Athlete Minded

Athlete Minded Mental development and support for athletes.

From grade school to retired professional athletes, Athlete Minded aims to be a catalyst for positive change helping athletes of all kinds deal with the pressures and other challenges of organized sports, whether they be amateur or professional. Athlete Minded was founded by a former professional basketball player that has chronicled his own personal struggles in a best selling book, and is now taking the initiative to help athletes everywhere with the variety of mental struggles they face in their athletic careers. The Athlete Minded:Stories podcast goes into deep detail about what it takes to be an athlete during, and after, an athletic career. We discuss the mental toll of athletics, and the real stories from high school to college to professional. We talk in candid detail about the identity of being an athlete, the politics involved, recruiting, bullying, depression, concussions, failure, money, and what you won't hear about in the media and on TV. With these podcasts, you will hear what the true life of an athlete is like for the 99% of us who don't become famous and make millions of dollars from our sport.

Mission: To help athletes at all levels navigate successfully through the struggles they face in their lives.

07/13/2018

What's the best advice you have for your former self in regards to your career?

10/12/2017

What are we doing? How are we doing things?

All we have in life is work. Work. Work.

That's it. When it all falls apart. When you lose it all. When you are at the bottom, the only thing you have left is work. The work you do during the day. The work you do at the gym. The work you do to better your relationships.

All of it. Work. Work gets you up off the pavement. It gets you out of bed, out of the gutter. Gets your legs lifting and pushing forward again.

Work. But just work to work is BS. You're just gonna work for the heck of it? Go run around the park because you think you should do it? Then what? Then you finish, and where is the satisfaction?

Who's proud of you? The people who you think will be proud of you for accomplishing the run? Nah. What about you? Are you proud of yourself? Was there more that you could have done?

That's the extra we all have. We have the extra. The extra oomph. The extra inch. We all have it.

Where does it come from? Where? It comes from inside. It comes from deep, deep in our souls. And we have to listen. We have to listen. Listen. Listen. What are we being called to do?

Listen.....

What is that voice telling you to expend your precious, precious energy doing? Your energy is precious. It's important. You can't do everything. But you can do YOUR thing. Your thing. What is that thing? What's that thing only you can do? What can you do in the best way possible?

The only way we figure that out is by work. Not by sitting in a room all day watching mindless TV. No. Once we start working, the ideas will pop up. Work is rewarded. No amount of hard work is ever wasted.

No matter what. Never. Never was one iota of work ever wasted in the history of mankind. What was put in, from the beginning of time until the end of time, was gotten out. What you put in you get out. Period. That's life.

Maybe you have to take little steps. Inch by inch. But you are working. Moving. In the right direction. YOUR direction. Your direction.

Little by little, inch by inch, work, work, work, and it will all be revealed. Just don't stop.

Another athlete dealing with effects, post-career.  A 30-person group text chat saved them.  Yes, maybe 20-30 concussion...
09/15/2017
LenDale White says he would take 10 Vicodin at a time

Another athlete dealing with effects, post-career. A 30-person group text chat saved them.

Yes, maybe 20-30 concussions, but what about the hundreds of sub-concussive hits he experienced, sometimes 5-10 every practice? Those won't be documented...ever.

"Just a dinger", right? Nah.

https://www.si.com/college-football/2017/09/14/lendale-white-concussions-vicodin-abuse-suicidal-thoughts

LenDale White thinks he may have had 20 or 30 concussions, though only one was diagnosed.

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09/15/2017

Athlete Minded's cover photo

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09/15/2017

Athlete Minded

Maine Basketball through and through, today Troy Barnies joins us on the Athlete Minded: Stories podcast.Troy was Mr. Ba...
06/28/2017
Current Professional Basketball Player Troy Barnies

Maine Basketball through and through, today Troy Barnies joins us on the Athlete Minded: Stories podcast.

Troy was Mr. Basketball for the state of Maine in high school, which is the top men's basketball player in the state, went to the University of Maine for 4 years, where he became an all-conference player in his senior season, and who has now had his share of experiences playing professionally overseas for the past six seasons.

Inspiring episode, especially when he talks about his "selfishness" during his senior year of college, which in turn helped his team do better, as well as his other teammates.

Check it out!

http://www.athleteminded.com/podcast/current-professional-basketball-player-troy-barnies

Current Professional Basketball Player Troy Barnies

Check out our podcast with Dreamfuel founder Emily White!!
03/09/2017
Dreamfuel

Check out our podcast with Dreamfuel founder Emily White!!

