Weaving together personal narratives from athletes, scientific research, and the specialized clinical expertise of mental skills coach Carrie Jackson Cheadle, Rebound contains more than 45 Mental Skills and Drills athletes can use at every phase of their recovery process. These same strategies can help athletes who aren't currently injured reduce their vulnerability to injury and enable any individual to reach new heights within their sport and beyond.
Injuries affect every athlete, from the elite Olympian to the weekend racer. In the moment, a traumatic crash, a torn muscle, or a stress fracture can feel like the most devastating event possible. While some athletes are destroyed by the experience, others emerge from their recovery better, stronger, and more confident than ever.
Not everyone can recover swiftly enough to notch a winning performance in two weeks, of course. However, anyone can toward a swifter, stronger comeback using mental skills, psychological tools that enable them to take control of their recovery and ultimately use the experience to their advantage. Injury and other setbacks are inevitablebut with training, you can learn to overcome them skillfully and confidently, the same way point guards and forwards practice rebounds.
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About the Author
Cindy Kuzma is a Chicago-based journalist with a specialty in fitness and health, a contributing editor at Runner's World magazine, and co-author of Superfood Swap: The 4-Week Plan to Eat What You Crave Without the C.R.A.P. She earned her master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and has spent the past 15 years writing for national print and online publications, including Men's Health, Women's Health, Prevention, espnW.com, VICE, SELF, Prevention, and USA Today magazines. She also contributes 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 aSweatLife.com.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Injuries Suck 13
Chapter 2 You're Special-But You're Not Special 33
Chapter 3 Recovery Is Now Your Sport 53
Chapter 4 The Time-Travel Trap 77
Chapter 5 Calm Down And Chill Out 95
Chapter 6 Rally Your Crew 117
Chapter 7 Feed The (Injured) Athlete 141
Chapter 8 Now What? 163
Chapter 9 The Rebound Lifestyle 189
About the Authors 216