MAM Podcast S01EP11: Does exercise make you more “mentally tough”? Should it ever be used as a punishment?




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Former Oregon offensive lineman Doug Brenner is suing the NCAA for $100 million in punitive damages over allegations of lifelong injuries sustained during a series of controversial workouts as a player in 2017, according to a report from ESPN. 

Brenner is seeking punitive damages from the NCAA for a condition called rhabdomyolysis, which he says he began suffering from as a result of workouts conducted at Oregon.

  • “Mental toughness is finding the good in everything”
    1. Reframing 
    2. Preparation (Doug Kechijian explains all of this in more detail in these two posts: The Myth of Mental Toughness Training Part 1 and Part 2)
    3. Consistency
    4. Want to help yourself and others build mental toughness? Start reframing what’s ‘bad’ in your life, prepare for the things you can control, and be consistent in your words and actions, even when the going gets tough. It has to start with you before others will follow.
    5. Read Mindset by Carol Dweck
    6. Read Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
  • Build “mental toughness” by creating a culture with high standards.
    1. A cultural standard of hard work and discipline creates an identity. If you have a WHY it’s much easier to do hard things.
    2. Do the next right thing.
    3. Mental toughness has nothing to do with physical capacity
    4. Punishment training is an attempt to make up for a lack of standards/communication. You do fix behavior problems with exercise, you fix them with communication.
    5. “We define Grit as perseverance and passion for long-term goals. Grit entails working strenuously toward challenges, maintaining effort and interest over years despite failure, adversity and plateaus in progress.” – Angela Duckworth
    6. Read Legacy by James Kerr 

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