030: #scarstories featuring Jim Keller of Next Level SPPT
I sat down and spoke with owner of Next Level SPPT in Golden, CO Jim Keller about many things. Jim was an integral part of my ACL injury recoveries so I wanted to get his perspective on:
- Why he got into athletic training and sports performance
- What injury still haunts him to this day
- Why he believes "the head leads the body" is so key in injury recovery
- Next Level's return to sport test and why it is designed to fail athletes
- Why physical therapists should be the first person someone calls after an injury
Jim opens up to us and shares some great tips about why timelines in this process should be thrown out the window.
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027: #scarstories feat. Joanna Lohman - episode 1
Days out of surgery, Joanna opens up about her outlook on her ACL injury in the first game of the NWSL season with the Washington Spirit. We have a very natural conversation about our paths and how Joanna is already facing this challenge ready to rise above. She speaks about how her injury happened, what her body was feeling like before, and why she thinks it is key to keep your life as normal as possible post surgery. Joanna is so inspiring in the way she is approaching this injury and finds encouragement through all the people who are supporting her already.
We look forward to doing a monthly check up with Joanna as she gets through the trials and triumphs of the ACL recovery process.
Make sure to follow her on Twitter
023: #scarstories featuring Tiffany Weimer
Tiffany Weimer is a 12 year professional soccer player currently playing for the Boston Breakers in the NWSL. Right before the 2017 NWSL season kicks off, Tiffany and I talk about her journey to where she is now: from her record setting career at Penn State, to traveling the world to continue playing soccer when opportunities in the US didn't work out. How she used her love for writing to help her through her ACL injury in 2014 to turning into someone who embraces the rockiness in life. Loved this honest conversation with Tiffany.
Rentless - Tim Grover
The Power of Habit - Charles Duhigg
Letters to a Young Poet - Rainer Maria Rilke
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022: Why Focus is Key in Injury Recovery
Today I talk about how focusing on the small things everyday in the process and letting go of the outcome in your injury recovery can help immensely. I am currently reading the Book "Chop Wood, Carry Water" by Joshua Medcalf. I am not even halfway through and my book is already highlighted more than it isn't and I am learning so many great things about the process. I camp on this quote for the podcast: "Your greatest challenge during your time here will be faithfully keeping your focus on the process, while surrendering the outcome." Focusing on the little things is so key and I share more about what this can mean to you in your injury recovery process.
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021: #scarstories with Super Bowl 50 Champion Jordan Norwood
Jordan Norwood, Penn State Alum and Super Bowl 50 Champion with the Denver Broncos, opens up about his journey from growning up in Hawaii to being a Super Bowl Champ. He talks about how some of the hardest things he faced helped him grow including how he clung to his self belief and faith during his rehabilitation from his ACL injury in 2014/2015. Jordan also opens up to me about some special moments during Super Bowl 50 that not a lot of people know about.
Jordan's Favorite book he mentioned
Lucas talks about his journey from Brazil to America to play collegiate soccer, why he stepped away from professional soccer at FC Dallas this year, and is using his life to positively influence people through his blog SoulFuel. We talk about what he wished he would of known 5 years ago before he was injured and how he thinks the growth mindset is so valuable in our life journey.
Lucas’ Book Recommendations:
1 - It is not about the shark by David Niven
2 - The Obstacle is the way by Ryan Holiday
3 - In a Pit with a Lion in a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson
4 - Mindset by Carol Dweck
5 - Burn you Goals by Jamie Gilbert and Joshua Medcalf
6 - Transformational leadership from Jamie Gilbert and Joshua Medcalf
7 - The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
8 - Talent is overrated by Geoff Colvin
9 - Taking the limits off God by James Richards
018: Feet Strengthening with guest Dr. Kenneth Vitale
I sit down for a conversation with Dr. Kenneth Vitale of the University of California San Diego Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine to elaborate on a talk he gave at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention in January about "Minimalist Running Shoe Trends." We talk about the importance of strengthening your foot muscles and how you can do it while you are injured to work a complete recovery from the feet to your head. Below are links Dr. Vitale speaks about and a link to his personal information.
If you are interested in...
I also mention Courtney Conely at Total Health Solutions in Golden, CO who is helping me currently try to address my own feet.
017: #scarstories feat. Katie Johnson - Mexican Women's National Team
Katie Johnson talks to me just minutes after being drafted in the NWSL draft in January. Katie talk about her knee injuries, how she stayed motivated, and her key in finding fitness again after her second ACL injury. Lastly, she talks about her dreams and goals as a soccer player. The end of the episode updates you all on how Katie is doing now with the Seattle Reign and ends with a little quote motivation that has impacted me today.
