The Head in the Game Blog

Exploring the new frontier in sports—the mental engineering
of the world's greatest athletes—and what it means for all of us.

Introducing ‘This Stuff’

“ ’Ello, mate!” Wearing a long, loose white T-shirt, black skinny jeans, and flip-flops, Andy Walshe, Ph.D., an enthusiastic, balding, white-haired Australian with energy for days, strolls into the Red Bull North America headquarters lobby. I’m relieved. It’s February 2016, and I was nervous that Walshe, Red Bull’s director of high performance, would cancel. Not that I think Walshe is flaky—it’s just that I’m here to talk with him about...
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HitG and Beyond: Welcome to the Ride

Many of the athletes and scientists featured in Head in the Game say that what they are doing has the potential to change the world. I am generally averse to such grandiose claims, but in this case, they are more right than they are wrong. I am humbled and awed by the work being done in the fields of neuroscience and psychology, and I am so grateful for it. I went into...
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Cristiano Ronaldo heads a ball into a net in the pitch dark

Here’s a video mentioned in Chapter 13 of HEAD IN THE GAME, “Gaming the Brain.” In this vid, Cristiano Ronaldo heads a ball into the net even as the world turns pitch black. It’s a video that NeuroTracker pitch man and CogniSens CEO Jean Castanguay showed me while we sat on the couch in his Montreal office, pounding espressos and jabbering on with much excitement. The point: Ronaldo’s brain is...
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Addicts and Their Overlooked Struggle with Depression

Introducing our first Contributed Post at the Head in the Game blog, where, among other items, I hope and plan to share stories of others making their minds stronger.      Addicts and Their Overlooked Struggle with Depression by Constance Ray, Contributor from RecoveryWell.org People working to overcome an addiction often battle an additional — and equally devastating — struggle: depression. It often feels like a war within themselves that simply will...
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Talking Steph Curry and ‘Neurocognitive Efficiency’ on CNN Philippines

Had a most excellent time talking Steph Curry, neurocognitive efficiency, and HEAD IN THE GAME with Mico Halili for CNN Philippines’ Sports Desk today.   .@brandonsneed takes a closer look at Steph Curry’s mental training. https://t.co/toRCuyScDk pic.twitter.com/ckPKxLOSDy — CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) March 7, 2017
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Greetings

Hey, I'm Brandon, this is the HitG blog, where we go beyond the book to explore This Stuff and stay up to date on the greater HitG universe, share stories of HitG readers figuring out how to get their own heads in the game (sorry, that pun is just too easy and fun), and generally goof off a little. Oh and it's free and always will be. Don't try to pay me, I won't let you.

What is “This Stuff”?

There are so many tools for "mental engineering" — just getting the mind right, really — that there is no single clean label, so I’ve gone with the extremely scientific term This Stuff.

Book Me

I do, however, accept money for speaking engagements (albeit begrudgingly). I'd really love to do this stuff for free because I think it's amazing, but alas, I also feel compelled to contribute to my family's food, shelter, and general merriment. I speak to groups of all sizes, ages, levels of sport, and so on. Basically, I can tailor my talks to anyone. (I got my head in the game like that. Sorry! See?! I can't help myself.)

What’s Your Story?

I'd love to hear your stories about getting your head right. Contact us using the link above.

Recent posts

Introducing ‘This Stuff’
03/13/2017By
HitG and Beyond: Welcome to the Ride
03/09/2017By
Cristiano Ronaldo heads a ball into a net in the pitch dark
03/08/2017By
Addicts and Their Overlooked Struggle with Depression
03/07/2017By
Talking Steph Curry and ‘Neurocognitive Efficiency’ on CNN Philippines
03/07/2017By