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David Plummer’s Interview On Inside with Brett Hawke

By: Premier Sport Psychology

David Plummer shares his story on how he went from falling down to getting up to win a Bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

 

 

David Plummer’s Interview On Inside with Brett Hawke

Emotional Highjacking and Managing High Stress

By: Premier Sport Psychology

During times of high stress, we can tend to show it in different ways. Below is an exercise to help reflect where we are now with our stress management skills and foster ways to help manage high stress  you may be experiencing now or in the future:

Exercise: Get to know what YOU look like under high levels of stress so that you can step in and adapt to maintain high performance and prevent burnout. Identify what works best for you to de-stress so you can remain resilient throughout periods of high stress and demand.Click Here

Coping with Times of Uncertainty- Building Resilience

By: Premier Sport Psychology

During times of uncertainty, we can start to feel a little anxious and lost. Resilience is something that can help us cope with times of uncertainty. Below are 2 different exercises to help foster the development of your resilience through your support system and accountability through group activities.

Exercise 1: Identify three teammates you want to reach out this week and how you want to give and maintain support. A key pillar of resiliency is to identify your support system. Get creative in the ways that you can support each other virtually or from a distance. Click Here

 

Exercise 2: Movement feels good and boosts your immune system! Here is a workout you can do with your teammates, with instructions on how to set up a “workout meeting” via Zoom. Which exercises will you enjoy more with the support of teammates? Click Here

Meet Laina Nelson

By: Premier Sport Psychology

Premier is excited to announce that Laina Nelson will be joining our staff this August as an office administrator. Read below to learn more about Laina!

What has most drawn you to the field of sport psychology?

What has drawn me to sport psychology is my experiences growing up with a love for sport, as well as being a performer. I was a three-sport athlete throughout high school and spent the rest of my time in the fine arts and performing and writing music. I find sport psychology fascinating; it merges my love for sport and performance, while advocating for mental health and well-being, as well as prioritizing the ability to reach optimal performance. It is extremely intriguing and I cannot wait to continue to learn and grow within the field!

What sport do you enjoy playing the most?  Watching the most?

As a three-sport athlete, I love playing volleyball, basketball, and softball in equal amounts. I was even in an all-female boxing club in college. But I think my favorite to participate in now is definitely basketball; it’s a sport that can stay with you forever! When it comes to watching sports, I completed my undergraduate career at North Dakota State University, so I bet you could guess that football is my favorite to watch. Go Bison!

Outside of the “basic” or “standard” apps on your phone, if you could only choose to have 3, what would they be?

I would choose the MyPlate app (it is great for tracking macros!), Spotify (to listen to my favorite music/podcasts), and probably Pinterest (to keep up with creativity and motivation).

What trend do you hope makes a comeback?

To be honest, I am a huge fan of the 1990s fashion trends.. well mostly what Rachel Greene wears on Friends. I love crewnecks, the updos, camo pants. But these days, anything is fashionable!

Describe your ideal weekend?

My ideal weekend would be spent at the lakes with family and friends. Nothing is better than being out on the lake on a sunny day and then coming back home for a grill-out, fishing, yard games, and spending time around a campfire!

Have you ever met a famous person/What’s your claim to fame?

A famous person I have met, and sang with, is Colton Dixon. He was an American Idol contestant during season 11. He was one of my all-time favorites even after the show was done. He was performing at a local event a couple summers ago and my boyfriend and I decided last minute to go and ended up meeting him. He is an incredibly humble, down-to-earth guy and was cool enough to sing his original song “Never Gone” with me!

If you could only watch 3 movies for the rest of your life, what would they be?

The Notebook, the Sixth Sense, and Finding Nemo. It would be the ultimate balance of a little bit of everything!

What quote inspires you the most/Who (in your life) inspires you the most?

One of my favorite quotes is “Grow through what you go through.” It’s a reminder that facing adversity and other obstacles is an opportunity to learn and grow into who you want to become, and that you’re unstoppable.

If you weren’t going into sport psychology, what would you do?

If I had to choose a different path to follow, it would be music. I grew up singing the National Anthem at sporting events, performing at community events, and other establishments. I have been writing music since junior high and found a passion in the lyrical part of musical production through professional vocal clinics, auditions, and performing at different venues in the United States.

What are you a “closet fan” of?

Video games… I grew up with a brother who loved games and I was always the younger sibling who would watch. Also, growing up we used to have “Family Rockband nights” and we would play Rockband on the Xbox 360, touring the world as a family (haha, my mom is still proud of scoring 100% singing ‘Dead or Alive’ by Bon Jovi). So I grew to be a fan of all types of games. You’ve got to appreciate and respect the storylines and what people can come up with!

