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The Injured Athletes Club

Mar 14, 2019

We’re sorry you’re here, but we’re glad you’re here, too!

Welcome to the third episode of The Injured Athletes Club, a podcast about how to cope with sports injuries. We’re your hosts, mental skills coach Carrie Jackson Cheadle and journalist Cindy Kuzma.

This week, the two of us are here to talk you through a mental exercise Carrie recommends to work your way through sticky situations during your recovery. This one’s called: Go FAR. You can use it anytime you feel trapped or are facing a bump in the road you just can’t see your way through.


On this episode, we discuss:

-What the acronym Go FAR stands for: Feel, Accept, Recover

-The types of situations in which it’s useful (hint: just about anytime you feel stuck or in denial)

-What your feelings can tell you—and why it’s so important to listen to them

-Why we tend to clump emotions together or rush either through or away from them (there are actually biological reasons for these tendencies)

-Why getting really specific about what we’re feeling helps to break this cycle

-The “beautiful release” that can come just from being honest about your emotions

-When stepping back and gaining perspective or context can help—and when it’s counterproductive

-How journaling can help, and an alternative if you don’t love writing

-Why actually scripting out—and practicing telling—your own injury story is important (including the magic of the word “prefer”)

-How to recover—to plot your next step once you’ve accepted reality


Resources we mention:

-Emotion lists: one html, one pdf

-A journaling exercise from Carrie’s website

-Mindset, by Carol Dweck

-The Insight Timer app


And, as always:

-Our website,

-The Injured Athletes Club Facebook group


Thanks for listening, and please reach out anytime at with questions, guest suggestions, or other feedback.