29 episodes

You watch athletes achieve extraordinary feats. You analyze coaches’ decisions. You listen to broadcasters narrate the games. What’s happening inside these performers’ minds?

In “The Mental Game” podcast, Sam Brief learns the mental machinations of the most scrutinized performers in the world.

Music is courtesy of David Brief and Channel J. You can subscribe to The Mental Game on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and more.

The Mental Game with Sam Brief Sam Brief

    • Sports
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

You watch athletes achieve extraordinary feats. You analyze coaches’ decisions. You listen to broadcasters narrate the games. What’s happening inside these performers’ minds?

In “The Mental Game” podcast, Sam Brief learns the mental machinations of the most scrutinized performers in the world.

Music is courtesy of David Brief and Channel J. You can subscribe to The Mental Game on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and more.

    Dr. Wendy Borlabi

    Dr. Wendy Borlabi

    Episode 29 of The Mental Game brings on Dr. Wendy Borlabi, Chicago Bulls Director of Performance and Mental Health.

    In addition to her role with the Bulls, Borlabi also manages a private practice, Borlabi Consulting and consults the NBA.

    In her past, Dr. B served as a psychologist for the United States Olympic Committee and as an Athletic Consultant at James Madison University.

    Borlabi also founded Wisdom Knot, a non-profit that, in her words, “works to increase self-exploration in inner city youth by engaging them in interactive initiatives to extend their relationship with the game beyond competition.”

    On the podcast, Borlabi shares:


    How to communicate with professional athletes
    Why we should avoid the word “weakness”
    The number-one facet that performers need to improve on
    Much, 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.

    • 35 min
    Brennan Metzger

    Brennan Metzger

    Episode 28 of The Mental Game features 9th year professional baseball outfielder Brennan Metzger. Now in his debut season with the Chicago Dogs, Metzger was a San Francisco Giants draft choice in 2012.

    In 2013, Metzger, who suffers from Crohn's disease, was hospitalized for over a month, undergoing a major surgery that removed his large intestine. He also entered into four emergency surgeries that gravely threatened his life. At age 23, Metzger nearly died in the hospital. He lost 80 pounds.

    Metzger maintains that, while his body was rendered non-functional, his reliance on staying mentally attuned through focus, staying present and positive saved him. He still carries those skills with him today as he continues his pro baseball career.

    On the podcast, Metzger delves into:


    How he nearly lost his life at age 23
    What inspired him to mentally refocus and engineer his recovery
    How he transfers those skills to the baseball diamond
    What he learned through working with Dr. Ken Ravizza, considered one of the pioneers of sports psychology

    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.

    • 40 min
    Megan Skaggs

    Megan Skaggs

    Episode 27 of The Mental Game features Megan Skaggs, a six-time All-American gymnast at the University of Florida.

    Before stepping foot on Florida’s campus, Skaggs had already earned two medals for U.S. Gymnastics. Now an accomplished collegiate gymnast entering her fifth year, Skaggs is locked in on her mental game and shares her recipe for overcoming the myriad obstacles of an elite gymnast.

    On the podcast, Skaggs dives into:


    How she combats negative thoughts while competing
    Her worst fall, and how she rebounded from it
    Why she’s returning for a fifth season at UF
    What she hopes to improve on in her mental game

    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.

    • 30 min
    Jonathan Jones

    Jonathan Jones

    Episode 26 of The Mental Game brings aboard Jonathan Jones, a student-athlete development consultant, TedX speaker, podcast host and former student-athlete.

    Jones played basketball at Richland College and the University of Texas at Tyler, a tenure he says was rife with costly mistakes. Now, he advises current student-athletes on their development, focusing deeply on mental health.

    Jones recently launched “Podcasting for Players,” a platform to help student-athletes develop their own podcasts, starting at West Virginia University.

    On the podcast, Jones delves into:


    His rocky journey as a student-athlete
    How NCAA Name, Image and Likeness legislation might impact mental health
    Why student-athletes are such a unique population for development
    A discussion with Sam about the best Trader Joe’s products (surprisingly on-topic)

    Enjoy and remember to be kind to yourself.

    For more on Jonathan Jones, visit jonathanjonesspeaks.com.

    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.

    • 42 min
    Dr. Veronica Ivy

    Dr. Veronica Ivy

    Episode 25 of The Mental Game features Dr. Veronica Ivy, world-champion cyclist, professor of philosophy and activist for human rights.

    In 2018, Ivy became the first transgender world champion in track cycling, then won another title the next year. Her athletic feats, however, have spawned vitriol from critics who claim that, as a transgender woman, she has no right to compete in women’s sports. Numerous death threats have been issued against Ivy.

    Ivy isn’t just a champion athlete, but she’s a world-leading expert on athletes’ rights, advising nearly every level of athletic organization, including the International Olympic Committee.

    On the podcast, Ivy dives into:


    The therapeutic methods that have taught her to cope with hate and death threats
    Why transphobia may have kept her from vying for the Olympics
    How being an expert in psychology and philosophy helps — and hurts — her mental health
    What it’s like to compete when some think you don’t belong

    Warning: This episode contains explicit language (but with good reason).

    Enjoy and be well.

    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.

    • 51 min
    Xavier Fulton

    Xavier Fulton

    Episode 24 of The Mental Game features Xavier Fulton, former NFL, CFL and University of Illinois football player.

    After starring at Illinois, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Fulton in the 5th round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Fulton’s subsequent NFL career was marred, however, by injuries and cuts, before he settled in the Canadian Football League, winning the 2013 Grey Cup with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

    Fulton has since opened up about the anxiety and depression he dealt with as a pro football player and is now a proud mental health advocate and father to two in Chicago.

    On the podcast, Fulton delves into:


    How his concussions spawned mood changes and mental health struggles
    How he became a boxing champion amidst his pro career
    Why the professional athlete life isn’t what it seems
    Managing depression and anxiety in the NFL and beyond
    Why sharing your story and struggles is vital

    Enjoy and be well.

    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.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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.

charchar69420 ,

Amazing

Sam is the man - best insights and so great to listen to for sports.

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