Heads 'N Tales Podcast - Talking Sports Injury Rehab, Prevention, Perseverance, Concussions & Athlete Transition
About This Show
On October 5, 2007, Kevin Saum suffered a traumatic brain injury called second impact syndrome during a high school football game, which ended his athletic career and nearly ended his life.
Kevin created the Head's 'N Tales podcast to serve as a platform for other athletes who have been dealt life-altering injuries, illnesses or other obstacles throughout their careers to share their story's and to learn how they persevered in the face of adversity. He additionally interviews subject experts in the sports health industry to provide tools for athletes who are currently writing their own comeback story's. Each week Kevin shares an athlete's story of perseverance or expert knowledge on one of the following topics: injuries, illnesses, obstacles, concussions, or the athlete transition to life after sports.
Kevin highly values his time spent on the football gridiron and wants to see the sport prosper for future generations of athletes. In an attempt to tackle many of the health and safety concerns inherent in the sport, Kevin and his childhood buddy Josh Boyd host a fantasy football injury report every Monday night as a bonus episode throughout each NFL season, where they discuss ways to make the sport safer to play.
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Most Recent Episode
131 : Preparing Elite Athletes for Transition to Life After Sport Should Begin in Childhood w/ Dr. Andrew Martin
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Dr. Andrew Martin, PhD is Scientia Professor and Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of New South Wales specializing in motivation, engagement, achievement, and quantitative research methods. He is also Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Fellow of the (Australian) College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists, and President of the International Association of Applied Psychology’s Division 5 Educational and School Psychology. I came across Dr. Martin's article published on “The Conversation” Titled : Preparing elite athletes for transition to life after sport should begin in childhood and knew I had to get him on the pod! It is safe to say that he didn't disappoint! This is a must-listen for parents of young athletes, coaches and athletes struggling in their transition to life after sports. Fun Fact: This episode was recorded in the future. Dr. Martin was recording on June 6th at 9:30 am and I was recording at 7:30pm on June 5th! Below are a list of talking Dr. Martin and I discuss throughout this episode: “LONG AFTER OUR PHYSICAL ABILITIES HAVE FADED, OUR SELF-WORTH WILL STILL BE OUR CORE FOUNDATION AND OUR CORE NEED AND CORE DRIVE.” How Dr. Martin's lack of motivation in school influenced his interest in educational psychology. Dr. Martin’s experience of with diminished self worth and loss of identity in the sport of cricket. How identities are formed early in life. Why some parts of identity are genetic. Symptoms athletes show when struggling in their transition to life after sports. How social media has brought the athlete transition into the spotlight – high profile tragedies Explanation of Contingent self worth. “WHEN YOU SUCCEED YOU FEEL WORTHY, WHEN YOU FAIL YOU FEEL WORTHLESS” What parents can do to develop a healthy identity for their children. How to separate worth from achievement. The development of fear of failure. The strategies people use to respond to fear of failure. Perfectionism. Self sabotage and it's relation to anxiety. Disengagement. “ NO ONE PART OF OUR LIFE SHOULD CONTRIBUTE MORE THAN 1/3 TO OUR SELF-WORTH OR SELF-ESTEEM.” The danger of special treatment – consequences and boundaries. Does being an elite athlete require and unbalanced identity? How you can make yourself well rounded without cutting into your training time. The importance of celebrating the attitude and effort over ability. The importance of how meaning is attached to failure and success. “MISTAKES ARE GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES” The difference between male’s and females in their transition to life after sports. It’s not too late, tips for establishing a new identity. The benefits of developing a personal best regime. WHERE CAN YOU CONNECT WITH DR. ANDREW MARTIN? RESEARCH GATE | UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES Download Episode 131 : iTunes | Stitcher Read more »