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Gettin' Gritty with Dr. J is a podcast about building mental toughness on and off the field. Dr. Julie Wiernik is a licensed sports psychologist with over 20 years of experience in improving athlete performance and overall mental health. If you're an athlete, parent, coach, or just someone who wants to become a grittier human being, this is the podcast for you.

Gettin' Gritty with Dr. J Dr. Julie Wiernik

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Gettin' Gritty with Dr. J is a podcast about building mental toughness on and off the field. Dr. Julie Wiernik is a licensed sports psychologist with over 20 years of experience in improving athlete performance and overall mental health. If you're an athlete, parent, coach, or just someone who wants to become a grittier human being, this is the podcast for you.

    On the Road to Grit: Adventures, Sports, and New Beginnings

    On the Road to Grit: Adventures, Sports, and New Beginnings

    In this episode of Gettin' Gritty with Dr. J, join Dr. J and John Largent as they dive into the whirlwind of summer travel for sports and the relentless pursuit of success. Dr. J shares her exhilarating weekend traveling with her twins for baseball tournaments, from San Antonio to Houston and finally to Dallas. Despite the exhaustion, the experiences were filled with excitement and gratitude.
    John Largent talks about his summer sports journey, drawing parallels between the challenges of youth baseball and his latest venture into the world of soccer ownership. He shares his story of becoming a co-owner of Caledonian Braves FC, a fifth-tier Scottish football team, inspired by the community-driven ownership model.
    Together, they explore the themes of resilience, adaptation, and finding joy in the pursuit of passions. Dr. J and John discuss the importance of pivoting in careers and life, sharing personal anecdotes and insights on taking risks, embracing change, and staying motivated.
    Tune in for a lively conversation filled with humor, inspiration, and practical advice on how to maintain grit and positivity, whether you're on the road for a sports tournament or embarking on a new business venture. Get ready to be inspired to "find a way" and keep pushing forward, no matter the obstacles.

    • 52 min
    55. The Identity of an Athlete: Balancing Passion and Pressure

    55. The Identity of an Athlete: Balancing Passion and Pressure

    In this episode of Gettin' Gritty with Dr. J, we dive into the complex world of youth sports and the identity of an athlete. Dr. J and John Largent discuss the intense pressures young athletes face from their parents, coaches, and themselves. They explore the delicate balance between encouraging a child's passion for sports and avoiding the projection of parents' unfulfilled dreams onto their children. Dr. J shares personal stories and professional insights on the psychological impacts of early sports specialization, the pros and cons of elite sports academies, and the critical importance of mental health support for young athletes. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of how to support young athletes in pursuing their passions while maintaining a healthy sense of self.
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    • 53 min
    54. From Nostalgia to New Norms: The Competitive Edge in Youth Sports and Coaching

    54. From Nostalgia to New Norms: The Competitive Edge in Youth Sports and Coaching

    In this episode of Gettin' Gritty with Dr. J, join Dr. J and John Largent as they dive into the nostalgic memories and complex dynamics of youth sports. From their personal coaching experiences in I9 sports to broader discussions on the difference between intense and abusive coaching, they explore how to foster a healthy, competitive environment for young athletes.
    Listen as they share stories of triumph and lessons learned, emphasizing the importance of positive reinforcement, balanced intensity, and emotional well-being in sports. They also tackle the tough topic of abusive coaching, offering insights on recognizing and addressing psychological abuse, and the critical role of self-reflection for coaches. Whether you're a parent, coach, or athlete, this episode provides valuable perspectives on building resilience, confidence, and a love for the game in today's youth.
    Visit our webiste: https://drjuliewiernik.com/

    • 49 min
    53. Navigating Family Dynamics and Building Empathy

    53. Navigating Family Dynamics and Building Empathy

    In this heartfelt and insightful episode of Gettin' Gritty with Dr. J, we delve into the nuances of family dynamics and the importance of empathy, especially around special occasions. Dr. J shares his personal experiences of celebrating a belated Mother's Day and the significance of making every family member feel valued and heard. Dr. J and John discuss the challenges and opportunities that arise in family interactions, particularly with teenagers, and how these moments shape our long-term mental health and relationships.
    This episode also explores deeper psychological themes, such as personality disorders and the role of empathy in preventing negative behavioral patterns. Dr. J provides valuable insights on how to foster a supportive and loving family environment, emphasizing the need to validate each other's feelings and maintain strong, healthy connections.
    Whether you're dealing with delayed celebrations or trying to understand the complex behaviors of loved ones, this episode offers practical advice and thoughtful reflections to help you navigate family life with greater understanding and compassion. Tune in for an enlightening conversation that underscores the importance of empathy, love, and connection in our fast-paced, often self-centered world.

    • 54 min
    52. Affection and Influence: Celebrating Mothers & How Parental Warmth Shapes Us

    52. Affection and Influence: Celebrating Mothers & How Parental Warmth Shapes Us

    In this touching Mother's Day episode of Getting Gritty with Dr. J, we dive deep into the multifaceted roles mothers play in shaping resilience and strength in their children.
    We delve into the profound impact of parental affection on children's emotional development and how it translates into their adult relationships. Our guest, John Largent, shares heartfelt stories of his childhood, reflecting on the balanced affection he received from his mother and how it shaped his approach to relationships today. We explore the nuances of parental warmth, the boundaries of physicality, and the repercussions of both in shaping a child's future interactions and emotional health. This episode offers insights into how nurturing behaviors from parents can foster empathy, resilience, and a better understanding of healthy relationships in their children.
    Visit our website: drjuliewiernik.com

    • 52 min
    51. Half a Century and Counting: The Evolution of Life, Tech, and Tennis

    51. Half a Century and Counting: The Evolution of Life, Tech, and Tennis

    In this enlightening episode of Gettin' Gritty with Dr. J, the host celebrates turning 50 and reflects on the monumental shifts in technology and lifestyle from her youth to the present. Dr. J and John Largent delve into the stark contrasts between growing up pre-internet and the tech-saturated world our children navigate today. As they muse on the profound changes, the conversation shifts to a heartfelt discussion about tennis—not just as a sport but as a life journey. They share their personal experiences with tennis, from childhood passions unshared by their families to profound learnings on the courts of the tennis ranch. This episode explores the significant impact of individual and team sports on personal development, the evolving nature of parental influence in sports, and the undervalued benefits of embracing challenges and defeats in shaping one's character. Join Dr. J and John Largent as they serve up a mix of nostalgia, life lessons, and inspiration, proving that life, much like tennis, offers endless opportunities for growth and rebirth, set by set.
    Visit our website: drjuliewiernik.com

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

monica6 ,

Great Podcast series!

I love these podcasts because I can listen to and from work!! All topics are interesting and you really do know your stuff. Thank you!

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