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The Injured Athletes Club

Jun 2, 2022

“It's so important to pay attention to how you are talking to yourself, because your words influence everything. So you really need to understand your self-talk and start to dive into it a little bit and know, OK, is the way I'm talking to myself right now—is that helping me or is that actually hurting me?”


Imagine you’re walking past two sets of coaches and athletes on the tennis court, track, or soccer pitch. One coach is yelling at an athlete for her poor performance, telling her it’s all her fault and she’ll never improve. The other is offering encouraging words, letting the athlete know she may have fallen short this time, but if she tries again, success is achievable. 


Which coach would you rather play for—and which athlete do you predict will do better in the long run?


Most of us would gravitate toward a leader who’s empathetic and builds athletes up rather than tearing them down. But so often, and especially when we’re injured, we serve as our own nightmare coach—blaming ourselves for any setback and constantly pointing out our own shortcomings.


Co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson sees this all the time in her clients, and now, we’re dedicating a whole episode to turning this equation around. Your self-talk matters, and there are many ways to notice that inner dialogue and shift it so you’re nourishing your inner athlete, rather than feeding the monster of self-doubt and criticism.


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  • Rebound worksheets, which include several of the exercises we mention
  • The Queen’s University study that quantifies the number of thoughts we have per day (more than 6,000!)


To access more resources for injured athletes:


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