Meet Dr. Tommy Fritze

By: Premier Sport Psychology

Premier Sport Psychology is excited to welcome Dr. Tommy Fritze to our team. He is starting in late August 2019 as a post doc! Read below to learn more about Tommy.

What sport do you enjoy playing the most?

Ping pong…yes, really.

 

What trend do you hope makes a comeback?

Using technology/electronics as tools rather than toys / playing outside more

 

What quote inspires you the most?

“Be where you are, otherwise you will miss your life.” – Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama

 

What is your focus cue or mantra that you use to get in the game?

Don’t think, sense.

 

If you weren’t going into sport psychology, what would you do?

Physical therapy – the only thing more fascinating than anatomy and physiology is psychology.

 

What’s something that people get wrong about you the most?

The pronunciation of my last name…it’s a long “e” at the end!

Meet Dr. Jaimie Rubin

By: Premier Sport Psychology

Premier Sport Psychology is excited to welcome Dr. Jaimie Rubin to our team. She will be starting August 2019 as a post doc! Read below to learn more about Jaimie!

What sport do you enjoy playing the most? 

Watching the most, I really enjoy getting to play any sport. I love any chance to be active and competitive especially getting to do so with friends! But if I had to chose my favorite to play is basketball. I played basketball in college and coached for five years after college. I love watching women’s and men’s college basketball, the women’s national soccer team, and of course my Giants and Yankees!

Would you rather create history or delete it? What would you delete/create and why?

I would rather create it. I’d love to be a part of creating a history of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

What’s one song that you have completely memorized/What song is your guilty pleasure? 

I memorized Run Around by Blues Traveler with my dad on a recruiting trip in high school.

If you could only watch 3 movies for the rest of your life, what would they be?

First Wives Club, Remember the Titans, The American President

What quote inspires you the most/Who (in your life) inspires you the most?

“If it wasn’t hard everyone would do it”

What’s your favorite podcast/What’s your favorite book?  Why?

It is so challenging to pick just one podcast! But I do have an affinity for some of the true crime and investigation podcasts including Up and Vanished and S-Town. I also love some weekly podcasts including Keep It, This Might Get Weird, Pod Save America, and My Favorite Murder. This isn’t a podcast, but I watch Red Table Talk on Facebook every week because it is amazing!

 

Meet Dr. Adam Gallenberg

By: Premier Sport Psychology

Premier Sport Psychology is excited to welcome Dr. Adam Gallenberg to our team. He will be starting August 2019 as a post doc! Read below to learn more about Adam!

What has most drawn you to the field of sport psychology?

I love the active aspect of the job, so spending time “on the field” with teams to conducting individual sessions in the office throughout the day makes the work
exciting and unique.

What sport do you enjoy playing the most? Watching the most?

Although completely different, I enjoy participating in boxing and ballroom dancing equally. However, when it comes to watching, boxing definitely comes
out on top.

What’s one song that you have completely memorized/What song is your guilty pleasure? 

“I want it that way” – The Backstreet Boys is both memorized and a guilty pleasure.

What fictional place would you most like to visit?

Hogwarts, although the theme park in Orlando is close…

Would you rather show up to a presentation where none of your technology/preparation works or would you rather give an impromptu presentation without prior knowledge of it?

Both actually happened this past year! Although I hope neither happens again, I would rather deal with technology issues because I am at least prepared with the
material I’ll be presenting on.

What quote inspires you the most/Who (in your life) inspires you the most?

“It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” – Rocky

Meet Matt Bartholomew

By: Premier Sport Psychology

Premier Sport Psychology is excited to introduce one of our Summer 2018 interns, Matt Bartholomew!  Read below to learn more about Matt.

Let’s start with a fun fact about yourself.

I won a collegiate national championship in handball with the University of Minnesota this last fall.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I have always wanted to go to New Zealand, specifically the South Island. The pictures just look gorgeous, as there are beautiful coasts back-dropped by incredible mountain ranges. It is something I really need to see for myself.

What is the best show you’ve watched on Netflix?

The best show I’ve watched on Netflix is The Office. Parks & Recreation is also really good, but nothing beats the back and forth between Jim and Dwight.

What is your favorite song? Favorite artist?

My favorite song is either Drops of Jupiter or Piano Man. My favorite artist is the Beatles.

You are being sent to a deserted island you can bring one person and one item, who and what would you bring, and why?

I am bringing my brother because I feel like we would work well together to try to escape the island as soon as possible. I would bring some golf clubs because I figure I’ll have enough time to maybe become an okay golfer.

If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?

I would love to be able to be able to read minds. It would be very interesting to know what everyone is thinking at any particular time.

When you were in Kindergarten, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was in Kindergarten I wanted to play professional basketball. That dream was quickly shattered when I learned I wasn’t supposed to grow past 6 foot.

