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The Injured Athletes Club

Feb 27, 2020

Angie Fifer first enrolled at Penn State with a plan to become an athletic trainer. But during a class in sport psychology, she felt a tear roll down her cheek. Instantly, she knew she’d found her calling—to prevent other athletes from having the same experience she had.

When she was 16 and an aspiring gymnast, a...


Feb 13, 2020

After overcoming multiple injuries to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in the nick of time, 5,000-meter runner Jessica O’Connell faced another series of setbacks as she prepared for the Games. 

 

When she arrived in Rio, she was tempted to view her situation as an anomaly. But the more she talked to other athletes, the...


Jan 23, 2020

Jen A. Miller has been writing about running for The New York Times since 2010. The first article on the sport she published there had to do with injury—"dead butt syndrome," specifically.

Last year, she sustained another serious setback, a stress fracture in her tibia. In the weekly running newsletter she now writes...


Jan 9, 2020

If you ask Joey Wagman to describe his baseball career, he’ll tell you—with a wink—it’s a bit unorthodox. Since his 2013 graduation from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he earned All-American honors and served as team captain for two years, he’s played in both the minor leagues and several different...