EmBRACE It!

EmBRACE It!

EmBRACE It! Dealing with the Knee Brace: How to keep it Sexy One of my biggest struggles revolves around my knee brace. It’s uncomfortable, annoying, and most of all, hard to wear with anything except workout clothes. This works fine for me most days of the week, as I work in a Personal Training Studio, but when I dress up, I find it difficult to find an outfit that works with the knee brace and is comfortable and cute at the same time. During my first few surgeries I would try to hide the knee brace or refuse to dress up because it was too difficult or not worth trying. To me, the attention from the knee brace always feels negative and seems to label me, so I preferred trying to hide the brace or not make social plans to avoid talking about my injuries. But I found through this journey of knee surgeries, I was letting the knee brace have control and by taking control myself I could still feel comfortable and feminine as an injured athlete. Here are some tips that might help with dressing up in your knee brace. Take control. Determine what you want to wear based on comfort and your likes instead of what looks good in the knee brace. Don’t be afraid to dress up. You have to wear the knee brace anyway. Own it. Wear the cute dress and don’t worry about all of the odd looks you will get. Find a sleeve that helps avoid the bracing rubbing when wearing jeans or pants. Be comfortable. Don’t feel pressured to wear anything...
Positive Affirmations before Surgery

Positive Affirmations before Surgery

Positive Affirmations before Surgery The hardest part about recovery from ACL surgery is the mental aspect. Consider working on your mindset leading up to the surgery and not just during your recovery process. The anticipation of the surgery itself can be one of the most difficult parts. How bad will it hurt? What should I expect? But you have to remember you cannot control many of those variables so thinking about them and worrying about them is only going to give power to the negative thoughts. Try to start controlling your mindset leading up to your surgery because that is the only factor in your control and the more prepared you are mentally for your procedure, the easier it will be to remain positive when the pain and frustration actually sets in. Controlling your thoughts and mindset before your surgery can be difficult but try to first and foremost not let your mind wander into thinking about the surgery or overanalyzing it. That will only cause you to lose a moment of joy today. By writing and reciting positive affirmations you can talk yourself out of any worry filled situation. Try writing down and reciting phrases like:   “I will comeback from surgery stronger and smarter than before. I will be a better athlete because of this surgery. I am strong and will not back down. I can conquer anything that I set my mind to. I am resilient and will make an amazing comeback. I accept my new path and will create my own destination.” Keep these affirmations with you at all times so that if you have...
Exclusive Interview with Dr. Tom Myers: ACL Reconstruction

Exclusive Interview with Dr. Tom Myers: ACL Reconstruction

Exclusive Interview with Dr. Tom Myers: ACL Reconstruction Why Surgeons as a whole are performing only a B+ ACL reconstruction and what the consequences are Graft Failure is more common than Reported by Dr. Tom Myers | Myers Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center http://jennactive.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/dr-myers-1.mp3 Here’s the issue; over 100,000 ACL reconstructions are performed in the U.S. alone every single year but these reconstructive surgeries have only really been implemented since the 1970s. With only 40-50 years of long term outcome studies and the rise in female participation in sports sprouting in the 1990s causing thousands of ACL injuries for people under 25 years old; we really are not proficient enough in providing a long term solution to these athletes who have torn their ACL. ACL reconstructions have become very common and because of the contact nature in men’s sports and the increased risk of ACL injury in female sports we are seeing more ACL injuries than ever before. Unfortunately the bad news is that the long term repercussions of this procedure are slowly surfacing as the athletes from the 70s and 80s are aging and seeing long term arthritis problems and as the athletes from the 90s are entering their 20s and 30s the amount of cases with graft failure, arthritis, and meniscus tears down the road are steadily increasing. What’s worse is many surgeons have different preferred techniques for ACL reconstruction and because they don’t keep track of their long term outcome studies appropriately or their patients with complications go see other surgeons; many surgeons don’t realize that many of the long term outcomes of their reconstructions are...
Mental Recovery from ACL Surgery: Celebrate your Proofs

Mental Recovery from ACL Surgery: Celebrate your Proofs

Mental Recovery from ACL Surgery: Celebrate your Proofs One of the hardest aspects regarding ACL surgery and the ACL surgery recovery process is 100% mental. The pain is difficult but it subsides and most athletes can deal with the pain and the agony around it. But having your daily life turned upside and completely stopped is very hard to deal with. Many athletes deal with depression, loss of self-identity, anxiety, problems with relationships, feeling alone and many other things. Relying on others to help you with everything is not only challenging but frustrating and as most athletes are extremely independent and goal driven these can be huge challenges to work through.  Attending work and school on crutches is not easy and not fun and even worse being unable to train for your sport, go to the grocery store, or even go on a hike can make even the toughest athletes break down. The day to day struggle is where many people can lose their positive mindset. It seems like a very slow process and the progress you are making is small and hard to recognize during the process.  One of the biggest things that helped me was to focus on celebrating my “proofs”.  I labeled my proof of recovery as anything positive that happens each day during the road to recovery.  At first they might only be little things like you were able to sleep through the night for the first time or you gained full extension at your knee for the first time. Write these down! Create a proof board. It can be a list or a colorful...
ACL Recovery Nutrition

ACL Recovery Nutrition

ACL Recovery Nutrition You are what you eat! Eating healthy nutrient dense foods and drinking plenty of water before and after your surgery can hugely aide in your recovery. If you are unsure about the nutrients or caloric intake that your body needs consult with your doctor or nutritionist for expert guidance tailored to you and your surgery. Some surgeries require a special diet or dietary restrictions so make sure that you talk to your doctor. In general drinking lots of water before and after most surgeries is going to be a great way to help your body recover and flush out the medicines and bad cells that it doesn’t need. After ACL surgery eating foods with anti-inflammatory fats can be beneficial in helps to reduce swelling and inflammation in your body occurring from the surgery. Try eating foods like olive oil, avocados, fish oil, flax oil or ground flax, fish like mackerel or salmon and sardines, mixed nuts and seeds, cocoa, tea, berries, and even inflammation spices and herbs like tumeric, garlic, and bromelain. It’s important to make sure that your energy intake is a priority after ACL surgery. It is normal to want to eat less while you while be extra sedentary recovering but make sure that you are still getting enough calories and nutrients to allow your body to have enough energy to heal. If you have questions consult your doctor or nutritionist for tips and guidance. Here’s one of my go to meals for Post Op Nutrition! Acai and blueberry smoothie bowl with sliced almonds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds. It is vegan and gluten...