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.
Buy our book Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries, now available as an audiobook narrated by Carrie Jackson.
You are still an athlete, and your recovery is now your sport.Rebound, page 55