45 episodes

Under our critical microscopes, athletes compete, coaches coach, and we discuss.

But what’s happening inside these performers’ minds? Let’s dive in. And as the world recognizes that embracing mental health is necessary, “The Mental Game” serves as a platform for open and honest reflections.

On The Mental Game podcast, host Sam Brief breaks down mental health and performance psychology with these athletes, coaches and experts from around the world.

Music is courtesy of David Brief and Channel J. You can subscribe to The Mental Game on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/sam-brief/support

The Mental Game with Sam Brief Sam Brief

    • Sports
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Under our critical microscopes, athletes compete, coaches coach, and we discuss.

But what’s happening inside these performers’ minds? Let’s dive in. And as the world recognizes that embracing mental health is necessary, “The Mental Game” serves as a platform for open and honest reflections.

On The Mental Game podcast, host Sam Brief breaks down mental health and performance psychology with these athletes, coaches and experts from around the world.

Music is courtesy of David Brief and Channel J. You can subscribe to The Mental Game on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/sam-brief/support

    Jon Laaser

    Jon Laaser

    Episode 45 of The Mental Game features Jon Laaser, former play-by-play voice of the Virginia Tech Hokies who now is a mental health advocate and founder of Laaser’s Ladybug Society. 

    In the midst of his own lifelong battle with depression and anxiety, Laaser stepped down from Virginia Tech in 2019 to pursue full-time mental health advocacy. He and his wife, Renée, founded Laaser’s Ladybug Society, which focuses on aiding Mental Health education and treatment. For more information on Laaser’s Ladybug Society, click here. 

    On The Mental Game, Laaser delves into… 


    His unique journey and personal battles along the way 
    Why he founded Laaser’s Ladybug Society 
    What mental health advocacy looks like at the local level 
    Much more 

    Enjoy and remember to be kind to yourself. 

    The Mental Game podcast is produced by Sam Brief and music is courtesy of David Brief and Channel J. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and Stitcher.


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    • 39 min
    Olympic Figure Skater Jason Brown

    Olympic Figure Skater Jason Brown

    Episode 44 of The Mental Game brings on Olympic figure skater Jason Brown.
    Brown, a two-time Olympian, won a bronze medal in at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and most recently appeared at the Bejing Games this winter.
    After becoming one of the youngest male figure skating Olympic medalists ever, Brown achieved international stardom, known for his effervescent personality and artistry on the ice.
    But the Highland Park, Illinois native faced a major roadblock in 2018, failing to qualify for the Olympics after falling on his opening jump. He moved back home, felt burned out and even contemplated retiring at age 23.
    Then, Brown turned it around. He moved to Toronto, committed himself to a growth mindset and began performing for his own happiness, not to please outside forces.
    That dedicated propelled him to the 2022 Olympics, where he earned a personal best in both the free skate and short program.
    On The Mental Game, Brown dives into…

    The reckoning he faced in 2018, and how he powered past it
    Why he almost retired at 23
    His mental routine before, during and after a performance
    How the intense pressure of the 2022 Olympics affected him
    How he feels on the ice
    Much more, including how he chooses music for his routines

    Enjoy and remember to be kind to yourself.
    The Mental Game podcast is produced by Sam Brief and music is courtesy of David Brief and Channel J. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and Stitcher.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Carrie Jackson

    Carrie Jackson

    Episode 43 of The Mental Game features Carrie Jackson, a mental skills coach, author and podcaster who focuses on mental recovery from physical injury.
    Jackson started the “Injured Athletes Club” podcast and co-authored “Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger From Sports Injuries.” In her expansive work, she coaches athletes on accepting injury, battling through and how to navigate rehab.
    On The Mental Game, Jackson delves into…

    Why injury acceptance is a crucial first step to recovery
    How the media covers sports injuries, and how it can improve
    The most dramatic comebacks she’s been a part of
    Much more

    Enjoy and remember to be kind to yourself.
    The Mental Game podcast is produced by Sam Brief and music is courtesy of David Brief and Channel J. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and Stitcher.

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    • 49 min
    Julie Kliegman

    Julie Kliegman

    Episode 42 of The Mental Game features Sports Illustrated copy chief Julie Kliegman. Kliegman is set to release her book, “Mind Game: Inside the Mental Health Playbook of Elite Athletes,” in 2023.

    Kliegman, whose work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Ringer, BuzzFeed and more, has written extensively on mental health in sports, including this Sports Illustrated Daily Cover from April 2020.

    On The Mental Game, Kliegman dives into…


    The misconceptions surrounding mental health and athletes
    What Ben Simmons’ situation illuminates
    The most fascinating stories she’s gleaned from her book research
    Much more

    Enjoy and remember to be kind to yourself.

    The Mental Game podcast is produced by Sam Brief and music is courtesy of David Brief and Channel J. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and Stitcher.


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    • 33 min
    Katie Krall

    Katie Krall

    Episode 41 of The Mental Game brings aboard Boston Red Sox Development Coach Katie Krall.
    Krall, who graduated from Northwestern University just four years ago, has long vied to work in baseball and in January was hired to work with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs in the Red Sox system.
    Krall previously spent time with the Cincinnati Reds and in the Cape Cod Baseball League before leaving the game to work as a Strategy Program Manager at Google for a few months. Then, the Red Sox came calling and Krall hopped aboard their organization, where she’ll work on player development.
    On The Mental Game, Krall dives into…

    The challenge of leaving baseball (and then returning)
    How mental health ties into her role in player development
    How being a woman affects her in her position
    Much more

    Enjoy and remember to be kind to yourself.
    The Mental Game podcast is produced by Sam Brief and music is courtesy of David Brief and Channel J. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and Stitcher.

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    • 35 min
    Paul Marlow

    Paul Marlow

    Episode 40 of The Mental Game features Paul Marlow, AKA Tall Paul, founder of Never Alone, an online resource leading the conversation on day to day mental health help.

    Marlow, formerly a Toronto Blue Jays draft pick, believes that everyone can work on bettering their mental health, just like with our physical health. Marlow started Never Alone after a traumatic period in his life, during which he lost his father to Parkinson’s and cancer. Marlow embraced honesty in his recovery process, and he founded the platform soon after.

    Marlow is also the founder of Tall Paul, helping Tall Men find clothes to feel comfortable in their skin again.

    Visit Never Alone by clicking here.

    On The Mental Game, Marlow delves into…


    What we all get wrong about mental health, starting with the term “mental health”
    The unique philosophy behind Never Alone
    Why harnessing the power of honesty is so crucial
    Much more

    Enjoy and remember to be kind to yourself.

    To contact Paul Marlow…


    Twitter: https://twitter.com/hitallpaul
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neveralonefam/
    Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@neveralonefam
    Tall Paul: https://tallpaul.ca/

    The Mental Game podcast is produced by Sam Brief and music is courtesy of David Brief and Channel J. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and Stitcher.


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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

drrobbell ,

Awesome Mental Game Juice

Sam Brief does an outstanding job interviewing a massive amount of cool guests. Each interview brings a different experience and sheds another light on the experience of the mental game. Athletes, sport psychologists, and coaches offer a wide variety of expertise. A great listen!

comish2020 ,

Awesome stuff

Sam brings on great guests and each one has a different view than the last. Really enjoy the insight I gain from this pod

Andy5994 ,

Great

If you are a thinking person’s
sports fan and you dont listen to this podcast you’re really not a thinking person’s sports fan. This is the best new sports podcast out there. Brief really knows his stuff.

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