98 episodes

O2X Human Performance delivers programs tailored to meet the unique demands of tactical athletes. We ensure service members, firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMS providers, and other high-risk professionals are prepared for the occupational challenges they will face over their careers. Each episode will consist of a member from our network of U.S. Special Operations veterans, first responders, athletes, and a continually growing team of human performance specialists who are subject matter experts and leaders in their respective fields. Get an in-depth look at the individuals who help those on the front lines maximize performance, optimize health (both mental and physical), and improve overall well being. Check us out at O2X.com or @o2xhumanperformance on Instagram.

The O2X Tactical Performance Podcast O2X Human Performance

    • Health & Fitness

O2X Human Performance delivers programs tailored to meet the unique demands of tactical athletes. We ensure service members, firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMS providers, and other high-risk professionals are prepared for the occupational challenges they will face over their careers. Each episode will consist of a member from our network of U.S. Special Operations veterans, first responders, athletes, and a continually growing team of human performance specialists who are subject matter experts and leaders in their respective fields. Get an in-depth look at the individuals who help those on the front lines maximize performance, optimize health (both mental and physical), and improve overall well being. Check us out at O2X.com or @o2xhumanperformance on Instagram.

    Dr. Allison Brager & Dr. Laurie Craigen | The Overlap Between Sleep & Mental Health Disorders

    Dr. Allison Brager & Dr. Laurie Craigen | The Overlap Between Sleep & Mental Health Disorders

    -Today we’re joined two separate guests: Dr. Laurie Craigen, who specializes in Mental Health, and Dr. Allison Brager, who specializes in Sleep Performance.

    -Laurie Craigen is an O2X Clinical Resilience Specialist and an Associate Professor in the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program at Boston University.

    -She is an active Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boston, received her PhD from the College of William and Mary, and has worked with clients experiencing trauma, grief, anxiety, and depression. Throughout the years, she has developed expertise in working with high performance athletes, clients working in high stress environments, and military connected individuals.

    -Our second guest has made two separate appearances on the podcast prior to today. Dr. Allison Brager is an O2X Sleep Specialist and a Major in the U.S. Army. She is also an elite CrossFit athlete competing for the Army. Allison sits on fatigue management working groups for the federal government, Special Forces, and NATO. 

    -Previously, at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; she and her teammates leveraged groundbreaking sleep discoveries to deliver knowledge products and material solutions to the Army. Her discoveries have most recently been delivered during Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Gotham. She has over 40 publications in flagship biomedical journals.

    -Together, these two are going to discuss the overlap between sleep and mental health disorders. The following questions will be explored by both Laurie and Allison:

    1. How does poor sleep quality affect mental health?
    2. What are the common mental health disorders linked to sleep problems?
    3. Can addressing sleep issues improve mental health conditions like anxiety and depression?
    4. Exploring the impact of sleep deprivation on cognitive functions and emotional well-being.
    5. How does a consistent sleep schedule contribute to better mental health?
    6. Discussing the role of sleep disorders in exacerbating conditions like PTSD and bipolar disorder.
    7. What strategies can individuals implement to enhance both their sleep and mental health?
    8. Is there a connection between insomnia and the onset of mental health issues?
    9. Examining the benefits of mindful practices for improving sleep and mental well-being.
    10. How can therapists and sleep specialists collaborate to provide comprehensive care for patients?

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    • 51 min
    92.) Dr. David Meyer | Wildland Firefighter turned Clinical Psychologist

    92.) Dr. David Meyer | Wildland Firefighter turned Clinical Psychologist

    -Dr. David Meyer is an O2X Resilience Specialist and a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a focus on PTSD/trauma

    -While attending college for environmental science and psychology, he worked as an EMT/firefighter with the US Forest Service. In his 14 years of fire/EMS experience, he served as a wildland firefighter, EMT, engine foreman, and helicopter rappeler with the Jackson Helitack before deciding to shift his career toward psychology, with an emphasis on trauma and work with first responders and survivors of trauma
    -He earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Dakota with a specialization in Disaster Psychology through the Disaster Mental Health Institute. In this time, he responded with the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Team and worked with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in Thailand and completed his internship with multiple VA Healthcare Systems. For his postdoctoral fellowship, he served as the project director for a study focused on risk and resilience in firefighters, working with recruits throughout the US and Canada to identify potential factors that increase resilience

    -He then went on to work with the Maine VA Healthcare System as a member of the PTSD Clinical Treatment Team for five years, where he offered trauma focused treatment to military, veterans, and first responders. Today Dr. Meyer is part of Health Psych Maine, a group practice in Waterville, Maine, where he works with clients on managing stress, treating symptoms of PTSD, and mood disorders. He specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and empirically supported treatments. He has worked with multiple law enforcement agencies and corrections facilities as well as being included in a Maine Public Broadcasting documentary, A Matter of Duty

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    • 56 min
    91.) Jeremiah Wilber | U.S. Army Green Beret & Drill Sergeant (ret.) + Founder of War Party Movement

    91.) Jeremiah Wilber | U.S. Army Green Beret & Drill Sergeant (ret.) + Founder of War Party Movement

    -Jeremiah Wilber enlisted in U.S. Army after graduating high school in Las Vegas, NV.

