May 18, 2022


Its all about the Health

Episode 6B: Culture shift and mental health in retired NFL athletes l Brandon Bostick

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In Part B of this episode, Adel, a UCLA Sports Neurologist, Dr. Doug Polster, a UCLA Sports Neuropsychologist, and former NFL Tight End Brandon Bostick continue their discussion on Brandon’s mental health decline. The group discuss what finally led to Bradon seeking help, barriers to mental health treatment, and what Brandon did to aid in his recovery from his difficulties. Part B finalizes with a discussion on the loss of identity for retired athletes and how a structured routine can benefit them

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00:00 – 02:40 Brandon’s post-retirement life
02:41 – Reason for Brandon’s Mental Health Decline
06:25 – The Biggest Obstacles to receiving Mental Health
11:51 – Dr. Polster’s "Talladega Nights" psychological analogy
14:43 – Mental Health Culture Shift in the NFL
15:26 – NFL player predisposition to Mental Health issues
17:17 – Things that helped Brandon in his Mental Health recovery
19:25 – Importance of routine for retired athletes
21:36 – Loss of Identity after Retirement

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