197: Accept and Commit with Dr Keagen Hadley

In this episode of The Miracle You podcast, your host Vince Kramer of Imagine Miracles welcomes special guest Dr. Keagen Hadley. Vince and Keagen talk about Keagen’s journey of anxiety, injury, and recovery. Through the episode, Keagan shares valuable insights and understandings of the emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of injury for athletes and how what he learned changed his life.

Dr Keagen Hadley

Keagen is an occupational therapy doctor specializing in using psychological treatments such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with his patients.

As a patient and therapist, he has a deep understanding of the interventions and knows how emotional stress can interfere with rehabilitation, daily activities, and overall quality of life.

Keagen is also a psychiatric and neurological clinical researcher, and the Amazon Bestselling author of the book, TORN: Overcoming the psychological challenges post-ACL injury today!

Episode Resources:

Official Website:  https://keagenhadley.com

Instagram:  @theACLtherapist

Facebook:  @theACLtherapist

Twitter:  @theACLtherapist

Email:  [email protected]


Three Key Points:

We are all faced with stress in our lives. It is part of the human process. What we do with that stress and how we handle it is instrumental in our physical, emotional, and mental health.

There is much anxiety and in turn, stress when we are injured. First, there is the physical stress that the body experiences. Then there is the emotional stress of the trauma, whatever that might be, and then the mental aspect of the worry of getting healthy and what is to come if I don’t.

There are ways to support yourself in having a healthy life. When we know challenges are inevitable and that isn’t proof of we are broken or that there is something wrong with us, we can navigate the circumstances in a more empowered way.

Show Notes:

3:45 – Keagan shares with us what he is doing in the world of physical and mental health and the difference it is making in the world.

5:12 – Learn when Keagan first realized he had anxiety and how it manifested in panic attacks.

6:40 – Keagan continues to explain his experiences with anxiety as he led up to his ACL injuries.

8:55 – Learn how our toughness doesn’t help us power through the stresses of trauma and injury.

10:14 – I ask how the emotional, psychological, and physical parts of us interrelate.

10:56 – Keagan shares how he knew he needed to take care of himself better emotionally. He tells us how he found acceptance and commitment therapy.

15:35 – Learn how his life experience and circumstances of Keegan led him to choose his passion to work with others like him.

18:53 – We talk about the stigma around getting psychological help and the fact it wasn’t even suggested or encouraged.

20:28 – I ask Keagan to share advice for young teens who are experiencing anxiety because of the pressure they put on themselves or others put on them. 

21:37 – He also shares advice for the parents of young athletes about the pressures and stresses.

23:53 – We look at the most difficult thing that young athletes experience that creates anxiety.

26:27 – We discuss identity and how to relate your experience now with the experiences of the past.

28:46 – Keagan shares a helpful tip on dealing with life’s surprises.

Imagine Miracles Resources:

  1. Your Unique Purpose Formula: Vince’s Five-Step Process to Discover Your Purpose and Your Miracle Life.
  2. C.R.E.A.T.E Model: Vince’s Six Steps to Creating and Living the Life that You Desire.
  3. Free Chapter: From Vince’s Best-selling Book Sharing the Four Things You Don’t Know Keeping You From Living a Miracle Life.