Feb 17 • 51M

TIKI Talk Episode 48! The ACL Therapist Keagen Hadley!

Keagen talks his journey from patient to therapist from a mental and physical standpoint

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TIKI Talk Episode 48 features doctor of occupational therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) specialist, and author Keagen Hadley!

A former college and semi-professional football player, Keagen suffered two major ACL injuries (one to each knee) that left him exposed to a life without football which turned out to have more psychological repercussions than he could have imagined.

After struggling to make progress with cognitive behavioral therapy, Keagen scoured the internet and found acceptance and commitment therapy, the practice that allowed for him to rise from a rock-bottom scenario to becoming a therapist himself, helping those who may be experiencing similar hardships.

Join Shane and Keagen as they discuss Keagen’s history with football, the movements required to play defensive line, his ACL injuries, the psychological ramifications of injury and losing part of your identity, hitting rock bottom, discovering ACT, what ACT is, Keagen’s breakthrough, becoming a therapist, growing his practice, red flags and warning signs, ways to be proactive, advice to his younger self, and more!


0:00-1:54 Intro
1:54-8:55 Keagen’s football background in Idaho / getting recruited / movements & traits of defensive linemen / knee injuries begin
8:55-17:15 Knee injuries common in football / first ACL tear / why ACL recovery takes so long / psychological aspects & confidence / second ACL tear with Saskatchewan Roughriders / Keagen’s psychological struggles / therapy frustration / finding acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
17:15-25:45 What is ACT? / six skills of ACT / mental issues inevitable after football? / Keagen’s breakthrough with diffusion / “words are just words”
25:45-33:05 Using lessons in medical practice / journaling and writing a book / Keagen’s clients / ACT in college and pro athletics? / mental struggles & the yips
33:05-38:57 Client success story / men and women mental health / mental warning signs
38:57-44:09 Entrepreneurial aspect / telling people “no” / Keagen’s professional goals / monetizing / growth trajectory
44:09-49:22 Proactivity before potential injury / Knees Over Toes guy / Keagen’s advice to younger self
49:22-50:50 Where to find Keagen / where to buy book / outro