Don't let your injury slow you down.

If you’ve ever been injured, you know that sometimes your body is healed before your confidence is. Your brain needs its own “physical therapy” to get back to the confidence and composure you felt before you got injured. The Mental Toughness for Injured Athletes program will provide you with the tools you need to regain your confidence and get back to the athlete you were — and even better than you were — before your injury.

Once you’ve finished this program you will be familiar with the ins and outs of the injury process. You’ll better understand the impact that stress has on your injury and your recovery, learn how to navigate specific issues during the rehabilitation process, and gain the resilience you need to stay positive. But, best of all, you’ll have access to the mental skills training tools you need to regain your confidence and get back to your sport.

What you will learn

  • The injury process

    Better understand what your body and mind go through during an injury.

  • Overcome stress

    Learn strategies to deal with stress involved in the recovery process.

  • Return to activity

    Get back to what you love and perform better than you did before.

Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Find the complete list of CEUs for all courses here.

  • USA Cycling

    2 CEUs

Overcome your injury and return to your sport

Return stronger than you were before

Meet your instructor

Carrie Cheadle

Mental Skills Expert

Carrie Cheadle lives in Petaluma, just north of San Francisco, California and has been working on the performance of teams, organizations, and individual athletes and exercisers since 2002. She is a Certified Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and author of the book On Top of Your Game: Mental Skills to Maximize Your Athletic Performance.She has been interviewed as an expert resource for articles that have appeared in publications such as Outside Magazine, Shape Magazine, Men's Fitness, Women's Health, Runner’s World, Bicycling Magazine, and HuffingtonPost. She is a sought-after speaker and has spoken and consulted with many collegiate teams, cycling teams, and triathlon teams, as well as corporate organizations including CamelBak. She's also been featured in the TrainingPeaks blog and webinar series is an expert in Mental Skills Training.Carrie has worked with athletes of all ages and at every level, from recreational athletes to elite and professional athletes competing at national and international levels. Carrie also specializes in working with athletes and exercisers with Type I Diabetes and she's the director of the Mental Skills Training Program for Diabetes Training Camp.She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at Sonoma State University and her Master of Arts degree in sport psychology at John F. Kennedy University. Carrie has taught both undergraduate and graduate levels for psychology classes and is currently adjunct faculty for John F. Kennedy University.Carrie is engaging, energetic, and fun. She has a great sense of humor and employs a real-life approach to working on the mental aspects of sport and performance with her clients. Carrie has her own personal commitment to lifelong fitness and when she isn't working you might find her hiking a trail, playing guitar, or hitting the slopes on her snowboard.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Injury Sucks (aka Introduction to the Psychology of Injury)

    • Injury Sucks

    • Injury Questionnaire Worksheet

    • Injury Sucks Quiz

  • 2

    Stress and Recovery

    • Stress and Recovery

    • Stress Awareness and Coping

    • Relaxation Breathing

    • Stress and Recovery Quiz

  • 3


    • Rehabilitation

    • Injury Support Team Worksheet

    • Rehabilitation Quiz

  • 4

    Staying Positive

    • Staying Positive

    • Healing Imagery Exercise

    • Progressive Relaxation Exercise

    • Staying Positive Quiz

  • 5

    Returning to Sport

    • Returning to Sport

    • Stressful Event Hierarchy

    • Resources

    • Returning to Sport Quiz