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45 minutes | Jan 31, 2023
Teaching What I Wish I Knew Then: Lucy Martin
Most of us can look back on experiences we have had and think of things we wish we knew then what we know now. Lucy Martin played soccer at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Years removed from playing DI soccer she recognizes many things she wishes she knew then and has set out to teach these things. To a new generation through coaching, hosting a podcast, and through her work as a school teacher. In this episode, Lucy shares much of what she learned through her experiences and is hoping to share with those she leads.
41 minutes | Jan 24, 2023
A Path to the Future:Courtney Jones
Courtney Jones is a soccer player at Clemson University. Having experienced performance anxiety and injury in high school, she had the experience of utilizing a sport psychologist to address her athletic struggles. Through her time as a collegiate athlete she has had a great deal of success, but also has continued to experience injury. Depression and anxiety combined with her injury made for some tough times in college. Through her experiences, she found that she has a passion for mental health work, and will complete a master’s degree in clinical mental health in May, 2023. Her passion, her experience, and her pursuit of an education to become a licensed mental health provider will be such an asset to the athletes she helps in the future.
40 minutes | Jan 17, 2023
Revisit Your Power Animal
Originally aired January 2021, this amazing meditation is worth repeating at the beginning of every year. Dean Worsham, LPC a certified Gong Master and Buddhist practitioner. In this powerful guided imagery he draws on Native American roots to connect us with that part of ourselves which wants the best for us, holding our wisdom and our strength. Lose yourself in this meditation so it can lead you to connect with your best self
12 minutes | Jan 10, 2023
Letting Go for Sleep:Chad McGeehee
Sleep is so important to one’s mental health but it can be elusive. Chad McGeehee, Director of Meditation Training at University of Wisconsin Athletics, provides this wonderful meditation that can help us relax and drift off for some quality Zzzzzzs.
17 minutes | Jan 3, 2023
Calm in the New Year
What’s better than a guided mindfulness exercise to begin the new year? Two guided meditations! Regina Schreiber and Andrea Swanson are both former D I athletes, both doctoral students, and both interns with the Mental Health and Performance department at the University of Arkansas. They both offer us mindfulness exercises to begin the new year fresh and in the present moment!
18 minutes | Dec 27, 2022
Slow Down and Be Here: Dr. Joey Case
During the holidays Unit3d takes a break and we are hoping that you do too! For a few weeks in December and January we offer listeners guided meditations and mindfulness exercises to help unwind in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Today’s meditation is from Dr. Joey Case, Assistant Athletic Director of Counseling and Sport Psychology at Mississippi State University. Joey takes listeners through a mindfulness practice to help us stay present and notice where we are as the holiday season continues at full speed around us.
14 minutes | Dec 20, 2022
Peaceful Mind, Grateful Heart: Meaghan O'Conner
During the holidays Unit3d takes a break and we are hoping you do to! For a few weeks in December and January we offer to listeners guided meditations and mindfulness exercises to help unwind in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Today’s meditation is from licensed professional counselor Meaghan O’Conner. She sets such a peaceful scene and reminds us to be grateful as we relax into the images she invites us to hold in our mind.
47 minutes | Dec 13, 2022
The Magic Portal
At the end of a season many athletes decide they need a change and enter the transfer portal. Established in 2018, the portal became much more popular when, in 2021, the NCAA passed regulations that allowed athletes in many sports a “one-time transfer” without having to sit out a year. This has opened the portal for many more athletes than before, but it has not been the magic remedy that many hoped it would be. With so many athletes entering the portal, many are left without a new team. Dr. Joey Case, Assistant Athletic Director/Counseling and Sport Psychology for Mississippi State University talks about the implications of the portal for student athlete mental health as well as how to navigate the emotional process of transferring.
45 minutes | Dec 6, 2022
Humble Over Hype:Chelsea Vaughn
When Chelsea Vaughn, Assistant Director of Player Development for Ole Miss football was young, she began to have a vision for a nonprofit that she believed would help athletes develop as people and leaders. She began Humble Over Hype as a message to athletes to embrace development, growing, around the gifts they have been given over the “hype” that comes with being an athlete. Humble Over Hype encourages athletes to embrace who they are and what they have to offer the world beyond their sport. Through mental health awareness, mentor programs, character development workshops and events, Chelsea is working to connect athletes with each other and their true selves.
38 minutes | Nov 29, 2022
Chase A Different Dream:Demi Washington
When young athletes dream of playing their sport in college, they have an idea of what that will look like. Often, that dream does not play out exactly how they expect, and it can be difficult to cope with the loss of what they wanted for so long. Demi Washington was an All-American her freshman year of college on the University of Alabama track and field team, but when things started taking a different direction the loss of her identity as a collegiate runner combined with other struggles in her life to lead her to a dark place. S he was able to get help and rebuild her view of herself, and it has given her a story that she can share in hopes that it will help other athletes.
37 minutes | Nov 22, 2022
ReUnit3d:Gratitude for the Win
During Thanksgiving week, this episode on gratitude seemed the perfect way to remind people that gratitude can bring us hope and comfort in difficult times. Aired in April of 2020, Dr. Nicole Gabana, Licensed Psychologist and Certified Mental Performance Consultant, helps explain what gratitude is and how we can use it to help us cope with difficult situations and improve mental health. Gratitude is more than just feeling thankful.
