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The Mental Side of Injury: What to Do When Your Recovery Isn’t Going So Swimmingly

“How are you feeling after yesterday?” my friend Todd asked me as we walked down the steps toward the pool. “I feel good,” I replied. “Aren’t your shoulders sore?” he asked. “Not at all,” I replied. “Hmmm. I think my shoulders are sore from pounding against the

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I Called for a Taxi and Never Expected it to Change my Life

Whether you’re facing the emotional fallout of injury or PTSD, the tools you’ll need to dig out of your hole are exactly the same. When you call for a taxi, what do you expect? Like most people, you probably expect an individual to show up on time

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What Overcoming Your Injuries Looks Like: Inspiration from a Cyclocross National Champion

The weather forecast in Austin for January 8, 2015, was grim by anyone’s standards, especially for a bike race. At the start time for the wisest women’s age categories (60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75+) at US Masters Cyclocross Nationals the predicted temperature was a frigid 28 degrees–with

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Part 2: Ameliorating Social Isolation – Guest Blog Post for Jo Belton at MyCuppaJo.com

Thank goodness for the interwebs, for without them I never would have crossed paths with Jo. A client urged me to check out her website. I was instantly captivated. Jo’s writing can only come from a place of experience with being an injured athlete with chronic pain.

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Part 1: Understanding Social Isolation – Guest Blog Post for Jo Belton at MyCuppaJo.com

Thank goodness for the interwebs, for without them I never would have crossed paths with Jo. A client urged me to check out her website. I was instantly captivated. Jo’s writing can only come from a place of experience with being injured athlete with chronic pain. How

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Doing This One Thing Will Change the Course of Your Injury Recovery: Wisdom from The Mighty Kitty

Don’t hold it against me, but I’ve never been much of a cat person, probably because 2 strands of cat hair used to bring my immune system to its knees, leaving me gasping for air. Plus, admit it, cats are a little capricious–scratch a cat on his

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Dirty Little Secrets About Injury: Advice from the Three Best Physical Therapists on Earth

I’ve been a patient at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, since October 2011, through 6 surgeries and hundreds of hours of physical therapy. Thanks in part to a team of genius physical therapists, I’ve recovered from a complicated and pernicious condition. Their knowledge and my follow

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From One Athlete to Another: His Injury Advice Stands to Make Your Recovery Easier and Faster

In the fall of 2013, Austin-American Statesman journalist Pam LeBlanc wrote a story about my injury and creation of Injured Athlete’s Toolbox. Shortly after the article’s publication, I hosted one of my regular seminars for injured athletes. We answer each other’s questions; we help each other navigate

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Part 4: Epilogue – Injured Athlete Inspiration (NAA Mentors Aren’t Always Winning Races. Sometimes They’re Injured. What They’ve Learned Can Help You. – Guest Blog Post for Network for Advancing Athletes)

Network for Advancing Athletes mentors Courteney Lowe, Carrie Toleffson, Tina Pic, Annie Ewart, Alison Tetrick, and founder Amber Pierce share a love of their sport, a passion for guiding fellow female athletes, and all-too-much experience with injury. Through traumatic brain injuries, an obscure vascular condition, and various

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Part 3: NAA Mentors Aren’t Always Winning Races. Sometimes They’re Injured. What They’ve Learned Can Help You. – Guest Blog Post for Network for Advancing Athletes

Have you lost your motivation? Finding motivation after injury can be frustrating and elusive. This blog will help you. Network for Advancing Athletes mentors Courteney Lowe, Carrie Toleffson, Tina Pic, Annie Ewart, Alison Tetrick, and founder Amber Pierce share a love of their sport, a passion for

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