    -After basic training, he attended the Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood. As an MP, he served two combat tours, served as a drill sergeant, completed the Sapper Leader Course and Army Ranger Course, and subsequently attended Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS).

    -He was selected for the elite Green Berets, where he served in 3rd Special Forces Group as a Special Forces Communications Sergeant and in 10th Special Forces Group as a Special Forces Operations (Team) Sergeant with multiple combat rotations to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa.

    -After a 20 year military career, he to cofound War Party Movement and War Party Ranch. These organizations are fiercely committed to taking action in breaking cycles of abuse and fundamentally changing the way women are treated, across the country and particularly in Native communities. Through their 501(c)3 non-profit, they provide opportunities for women and girls to create working and life skills that foster independence and self reliance in all aspects of their lives and in all future endeavors.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    90.) James Byler | USMC Infantry Officer + Double Amputee

    90.) James Byler | USMC Infantry Officer + Double Amputee

    -James Byler graduated from Purdue University as member of the NROTC program and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps

    -Stationed at Camp Pendleton (CA) as an Infantry Platoon Commander, he was in charge of training, leading, mentoring, and preparing about 40 Marines for what was to be a very difficult deployment in Afghanistan

    -On October 17, 2010, he was leading his platoon on a dismounted patrol of a narrow alley in Northern Helmand Province - one of the deadliest provinces in Afghanistan at the time. During this Patrol, he subsequently suffered the loss of both his legs after being hit with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED)

    -He remained conscious until he was anesthetized in the Medevac chopper and was medically evacuated to Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. The superior training his men received enabled them to stabilize him and save his life. As a result of the events that day,  he suffered the loss of both legs above the knee, as well as the loss of both pinky fingers

    -He has since gone on to find success in the civilian world, where he currently works in investment banking as a Central Risk Book Principal Trader and next month will be attending an O2X workshop sponsored by BHFH

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    • 54 min
    89.) Commander Mark “Gopher” Swinger, USN (Ret.) | Pilot for U.S. Navy Blue Angels

    89.) Commander Mark “Gopher” Swinger, USN (Ret.) | Pilot for U.S. Navy Blue Angels

    -Mark Swinger is a retired Naval Aviator and former Left Wingman (#3) for the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels

    -After the completion of Officer Candidate School and U.S. Navy Flight School, he became Designated Naval Aviator in July of 2002, and went on to serve just under 23 years on Active Duty flying the F-14D Tomcat and all variants of F-18 Hornet and Super Hornet

    -He completed a total of 7 Aircraft Carrier Deployments, including multiple combat deployments in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. During this time he logged over 3700 flight hours and over 800 successful Air Craft Carrier landings

    -From 2008 to 2009, he flew as the Left Wingman (#3) and Slot Pilot/Training Officer (#4) for Blue Angels, a flight demonstration squadron of the US Navy. It was here where he traveled country to demonstrate the aerial capabilities of the Super Hornet

    -He holds an undergraduate degree from University of Delaware, a Masters in Business Administration from Washington State University, and is currently a 737 pilot for United Airlines

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    • 53 min
    88.) Tim Bayley | O2X Mental Performance Specialist + Former Runner for Team Great Britain

    88.) Tim Bayley | O2X Mental Performance Specialist + Former Runner for Team Great Britain

    -Tim Bayley is an O2X Mental Performance Specialist with a background in elite athletics

    -He competed at a high level in cricket, soccer, and most notably track & field – ultimately winning the British Championships for the 800 meters in 2005

    -This translated to getting recruited to the United States on a track & field scholarship to run at Iona University in New Rochelle, NY, where he became a 4x All-American athlete and member of the Iona Hall of Fame

    -As a professional runner, Tim was a sub-four minute miler and was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2010 World Indoor Track & Field Championships in Doha, Qatar

    -He holds a doctorate in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Western States and is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology

    -Most recently, he joined the O2X Integrated Specialist Program with Berkeley Public Safety where he serves as an On-Site Mental Performance Specialist

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    • 42 min

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