the episodes of this podcast and are not responsible for any actions or inactions of listeners based on the information presented. The use of any information provided is solely at your own risk.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Carrie Answers a Question: Cindy’s Concerns

    Carrie Answers a Question: Cindy’s Concerns

    “What's the best way to remain confident and advocate for yourself when the medical system doesn't seem to be working for you? Recovering from this stress fracture, I've had a number of instances of having to push back. First there was the surgeon I went to for a second opinion who told me I didn't need surgery—but that my body was trying to tell me "something," namely that I'm not a gazelle and I should probably stop running long distances. Then there was the primary care doc who said she couldn't order thyroid tests, instead shaming me for not making an appointment with the specialist (whose office took three months to return my calls). I have a great support system and several doctors and PTs who've been wonderful, but it's still hard on some days to weather these bumps in the road and persist in getting the care I believe I need to recover fully, whatever I decide to do with my running in the future.”
    —Cindy
     
    This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from a listener—or, more accurately, from her co-host! 
     
    She begins by commiserating about the sometimes-unintentional callousness of medical providers, but then provides actionable advice, including phrases to keep in your back pocket for difficult encounters. And, she reassures Cindy and everyone else that they’re worthy of support, even if they have to advocate fiercely to receive it.
     
    Listen to the show for more—and to submit a question for a future episode, email us a note or a voice memo to hello@injuredathletesclub.com. 
     
    New this season: We’re asking listeners to support the show directly, which you can do at buymeacoffee.com/rebound. Make a one-time donation or download extras like webinar recordings and resource sheets. Or, you can join as an ongoing member; for $10 a month, you’ll get goodies like podcast extras, live monthly Q&As with Carrie, and discounts from great companies like Fluid Running, Lever Movement, Netic Health, and Reflex Health. 
     
    You can subscribe to The Injured Athletes Club on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Audible, Amazon Music, or wherever you get your podcasts, and if you like what you hear, please leave us a rating or a review in Apple podcasts. That helps other injured athletes find the show.



    Resources/links:
    The Injured Athletes Club Buy Me a Coffee site, where you can download the webinar video on navigating the medical system  
    To access more resources for injured athletes:
    Buy Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries —now available as an audiobook! Join The Injured Athletes Club mailing list, for news and updates Join The Injured Athletes Club Facebook group, for support and camaraderie Like The Injured Athletes Club Podcast Facebook page, for the latest episodes Email us at hello@injuredathletesclub.com with questions, guest suggestions, or other feedback  
    DISCLAIMER: This content is for educational & informational use only and & does not constitute medical advice. Do not disregard, avoid or delay obtaining medical or health related advice from your health-care professional because of something you may have heard in an episode of this podcast. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with a qualified medical professional for proper evaluation & treatment. Guests who speak on this podcast express their own opinions, experiences, and conclusions, and The Injured Athletes Club podcast hosts nor any company providing financial support endorses or opposes any particular treatment option discussed in the episodes of this podcast and are not responsible for any actions or inactions of listeners based on the information presented. The use of any information provided is solely at your own risk.

    • 17 min
    Runner Pippa Woolven: Recovery from RED-S

    Runner Pippa Woolven: Recovery from RED-S

    “I think first of all, it is so easy to dismiss this diagnosis and think there must be something else the matter, because the symptoms are so extreme and it is hard to believe that it can be something as simple and as basic as an energy imbalance. But it really can. And until I was brave enough to get really honest with myself and almost reach a point where I had to admit that there was an energy imbalance there, it was hard to buy into it.’”
     
    British runner Pippa Woolven was 19 and running collegiately when her once-promising athletic career took a turn. She began developing a wide range of symptoms—small injuries, frequent colds, dark moods. And after a brief period of time when she was running faster, her training and racing began to suffer, too.
     
    As she explains on this week’s episode, it took some time, some bravery, and a blog post by another athlete that echoed Pippa’s experiences before she got to the bottom of the issue. She had relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S), a condition in which her caloric intake wasn’t sufficient to support both her training and her body’s other essential functions.
     
    Eventually, Pippa recovered. Now, she’s the founder and director of Project RED-S, an organization that aims to provide the resources she didn’t have when she was solving her own puzzle. “Thankfully, this is an issue we can prevent and we can recover from,” she says. “I think not enough people are sharing those messages."
     
