Every Injured Athlete’s Linchpin: A Guide to EMDR in Plain English

Introduction I’m sharing a personal vignette in this blog because so many of you share similar struggles. I want you to feel unashamed and know you’re not alone. I want you to know there’s an infinitely effective tool to help. It’s called EMDR, and we’ll talk all

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Type One Diabetes and the Injured Athlete

About how I got involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation In 2000 my favorite Uncle (UC is what I call him; everyone else knows him as Kevin) nearly lost his foot to diabetes. Months of not knowing how the wound heal (or not) ended in relief when

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On Obsessions: The Man Who Swam 10,000 Days in a Row

It’s the first Saturday in September, on a mercifully cool Texas summer morning. I’m sitting under a gnarled old pecan tree, plump with nuts, watching a remarkable event unfold before my eyes. A man I know through swimming is celebrating his 10,000th swim in a row with

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How to Recover from an Injury: Hint…Don’t Try it Without a Movement Therapist (Part 3)

This is the third in a 4-part series where I’ll share why, after injury, working with a Movement Therapist is a must. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here. I’ll share what prompted me to see Jesse, what happens to your nervous system after

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Communication With Your Partner After Injury: A Time for Extraordinary Patience

Introduction Heads up…I wanted to entitle this blog “The $hit Nobody Tells You About Surgery and Chronic Injury That you Really Need to Know.” Nobody talks about this stuff because, frankly, it’s grim. You certainly aren’t going to openly talk about it with friends or family. Likewise,

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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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How to Recover from an Injury: Hint…Don’t Try it Without a Movement Therapist (Part 2)

This is the second in a 4-part series where I’ll share why, after injury, working with a Movement Therapist is a must. You can read part 1 here. I’ll share what prompted me to see Jesse, what happens to your nervous system after an injury, and how

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Musings From a Boot: Lessons I’ve Been Reminded of Through Injury

When she was in the boot, I asked her is she’d write a guest blog post for me on her injury lessons. When I read her words, I though, “I wish someone had told me this stuff when I was spectacularly flailing through my first injury recovery.”

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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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How to Recover from an Injury: Hint…Don’t Try it Without a Movement Therapist (Part 1)

This is the first in a 4-part series where I’ll share why, after injury, working with a Movement Therapist is a must. This blog series falls under the category “how to recover from an injury: the things nobody tells you.” I’ll share what prompted me to see

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