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 serious fall on the uneven bars sent her to the hospital and threatened her future in the sport. (Just a heads-up to listeners, she describes the incident in a bit of detail around the 9:56 mark.)
The broken bones and stitches weren’t the worst part. Far more challenging was the transition from invincible to fragile in others’ eyes. Despite supportive parents and teammates, she still felt isolated and depressed without psychological help for the trauma.
On this week’s Injured Athletes Club, Angie shares more about this experience, as well as her transition to endurance sports and her work helping athletes and others “be their best a little bit more often.” We discuss:
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