The Create Your Shot Podcast:

Smallz and Tyler step off the court and into the halls of Academia with Dr. Doug Polster. A former shot creator on the hardwood, Dr. Doug is a Sports Neuropsychologist specializing in sports performance, injury recovery, and sports concussion. He is based in Los Angeles and works at the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT concussion clinic and also runs his own private practice, Polster Performance.

0:30 — Tyler Intro

3:16 — Tyler and Smallz Intro

4:25 — Sports Psychology across all platforms

4:40 — Being introspective as an individual

6:12 — Mental Toughness in players and coaches

7:10 — Why do you do what you do?

8:00 — Tyler admits to being a contrary

10:22 — Tapping into the mental side of sports

12:30 — Sports as a relationship business, how can young coaches help

14:37 — Does clutch exist? Let us know in the iTunes comments — Tyler vs. Smallz

15:44 — Welcome Dr. Doug

16:07 — Doug’s background and concentration in psychology

17:50 — The difference between Doug and a typical Sports psychologist

19:15 — Dr. Doug’s freshman math teacher crushed his dreams and started him on his path

20:38 — Playing basketball at Johns Hopkins/managing time between sports and academics

22:40 — Social life at Johns Hopkins/Forbes listers Dr. Doug went to school with

24:31 — Academic and Athletic Pressure and the Ricky Bobby mentality

25:42 — The impact of Dr. Doug being told he wasn’t going to be an NBA player

26:09 — Dr. Doug’s experiences as a player and how he uses them in his current field

28:25 — Dr. Doug on what he knows now and how it could have helped him as a player

29:40 — The stigma of sports psychology

31:02 — The role of coaches and captains in legitimizing sports psychology

32:00 — Approaching coaches who are set in their ways

35:00 — The idea of mental toughness and how to quantify it

36:30 — Nationals and Stephan Strasburg and mistaking talent for mental toughness

37:59 — Where psychology falls and the role of applying it to talent

39:26 — Coaching and communicating differently to different athletes

41:10 — Developing the idea that “I effect the world around me”

42:29 — Dr. Doug and his run club

42:47 — It’s all in your head

43:50 — Athletes not listening to coaches/Smallz is an egomaniac

44:45 — Controlling what you can control

45:20 — How smart is smallz?

45:35 — Understanding the message not the delivery

46:11 — Smallz learns what interpretation is

46:45 — Coaches letting guys behind the scenes who they don’t know their loyalties

48:30 — Team vs Players needing sports psychology

49:15 — The acceptance of sports psychology and “being around”

50:45 — Showing tangible sports psychology results

52:16 — Dr. Doug’s work with a UCLA athlete recovering from a concussion

53:48 — Understanding sports performance and blending every piece of athletics

55:58 — How do you deal with failure

56:37 — Being comfortable enough to allow yourself to not be at your best

57:58 — understanding the difference between sports and real life

1:00:35 — Being successful if sports isn’t the be all end all

1:01:45 — What matters to coaches

1:02:33 — Doug’s ultimate career goals

1:04:30 — On the couch with Dr. Doug

1:05:08 — Tyler is doesn’t come through in a big kickball moment

1:08:11 — Smallz softball experience

1:08:50 — Dr. Doug tells Smallz to drink more beer

1:09:09 — Tyler scientifically breaks down why he’s the GOAT at beer pong

1:09:40 — Polster Performance disclaimer

1:09:55 — Dr. Doug breaks down what alcohol does to your brain

1:13:10 — How failure effects athletes

1:15:45 — City Review — Baltimore, MD

1:18:27 — Natty Boh and Baltimore beer stories

1:19:55 — Tyler loves Baltimore but gets roasted for being an idiot

1:21:00 — Ten Touches

1:21:10 — Funniest teammate

1:21:30 — Worst Travel Experience

1:22:40 — Dr. Doug’s dream patient

1:23:33 — Doctors are nerds and don’t know sports

1:24:40 — Best and worst thing about living in LA

1:25:47 — Favorite book and TV Show

1:26:45 — Dr. Doug’s Phobias

1:27:15 — Dr. Doug invents a new Phobia

1:27:45 — Does clutch exist

1:27:55 — Tyler is vindicated

1:28:46 — The existence of anti-clutch

1:29:13 — Dr. Doug drops a nerdy term on the guys

1:29:50 — Smallz throws shade at Kobe Bryant

1:30:03 — Dr. Doug’s best college basketball memory

1:30:56 — Favorite Ocean City, New Jersey Spot

1:31:31 — Parting shots — Best advice Dr. Doug has ever gotten

1:32:48 — Face-to-Face with 18-year-old self

1:33:50 — The nerdiest podcast of all time

1:35:11 — polsterperformance.com and Drdougpolster on Instagram

1:35:47 — Play us out

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