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Brain Training to Boost Endurance Performance With Samuele Marcora (Re-broadcast)

Mental Fatigue; Brain Endurance Training; Re-broadcast 
samuele-marcora-2Can brain training make substantial improvements in endurance performance? Is self-talk really effective? The results from preliminary research are highly encouraging. This week’s guest is the man leading the studies, Professor Samuele Marcora. He is director of research at the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Kent, in England.

Prepare for a little brain pain. In this episode we’re going to dive deep into Sam’s cutting edge work integrating exercise physiology with motivation psychology and cognitive neuroscience. This psychobiological approach has generated several innovative studies including the effects of mental fatigue on endurance performance and brain training for endurance athletes (Brain Endurance Training). Sam has also been a research consultant for MAPEI Sport Service in Italy where he contributed to highly cited research on soccer and mountain biking physiology.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interviews with world-class sports leaders, coaches and sports scientists. It’s hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching adviser and leadership consultant. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Key topics:Brain training to improve endurance performance; self-talk for athletes, mental fatigue, training to exhaustion, Central Governor Theory, Timothy Noakes, endurance training for cycling, cognitive stimulation

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Tim Noakes: Sports Scientist Extraordinaire, Redefining the Limits of Human Performance (Re-broadcast)

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From Ironman triathletes, marathon runners, Tour de France cyclists to rowing, rugby and football – Tim Noakes’ research shakes up the consensus and opens the path to new, higher performance horizons.

We cover dehydration and water intoxication, optimal training methods, and what coaches need to know about the connections between the brain and the body. There’s even some information about how to swim nearly naked at the North Pole. The show is hosted by sports psychologist Glenn Whitney.

“It would be easy to train athletes if they were just bodies without brains.” – Tim Noakes

Tim is the author of The Lore of Running, considered by many to be one of the definitive works on the subject, plus he has written and co-written about a dozen other books and over 100 scientific papers.

His latest book is called Waterlogged: The Serious Problem of Overhydration in Endurance Sports. It’s an impressively comprehensive examination of the subject and one that is making many executives in the sports drink industry squirm.

Tim also practices what he preaches, having competed in over 70 endurance and ultra-endurance running races and he’s still highly active now that he’s passed his 60th birthday.

His ideas and research shake up the conventional wisdom and break open new, more creative and effective ways of thinking about human performance.

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Dweck on Coaching: Praise, Criticism & Shifting Mindsets (Re-broadcast)

Growth Mindset, coaching expectations & outcomes (re-broadcast)
carol_dweck1 Carol Dweck is one of the world’s most influential social psychologists. Her research is of vast importance to coaches and how they praise and criticize their athletes.

Carol is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and an expert on how a person’s thought patterns and belief – or mindset – affect their ability to learn and perform. This interview was recorded and first released in July 2013.

She is the author of numerous papers and books, and those most relevant to coaching include the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. She also has a great website: mindsetonline.com
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Soccer Coaching: Bob Bradley’s Lessons From USA, Egypt & Beyond (Re-broadcast)

Mental toughness & resilience for coaches

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A rebroadcast from 2014, with the first-ever American to be appointed as head coach (manager) of a British Premier League team – Swansea.

Bob Bradley one of the most experienced and resilient coaches in the world. He has led the U.S. National Men’s team, the Egyptian National Men’s team, Stabaek, a top division club side in Norway and in 2016, Le Havre, the French Second Division squad.

He’s also a soccer dad extraordinaire – his son Michael is one of the leading American players and was a standout during this summer’s World Cup.

