Mindfuel Magazine

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

'You've Got to Hit First': Draymond Green Reveals His Secrets to Stopping Stars

It has been said of any number of top-flight NBA defenders over the years: "He can guard all five positions." Warriors forward Draymond Green is among them, with one exception—he not only can, he does, sometimes in the same game.<p>Exactly how does a 6'7", 229-pound forward with average NBA foot speed …

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Obsession Is Natural

On November 12, 1996, Allen Iverson dropped 35 on the Knicks in a win at the Garden.<p>On November 12, 1996, I played five minutes and finished with two …

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Here's how Patriots coach Bill Belichick makes decisions under enormous pressure

For legendary New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, a football game is a little like going to war.<p>In a rare interview, Belichick spoke with CNBC …

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A 38-year-old mental coach has become one of the NBA's premier resources

On February 19, Aaron Gordon experienced one of the lowest moments of his young career.<p>Tasked with headlining the 2017 All-Star Dunk Contest after a jaw-dropping performance in 2016, the 21-year-old Orlando Magic forward simply couldn't get a dunk to go down.<p>On a big stage with thousands of people …

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Bill Belichick: Tom Brady isn't a 'great natural athlete,' but he has 3 traits that make up for it

Being successful isn't always about having talent. Often, it's hard work that really pays off.<p>That's according to legendary New England Patriots …

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The NBA Playoffs Are Here And Here’s How Stephen Curry Trains His Mind

A new campaign for healthcare brand Kaiser Permanente stars the Golden State Warriors superstar talking about the mental side of the game.<p>This weekend, the Golden State Warriors will begin their first-round NBA playoffs series against the Portland Trailblazers, and you can bet that Stephen Curry …

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This story from Tony Romo's rookie year perfectly captures his risk-taking mentality

Romo took a huge risk in the second preseason game of his NFL career<p>Imagine you’re an undrafted free agent rookie quarterback out of a Division II school. You had several offers from NFL teams but decided to take the one from the team coached by Bill Parcells, one of the most famously stern and …

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Stephen Curry, NBA, Kaiser Permanente Take On Mental Health Issues

NBA superstar Stephen Curry reveals the personal struggle of dealing with skepticism he needs to "Overcome" by training his mind in the same way he …

Orioles' Mike Wright turns back to sports psychology books to get his mind right for 2017

Mike Wright's year-end mental inventory of an uncomfortable and unsatisfying 2016 season made him realize he has been in such a place before, and …

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Bob Tewksbury is Giants’ mental performance coach

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The season is a long, arduous grind. Months and months are spent away from home. The failures heavily outweigh the successes.<p>It’s natural for baseball players to have mental anguish issues, and baseball teams are getting hip to finding qualified people to deal with those …

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Explain One Play: We take Steph Curry for granted

Curry’s quietly historic game<p>We take Stephen Curry for granted. Yes, I do too. Not as much as you do, but I wasn’t even going to write about a Curry …

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Warriors film room: The uniqueness of Klay Thompson’s game

OAKLAND — Plenty of factors contributed to this recent get-well five-game win streak from the Warriors. Included: The mass rest in San Antonio that …

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Here's What Happened When a Junior College Team Copied the Golden State Warriors For An Entire Season

South Plains College applied Steve Jobs's "great artists steal" quote to the Warriors. Now they're on top of the world.<p>Maybe you don't care about sports. That's okay. But if you want to be successful in entrepreneurship and life, take a minute to consider the men's basketball team at South Plains …

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Vince Carter explains the secrets behind his incredible longevity

How has the 40-year-old Carter discovered the fountain of youth? We asked him and several of his teammates.<p>ATLANTA — Vince Carter is relaxing inside the training room of the Philips Arena visitor’s locker room about an hour before tipoff. Carter laughs on occasion, just taking in the moment. He’s …

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Steve Kerr’s Mic’d-Up Pep Talk With Stephen Curry Sheds Light On Coach’s Value

1,920<p>There might be NBA head coaches who are better than Steve Kerr when it comes to strategy, but the Golden State Warriors head coach certainly …

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Are the Wonderlic and other psych tests really useful for the NFL?

Players have been taking it since the mid-1980s but what are they really testing?<p>In 1936, a Northwestern University graduate student by the name of …

The performance enhancer for your brain: How elite athletes are using EEG to get a mental edge

<i>The following is excerpted from HEAD IN THE GAME by Brandon Sneed. Copyright 2017 by Brandon Sneed. Used by permission of Dey Street Books, a</i> …

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Steph Curry's Secrets to Success: Brain Training, Float Tanks and Strobe Goggles

<b>You’ve probably seen</b> the viral video.<p>Steph Curry dribbles a basketball with one hand and with his other tosses a tennis ball back and forth with his trainer. This is just one in a long series of his typical, elaborate dribbling drills—only he’s also wearing some sort of goggles, the lenses of which …

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Can Baseball Solve the “Yips”?

The very real psychological condition known as the “yips” was on display in the brightest of spotlights: Game Seven of the World Series last fall. …

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Rick Ankiel Says He Drank Before Games, Talks Anxiety of Pitching

Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Rick Ankiel said he needed alcohol to calm his nerves at the start of the 2001 season.<p>In an interview on <i>The Ryan Kelley Morning After</i> on 590 The Fan, Ankiel explained his drinking before the game in his first start of the year as a 21-year-old:<p>Before that game…I'm …

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NBA All-Star 2017 News: Klay Thompson Wants Cavs In Finals Again, Has Odd Pre-Game Ritual

The emergence of Klay Thompson as one of the NBA’s best players has many observers placing him among the greatest sharpshooters of all time. The …

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Mitty’s Aaron Gordon blending mental, physical

Hours before Orlando power forward Aaron Gordon was introduced to the basketball world in last year’s NBA dunk contest in Toronto, the anxiety set in. Thoughts of missed dunks, smirking judges and an injured mascot permeated.<p>“I closed my eyes and started visualizing everything I’d learned since I …

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The 3-Point Shot and the Time Lag of Innovation

Malcolm Gladwell discusses the evolution of 3-pointers on ‘The Bill Simmons Podcast’Continue reading on The Ringer »

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This is the 'Halo' Julio Jones wore to get to the Super Bowl

The Falcons star receiver gives a shoutout to Halo Sport, whose high-end headphones helped him get to the big game.<p>On his way to the Super Bowl, Atlanta Falcons' star wideout Julio Jones let technology take care of his head and toe.<p>In early December, the Pro Bowler developed a serious case of "turf …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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