Mindfuel Magazine

By Luis Valdes | A digital magazine devoted to the quest for excellence in performance.

Klay Thompson: Shooters Shoot

The sports world lost its collective mind on July 4, 2016 when Kevin Durant announced via <i>The Players’ Tribune</i> that he was leaving the comforts of …

Basketball

How Much Better Would LeBron James Be If He Slept Once in Awhile?

The NBA's grueling schedule probably won't let us find out.<p>Imagine how good the NBA would be if players took time off. Using LeBron James and the Cavs as a case study of sorts, ESPN dug into the stats, and they are damning: When players spend more time on the court for more days in a row, they …

Cleveland

The role of Geoff Miller, the Phillies' mental skills coach

"I’ve never found a better way to get through to a player than to simply make it clear to him that I believe in him."<p>"Even though I know most of …

Baseball

This Is the Book Tom Brady Hails for His Unshakable Mental Toughness

The Super Bowl LI MVP just delivered the greatest comeback in history. And he was cool, calm, and collected.<p>After watching Tom Brady and the New England Patriots pull off the most improbable comeback in sports history, I think we can all agree on a few things:<p><b>Super Bowl LI is the greatest comeback</b> …

NFL

Tom Brady's Latest Act of Greatness Was a Lifetime in the Making

HOUSTON, Texas — The coronation began in peace. Tom Brady crouched low to the NRG Stadium turf to be completely alone with his thoughts.<p>As confetti poured, music blared and adults cried, nobody bothered him for 30 seconds.<p>First, LeGarrette Blount arrived. Then, Bill Belichick muscled through the …

NFL

Bill Belichick is the architect behind Patriots’ gritty artistry

HOUSTON — There was Dont’a Hightower’s fourth-quarter strip sack. There was Julian Edelman’s acrobatic catch that kept alive the 91-yard, game-tying touchdown drive. And there were dozens of other plays — many by running back James White — that proved similarly crucial to the New England Patriots’ …

NFL

As Tom Brady nears 40, brain training hones his edge

Minneapolis

Athletes 'in the zone' report intense awareness, time transformation

Great performances by athletes become part of the sporting world lore: Kobe Bryant scoring 81 points versus the Toronto Raptors. Joe DiMaggio's …

Psychology

Is Dak Prescott a one-hit wonder, destined to fizzle? No, not if these 5 things happen

Dallas has a franchise QB, a permanent Tony Romo replacement, on hand if club doesn't screw it up<p>Dak Prescott is the future of the Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo is the past.<p>But exactly what their future looks like remains to be seen.<p>Is Prescott a stunning young-gun quarterback who continues to grow …

Tackling Tech: Tom Brady, Smart Clothes and the Pursuit of Peak Performance

The Under Armour -TB12 launch of sleep recovery pajamas could serve as a wakeup call for athletes and trainers looking to find ways beyond limited …

Wearable Tech

Meet the secret weapon behind the Seahawks' head games

Doug Baldwin has come a long way both on and off the field since he joined the Seahawks. After entering the league as an undrafted free agent, he …

NFL

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan is redeeming himself with a season for the ages - Super Bowl LI

<i>This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 6 Super Bowl Preview Issue. Subscribe today!</i><p><b>HIS MIND'S INTERIOR</b> monologue is an eruption of profanity. …

Football (U.S.)

The Way Of The Waltons

He liked to imagine himself as the next Larry Bird, a player he had watched practice alongside his dad, Bill, a key member of the mid-'80s Celtics. One of Luke's most vivid memories—along with John Wooden on his lunch box, Carlos Santana at his dinner table, Phil Jackson in his daydreams and Karl …

NBA

Laura Robson turns to psychologist in bid to end losing streak

A dejected Laura Robson says she is turning to sports psychology in the hope of ending the losing sequence that continued in Melbourne on Thursday.<p>Playing in the first round of qualifying at the Australian Open, Robson was alarmingly short of rhythm or feel as she succumbed to Amandine Hesse by a …

Keep Your Eye on the Balls to Become a Better Athlete

MONTREAL — The acid-yellow spheres on the screen don’t look anything like the linebackers that the Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan tries to avoid each week. Nor do they resemble an English Premier League soccer player streaking down the field, or a puck hurtling across the ice in a National …

Winter Sports

Mind Games: The best thing you can do to win the mental race

Training your mind for your sport is just as important as training your body. But many athletes overlook the mental side when they’re preparing to …

Bulls' Doug McDermott reveals how dark his post-concussion days were

About 10 days after Doug McDermott suffered the second and more serious of his two concussions this season on Nov. 12, the third-year forward jumped in a cab to see a team-approved specialist downtown.<p>McDermott felt good. He figured he would be exiting the NBA's concussion protocol shortly and …

Tom Brady Is A Marvel

Let’s leave the MVP discussion for Skippy and Goatface and <i>All Takes Matter</i> and that Sunday morning show featuring Mike Lupica that nobody watches …

Understanding Basketball Footwork

In basketball, what happens on the ground is as important as what takes place above it. When you think of Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, you think of …

Basketball

How Kemba Walker Fixed His Shot and Became an Elite NBA Point Guard

The NBA is filled with countless examples: Rajon Rondo, Ricky Rubio and Derrick Rose are inarguable liabilities from deep. Russell Westbrook—a career 30.4 percent three-point shooter—may experience a harsh fall from grace once his athleticism declines.<p>The Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics and Orlando …

Basketball

Players' creed serves as Dallas Cowboys' 'Ten Commandments' - Dallas Cowboys Blog

FRISCO, Texas -- The most important days of the Dallas Cowboys' season didn't come with the first win in Week 2 against the Washington Redskins or …

Recovery is the new fitness science

<b>JACKSONVILLE, Fla.</b> - “Exercise, eat right, get plenty of sleep, drink plenty of fluids.”<p>Everybody’s heard that advice about staying healthy. As …

Golden State Warriors' Steve Kerr, Kevin Durant Praise Virtual Reality

NextVR’s broadcast coverage of the NBA made quite an impression on the Golden State Warriors.<p>“Yo, this is changing the game right here,” Kevin Durant …

Virtual Reality

Hey Siri, LeBron James uses his iPad to review video during games

If you’ve noticed LeBron James looking at his iPad on the bench during Cleveland Cavaliers games recently, he’s not checking out Facebook or Face …

How the Williams F1 team used biometrics to make Formula One’s fastest pitstop

Williams has the fastest pit crew in F1, and it used tech to make it happen<p>Formula One is one of the fastest sports on earth, and it’s got there …

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has found serenity off the field - Dallas Cowboys Blog

FRISCO, Texas -- Dez Bryant is at peace with his life, something he's spent a lifetime trying to achieve.<p>The volatile moments are fewer and less …

The Triplets 2.0

Dak, Zeke and Dez are Dallas' new Aikman, Smith and Irvin. They're embracing the legacy, and it's embracing them.<p>December 9, 2016<p>Brad Rempel / USA Today Sports<p>FRISCO, Texas — Once, there were three great Cowboys.<p>The quarterback was blonde of hair, blue of eyes and square of jaw. It was as if he …

Dallas Cowboys

NBA - How Kevin Durant became his most efficient self yet

When you're looking for things Kevin Durant has added to his game in becoming the most efficient Kevin Durant we've ever seen, it helps to be in the …