42 minutes | Nov 15, 2022
Trust Issues, Anyone?
Trust can be hard in relationships, but it can be particularly difficult in the relationship we have with ourselves. We tend to doubt ourselves in important times, and this often leads to anxiety and hesitation. Perfectionism, outcome-based self-worth, and a lack of self-compassion can make trusting ourselves seem out of reach. In this episode of Unit3d, Athletics Counselor at Ole Miss, Adole Murauko talks about some of the thoughts and behaviors that can lead to self-doubt and ways to trust ourselves more fully.
45 minutes | Nov 8, 2022
Striving Together: Dr. Kirsten Cooper
As a professional athlete, Dr. Kirsten “Coop” Cooper could not see herself as worth more than her achievements. When injuries forced her to end her athletic career, she struggled to know who she was or how to move forward. Finding belonging outside of sport as well as working with a therapist helped Coop understand her value and connect with who she is. Now she is working with athletes as a sport and performance postdoctoral fellow and her experiences are helping other athletes find their way.
51 minutes | Nov 1, 2022
Authentic Storytelling:Nia Symone
Nia Symone knew from an early age that she wanted to be involved in entertainment and sports media. She pursued a communications degree while playing basketball at Alabama State University. Since graduating, Nia has created content for brands like Nike, Hibbett Sports, and Overtime, and she was named the host of Nike’s first-ever digital show, Come Thru. Nia is also the CEO and founder of Purpose To Be Heard Productions, a creative production company with a mission of changing the way society views athletes through authentic storytelling and which offers a platform for athletes to have their voices heard. Nia shares a powerful story with Unit3d that many other athletes will be able to relate to. Oh, and wait until you hear how she came up with the name for her company!
45 minutes | Oct 25, 2022
Touch The Grass:Mike Golic Jr.
Mike Golic Jr. played football at Notre Dame and after went undrafted as a free agent in the NFL. He wanted to stay close to the game and has been able to do that through work in the media. He is a College Football analyst for Learfield College Football Saturday Night and hosts the GoJo Show podcast, a production of Draftkings. He understands the stress college athletes are under and has unique insight in to the pressures increasing with the introduction of NIL as athletes must present themselves as a brand. Mike shares experiences he had as an athlete at Notre Dame and insights he has gained as he has covered the game on the other side.
43 minutes | Oct 18, 2022
Huddle Up! Christina VandenBerg
Christina VandenBerg played soccer at Harvard University. While there, she experienced the ups-and-downs of being a collegiate athlete, from performance struggles, identity searching to injury. Since then she has continued to learn about the importance of sport psychology, as well as mental health support to the performance and overall wellness of athletes. She has used her experiences as inspiration to create MyHuddle, an organization that seeks to facilitate access for student-athletes to sport psychology resources through virtual meetings and texting. She hopes that her story and the work that she is doing will take another bite out of stigma and help athletes reach out and get support they deserve.
45 minutes | Oct 11, 2022
Running from the Red Zone:Devi Jags
Freelance writer and activist Devi Jags ran cross country for Xavier University, but her collegiate experience included injuries in her sport and traumatic events such as sexual assault and relationship violence. She now works with End Rape on Campus and Its on Us to educate student-athletes about how to be aware of the “Red Zone” (the months between August and November in which over 50% of sexual assaults occur on college campuses) and to help them find supports for mental health. Devi shares her powerful story with Unit3d, as well as some of the advocacy work she is doing to help other student athletes have a better experience in sport and college than she did.
41 minutes | Oct 4, 2022
Get Your Bounce Back
We all seem to agree that resilience is an important trait to have as an athlete, but few can say exactly what resilience is or how to build it. We know that bouncing back after setbacks, as well as overcoming obstacles, are important on the path to success. Yet again, few can explain why some are able to do this more than others. Dr. Eric Martin of Boise State University has researched resilience and has worked with athletes to help build their ability to be resilient. He offers insight into how to define resilience, how it impacts the life of an athlete, and practical ways to build resilience in our lives.
40 minutes | Sep 27, 2022
Live Above Your Demons: Steven Fahy
Steven Fahy is a professional runner with Puma and had a great deal of success as a cross country runner at Stanford University, but his collegiate career did not start as smoothly as he had imagined it would. Through his performance struggles he was introduced to the mental side of sport and then became aware of the importance of taking care of your mental health. Now, he is working with the foundation My Huddle to develop resources that will give greater access to mental health care to student-athletes. His journey has inspired him to help others along their way.
52 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Go Together:Michael Carrillo
When Michael Carrillo started playing football he had high hopes and aspirations for his career. For college he landed as a quarterback for San Jose State University, but getting there was not without its challenges. Once he was there, the bumps along the way didn’t stop. Michael shares with Unit3d his story for struggling with obstacles outside of his control and leaning on trusted friends he had found around him. He shares his strategies for being a good and supportive teammate with those with whom you are in competition for the same starting job. He also talks about the importance of finding your identity outside of your sport. Throughout his journey, Michael has been able to reach out and get support from people around him, and he shares how important this has been for his success.
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