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015: Meditation and Taking Care of Yourself with Guest Sam Weber
This week Jordan talks to friend, entrepreneur, and recovering athlete Sam Weber about what she is currently going through in her ACL recovery process. Sam talks about how she is just starting to use meditation via the HeadSpace App and finding a dramatic difference in her focus during physical therapy sessions. We also talk about the importance to take care of your whole self: mind, body and spirit during the recovery process and how Sam has learned to embrace the space the recovery process has created. Great talk and make sure you listen to the end for an opportunity to get some free gear via emailing me email@example.com
014: Instagram shoutout - tattooed.skier shares his #scarstories
In something new, Jordan takes a page out of fellow podcaster Gary Vee's book and starts really interacting with people on social media. After noticing a lot of interaction from tattooed.skier, she reaches out via a phone call to learn more about his (Shaun's) story. This is a real and raw conversation between the two as he explains how his past helped build character that he is reassuring himself on now, how he uses vivid visualization and film study to help foster patience, an how he uses his voice on social media and through coaching to help inspire people to keep going. This is not a conversation you will want to miss. Thanks to Shaun for being so real with his reactions and words.
013: #scarstories feat. Casey Short
Casey Short opens up to Jordan about the ins and outs of her injuries throughout her soccer career. She talks about how she used her phone to help motivate her, what legend soccer player wrote her a note that she still reads to today, how it feels to play for your hometown professional soccer team, and what she wants to be remembered for when all is said and done many years from now. Casey is a resilient and humble person and I hope you enjoy this chat as much as I did.
Jordan takes us along with her on a hike up a mountain near her house where she discovers the parallels to the hike and the journey to recovery in a sports injury
011: #scarstories featuring Erica Cook
Jordan talks with American Ninja Warrior Erica Cook as she currently recovers from an ACL injury she endured last year. Erica talks about her diverse athletic background, how she got into ANW, how she finds motivation in conversation with fellow athletes, and how this injury and the recovery is allowing her to learn how to be more mindful of the way she trains.
Here is Erica performing theskill we talk about at the beginning of the podcast:
On Monday, ESPN ran a segment of Senior guard at Michigan State University Eron Harris, who after sustaining a season ending ACL injury the previous week, go to participate in MSU tradition of stepping onto the court and kissing the Trojan logo at half court. Watch the video here and see Eron's mother surprise him with the singing of the National Anthem that night here.
On Tuesday, I got to catch up with Eron as he talks to us about the emotional night of his senior game this past weekend, how he is doing now, and his outlook on the future. This is a young man who has his wy already and really believes he will grow from this opportunity.
Lastly, he shared with us how he has been finding a lot of strength in reading the Bible and the poem his teammates father shared with him called "If."
Allyson Lem talks about recovering from a devastating knee injury following ACL reconstruction. She was torn away from her sport at 20 years old with an infection in her joint that lead to a strong mental and physical journey back to being fully Allyson again. Her journey back and her outlook for the future and why she is finally proud to Show Her Scars.
**Warning: We do talk about Allyson's infection in her joint during her ACL journey. With any surgery, infection is a possibility your doctor will talk to you about. What is key about what Allyson wanted to say is you must communicate with your PT or Doctor when you feel like something might be wrong."
008: #scarstories feat. Ali Krieger
We talk to Ali Krieger about the highs and lows of her ACL injury recovery. She opens up about what was frustrating about return to sport, how she learned to value a different perspective while sitting on the sideline, and how her script of what happened in the following years couldn’t of been written any more perfect.
She talks about her initial feelings, the hardest mental and physical battles she faced, and how she used small goals each day to help her feel the progress of her recovery.
Ali also speeks about what her dad taught her at a young age that helped her through the ACL recovery and is something she still uses to this day.
We also play a fun rapid-fire answer game with Ali and get a “February Feels” playlist from her that we will share via Spotify.
You can connect with Ali here:
Twiter - @alikrieger
Instagram - @alikrieger
Website - alikrieger.com
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Chris Gorres, or known in the sports world as Trainer Gorres, is a Performance Coach, NASM, CPT, PES who works with World Cup, NWSL, NFL, MLS, NBA, youth, and adult athletes. He is also the co-owner of a new company called Onyx Elite.
We talked to Chris about…
Why he loves what he does, his experience and background.
His favorite books including:
Inside Out Coaching - John Ehrmann
Outliers - Malcom Gladwell
The Power of Habit - Charles Duhigg
How you can integrate back into your sport by studying the game. Watch games on TV or old games of yourself to see what your tendencies are, what your positional demands are and how you can improve that while you are away from the field/court.