    New this season: We’re asking listeners to support the show directly, which you can do at buymeacoffee.com/rebound. Make a one-time donation or download extras like webinar recordings and resource sheets. Or, you can join as an ongoing member; for $10 a month, you’ll get goodies like podcast extras, live monthly Q&As with Carrie, and discounts from great companies like Fluid Running, Lever Movement, Netic Health, and Reflex Health.   
     
    You can subscribe to The Injured Athletes Club on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Audible, Amazon Music, or wherever you get your podcasts, and if you like what you hear, please leave us a rating or a review in Apple podcasts. That helps other injured athletes find the show.
     
    Resources/links:
    The Project RED-S website and Instagram Pippa’s Instagram The Runner’s World article about her  
    To access more resources for injured athletes:
    Buy Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries —now available as an audiobook! Join The Injured Athletes Club mailing list, for news and updates Join The Injured Athletes Club Facebook group, for support and camaraderie Like The Injured Athletes Club Podcast Facebook page, for the latest episodes Email us at hello@injuredathletesclub.com with questions, guest suggestions, or other feedback  
    DISCLAIMER: This content is for educational & informational use only and & does not constitute medical advice. Do not disregard, avoid or delay obtaining medical or health related advice from your health-care professional because of something you may have heard in an episode of this podcast. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with a qualified medical professional for proper evaluation & treatment. Guests who speak on this podcast express their own opinions, experiences, and conclusions, and The Injured Athletes Club podcast hosts nor any company providing financial support endorses or opposes any particular treatment option discussed in the episodes of this podcast and are not responsible for any actions or inactions of listeners based on the information presented. The use of any information provided is solely at your own risk.

    • 55 min
    Carrie Answers a Question: Surviving Setbacks

    Carrie Answers a Question: Surviving Setbacks

    “I want to know how to deal with the ups and downs, feeling good then having a setback over and over and over. In the beginning it’s easier to know it won’t last, but when it keeps happening it gets harder to get through it. Also how to be more patient.”
    —Kaili
     
    “I am struggling with the fact that I have been dealing with a stress fracture since January from a car accident, have followed all my doc's advice, and just had a setback again. So why, if I keep following the rules, AND my latest MRI shows the stress fracture is mostly gone, am I still having setbacks? There will be no tri season for me this year.”  
    —Amy
     
    “I would say how to handle the unexpected setbacks and the constant fear or having one. I feel like I cannot trust my body anymore.”
    —Erica
     
    This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers three MORE questions from listeners. 
     
    Setbacks are a part of the process, and how you react to them helps determine how they’ll affect you. It’s never fair when you encounter one, but there are ways to reframe them to minimize their impact. Listen as Carrie talks us all through the process of viewing obstacles as opportunities, recognizing the gifts in our struggles, and seeking the support we need to get through it all.
     
    Listen to the show for more—and to submit a question for a future episode, email us a note or a voice memo to hello@injuredathletesclub.com. 
     
    New this season: We’re asking listeners to support the show directly, which you can do at buymeacoffee.com/rebound. Make a one-time donation or download extras like webinar recordings and resource sheets. Or, you can join as an ongoing member; for $10 a month, you’ll get goodies like podcast extras, live monthly Q&As with Carrie, and discounts from great companies like Fluid Running, Lever Movement, Netic Health, and Reflex Health. 
     
    You can subscribe to The Injured Athletes Club on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Audible, Amazon Music, or wherever you get your podcasts, and if you like what you hear, please leave us a rating or a review in Apple podcasts. That helps other injured athletes find the show.



    To access more resources for injured athletes:
    Buy Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries —now available as an audiobook! Join The Injured Athletes Club mailing list, for news and updates Join The Injured Athletes Club Facebook group, for support and camaraderie Like The Injured Athletes Club Podcast Facebook page, for the latest episodes Email us at hello@injuredathletesclub.com with questions, guest suggestions, or other feedback  
    DISCLAIMER: This content is for educational & informational use only and & does not constitute medical advice. Do not disregard, avoid or delay obtaining medical or health related advice from your health-care professional because of something you may have heard in an episode of this podcast. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with a qualified medical professional for proper evaluation & treatment. Guests who speak on this podcast express their own opinions, experiences, and conclusions, and The Injured Athletes Club podcast hosts nor any company providing financial support endorses or opposes any particular treatment option discussed in the episodes of this podcast and are not responsible for any actions or inactions of listeners based on the information presented. The use of any information provided is solely at your own risk.

