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This is adapted from Chapter 1 from Head in the Game.  It’s the 2015 NFC Championship game, and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson lines up in shotgun with a nearly impossible task ahead. The Seahawks, the defending Super Bowl champions, have just gotten the ball back from the Green Bay Packers at the thirty-one-yard line,...
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  This is the Head in the Game prologue.    “’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...
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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. Usually, someone saying something like that will make me run screaming the other direction. I’m dramatic sometimes. But these folks … they seem like they might actually be right.
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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...
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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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Many thanks to Sports Illustrated for running this excerpt from Head in the Game. It’s about how great athletes are using EEG technology to study and train their brains, much like they use film, personal trainers, and the like the study and train their bodies and their skills. Beyond their sports, too, it is having profound...
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HarperCollins just posted a first look at the inside of Head in the Game, including the title pages, chapter breakdowns, and, best of all, the Prologue and Chapter 1. This is where this book process of rolling out the book gets kind of emotional and scary for me, because this is where it gets personal....
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It started a few different places, really, but what it boiled down to was love. It all boiled down to love. I loved my wife. I loved my son. And now I already love the new one growing in my wife’s belly. And I just didn’t feel strong enough, or patient enough, or … just...
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Back in the fall, Urban Meyer and his wife Shelley graciously welcomed me into their lives so that I could tell the story of Urban’s battle with what we call “mental illness” for B/R Mag. The result was “I’m Not the Lone Wolf,” which ended up going viral. With Head in the Game coming out, and since...
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