The Injured Athletes Club
Summary: 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.
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.
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.
Running coach Julie Sapper, half of the duo behind Maryland-based Run Farther and Faster, has finished the Boston Marathon 10 times. Three and a half weeks before this April’s race, she felt a strange pop in her knee during an easy run. The next morning, she called the orthopedic specialist. MRI results confirmed her suspicions: She’d torn her meniscus. Instead of toeing the starting line in Hopkinton, she scheduled surgery for May 1. Here's how she's approaching rehab and recovery, physically and menta
In the summer of 2018, pro runner Kaitlin Goodman had just signed a contract with the Boston Athletic Association High Performance Team and Adidas. She was training for the TCS New York City Marathon that fall. Then, on a training run in August, she dove to avoid a car that nearly hit her and partially tore her hamstring tendon. The diagnosis—and the subsequent recovery—ranks as one of the biggest challenges she’s faced. In her journey back to running, she gained perspective (and a new family member).
It’s the week before the Boston Marathon, and I—Cindy Kuzma—won’t be running it, for the first time in six years. I’m disappointed but also excited to watch an amazing elite field and cheer on my friends. Sitting with those conflicting emotions has proven 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 an exercise that’s all about making peace with feelings that seem opposite. We call it Bad News,
Miranda Alcaraz—a former high-level CrossFit competitor and now co-founder of thriving fitness community Street Parking—has experience with injuries both in and out of her sport, including a serious car accident and a torn ACL that happened in the middle of a competition. Each has had a different emotional impact, though she used some of the same tools and techniques to approach her recovery—strategies she shares with other injured athletes who reach out to her, and in this episode.
Mental skills coach Carrie Jackson Cheadle and journalist Cindy Kuzma, your co-hosts, are here to talk you through a mental exercise Carrie recommends to work your way through sticky situations during your recovery. This one’s called: Go FAR. It stands for Feel, Accept, Recover, and you can use it anytime you feel trapped or are facing a bump in the road you just can’t see your way through.
Amelia Boone is an ultrarunner, four-time world champion obstacle course racer, and full-time attorney. She was dominating the OCR scene and training for the Western States Endurance Run when she developed a stress fracture in her femur—then one in her sacrum, when she returned. Here, she shares what she learned from the experience, and why she hates the word "comeback."
Welcome to the first episode of The Injured Athletes Club, a podcast about how to cope with sports injuries. On this initial episode, we discuss what The Injured Athletes Club is; some of the most common psychological consequences of injury; and how doing mental rehab along with physical rehab can enhance your recovery.