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Michael Gervais, Ph.D.
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Dr. Michael Gervais is Director of the High-Performance Psychology Program at DISC Sports & Spine Center, the official medical services provider for Red Bull's North American athletes. As a California licensed psychologist specializing in high performance, he works in the trenches of high-stakes environments, where there is no luxury for mistakes, hesitation, or failure to respond.

For more than 10 years, Dr. Gervais has consulted with top sports organizations, including the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, UFC, US Olympic Team and Red Bull. His work has also played an integral role to the US Military, as well as several collegiate and high school programs.

While Dr. Gervais’ roster includes some of the world’s most elite athletes, he is expanding the reach of his capabilities into the broader spectrum. He recognizes that, like athletes, all of us are required to perform daily. We all navigate our own high-stakes environments and can benefit just as much with the right training. Ultimately, Dr. Gervais’ goal is to create amazing journeys for clients while exploring their boundaries of human potential.

A published, peer-reviewed author and recognized speaker on human performance issues, Dr. Gervais has been featured by ESPN, CNN, NFL Network, FUELtv, Red Bull TV, Extra, The Huffington Post, GolfersMD, South Bay magazine and others. He is currently authoring a book that reveals how human potential is cultivated and developed – by examining the most successful high-risk takers in the world: extreme and action sport athletes.

Entries by Michael Gervais, Ph.D.

Learning to 'Get After It in Life' -- The Science and Art of Building Resiliency

(1) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 11:16 PM

There is much to learn from people who push limits, challenge conventional wisdom and are able to excel in moments that are packed with intensity. One of the characteristics that many of them have developed is the skill of resiliency -- being able to adapt and adjust to challenging circumstances....

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7 Guides for Parents to Help Their Children through Competitive Youth Football

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 2:53 PM

For most American families, August marks the waning of summer... a last chance at backyard BBQs, road trips and beach days before kids go back to school. Yet, for those who have boys or girls in competitive football, August means TRAINING -- a physically and mentally challenging schedule of conditioning...

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Keeping on Track: Being 'Mission-Minded'

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 4:57 PM

Now that we are just over a month into the new year, let's all take a moment to reflect on the progress of our "New Year's resolutions," or -- as I like to call them -- our "2014 Missions."

Are you still training for that first marathon? Have you taken...

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New Year's Resolutions Are Broken: Try Creating Life Goals

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 8:18 AM

So what will it be... your first marathon? Taking the leap into entrepreneurship? Kicking a habit that's getting in the way of you being your best self?

One thing is for sure: If you want to upgrade, you're gonna need to compete within yourself to make the change last.

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Stress Management Upgrade 2.0

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 11:19 AM

When you're stressed, the world can feel like an obstacle course dotted with triggers. They come from everywhere -- work, relationships, money, school, you name it. And while stress is simply a part of everyday life, there are steps you can take to curb and even refocus it into positive...

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Learning to De-Stress in the Wake of Bad News, National Tragedy and Terror

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 9:08 AM

In this ever-connected world, it only takes a glance at the Internet, a scan of TV news or a few minutes listening to the radio to get a full barrage of gloom and doom. While the bad has always been there right alongside the good, never has it been so...

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World Class Performers Unplug Differently

(8) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 3:57 PM

All of us "perform" in some aspect of our lives. For some, performance comes in the way of business, sport, or military applications; for others it might be school, relationships, care-taking, or artistic expression.

While it may be true that all the world's a stage, an audience is not...

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A Father's Gift: Did You Learn Anything, Tiger?

(5) Comments | Posted April 15, 2010 | 1:25 PM

Nike has done a fantastic job capturing the spirit of engaged parenting. In the controversial Tiger and Earl Woods NIKE commercial, Tiger's father, Earl Woods, is heard saying:

"Tiger, I am more prone to be inquisitive, to promote discussion. I want to find out what your thinking...

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Becoming World-Class: Olympians And You

(8) Comments | Posted February 23, 2010 | 3:06 PM

We are glued to the TV watching our country's finest athletes gracefully negotiate the fine line between paralyzing fear and full commitment -- between real physical and emotional danger, and the reward of realizing personal excellence. We are enthralled by the behind-the-scene stories of what it takes to become world-class...

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Sleep And High Performance: What Olympic Athletes Know About Sleep.

(5) Comments | Posted January 26, 2010 | 8:48 AM

Olympic athletes (and coaches) are well aware of the importance of sleep as it relates to high performance. Most of us would agree that elite athletes are required to consistently perform in very demanding environments. But wait, isn't that true for just about all of us who are interested in...

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