    • 13 min
    Pro Triathlete Sika Henry: The Power of Representation

    Pro Triathlete Sika Henry: The Power of Representation

    "At first it was a bit difficult, talking about it and reliving it, but now I see how powerful that can be. You wouldn't believe how many stories I hear. I swear every time somebody crashes really bad on their bike, they reach out to me. It’s incredible—I don't think people realize that about themselves when they reach out, but literally they will be in the hospital messaging me, ‘How did you get through this? How quickly did you come back?’ I say, ‘if you’re already thinking about it, that right there goes to show how strong you are. If you want to come back, you will once you're clear.’”
     
    The first time she lined up for a triathlon in 2013, Sika Henry was hooked—but she noticed something out on the course. Or rather, she noticed what wasn’t there: any other people of color competing alongside her.
     
    From that moment, she dedicated herself to becoming the first Black woman to earn her pro card in the sport, hoping to show others what was possible. A serious bike crash during a race in 2019 nearly derailed her. But with such a powerful mission, she returned to finish what she started.
     
    In this week’s episode, Sika shares the key question from her dad, and the messages from fans, that kept her moving; the creative solutions her coach developed to help her train during recovery; and more about her efforts to increase diversity in the sport through efforts such as the Ironman Foundation’s Race For Change initiative. 
     
    New this season: We’re asking listeners to support the show directly, which you can do at buymeacoffee.com/rebound. Make a one-time donation or download extras like webinar recordings and resource sheets. Or, you can join as an ongoing member; for $10 a month, you’ll get goodies like podcast extras, live monthly Q&As with Carrie, and discounts from great companies like Fluid Running, Lever Movement, Netic Health, and Reflex Health.   
     
    You can subscribe to The Injured Athletes Club on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Audible, Amazon Music, or wherever you get your podcasts, and if you like what you hear, please leave us a rating or a review in Apple podcasts. That helps other injured athletes find the show.
     
    Resources/links:
    Sika’s website, Instagram, Twitter, and blog (including the post about her accident—which has some intense images) Her Slowtwitch post about race starts Ironman Foundation’s Race For Change initiative  
    To access more resources for injured athletes:
    Buy Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries —now available as an audiobook! Join The Injured Athletes Club mailing list, for news and updates Join The Injured Athletes Club Facebook group, for support and camaraderie Like The Injured Athletes Club Podcast Facebook page, for the latest episodes Email us at hello@injuredathletesclub.com with questions, guest suggestions, or other feedback  
    DISCLAIMER: This content is for educational & informational use only and & does not constitute medical advice. Do not disregard, avoid or delay obtaining medical or health related advice from your health-care professional because of something you may have heard in an episode of this podcast. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with a qualified medical professional for proper evaluation & treatment. Guests who speak on this podcast express their own opinions, experiences, and conclusions, and The Injured Athletes Club podcast hosts nor any company providing financial support endorses or opposes any particular treatment option discussed in the episodes of this podcast and are not responsible for any actions or inactions of listeners based on the information presented. The use of any information provided is solely at your own risk.
     

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

Melskiiiiiiiiii ,

Wonderful and Relatable

Being an athlete has been my whole life. I never reached my full potential because the doctors and specialists could never find anything with my chronic pain. I finally found a surgeon who was willing to try a few things, and two surgeries later, I’m on the road to recovery. It has been a long and grueling process and your podcast has been an amazing staple in my present life as I work through the mental health aspect of the entire healing process. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone working through injury and recovery. Thank you!!

1stingray ,

College athletes must listen

I am an injured college athlete and this podcast saved my life. The topics touched on are so beneficial to the mental recovery that comes with an injury. I spent the past semester being dismissed and feeling very isolated which lead to a slump in depression and after listening to this podcast I feel like I’m a person again and it gave me the motivation to keep working hard.

Ali Tesch ,

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!!!

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