Sep 26, 2019
When hockey forward Meghan Duggan broke her wrist in the semifinals of the World Championships a few years ago, she could clearly see the fractured bone on an MRI. The path forward was clear, if a bit painful: She’d wear a cast to play in the finals (where the team won gold), have surgery, then let the bones heal.
That seemed simple and straightforward after what she’d just been through: a 14-month recovery from a serious concussion. Since December of 2011, she’d been coping with symptoms such as migraine-like headaches, severe sensitivity to light and sound, and depression. At her lowest moments, she’d wondered if she could even handle going to the grocery store, let alone returning to the ice.
But through a long, slow process of self-discovery and an innovative approach to treatment, she rebounded—to new heights. She led her team to an Olympic silver in Sochi and then gold in PyeongChang in 2018—and in between, through a contract dispute with USA Hockey that amounted to a seismic shift toward gender equality in the sport. While her injury recovery was nothing she’d wish on anyone else, she said, the skills and determination she gained fueled all that came afterward.
Meghan joined us today to discuss:
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