You don't want to miss this! CEO Emily White was featured on Tyson Hartnett's Athlete Minded #podcast. Check it out HERE: goo.gl/5hw1iw

Today we talk to a sports psychologist and mental coach for NBA athletes, Graham Betchart.  Graham has been coaching ath...
02/17/2017
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Today we talk to a sports psychologist and mental coach for NBA athletes, Graham Betchart. Graham has been coaching athletes on the mental side for years, having worked with top NBA draft picks and with George Mumford, who helped train Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant on the mental side back in the day.

Amazing episode speaking with Graham about his journey, and about what he is doing now to help athletes.

http://www.athleteminded.com/1/post/2016/12/professional-mental-development-coach-graham-betchart.html

Athlete Minded Interviews National Team Athletes     http://teamhandballnews.com/wordpress/2017/02/athlete-minded-interv...
02/15/2017
Athlete Minded Interviews National Team Athletes |

Athlete Minded Interviews National Team Athletes

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The Athlete Minded Podcast, hosted by Tyson Hartnett, recently interviewed Women’s National Team members Sarah Gascon and Jence Rhodes and Men’s National Team member Ford Dyke. Each of the interviews in comic book parlance tells their origin story. What sports they played when they were young and…

Today we talk to Martin Braxton, who grew up playing basketball in New York City and who has been a basketball referee f...
02/14/2017
New York City Basketball Referee Martin Braxton

Today we talk to Martin Braxton, who grew up playing basketball in New York City and who has been a basketball referee for over 25 years.

This episode was really cool because we see the other side of basketball, not from the player, but from the official who has to deal with fans, coaches, players, and who don't get much recognition at all.

Also, Martin happens to be the best-looking referee in the New York City metro area.

http://www.athleteminded.com/1/post/2016/12/new-york-city-basketball-referee-martin-braxton.html

New York City Basketball Referee Martin Braxton

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09/17/2016

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SONNY VACCARO VISITS WITH ATHLETE MINDEDHaving famously brokered the Michael Jordan and Nike shoe deal back in the day, ...
08/30/2016
Sneaker Legend Sonny Vaccaro

SONNY VACCARO VISITS WITH ATHLETE MINDED

Having famously brokered the Michael Jordan and Nike shoe deal back in the day, and with nearly every college basketball player wearing Nike sneakers a few seasons later, it's not every day you get to talk to someone who has a 30 for 30 documentary about them.

The great thing about Sonny is that I always heard about him growing up. My AAU basketball coach Rick Barrett would talk about him, and how he started the summer All-American basketball camps. The first time I heard about this camp, it became my goal to make it there. A few years later, I got my chance and played in the Adidas Superstar Camp, which was the competition to the original ABCD camp.

In this episode, Sonny and I talk about the NCAA, the O'Bannon vs. NCAA lawsuit, and why athletes can't be paid a dime. We also briefly touch on the "plantation system" which some people have said college athletics reminds them of.

Overall, I am truly honored to have Sonny on the show.

http://www.athleteminded.com/1/post/2016/04/sneaker-legend-sonny-vaccaro.html

Sneaker legend Sonny Vaccaro joins us to talk about athletes his experiences

For today's episode I talk to my former South Jersey competitor, Kyle Hines from Timber Creek High School.Kyle was a hig...
08/26/2016
Current EuroLeague Basketball Star Kyle Hines

For today's episode I talk to my former South Jersey competitor, Kyle Hines from Timber Creek High School.

Kyle was a high Division 1 basketball player who has played in the EuroLeague for a bunch of years. most recently he's played for CSKA Moscow in Russia being one of the best players in the league. He's an awesome guy and it's really cool to see someone I grew up battling with being one of the best players in the EuroLeague year after year.

You can find him on twitter with @sirhines and check out his academy at teamhinesbasketball.com.

http://www.athleteminded.com/1/post/2016/08/current-euroleague-basketball-star-kyle-hines.html

Current EuroLeague Basketball Star Kyle Hines

08/20/2016

Thanks to you all for your support and good wishes. We just passed 1,500 in our Facebook community and over 5,000 downloads in ITunes where we were #1 New and Noteworthy. We promise to stay true to our mission as we grow. #grateful #rio2016

Well, here we are. The final episode of our Olympic series. This has been amazing talking to the top athletes in the ent...
08/20/2016
Rio Olympics - Part 10 of 10 - Canadian Wrestler Korey Jarvis

Well, here we are. The final episode of our Olympic series. This has been amazing talking to the top athletes in the entire world for their sports. think about that for a second. There's seven billion people in the world, and these are the top 5, top 3, or even top athlete in their sport. In the entire world. that's pretty amazing.