Bob has learned quite a few lessons along the way: from 2006 to 2011 where his U.S. team won 43 games, tied 12 and lost 25. Among the victories was a triumph in 2009 over Spain, the number one ranked country at the time.  2011 to 2013 was spent Egypt, compiling a record of 24 wins, 5 ties and 7 losses. Since earlier this year he’s been at the helm of Stabaek, a first division team based in suburban Oslo.
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Sports Psychology: Your Brain on Sports With Sam Sommers

sam sommer sports psychologyMental fitness; coach education

Do you ever wonder what your brain on sports looks like? Sam Sommers knows. He is the co-author of an excellent book by that title and a social psychologist at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

This is a fun but also useful interview with lots of practical ideas. Among numerous topics we cover: The Curse of the Expert: Why the best players make the worst coaches, and the frequent, often brutal turnover rates among head coaches at the top level professional sports.
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Sports Coach Radio is hosted by Glenn Whitney, a sports and leadership psychologist. You can subscribe to us on Apple iTunes and follow us on Twitter with the handle: @sportscoachtalk. And if you have a moment, we’d very much appreciate it if you could leave a short review on the Apple iTunes site. Your review will help other people find out about the show.
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Rio Focus: USA Sports Psychologist Peter Haberl On Mental Fitness (Re-broadcast)

Sports psychology, mental toughness, mindfulness (re-broadcast)

This week we’re joined by Peter Haberl a senior sports psychologist for the United States Olympic Committee. Peter has worked with some of the most successful teams in recent history including medal winning squads in Men’s and Women’s Water Polo, Women’s Indoor Volleyball and Track Cycling
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Based at the USOC headquarters in Colorado Springs, Peter has a particular interest it what’s known as mindfulness based interventions and cognitive behavioral treatments, which you’ll hear a lot about in this interview. Peter grew up in Austria, played professional hockey in Europe for 10 years and represented his country in two world championships.

 
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Rio Ready: Judo’s Jimmy Pedro On Guiding Kayla Harrison to Gold (Re-broadcast)

An inspiring story of recovery, dedication and discipline

Olympics: Judo-Women-78 kg FinalSensai Jimmy Pedro, sixth degree black belt, is one of the top judo instructors in the U.S. and the coach responsible for winning the country’s first Olympic gold medal ever – by Kayla Harrison in London 2012. She’s certainly in contention to repeat that massivement accomplishment in Rio.

The circumstances around the time Jimmy began working with Kayla and the obstacles they had to overcome to win make for an amazing story.

Jimmy Pedro is a veteran of four Olympic Games as a competitor himself and a winner of a bronze medal.He’s based in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Along with his father, who is also a highly acclaimed coach, Jimmy runs Pedro’s Judo Center.

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Mental Coach Derin McMains of Notre Dame, Ex San Francisco Giants Baseball

Growth Mindset, mental toughness, sports psychology
mental coach Derin-McMains Notre DameA deep dive this week into some of our favorite topics: mental toughness, sports psychology and the Growth Mindset. Derin McMains is our guest. He is Director of Mental Conditioning at the University of Notre Dame, working across about 20 different teams at that hallowed institution.

Derin is formerly Peak Performance Coordinator for the San Francisco Giants in Major League Baseball. He spent 2008 to 2012 as a coach with the Giants and was awarded World Series Rings as a member of the player development staff in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He has also worked extensively with aspiring professional football players as they prepared for the NFL Combine.

From 2001 to 2008, Derin played professional baseball with the Giants organization. He has a Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.
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Super Champion Sports Psychologist Dave Collins On Mental Fitness

Mental toughness; athlete psychological skills
sports psychologist dave collins super champions almostsSports psychologist Professor Dave Collins is this week’s guest. He’s an expert on high-performance and specifically what makes a Super Champion versus an ordinary Champion and an “Almost.” He’s the lead researcher on a recent study into this matter, which we’ve featured on the blog.

Dave’s current affiliations are with the University of Central Lancashire and Grey Matters Performance Consulting. He has worked extensively in British rugby and football, including with the national teams as well as with U.K. Athletics, where he was Performance Director from 2005 to 2008. He is the co-author of Performance Psychology: A Practitioner’s Guide and dozens of academic papers.
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Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.
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The Rocky Road to Greatness: “Super Champions” vs. “Almosts”

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Learning to navigate a “rocky road” – often riddled with setbacks both inside and outside the competitive arena – is the essential element in becoming among the best in the world.

