We Still Don’t Understand the Yips

Despite all the chatter about mental health in sports lately, most athletes (and fans) still struggle to understand the difference between failure and performance anxiety. The yips are a whole other beast.

rik Magnuson was barely clinging to his roster spot on the San Francisco 49ers. Since signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2017, the offensive lineman had been nursing a never-ending cycle of soft-tissue injuries, beginning with a torn Lisfranc as a rookie. Within 20 months, the then-23-year-old suffered several calf strains, torn hamstrings, as well as back and neck injuries. When the 2018 NFL season began, Magnuson was desperate to get on the field for the first time, but he was nursing another torn hamstring.

The Recovery Revolution Comes Home

High-tech recovery is no longer just for the pros. Here’s how you can get in on the fun.

YOU HAVE MASSAGE guns and air compression boots and electrostimulation kits and vibrational back massagers. And all this gear is designed to help you recover faster, so you can train harder. Except um . . . exactly which piece of gear are you actually supposed to use? And how?

Welcome to the next step in the high-tech recovery gear revolution, the Great Recovery Gear Quandary. After decades of icing and stretching as your main modes of bouncing back, you have more gear than ever at your disposal, in addition to a host of metrics, both venerable and brand-spanking-new, that may (or may not!) set you on a faster path to gains. The problem: There’s no roadmap to understanding this wonderful world of recovery.

Until, now, that is. Let’s break down the good, bad, and pointless of the recovery gear industry – and give you a little glimpse of what’s coming next, too.

The Power of Mindset and Mindfulness to Heal

Do you feel like you’re too sick to get better? Or that circumstances are overwhelming you? The stories we tell ourselves impact our health in often unseen ways. Today, Dr. Navin Hettiarachchi, a unique healer with a PhD in Natural Medicine, reminds us that mindset and mindfulness can transform our health, even when all else has failed.

He goes over the 4 pillars that he considers the bedrock of wellbeing–sleep, nutrition, movement, and mindfulness. And he focuses especially on the benefits of a grateful, “every day is Christmas kind” of attitude. He shares stories of how his childhood in Sri Lanka has shaped his own journey. And tells of people he has encountered who have overcome incredible obstacles and achieved optimal physical health and success thanks to a healing, flow-state
kind of mindset.

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The relationship between your gut and your performance.

In this episode, Dr. Ann-Marie Barter and I discuss how athletic performance is influenced by the gut, why food sensitivities can make or break you, and how ditching processed foods can lead to better sleep and recovery.

Dr. Ann-Marie Barter is a Functional Medicine and Chiropractic Doctor at Alternative Family Medicine & Chiropractic. She is the clinic founder of Alternative Family Medicine & Chiropractic that has two offices: one in Longmont and one in Denver. They treat an array of health conditions overlooked or under-treated by conventional medicine, called the “grey zone”. https://altfammed.com/

Dr. Navin has over 20 years of experience working in the NBA, WNBA, and NFL. He also works with Olympians, U.S. Women’s Soccer, Paralympians, and NHL athletes. Celebrities and musicians from Hollywood have also sought his care for their health and wellness.

He traveled across the country and across the world to Australia, Belgium, England, Malaysia, India, Ireland, and Thailand to learn and train under world-renowned physical therapists, chiropractors, and osteopaths and has earned multiple certifications in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries, including Advanced Sports Rehabilitation (CASR) and Certification Spinal Manual Therapy (CSM).

He also holds a Master Certification in Manual Therapy (MCMT) and a graduate diploma in Manipulative Therapy (Dip MT). He is a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is the first Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) Athletic Trainer in Washington DC and the NBA.

Access the gut health webinar on my bio or here: http://guthealthcolorado.com/

The power of a mother’s kiss to heal

Subconscious reprogramming and self hypnosis to heal ourselves – yes, we can heal ourselves – and a lot more!

Check out all the bite size videos 5 mins max) chatting with @jason.demchok. Link in bio.


There are a lot of different aspects to health, and it isn’t as simple as exercising and eating well. These 2 aspects can make a huge difference in health, but lifestyle and environmental factors are also something that needs to be taken into account.

This is why I love what my guest Dr. Navin Hettiarachchi is doing. He is combining a bunch of different health modalities into his own method he calls the REDT Method.

Link to episode: https://summitforwellness.com/151

Dr. Navin has taken his approach working with professional athletes and is bringing that knowledge to the rest of us. His goal is to help people live happy, healthy, pain-free, injury-free, and illness-free lives!

What To Expect From This Episode:

1) Different modalities that make up our ultimate health

2) How athletes aren’t nearly as healthy as they appear

3) How to use food sensitivity testing to find what foods cause inflammation in your body, and how to create a diet plan

4) How to utilize the REDT Method to optimize health

“REAL TALK”with @zubymusic about ‘Mastering Mindfulness’

We had such a great time talking about thriving while we are alive on this planet!

I am grateful to be connected to you and hear the word of Zuby!! Real human connection and conversations!

Check it out at: Podcasts YouTube

I talk with Dr. @Tony Hampton about testing your testosterone and improving performance!

Link to episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h4gN0fMzFw

Episode #2 with @blenzkes @lifesbestmedicinepodcast

In this episode, Dr. Navin shares some insights into his approach to working with a new patient or client, the power to choose—a power that all people possess—providing guidance for people to help them learn to choose what is good and to recognize that they have this power, choosing to live to the fullest and thrive in the present moment, the REDT Method (Root cause, Evaluation, Design, and Transformational treatment), cherishing and appreciating your spouse, learning to self-evaluate rather than blame as a first response to a negative or unpleasant situation, why mindfulness is the best supplement, the power of the mind to heal, and breathing techniques.

Dr. Navin shares these quick pieces of advice that anyone can implement in their life for free to improve their wellness: get quality deep sleep, eat food that you can pronounce or that has ingredients you can pronounce and that needs sun, water, and soil to manifest, be in a state of mindfulness and peace to avoid creating diseases inside yourself, and move throughout the day.

Life’s Best Medicine According to Dr. Navin: “It is what is between your ears. It is inner peace. Inner peace is priceless. You cannot do anything without it.”

Podcast episode 1 of 2 with Dr. @blenzkes of @lifesbestmedicinepodcast.

It was such an honor to be his guest. He truly is a doctor who understands:

1) The power of preventive care rather than pushing pills
2) The importance of being mentally healthy to be physically healthy

Links below to listen.


In this discussion, Dr. Navin and Brian talk about real tangible examples of the connection between emotional and physical health, the importance of enjoying life and seeing the wonder of creation, the joy and peace that comes from seeking to help people and choosing to have gratitude, the value of understanding what is inside yourself to better understand why you react and behave in certain ways, and the emptiness of perpetually looking for something outside of yourself to make you happy.

Dr. Navin shares the story of his journey growing up in Sri Lanka, subsequently moving to the United States, and discovering that his purpose was to help people become the best possible versions of themselves.

Life’s Best Medicine According to Dr. Navin: “It is what is between your ears. It is inner peace. Inner peace is priceless. You cannot do anything without it.”

Thank you for listening. Tune in on Thursday for Part 2 of this discussion with Dr. Dr. Navin! Have a blessed day and stay healthy!

What does the best version of yourself look like?

If you’re anything like most of us, you’ve imagined your ideal self at least once if not multiple times over the course of your life. In this episode we discuss simple, yet effective, lifestyle changes that you can make to help bring your dream closer to reality.

Specific topics discussed during this episode include:

  • The “Main Rocks” – 10% that address 90% of Health Issues
  • The REDT (Root Cause, Evaluation, