Rebound by Carrie Jackson Cheadle and Cindy Kuzma

Train your mind to bounce back stronger from sports injuries.

The book gives ample examples of injured sports persons bounce-back-story and the way they coped up during the rest and rehab time and why and how some people took longer and others bounced back earlier. It also talks about challenging circumstances and ways to regain control and take action.

Self talk, visualization, mental training.

15 essential skills of mental training – confidence, focus, goal-setting, motivation, stress management, attitude, communication, emotional intelligence, self-awareness, visualisation, discipline, generosity, mindfulness, psychological flexibility, resilience.

Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance

Situational factors

  1. Type and severity of the injury.
  2. Timing of the injury
  3. Your level of competition
  4. Your access to rehabilitation resources
  5. Your support system
  6. The nature of your interaction with healthcare team
  7. Visibility of injury

Personal factors

  1. Your history with injury
  2. The coping skills you have
  3. Your athletic identity
  4. Your history with stressors
  5. Your pain tolerance

Emotional decoder.

Injury SWOT

Self compassion

Hardiness – commitment , control and challenge

Mental drills – obstacle to opportunity

How to get un-stuck?


Coping mechanism

  1. Problem based coping
  2. Emotion-focused coping
  3. Avoidance coping
  4. Support seeking coping


Anxiety pyramid

Stress balancers vs stress relievers

Perceived social support vs received social support


  1. Emotional support
  2. Tangible support
  3. Informational support
  4. Motivational support



Visual imagery

  1. Vividness
  2. Controllability
  3. Recording

The book has lot of mental drill exercises which can also be found at

The book had a very positive impact on me. There is much more than what i have outlined above. The book is a must read for injured athletes.


By vidyasagar

Engineer, traveller, Cyclist, self-experimenter, Aspiring triathlete

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