The Injured Athletes Club is a collaboration between mental skills coach Carrie Jackson Cheadle and freelance health and fitness writer Cindy Kuzma. We have both been there, on the injured list. We know how upsetting and frustrating it can be. So, we created a community of support and resources to make this journey easier—so you can come back even stronger. Our efforts include a Facebook group, a podcast, and a forthcoming book, Rebound: Training Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries (Bloomsbury Sport).
Carrie Jackson Cheadle lives in Northern California and is a Mental Skills Coach and Certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. She is author of the book On Top of Your Game: Mental Skills to Maximize Your Athletic Performance (Feed the Athlete Press, 2013). A popular source for media, Carrie has been interviewed for publications such as Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health, Outside Magazine, Shape Magazine, Runner’s World, Bicycling Magazine, and Huffington Post.
Carrie received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Sonoma State University, California and her master’s degree in sport psychology at John. F. Kennedy University, California. She has been teaching and supervising masters students in the Sport Psychology program at that same university since 2006. Carrie consults with athletes of all ages and at every level, from recreational athletes, high school and collegiate athletes, to elite and professional athletes competing at national and international levels. In addition to being known known for her expertise in sports performance and psychological recovery from injury, she is also one of the foremost experts specializing in Mental Skills Training for athletes and exercisers with Type 1 diabetes, and is the director of the Mental Skills Training Program for Diabetes Training Camp. Carrie has her own personal commitment to lifelong fitness and when she isn’t working with athletes, you might find her running on a trail, playing guitar, or hitting the slopes on her snowboard.
Cindy Kuzma is a Chicago-based journalist with a specialty in fitness and health. Her work has appeared in Runner’s World, The New York Times, Chicago Magazine, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, espnW.com, VICE’s Tonic, SELF, OutsideOnline.com, Prevention, USA Today magazines and elsewhere. She also contributed audio reporting to The Runner’s World Show and Human Race, podcasts produced by Runner’s World, and is the producer and co-host of #WeGotGoals, a podcast by Chicago-based media company aSweatLife.com. She’s completed 21 marathons, including seven Boston Marathons, and also likes to lift heavy things or fumble awkwardly through yoga classes every once in a while. She studied journalism at Baylor University and has a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, along with addition coursework in anatomy, physiology, and biology. She lives in the Andersonville neighborhood with her husband and two cats/interns, Mushaboom and Tuna.