Hello, and welcome to The Injured Athletes Club! We’re sorry you’re here, but we’re glad you’re with us.
Injuries affect nearly every athlete, and the impact is mental as much as it is physical. Right now, you’re likely feeling isolated, disconnected from your team or training partners. You’re stressed out by dealing with this setback—and at the same time, robbed of one of your main coping mechanisms. You may even be feeling a loss of identity—who am I, if I can’t train, compete, or move my body in the way I’m used to?
We’re here to tell you: You’re still an athlete. You’re not alone in feeling this way. And you have a critical advantage: All the time, skills, and energy that have propelled you forward in your sport can also help you overcome this setback.
Injury sucks, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Here, you’ll find support, resources, and hope as you navigate the challenges of rehab, recovery, and returning to your sport—or moving on to a new phase. And if you’re the friend, family member, health care provider, or coach of an injured athlete, these resources can also help you better understand and support the person who’s sidelined.
Here are four things you can do right now, today, to begin to change the trajectory of your injury experience:
|Pick up a copy of our book, Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries—a practical guide to building the mental skills athletes need to recover from injury and rebound stronger. It weaves together personal narratives from more than 40 athletes, scientific research, and the specialized clinical expertise of certified mental performance consultant Carrie Jackson Cheadle—and contains more than 45 Mental Skills and Drills athletes can use at every phase of their recovery process.|
|Join The Injured Athletes Club Facebook group, where you’ll find a supportive community of other people who just get it.|
|Listen to real stories of athletes who’ve been there, or who are there right now, on The Injured Athletes Club podcast.|
|Sign up for The Injured Athletes Club email list for updates on podcast episodes, helpful links and tips, and three FREE mp3 downloads of breathing, relaxation, and visualization exercises.|