This is the book and the community that I had been looking for. And I would recommend that if you know an injured athlete, then this book is probably the best gift that you could give them.
I came across it when I was listening to one of the podcast series that I often listen to and heard it mentioned: ‘Rebound: Train your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries’ by Carrie Jackson Cheadle and Cindy Kuzma. As well as reading it cover to cover, and going back through it over and over, I also discovered the Podcast series and the Facebook page under the title of ‘The Injured Athletes Club’.
The book has forty-nine mental drills that map against fifteen key mental skills that you can build to aid recovery from injury. It is built from real experience helping athletes through successful rehabilitation from injury – and the core belief that one can rebound from injury.
The book includes
- narratives describing athletes’ journeys through injury, including the key inflection points
- Scientific explanations of the underlying psychology
- Key points to take away and work on
- Specific mental drills that you can incorporate into your recovery
But perhaps the community is the most important part
The book opens with talking about the fact that you are not alone, and that with that pillar in place – there is a path forward.
The community allows for the stages of grieving – accepting and defusing the negative emotions, finding the clarity and support for the steps needed for your progress and then having a genuine cheerleading group to celebrate the simple, baby-steps steps of progress towards your bigger goals.
What I really like about the book
What I really like about the book is the fact that it is flexible and multi-faceted, so you can keep coming at things from different angles and building up even as your situation evolves and changes – whether that is progress or a slip backwards.
I hope that it brings you or your friends support and strength when this is most needed.