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 a Question: Ric’s Request
This week, Carrie responds to a request from listener Ric J. He asks: "How do I come to terms with or accept that I can no longer do exactly what I had hoped to do? I never let that dream go. After four years, I should but I can't."
Runner and Mountaineer Manal Rostom: Accept, Adapt, Act
Manal Rostom has been running since the age of 13. She rededicated herself to the sport in her 30s, and subsequently ran 13 marathons, becoming the first Egyptian woman to run five of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors. And, she climbed new heights; she’s also the first Egyptian woman to summit two of the world’s highest mountains. This week, she shares the story of the injury that sidelined her for six months, and what she learned about adapting, motivation, and self-love along the way.
Carrie Answers a Question: Sarah’s Sadness
"There are days when I feel utterly hopeless and cry a lot. How do I keep it together? My doctor prescribed therapy and counseling, but there are no available spaces in my area. Besides yoga and meditation, what can I do to stay or return to positive?" This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson suggests some ways for listener Sarah B. to accept the emotions she has and to process them in a way that allows her to move forward.
Skyrunner Hillary Allen: Courage and Curiosity
Hillary Allen’s amazing story is actually the very first one we highlight in our book Rebound. In 2017, she fell off a ridge during Norway’s Tromsø Skyrace, tumbling 150 feet to what could have been her death. Her injuries included two broken ribs and wrists, a fracture in her back, and a ruptured ligament in her foot. Her compelling new book Out and Back tells the tale of her accident and recovery. On this week’s show, we delve into some of the emotional components of that incredible journey.
Carrie Answers a Question: Carla’s Challenge
How can I handle the pressure of not being able to train with the fear of losing fitness as a competitive athlete? This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Carla F. She suggests Carla reset her goals and remember that her fitness will come back in time, once she allows herself the time and space to heal.
Paralympic Javelin Thrower Justin Phongsavanh: Building a Dream
This Saturday, Justin Phongsavanh will have six throws of the javelin to earn his way to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, when he competes at the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials for Track & Field in Minnesota. In this week’s episode, he shares with us the incredible journey that brought him to this point—and how the power of sport has carried him through some of life’s toughest moments.
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.
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.