Injuries affect essentially every athlete. The experience is as much mental as physical. But typically, the support athletes receive during this time has focused mostly on healing joints, bones, and tendons—not thoughts, emotions, and experiences.
As a mental skills coach and a journalist writing about sports and fitness, this discrepancy stood out to us like a sore thumb. That’s why we started this podcast and our Facebook group for injured athletes, hoping to change the narrative around recovery. And now—as we announced at the end of last season—we have a new resource to share with you. Our book Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries will be out Oct. 15 from Bloomsbury Sport (you can pre-order it on Amazon or through the publisher now!).
Rebound includes many of the concepts and tools we’ve talked about on this podcast, and lots more—a total of 49 mental drills to try, along with explanations of why they work and stories of athletes who’ve been there. With these resources, our goal is to not only help you recover from injury, but come back a stronger, more resilient athlete and person, both within your sport and outside it.
In this episode, we discuss:
- How Carrie got into sport psychology and helping injured athletes specifically—and how we began working together (2:23)
- The four key themes of the book (7:45)
- The ways injury affects athletes psychologically (10:38)
- Why the experience differs from athlete to athlete and injury to injury—and what determines how well an athlete copes (13:31)
- Why we need a book like this, and how exactly mental skills training can help athletes during their rehab process (16:29)
- Whether some athletes are naturally tougher and better able to handle injury, and what Carrie learned about sport psychology from singing in harmony (18:22)
- Why Rebound won’t ensure athletes never have any negative thoughts, and why that isn’t something you should actually strive for in the first place (21:22)
- How the book is set up and how athletes can use it (23:18)
- What the title means exactly, and how athletes can visualize their recovery like a bouncing ball (25:54)
- How mental skills can also help athletes who have life-altering injuries—and how they transcend sports to help anyone overcome any obstacle (32:40)
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Resources/links we mention:
- Episode 2 of season 1, explaining The Injured Athletes Club
- Carrie’s first book, On Top of Your Game
- Our launch week events in Chicago, Oct. 9 to 12
To access more resources for injured athletes:
- Join The Injured Athletes Club mailing list, for weekly news and updates
- Join The Injured Athletes Club Facebook group, for support and camaraderie
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, guest suggestions, or other feedback
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