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Angie Fifer first enrolled at Penn State with a plan to become an athletic trainer. But during a class in sport psychology, she instantly knew she’d found her calling—to prevent other athletes from having the same experience she had. When she was 16, a serious fall on the uneven bars sent her to the hospital and threatened her future in the sport. Angie shares more about this experience, her transition to endurance sports, and her work helping athletes and others “be their best a little bit more often
After overcoming multiple injuries to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in the nick of time, 5,000-meter runner Jessica O’Connell faced another series of setbacks as she prepared for the Games. Through it all, she’s realized adversity strikes everyone—the best (and luckiest) among us are those who can persevere. It’s an attitude that’s served her well throughout her career. She views injuries as disappointing but not devastating, in large part because she now has a plan to deal with them.
Jen A. Miller has been writing about running for The New York Times since 2010. Last year, she sustained a serious setback, a stress fracture in her tibia. In the weekly running newsletter she now writes for the Times, she chronicled her journey, from the anger and frustration at her diagnosis to an emotional comeback, running the New York City Marathon with her mother. On this episode, Jen—the author of the memoir Running: A Love Story—shares her experiences.
If you ask Joey Wagman to describe his baseball career, he’ll tell you it’s a bit unorthodox. He’s played in both the minor leagues and several different independent leagues. Since 2017, he’s also pitched for Team Israel, which is now headed to the 2020 Olympics. On this episode, he explains that the high he’s riding was made all the more meaningful due to the lows from which he’d recently emerged—a shoulder injury that required surgery and affected his mental health in ways that caught him o
During her long career as a wheelchair racer, Amanda McGrory has accumulated seven Paralympic medals and more marathon finishes than she can count—including first-place and podium finishes at many of the sport’s major races. Her half-decade’s worth of experience has also brought her something less tangible but incredibly useful: an ability to see the bigger, broader picture of her career and life. This week, she joins us to discuss how that perspective in managing injury.
One of the biggest challenges of injury is seeing your goals and timelines slip through your fingers. You may know, objectively, that these plans no longer make sense given your new situation. Still, each time you realize you’re not reaching them can provoke feelings of failure. This week, Carrie talks through an exercise designed to call attention to your achievements. Using Redefine Success, you can learn to truly celebrate your wins and fuel yourself with confidence and motivation.
Sustaining an injury can be one of the most stressful occurrences you will face during your athletic career. From the moment you sustain an injury, to the moment you return to training and competition, the injury experience can send you on an emotional roller-coaster. During your injury recovery, the focus is often primarily on healing your body and not necessarily on the “mental rehab” you need; on building back trust and confidence in your body and your performance. Research shows that the use of mental skills training during injury recovery can benefit both your physical and mental recovery.
If you find yourself struggling with your feelings of confidence, holding yourself back out of fear of re-injury when you’ve been medically cleared, having a hard time trusting your body, or struggling with any of the mental and emotional aspects of your recovery— there is a way forward and Carrie can help. Sometimes you need some extra tools and support to get through this challenging time. Contact Carrie for more information on how you can help you build your resilience and confidence during your injury recovery.
Injuries affect every athlete, from the elite Olympian to the weekend racer. In the moment, a traumatic crash, a torn muscle, or a stress fracture can feel like the most devastating event possible. While some athletes are destroyed by the experience, others emerge from their recovery better, stronger, and more confident than ever.
Weaving together personal narratives from athletes, scientific research, and the specialized clinical expertise of mental skills coach Carrie Jackson Cheadle, Rebound contains more than 45 Mental Skills and Drills athletes can use at every phase of their recovery process.
Injury and other setbacks are inevitable–but with training, you can learn to overcome them skillfully and confidently, the same way point guards and forwards practice rebounds.
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In the News
10.23.18 Episode 31: Carrie Cheadle on Regaining Confidence and Building Resilience Through Injury Recovery, podcast interview on Parenting Peak Performers Podcast
4.11.18 The mental and emotional rollercoaster of dealing with injury with Carrie Cheadle, podcast interview on That Triathlon Show