A new study headed by researcher Dave Collins highlights key characteristics that separate the best of the best (“Super Champions”), the good (“Champions”), and those who didn’t quite make it (“Almosts”).

Super Champions have developed the skills to cope with obstacles and disappointments without unraveling. The researchers, from the U.K., carried out extensive interviews with athletes from a variety of sports, including soccer, skiing, rowing and combat disciplines.

Athletes who reach the very highest level are never satisfied with their performance; they are always looking for improvements and setting tougher goals. Super Champions also have total commitment and relentless internal drives that their less successful peers lack.

When faced with injuries or failures, the almost-great athletes often become despondent and lose enthusiasm. Super Champions, though, are determined to return stronger than ever.

According to the study: “Super Champions are characterized by an almost fanatical reaction to challenge, both proactively and in reaction to mishaps which typically occurr due to injury or sport related setbacks such as non-selection/being dropped.”

The most surprising finding was that the almost-great athletes suffered no more setbacks, on average, than the Super Champions or Champions. In other words: the difference wasn’t down to bad luck, but uattitude. “It is more what performers bring to the challenges than what they experienced,” the researchers wrote.

Super Champions:
– Are proactive in rising to face setbacks such as injury and non-selection
– Have received from coaches positive facilitation and gentle encouragement
– Often have siblings who play a significant role in supporting and challenging
– Have meticulous, persistent attention to detail
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Optimal Endurance Training With Sports Thinker Brad Stulberg

brad stulberg 3Mental fitness, over-training; sports nutrition

This week’s guest is Brad Stulberg, one of those eclectic sports thinkers we like to have on the show for wide-ranging conversations.

Brad covers health and human performance for Outside Magazine, Runner’s World and Competitor Magazine, among others.

We cover some of the articles he’s written  recently, including How to Boost Brain Function With Exercise, The Stranger Than Fiction Way to Cheat Fatigue, Inside Your Body During an Ultramarathon, and Hormesis: The Vaccine Effect in Training.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: Optimal endurance training w/ sports thinker Brad Stulberg; mental fitness, over-training; sports nutrition, running coach, Samuel Marcora, Tim Noakes, Central Governor Theory, hormesis, mind-body training

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Why Good Coaches Fail With Mike Davenport

Coaching Philosophy; Continuous Learning
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This week have one of the most discerning yet approachable coaches out there. Dr. Mike Davenport is the author of the newly published Sinister Truths of Coaching. He also writes the inspiring blog Coaching Sports Today.
book_cover_why_good_coaches_failMike is the head coach and director of the rowing program at Washington College in Maryland and has over 30 years of coaching experience under his belt. He was named Division Three College Rowing Coach of the year for 2014 and 2015 among numerous other honors over the past decade.

His doctorate is in education from Wilmington University. Check out his Hack Your Coaching Series on the Coaching Sports Today website and get a free copy of Seven Reasons Why Good Coaches Fail.

Topics: Coaching philosphy, learning from mistakes, continous professional development, truth about coaching, thriving through adversity

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Mind Over Muscle: Using Mental Fitness to Become World-Class, With Matt Fitzgerald

Resilience, mental toughness, pain inhibition

mental_toughness_book_fitzgerald_prefontaineHow bad do you want it? That’s the provocative question posed by a new book, with the subtitle: The Psychology of Mind Over Muscle. This week we talk to its author Matt Fitzgerald.

Matt is one of the world’s leading writers on endurance sports. Some of his best known books include Racing Weight, Brain Training for Runners, and Triathlete Magazine’s Essential Week-by-Week Training Guide. He is also a certified sports nutritionist, and a running and triathlon coach.

