Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Kip Rodgers. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Kip, looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. Was there a defining moment in your professional career? A moment that changed the trajectory of your career?
I will never forget the day early in my career when working at an addiction facility when a colleague told me one of our teenage clients killed himself. While common in the world of addiction, it was my first time losing a client to suicide. It is the kind of news that produces a definite ‘pause’ and intense reflection. It naturally leads to questioning ‘what else could be done to assist, prevent, and predict such a permanent outcome’?
The experience pushed me even further towards helping young people and their parents to understand innate mental wiring and the natural tendencies and struggles which may occur. It propelled me to include parents in the process of therapy and mental performance training. Parents play a key role in any athlete’s success.
Great, appreciate you sharing that with us. Before we ask you to share more of your insights, can you take a moment to introduce yourself and how you got to where you are today to our readers
I too contemplated suicide myself as a 15-year-old gymnast, but I chose NOT to make that permanent choice. So, following our client’s suicide, I wanted to further learn how to solve the problem of navigating life’s challenges with purpose. I began exploring work my father used with The Ohio State University golf teams and I also read, watched, and absorbed my uncle Tex Winter’s work as an offensive coordinator in the NBA.
Several years later, this naturally led me to start my private sports psychology and therapy practice with a prime motive to prepare, predict, and prevent when struggles happen in an athlete’s life. I use a proven science cultivated from my experience and training to understand a client’s intangibles or the ‘mental processes’ of an athlete. Whether the athlete struggles with anxiety, confidence, leadership, problem-solving, and motivation or more severe issues such as addiction, suicidal ideation, adultery, depression, communication, and relationship issues, wouldn’t you want to know?
What sets my practice (NeuroSport) apart is using and applying a proven psychological technology and an individualized touch. I take the unknown and make it known so the athlete can prepare for success while minimizing and often preventing loss and falling behind. I then customize mental and life skills training based on innate wiring, their spoken goals, and challenges so that consistent high performance is found and often achieved.
And I am proud to say, it works! I have had professional athletes, including an NFL player, go from giving up on their career to learning what to change, finding employment, and playing four more years. I have had multiple teenage athletes face incredibly challenging odds with their family dynamics especially during Covid, then find healing while pursuing and accomplishing their goals of a college scholarship. And recently, one of my golfers achieved an incredible milestone at 15 years old as the youngest qualifier at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. She made the cut and finished in the top 25.
How’d you build such a strong reputation within your market?
Given the unique, personal, and customized approach to NeuroSport, we have developed a strong reputation to help our clients. Benefits include:
- Find out the sports naturally wired to do
• Know innate physical and mental strengths and weaknesses given sport/position
• Gain understanding how to stay motivated
• Improve focus to stay on task and avoid distractions
• Handle performance pressure or stress and stay reliable
• Improve communication with parents, teammates, and coaches
• Improve goal setting, productivity, and follow through
As athletes move from the fun romantic stage to the committed mature stage in their development, it is during the middle technical stage when a NeuroSport assessment and mental training keeps sport fun and improves consistent performance.
If you could go back, would you choose the same profession, specialty, etc.?
No doubt in my mind, I would choose what I am doing with NeuroSport all over again. The satisfaction of helping a young person pursue goals with purpose and overcome challenges are key highlights of my life. To participate in the achievement of a dream is sweet. Every day, I get to take part in a person’s goal to perform well. Clients have made it to Broadway, Kevin Hart’s comedy team, the NFL, MLB, NHL, professional soccer, Team USA, and college and Varsity high school teams. And what remains more satisfying is the healing of resentment among family members, the ability to overcome addictive struggles, or the ability to manage anxiety and depression with consistent success.
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