Finishing up, we talk to Korey Jarvis. This episode was powerful because he talks about the losses he occurred in the past, even one where he lost in the final 3 seconds. It's heartbreaking to lose in that way, but he mentions how he eventually got back into the training mindset, and how he eventually qualified for Rio.

He wrestles tomorrow, Saturday August 20, so look for him. You can find him on twitter with @daddyjar86 and watch him live at nbcolympics.com.

http://www.athleteminded.com/1/post/2016/08/rio-olympics-part-10-of-10-canadian-wrestler-korey-jarvis.html

Rio Olympics - Part 10 of 10 - Canadian Wrestler Korey Jarvis

With only a day or two left for the 2016 Summer Olympics, the USA hits the 100 medal total. Amazing work and commitment ...
08/19/2016

With only a day or two left for the 2016 Summer Olympics, the USA hits the 100 medal total. Amazing work and commitment from all athletes from around the world.

With only a few days left in these Olympic games in Rio, we have two more people to talk to. today's episode is when the...
08/18/2016
Rio Olympics - Part 9 of 10 - USA Men's Pentathlete Nathan Schrimsher

With only a few days left in these Olympic games in Rio, we have two more people to talk to. today's episode is when the pentathletes compete. Last episode you heard Margaux Isaksen, and today we talk to men's pentathlete for the USA, Nathan Schrimsher. Nathan is also in the US Army, and talks about his training, along with his military duties.

He competes today, so make sure you follow along at nbcolympics.com. JDH

http://www.athleteminded.com/1/post/2016/08/rio-olympics-part-9-of-10-usa-mens-pentathlete-nathan-schrimsher.html

Rio Olympics - Part 9 of 10 - USA Men's Pentathlete Nathan Schrimsher

These olympics have been amazing so far, and in today's episode we talk to Margaux Isaksen, a women's pentathlete for th...
08/18/2016
Rio Olympics - Part 8 of 10 - USA Women's Pentathlete Margaux Isaksen

These olympics have been amazing so far, and in today's episode we talk to Margaux Isaksen, a women's pentathlete for the USA. This episode is really cool because as pentathletes they not only have to be good at one sport, but 5. these sports are fencing, swimming, equestrian, shooting, and running.

She competes tomorrow, Thursday August 18, so check out her compete at nbcolympics.com where you can watch her live, or where you can watch the replay after she's finished.

You can also find out more about her at margauxisaksen.com. JDH

http://www.athleteminded.com/1/post/2016/08/rio-olympics-part-8-of-10-usa-womens-pentathlete-margaux-isaksen.html

Rio Olympics - Part 8 of 10 - USA Women's Pentathlete Margaux Isaksen

Rio at a glance as of 8/17.  Winding down, what a great two weeks it has been.
08/18/2016

Rio at a glance as of 8/17. Winding down, what a great two weeks it has been.

Today, we talk to Stephen Lambdin, USA men's over 80 kilograms Taekwondo athlete who will be competing on Saturday, Augu...
08/16/2016
Rio Olympics - Part 7 of 10 - USA Men's Taekwondo Athlete Stephen Lambdin

Today, we talk to Stephen Lambdin, USA men's over 80 kilograms Taekwondo athlete who will be competing on Saturday, August 20th.

We talk about his training, his experienes growing up, and most recently, with his experience with Wim Hof, also known as the Iceman, where Stephen picked up breathing techniques that he uses to increase his performance.

I'm excited for him to compete in Rio, and he's a smart, amazing guy.

You can check him out on his website at stephenlambdin.com or on twitter with @stephenlambdin.

http://www.athleteminded.com/1/post/2016/08/rio-olympics-part-7-of-10-usa-mens-taekwondo-athlete-stephen-lambdin.html

Rio Olympics - Part 7 of 10 - USA Men's Taekwondo Athlete Stephen Lambdin

For today's episode, we talk to the captain of the #1 women's volleyball team in the world, team USA's Christa Dietzen. ...
08/15/2016
Rio Olympics - Part 6 of 10 - USA Women's Volleyball Captain Christa Dietzen

For today's episode, we talk to the captain of the #1 women's volleyball team in the world, team USA's Christa Dietzen. This was an awesome episode since she was an All-American volleyball player in high school and college, and now they have the possibility of winning a gold this year.

