Note: This episode was recorded several months ago, before the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, and the protests that have followed. So, we start it off with a statement about Black Lives Matter, systemic racism, and our commitment to examine our own role and make changes.

The second time Amanda Ferranti tore her ACL, she had a feeling her soccer career was over. But even as she coped with the challenges of recovery and retirement, she was working on another project: a system to help other injured athletes manage their emotions and thrive through, and beyond, their rehab process.

In this week’s episode, Amanda—now a soccer coach and a certified mental performance consultant with her own company, Ferranti Empowerment—outlines the process by which she journaled and planned her way to a successful future. Now, she shares her techniques with youth and adult players alike.

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • How injuries are viewed in soccer, especially among youth: “It’s not real until it happens.” (7:59)
  • The process by which she began recording and managing her emotions during her ACL injury (14:40)
  • Why it’s so important to understand the science underlying your injury and recovery (15:58)
  • The difference it made for her recovery to actually feel her emotions, even the difficult ones—and why she views that as so courageous (17:35)
  • Her “five-A” approach to emotional management (20:23)
  • The specifics of navigating a career-ending injury, and the “mourning period” that follows (23:15)
  • How to set goals when you’re injured so you can retain your athletic identify (32:41)
  • What parents of injured athletes can do to help kids through injury, and how the process is different for youth than adults (34:54)
  • Similarly, what coaches can do, including checking in with injured athletes regularly (42:50)
  • How to navigate the fear of re-injury and rebuild your confidence when you return to play (44:43)

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