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We are leading the movement to elevate mental health awareness in sports and improve mental health care for athletes.
“Lets end the stigma... and continue the conversation!”
Hosted by Sports Psychiatrists:
Armin Hoes, MD & Torey Troggio, MD
The Greatest Underdog Stories & Their Recipe for Successful | Episode 60
Fresh off March Madness and Los Angeles' own UCLA's run to the Final Four as an 11 seed the SPMDs dive into the anatomy of an underdog. How there is no underdog story without an adversary (no David without Goliath), what makes them successful and some of the greatest underdog stories of all time.
Athletes and Teams featured: Buster Douglas, Mike Tyson, Tom Brady, Eli Manning, 2016 Leicester City, 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers, Muggsy Bogues
Late Bloomers in Sports and Why Being a Late Bloomer Can Work to Your Advantage
Being a late bloomer when it comes to sports can be demoralizing. Maybe you are you are smaller, shorter, weaker, slower or less emotionally mature compared to your peers. This may seem like a disadvantage at first glance, and this is shown out by the Relative Age Effect (the over-representation of chronologically older participants within an age category) in many adolescent sport leagues. But what if we told you this could play to your advantage. In this episode we not only highlight several all-time great athletes who were late bloomers, but we also discuss specific techniques that you can use to your advantage when being last to bloom.
Athletes Featured: Anthony Davis, Kurt Warner, Steve Young, Barry Sanders, Clay Matthews, Randy Johnson, Josh Hamilton, Didier Drogba, Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Bisping, Deontay Wilder, Tim Thomas, Draymond Green, Nikola Jokić, Serena Williams, Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Tom Brady
Mental Health for Young Athletes II: Mind-Design Sports with Brandon Shintani
Brandon is a high school student in New Jersey and is the founder of Mind-Design Sports, a sport psychology organization geared for kids and teens. He started Mind-Design Sports to help student-athletes perform at their best through blogs and podcasts addressing different issues in sports and psychology. Brandon loves psychology and in fact, also started his own club at school where he promotes the knowledge of psychology and mental health.
Keep listening until the end for our introduction to the SPMDs new mental fitness programming focusing on the core principles of Integrity, Mindfulness, Gratitude, Communication and Confidence.
Psychedelic Medicine with Dr. Mike Burke
Dr. Burke joins us to talk about the promising results of psychedelic medicine in treating mental illness in non-athletes and athletes. Dr. Burke is a psychiatrist specializing in psychedelic therapy. He works at California Center for Psychedelic Therapy in Los Angeles offering ketamine-assisted therapy. He is also a therapist and site physician on the Phase III clinical trial of MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.
LA Angels Pitcher Ty Buttrey and his Mental Fitness Routine
Ty Buttrey of the Los Angeles Angels joins us to discuss how his mental fitness routine of meditation, journaling in combination with his relentless positive attitude (and a solid work life balance) allowed him to make the jump to the Major Leagues.
Episode 55- Alexi Pappas Interview
SUBSCRIBE, RATE, and LEAVE A REVIEW Olympian, author, filmmaker, actor... The multitalented Alexi Pappas sits down with us to discuss her journey. From losing her mother to suicide to experiencing depression following the 2016 Olympics, Alexi embodies resilience. Her memoir, Bravey, is out January 12th, 2021!
Not just thought provoking, but body provoking. I could listen to the voices of these two MenDudes even if they said gibberish, but Torey, gibberish is not a word in his excellent vocbaulary!
New and refreshing take on the world of sports/athletes. Topics dig deeper for anyone who has experienced setbacks during and after a sports career. Helps bring unsettling topics to light that every athlete has faced at some point in their life - good stuff!
Let’s end the stigma!
It’s about time we had a conversation like this. Refreshing!