People often say that sports are "90% mental", but how much time do we actually spend on training our minds?
Taylor Staden discusses the "mental side" of the game with athletes and others involved in sport, and how it has influenced their careers to become who they are today. The conversations on this podcast help shine light on others experiences with mental performance in sport, creating a platform where others can better make sense of their own life's adversity, accomplishments, and overall experiences.
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Breaking Down Excellence with Dr. Eddie O'Connor, Clinical Sport Psychologist & CMPC
On episode 47 of the #MentalDivePodcast, I am thrilled to be joined by Dr. Eddie O'Connor (2:56). Dr. O'Connor is a Clinical Sport Psychologist and is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Being in the field for 20+ years in both applied and research capacities, Dr. O'Connor brings forward a wealth of expertise that earned him fellowship status with AASP in 2010.
Dr. O'Connor also has been well represented in the media, with his fantastic work being quoted on ESPN.com, the New York Times, and plenty more. He is also a professional public speaker who gains the audience's attention with ease.
Dr. O’Connor specializes in removing the barriers to achieving peak performance. So naturally, excellence was a pertinent topic in today's interview. Myself and Dr. O'Connor discuss how he defines excellence, and some of the barriers to achieving excellence. In addition to this, we also talk about how connecting to your values can help enhance your goal-setting, and so much more.
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Jamieson Rees on Mental Toughness and Building Through Adversity
On episode 46 of the #MentalDivePodcast I am pumped to be joined by Jamieson Rees (4:21). Jamieson is one of the top prospects in the Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) system, being drafted 44th overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, Jamieson has been amongst the most productive players in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and was awarded for his progression through signing a professional deal with the Hurricanes this past January. The Hamilton, Ontario native is now set to compete in the American Hockey League (AHL), as he awaits for the OHL to potentially resume this season.
During the interview, myself and Jamieson discuss how he's grown through the adversity of being injured in his draft year, why he believes mental toughness is important, and so much more!
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Breaking Down the Maple Leafs with Tommy Vlahos & Alex Cimino
On episode 45 of the #MentalDivePodcast, I had the pleasure of being joined by Tommy Vlahos and Alex Cimino (3:51). Both currently studying Sports Administration at Laurentian University, they helped spark a great conversation around the Toronto Maple Leafs this season. We discuss topics such as the veteran presence and leadership that Joe Thornton, Wayne Simmonds and Zach Bogosian bring to the Maple Leafs lineup, how Jimmy Vesey is maximizing his opportunity to prove himself, and so much more!
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Cultivate Your Curiosity with Dr. Linda Sterling, Sterling Sport Mindset
On episode 44 of the #MentalDivePodcast, I am pleased to be joined by Dr. Linda Sterling (5:05). Dr. Sterling, a Certified Mental Performance Consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, is a full time mental performance coach and owner of Sterling Sport Mindset. After being a professor for 12 years and developing a master's program at Northwest Missouri State University, she decided to switch to consulting full-time and help athletes improve on their mental skills, performance and well-being.
During the interview, myself and Dr. Sterling discuss topics such as the importance of curiosity, tips for college athletes to navigate the loss of their season, how she helps athletes build their confidence, and so much more.
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On The World Stage with Gilbert Brulé, Canadian Olympian
On episode 43 of the #MentalDivePodcast, I am pumped to be joined by Gilbert Brulé (3:11). Gilbert was drafted 6th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, and has since went on to play a 15-year professional career across world-class leagues like the NHL, AHL, and KHL. On top of this, Gilbert represented Team Canada in ice hockey at the 2018 Olympic Games.
During the podcast, myself and Gilbert discuss topics like his transition into pro hockey, what it meant to him to compete for Team Canada in the 2018 Olympics, lessons learned from working with a sport psychologist and so much more!
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Taking it Less Seriously with Ryan Spooner, KHL Forward
On episode 42 of the #MentalDivePodcast, I start out by giving some advice to hockey players who find themselves playing in fear. After, I am pumped to be joined by Ryan Spooner (6:07). Ryan is a professional hockey player who has played over 500 professional games, including 325 NHL games, accumulating 48 goals and 167 points over 7 different NHL seasons. Currently he is playing in the KHL with Minsk Dynamo, leading his team with 23 points in 20 games.
Throughout the course of the interview, myself and Ryan get into a ton of topics including his perspectives on youth hockey development, his reaction to getting traded at the NHL trade deadline, why he thinks that the mental side of hockey is huge, and so much more.
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