Matt has worked closely on this latest book with Samuele Marcora, a pioneering exercise physiologist based in the U.K., who we interviewed a few months back.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

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Topics: Talent identification, mental toughness, mental fitness, pain tolerance, fatigue, Samuele Marcora, Tim Noakes, inhibitory control, Central Governor Model, How Bad Do You Want It?, mind over muscle, Matt Fitzgerald, reliance, Mark Allen, Cadel Evans, Central Governor Theory, Steve Prefontaine

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Sports Psychology: Mental Toughness & Mindfulness Expert Brent Hogarth

sports-psychologist-mental-toughness-mindfulness-brent-hogarthMindfulness, mental toughness, sports psychology

Brent Hogarth is a young sports psychologist doing research as well as work on the sidelines in the area of mindfulness for athletes. He also runs the website mindandsport.org

>Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, leaders and scientists, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching psychologist. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page

Topics: Mindfulness, mental toughness, sports psychologist, Brent Hogarth, mindandsport, sports psychology

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Mindful Running Expert Michael Sandler On Better Performance Being In the Now

Mindfulness in sports, breathing, recovery

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When it comes to injury and recovery, running expert Michael Sandler has been through the valley of the shadow of death and back again. He’s had several bone-crushing life threatening accidents and fought his way back to health and fitness. Once an elite distance athlete, he’s now a coach and an eloquent proponent of mindfulness in sports.

Michael’s website is mindfulrunning.org where he offers a wide range of educational and performance programs for amateurs up to elite level runners. He’s also an advocate of true barefoot running, something that long-time listeners of this show will know is an big interest of mine. Even if you’re not into running but want to know more about mindfulness in sports, this interview is well worth a listen.

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Sports Coach Radio dot com is a weekly series of interviews with world-leading coaches, sports scientists and writers. It’s hosted by Glenn Whitney, a mentor to coaches and a leadership advisor. Twitter is a good place to keep up with us – the handle is @sportscoachtalk.

Link to a video about Michael’s injury recovery: YouTube: Healing Through Barefoot Running

Topics: Mindfulness in sports, extreme injuries, repair and recovery, mindful running, breathing techniques, barefoot running, mindful running, sports meditation, visualization, mindful running,

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True Cross Country Running With Mega Marathon Man Daren Wendell

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Ultra endurance, extremely fast recovery, mental toughness – we’ve got it all in this interview. Daren Wendell recently ran across America – 29 miles a day, 100 days in a row. A lot easier said than done. Yes, it’s kind of the Forest Gump thing except Daren isn’t a Hollywood invention.

In the process he’s raised nearly 150,000 dollars for the charity Active Water, which  brings safe water to people in Ethiopia. You can still donate on the website rundarenrun.com.

He’s a man with quite a bit of endurance experience including in recent years cycling 4, 400 miles across the country, walking 3,400 miles across the country, hiking the length of the Appalachian Trail and swimming 50.6 miles across Lake Michigan, and not without some negative consequences, as you’ll hear in this interview.

Sports Coach Radio dot com is a weekly series of interviews with world-leading coaches, sports scientists and writers. It’s hosted by Glenn Whitney, a mentor to coaches and a leadership advisor. Twitter is a good place to keep up with us – the handle is @sportscoachtalk.

Topics: Marathons, cross country running, ultra endurance, extremely fast recovery, mental toughness, Ethiopia, Active Water

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Mental Toughness Expert Rob Bell on the Psychology of the Pivotal Moment

Performing under pressure; handling anxiety
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This week sports psychologist and mental toughness expert Rob Bell joins us. He’s got a huge depth of experience in golf, distance running and swimming and works across a wide range of other sports. He’s also served as a caddy in numerous top PGA events which gives him a unique perspective on putting anxiety, known as the “yips.”

Rob has a PhD from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, is widely published in professional journals and is the author of the very engaging book The Hinge – The Importance of Mental Toughness. I also highly recommend you check out his short film NO FEAR on You Tube.
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SportsCoachRadio.com is a weekly series of interviews with world-class coaches, sports scientists and sports writers. It’s hosted by Glenn Whitney, a mentor to coaches and a leadership advisor.

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Topics: Mental toughness, sports psychology, yips, choking, performing under pressure, mood management, golf psychology, resilience