Their qualifiers are completed, since they played China yesterday. The quarterfinals are tomorrow, august 16, the semifinals are Thursday, August 18, and if they make the finals it will be on August 20.

Watch their replays at nbcolympics.com and follow christa on twitter with @christadietzen

http://www.athleteminded.com/1/post/2016/08/-rio-olympics-part-6-of-10-usa-womens-volleyball-captain-christa-dietzen.html

Rio Olympics - Part 6 of 10 - USA Women's Volleyball Captain Christa Dietzen

8/13/16 - TOP 7 - Olympic Medal Board.
08/14/2016

8/13/16 - TOP 7 - Olympic Medal Board.

MICHELLE TAKES GOLD IN SHOT PUT.Today, in part 5 of 10 in our Rio Olympics series, we talk to Michelle Carter, who is co...
08/13/2016
Rio Olympics - Part 5 of 10 - USA Women's Shot Put Athlete Michelle Carter

MICHELLE TAKES GOLD IN SHOT PUT.

Today, in part 5 of 10 in our Rio Olympics series, we talk to Michelle Carter, who is competing in the women's shot put for the USA. She is actually competing today, Friday, August 12, so you can check her out at nbcolympics.com.

This episode was really cool because her father actually was a shot put champion and got a super bowl ring and an Olympic medal in the same year. We discuss her career in shot put, her time when she was featured in ESPN's body issue, and the real life of an athlete. She mentions how Olympic athletes have to get jobs to make money, as well, and they don't just practice their sport for 4 years straight.

She also is a makeup enthusiast, and you can find her at shotdiva.com. #shotdiva #rio2016 Rio 2016

http://www.athleteminded.com/1/post/2016/08/rio-olympics-part-5-of-10-usa-womens-shot-put-athlete-michelle-carter.html

Rio Olympics - Part 5 of 10 - USA Women's Shot Put Athlete Michelle Carter

Today, in part 4 of 10 in our Rio Olympics series, we talk to Victoria Folayan, who is competing in the women's rugby 7'...
08/13/2016
Rio Olympics - Part 4 of 10 - USA Women's Rugby 7's Player Victoria Folayan

Today, in part 4 of 10 in our Rio Olympics series, we talk to Victoria Folayan, who is competing in the women's rugby 7's for the USA. They already finished competing, but you can watch their replay at nbcolympics.com.

This interview was powerful because Victoria was one of the best rugby players at Stanford, and how she continues to compete. We also discuss a scary head injury she experienced earlier in the year, but how she continues to compete even though she knows there are risks with playing a full contact sport like rugby. Rio 2016 #rio2016

You can find her on twitter with @vixfly

http://www.athleteminded.com/1/post/2016/08/rio-olympics-part-4-of-10-usa-womens-rugby-7s-player-victoria-folayan.html

Rio Olympics - Part 4 of 10 - USA Women's Rugby 7's Player Victoria Folayan

Today, in part 3 of 10 in our Rio Olympics series, we talk to Laura Graves and Kasey Perry-Glass, who are both competing...
08/13/2016
Rio Olympics - Part 3 of 10 - USA Women's Equestrian Athletes Laura Graves and Kasey Perry-Glass

Today, in part 3 of 10 in our Rio Olympics series, we talk to Laura Graves and Kasey Perry-Glass, who are both competing in the equestrian event for the USA. They are actually competing today, Wednesday August 10th, so if you can't catch them Live check out their replay at nbcolympics.com.

This interview was really cool because they talk about how they not only have to be prepared physically and mentally, but they also have to make sure their horses are prepared physically and mentally. In Laura's case, she's been working with her horse for over 10 years to develop harmony, and now she's competing to be the best in the world down in Rio.

They are competing in the equestrian dressage event, and you can find Kasey and Kaseyperrydressage.com and Laura at crosstiesllc.com Rio 2016 #rio2016

http://www.athleteminded.com/1/post/2016/08/rio-olympics-part-3-of-10-usa-womens-equestrian-athletes-laura-graves-and-kasey-perry-glass.html

Rio Olympics - Part 3 of 10 - USA Women's Equestrian Athletes Laura Graves and Kasey Perry-Glass

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