What is one thing that scares you?

I am deathly afraid of drowning. I really don’t know why, I just feel like that would be a really traumatic way to die.

Favorite sport to play? How about to watch?

My favorite sport to play is probably basketball. My favorite sport to watch is soccer, especially the world cup or the English Premier League.

What is your experience with sports?

I tried out just about every sport growing up. I settled on basketball, baseball and football. I played basketball and football throughout high school, and won 2 state championships in football.

What has drawn you to the sports psychology world?

I have always been interested in the mental side of sports, and became especially interested after taking a sport psychology class in college. I find it fascinating that so much of athletic performance is on the mental side of things, yet many athletes never even consider working to get better at it.

What is your educational background and future aspirations?

In May I graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities with a B.S. in Kinesiology. I am looking to further my education in Sports Psychology and hopefully work in a college athletic department, working with young athletes to maximize their potential on the playing field.

Meet Laina Nelson

By: Premier Sport Psychology

Premier Sport Psychology is excited to introduce one of our Summer 2018 interns, Laina Nelson!  Read below to learn more about Laina.

Let’s start with a fun fact about yourself.

I absolutely love sports, but I also love music and performing. I have been writing music since I was about 13 years old and bought my first guitar. A couple years ago I even got to record my own music in Nashville.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

That is a tough question. I absolutely love to travel, but I have always really wanted to see Niagara Falls or Bora Bora. For real, I would be open to going anywhere!

What is the best show you’ve watched on Netflix?

I am a total binge-watcher when it comes to Netflix. The most recent shows I have binge-watched would be One Tree Hill, Criminal Minds, or Grey’s Anatomy.

What is your favorite song? Favorite artist?

My favorite artist would hands down be Imagine Dragons! I have had the opportunity to see them perform a few different times and they are incredible. They can totally rock out or strip down their songs to really beautiful acoustic versions. My favorite song pretty much alternates between different songs by them but right now it is probably Whatever It Takes. They have a song for every occasion for sure!

You are being sent to a deserted island you can bring one person and one item, who and what would you bring, and why?

I would probably bring my boyfriend. He is incredibly clever and “outdoorsy” so he would be a great choice. It would be a learning experience for sure, haha. The item I would bring would be my guitar so we could play music on the beach or around the campfire if we managed to build one.

If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?

Teleportation. I believe it would come in handy every now and then because then you can pretty much go wherever you want whenever you want. But then you can also play it cool and choose not too teleport if you’re traveling with others!

When you were in Kindergarten, what did you want to be when you grew up?

In Kindergarten, I wanted to be a famous singer when I grew up. There is a library of home-videos of me singing into a toy karaoke machine at home!

What is one thing that scares you?

Clowns. I have never, and will never, be a fan. I am not even sure why.

Favorite sport to play? How about to watch?

My favorite sport to play is definitely basketball. It was my favorite sport in high school and I really miss getting to play with my team. It is still fun to just go shoot baskets or play pick up games with others. Due to spending my undergraduate years attending North Dakota State University, my favorite sport to watch is probably football. Go Bison!

What is your experience with sports?

I grew up playing sports with my family and friends in the community. Being from a small town, it was one of the most fun ways to hangout and spend time with others. Throughout high school, I was a three-sport athlete and played volleyball, basketball, and softball. In college, I even took classes and was a part of an all-women boxing team. I still look back at my experiences in athletics and think of them as some of the most fun memories I have!

What has drawn you to the sports psychology world?

My family has always gathered around sports. My dad was a basketball and football coach back in the day, so growing up passionate about sports definitely helped direct me. To be honest, I had not heard about sport psychology until I attended college, and I fell in love with the idea of it! Ever since, I have been dedicated to creating my own path and growing in knowledge and experience in the field. I love hearing sport success stories, so the idea of possibly playing a role in someone’s success toward their dream is amazing. I have seen burnout, tough return-to-play situations, performance anxiety, and other psychological phenomenon with my own eyes, so becoming educated in the field and reflecting on these experiences is very interesting to me. Everybody knows the importance of the physical aspect of sport, but to emphasize the importance and integration of the psychological aspect as well is so important now more than ever.

What is your educational background and future aspirations?

I am a recent graduate from North Dakota State University, where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. I was determined to make my own path and took some classes within exercise science and athletic training as well to really combine my areas of study and prepare me for sport psychology. I am in the application process for graduate programs and am super excited to further my education in the sport psychology field! My future aspirations are to obtain a PhD and prepare to become a licensed Sport Psychologist either within private practice or in a collegiate setting. With the field growing, I would love to see more programs and practices emerge in areas of the United States that are lacking in mental health services specialized for athletes so struggling athletes will have more access to what they need.