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Female Athlete Nutrition

Jun 30, 2022

In this episode of the Female Athlete Podcast, I speak with Certified Mental Performance Coach Carrie Jackson. This conversation is full of advice on navigating injuries and rehab that is transferable to REDS and disordered eating recovery. Carrie discusses her career journey, the gaps she saw in how injured athletes were managed, and how she is filling them through the work she does today. Carrie speaks about a snowboarding injury that was the catalyst to the work she does today; by shifting her mindset and making recovery her sport, Carrie came back to have her best season ever. 

We discuss the need for community and support during times of injuries, and we suggest ways to stay involved with your teams even when you can’t participate yourself. This starts with making recovery your sport, creating a training plan and setting goals specific to recovery: even when injured, you are still an athlete! 

Carrie introduces the idea of recovery check-ins instead of firm timelines: as athletes we hold on to the standard time frames doctors and PTs give but it’s important to hold these numbers loosely. Recovery is unpredictable and rarely goes as planned: the time frames are all generic averages but we are unique individuals and should expect a nonlinear path to avoid emotional spiraling. Similarly to athletes looking to improve their nutrition and restore energy balance in the case of REDS, there is no one size fits all plan to injuries, and setbacks are common and expected!

Carrie shares the incredible work she does creating communities for injured athletes on her podcast and Facebook group: The Injured Athlete Podcast. We emphasize the need for support, avoiding isolation and normalizing injury as part of training: like with REDS and disordered eating, you are not alone in injury and help is out there.

We speak to the mental side of injuries with advice on overcoming adversity and resilience. Carrie emphasizes how skills learned during injuries and recovery can help you to rebound a mentally and physically stronger athlete when you return to your sport.

Carrie discusses her work with athletes with diabetes, helping them balance exercise while managing their blood sugar, and putting on training camps to support diabetics with this. She helps everyone embrace an athletic identity and reduce the mental burden of their diagnosis; learn to fuel as an athlete first then treat the diabetes second; and normalize activity within the diabetes community. We differentiate between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, raising awareness of the countless challenges and pervasive stigma diabetics face daily that deters them from exercising. Athletes can have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and diabetics can exercise safely, be athletes, and even perform at the same level as non-diabetics. 

Find Carrie and all she does at and on Instagram and Twitter @feedtheathlete and Faecebook @MentalSkillsTrainingforAthletes

Check out Carrie’s book Rebound 

Join The Injured Athletes Club on Facebook, tune into The Injured Athletes Club podcast and check out 

Carrie’s Official Bio:

Carrie Jackson is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant in Northern California and has been a professional in the field of sport and peak performance psychology since 2002. She is co-author of the book Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries, as well as co-host of the podcast The Injured Athletes Club. She has been interviewed as an expert resource for articles that have appeared in publications such as New York Times, Huffington Post, US News and World Report, Outside Magazine, Shape Magazine, Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, and Women’s Running Magazine. 

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