Chris speaks about how communicating is the most important part of the injury recovery process. Getting everyone on the same page: you, trainer, PT, doctor, parents, coach. Develop a system that works for you so you aren’t over (or under) working.
Later in the podcast he gives some good return to sport or everyday exercises that can keep you going. They are linked below.
Onyx Elite is working to bring world class training to everyday people.
The injury recovery process is called that for a reason: it takes time, it is small victories paired with bumps in the road that eventually get you back to the sport you love. But how can we use it to learn? Listen in as Jordan shares her ideas about how we learn in the process.
1. Learned how my body works
a. Activating your glutes/hamstrings/core
b. Activation program
c. Fusionetics – short assessment with corrective movements
a. JuicePlus+ - fruits and veggies in a capsule! Bridges the nutrition gap
a. Affirmations are a small and powerful words you say to yourself several times a day to refocus your mind on the good.
During the last game of their season, Jeb tore his ACL. Now with Minnesota United making their move to MLS, Jeb is in limbo - rehabbing hard to get back to full health while not getting his contract picked up by the club. He talks about the mental and physical battles he is facing right now and the tools he is using to get through.
Jeb talks about how he uses something he found in Marcus Luttrell's book to motivate him daily. How The Tim Ferris Show and Tools of Titans has helped him explore his ability to do great things. He also talks about how he is working on other things to keep his mind off of his ACL rehab for good portions of the day everyday.
Jeb mentions how he is fueling his body, this is what he eats:
This is our first of a few interviews with Jeb as we track him throughout his ACL rehabilitation.
Let us know what you want to ask Jeb next time we talk to him by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is your why?
Figuring out why you are doing is so important: it helps motivate you daily, make decisions to help you get to your end goal, and refocusing your mind on what is important in your journey back to full health.
Get an expo marker and write your why on your mirror. DO IT! Believe me, you won’t regret looking at this every morning and remembering why you are working back to full health.
After you do that, take a picture of it and tag @showyourscarspodcast on instagram with the #mywhy. We want to share these with the whole community so we can support one another.
Want more? Here is a good book about why you should Start With Why
**Apologies for the small editing issue around the 2 minute mark. I’m still learning and trying to make this the best it can be, I will get better thanks for sticking around with me.**
Lauren Sesselmann is a Green Bay, Wisconsin native and a Canadian international Women’s soccer player.
She played for numerous teams in both the NWSL and WPS while also taking home a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London and competing in the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada . Lauren attended college at Purdue University where she played soccer and graduated with a degree in marketing and communications.
In this podcast, Lauren talks about the timing of her ACL injury, why that devastated her, and what she told herself to help her through the tough days
To connect with what Lauren is doing now, check out her company Fit as a Pro. You can find them on social media @officialfitasapro for both instagram and twitter.
Why do I always stress show your scars?
I dive into what that means for me and why I think scars are so cool. They are outward representations of all the work that is transforming us on the inside.
Also why we need to sit in the pain, as hard as it is sometimes, but it will produce a scar showing you how much you have grown.
What does show your scars mean to you? Let us know below or on social media by tagging us @theaclclub and using the #showyourscars.
It is important to work on your scars too in order to reduce some of the scar tissue that can bind up your range of motion. Our favorite remedy: breaking open a Vitamin E capsule and rubbing that on your scars :)
I really believe that journaling is such a powerful and easy tool. Here are a couple links to journals that I love:
Or email us to get on the waitlist for our new ACL CLUB journal launching soon!
Want to know more about journaling? Here are some good articles on journaling and how it helps.
Are you going to accept my #journalchallenge for the next 10 days? Let us know below and we want to know how it is going throughout the process.
#SHOWYOURSCARS all you ACL CLUB members!
In the Prologue to SHOW YOUR SCARS, I talk about my journey to this point. I discuss my time at:
Santa Clara University – Women’s Soccer
Boston Breakers - WPS
Washington Spirit - NWSL
Western New York Flash – NWSL
I did my most recent surgery with Dr. Schlegel in Centennial, CO at Stedman Hawkins Clinic.
After that, I rehabbed with Next Level Sports Performance in Golden, CO.
During the last two seasons of my career, I also worked with various PT’s including:
Mike Davis – current staff member at Oklahoma City Thunder
Justin Dudley – Cascade Sports Performance
Doug Goldstein – Greenwood Athletic Club Physical Therapy
I can ‘t thank all these people enough for their time and effort to get me back on the field and to help me stay there.
WHAT IS MY WHY?
- Reduce the number of people who tear their ACL
- Building THE ACL CLUB community
The responses I get from you all is what makes this all worth it: the community we are acknowledging is strong, supportive, and something I hope we all are proud of.