Ep 112: Brian Zulegar, PhD on How Should Runners Train Their Mind For Performance
In this episode of Run with Fitpage, we had Dr. Brian Zulegar, who is a Sports Psychology expert. Brian and Vikas talk all about what it takes to train the mind for better performance, and why the mental health of an athlete is important.
Brian is a professor of sport psychology in the School of Kinesiology & Health Sciences at Adams State University where he teaches graduate courses in sport psychology and coaching education as well as a variety of other courses in Kinesiology. He is the graduate program coordinator for the MS in Applied Sport Psychology graduate program. He created this fully online program in 2016 to serve a need in educating applied sport psychology professionals and those working in human performance settings. Brian is also the creator and director of the Joe I. Vigil Center for Human Performance and Coach Education at Adams State University.
Brian worked as the mental performance coach for the Adams State University Cross Country and Track and Field programs from 2014-2019 that have a strong tradition of excellence as evidenced by the 56 national team titles they have won. He assisted in coaching all event groups and provided mental strength training services to the coaches and athletes. Brian has worked with athletes and coaches in a variety of sports from the youth level to the Olympic level.
His research interests are coaching and leadership. Brian is working with the USATF Sport Psychology service delivery team providing coach and athlete education as well as continuing research to support USATF and their mission.
About the host
Vikas hosts this weekly podcast and enjoys nerding over-exercise physiology, nutrition, and endurance sport in general. He aims to get people to get out and ‘move’. When he is not working, he is found running, almost always. He can be found on nearly all social media channels but Instagram is preferred:)