Drs. Keith Kaufman and Tim Pineau (along with Dr. Carol Glass) developed the Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE) mental training program and founded the MSPE Institute, which provides training and consultation to promote greater success, satisfaction, and well-being in sport and other realms of performance (e.g., performing arts, business). In this podcast, Keith and Tim discuss various topics related to mental training, mindfulness, peak performance, and optimal experience for a wide range of performers -- from recreational to elite, kids to adults. They offer practical tips and exercises from their own work, and interview other top-level experts to highlight effective approaches to performance enhancement. The Mindful Sport Performance Podcast will give listeners a full catalogue of fresh ideas on how to thrive in competitive environments and embrace a more mindful way of being. Get in touch with Keith and Tim at MSPEPodcast@gmail.com
In this episode, Karelle Edwards, professional 100m hurdler for Oiselle and five-time Team Canada member, joins the conversation. Tim begins with a heartbeat meditation. Then, Karelle talks with Keith and Tim about her experiences with mental training, how her interest in studying mental health and performance evolved, and her recent decision to prioritize her mental health over the Tokyo Olympics.
In this episode, Sam Parfitt, founder and CEO of the True Athlete Project (TAP), joins the conversation. Sam begins with a settling meditation practice. Then, he talks with Keith and Tim about his experiences growing TAP, working with youth athletes and coaches, multicultural and social justice applications of mindfulness, and embodying mindfulness as a teacher and business owner.
In this episode, Marci Robles, head coach of the George Washington University women's crew team, joins the conversation. Tim begins with a breath counting practice, and then Marci talks with Keith and Tim about how she got interested in mental training, her experiences incorporating MSPE with her GW team, and how mindfulness has empowered her and her rowers over their years of practice.
In this episode, Frances Cárdenas, mental performance coach for the Philadelphia Phillies, joins the conversation. Frances begins with an ice meditation, and then talks with Keith and Tim about her holistic approach to mental training with the Phillies, implications for introducing mindfulness within a multicultural professional sport environment, how she navigates distinctions between performance and clinical issues, and her visio...
In this episode, Sarah Kivel, founder of eiFocus, joins the conversation. Sarah begins with a brief loving-kindness meditation. She then talks with Keith and Tim about the power of empathy and compassion in sport, as well as her work promoting emotional intelligence and culture change within women's sports.
In this episode, Micha Shaw, a mother, mindfulness trainer, and national champion athlete, joins the conversation. Micha begins with a short breath practice, and then talks with Keith and Tim about helping athletes incorporate mindfulness into their routines, her unique journey to mindfulness through her open-water swimming career and retirement, and challenges athletes can face around identity.
In this episode, Taylor Brown joins the conversation. Taylor is founder & Director of High Performance at Enduromind, Mental Performance Program Lead at SportsShare Technologies, and the producer of this podcast! He begins with a brief acceptance practice and then talks with Keith and Tim about his personal journeys to mindfulness and acceptance, and how he incorporates these ideas into his work with fellow athletes.
In this episode, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, world-renowned author, scientist, and meditation teacher, joins the conversation. Jon begins with an exercise focused on embodying awareness by "dropping in" to the present moment. He then talks with Keith and Tim about the true nature of mindfulness, paths to authentic practice, paradigm shift in psychology and sport, the roles of letting go and fear in performance and life, his early a...
In this episode, Chad McGehee, Director of Meditation Training at the University of Wisconsin Athletics Department, joins the conversation. Chad begins with a meditation incorporating values as a present-moment anchor, and then talks with Keith and Tim about his unique role at Wisconsin Athletics, his collaboration with the Center for Healthy Minds, introducing mindfulness as mental training for athletes, and links between mindfuln...
In this episode, Travis Thomas, Leadership and Team Dynamics coach for U.S. Men's Soccer, joins the conversation. Travis begins with a mindful improvisation exercise and then talks with Keith and Tim about the connections between improv and mindfulness, key factors in his "yes, and..." approach, and how he brings that approach to the athletes he works with as a form of "radical collaboration."
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In this episode, Dr. Jacob Jensen, a mental performance consultant, professor, and actor, joins the conversation. Jacob begins with a meditation practice focused on the breath, sounds, and emotions. He then talks with Keith and Tim about his mental training work with actors, how he incorporates mindfulness (and MSPE specifically), and how his experience with the "yips" as a college athlete changed the trajectory of his care...
In this episode, Dr. Amber Cargill, Director of Player Wellness for the NFLPA, joins the conversation. Keith begins with a bubble meditation practice. Then, Amber talks with Keith and Tim about her role with the NFLPA promoting mental health and social justice, and the part that mindfulness is playing in her efforts.
In this episode, Prince Daniels Jr., a retired NFL player turned author and entrepreneur, joins the conversation. Prince begins with a relaxation exercise involving work with tension and the breath. He then shares with Keith and Tim how mindfulness literally saved his life, and his current efforts to introduce fellow athletes to meditation practices through his business and writing.
In this episode, Dr. Rezvan Ameli, a clinical psychologist as well as mindfulness teacher and award-winning author, joins the conversation. Rezvan begins with a short breathing meditation and then talks with Keith and Tim about her views on the proliferation of mindfulness approaches, relinquishing expectations, the challenges of "unlearning" habits, and her recent major publication on a brief mindfulness training for healt...
In this episode, Eliana (El) Cassel, a Marymount University lacrosse player and nursing student, joins the conversation. El begins with a mindfulness of the five senses exercise, and describes its effectiveness for youth populations. She then talks with Keith and Tim about her evolution as a student-athlete, having been trained in MSPE over the past 5 years, and how she established a commitment to mindfulness practice. Particular ...
Welcome to Season 2! In this episode, John Stevenson, a sport psychology consultant with extensive experience in ice hockey and other domains (dance, business, military), joins the conversation. Tim begins with a mindfulness of the breath and sound exercise. Then, John talks with Keith and Tim about his journey from running a hockey goalie school to being a sport psychology consultant, and his discovery and integration of mindfulne...
In this episode, Samantha Livingstone, Olympic gold medalist in swimming, high-performance consultant, and mother of four joins the conversation. Samantha begins with a "being present" meditation and then chats with Keith and Tim about her journey from elite athlete to consultant, why she's chosen to teach mindfulness, and her advocacy for mental health and mental training in sport.
In this episode, Marc Capponi, a composer, performer, and teacher of music joins the conversation. Keith begins with a brief body scan practice. Then, Marc discusses his non-traditional approach to playing, teaching, and learning music "by feel," and parallels to mindfulness training approaches like MSPE.
In this episode, Steve Ward, a high-performance coach and author who specializes in training traders, fund managers, and bankers, joins the conversation. Steve begins by leading an "observer of self" meditation and then talks with Keith and Tim about how he integrates mindfulness into his work with high-stakes, high-adrenaline decision makers.
In this episode, former MLB catcher and current Chicago Cubs Head Applied Mental Skills Coach, John Baker, joins the conversation. John begins with an awareness of the body meditation. He then talks with Keith and Tim about his journey from MLB player to mental skills coach, and how he's integrated mindfulness into his life and his work with the Cubs organization.
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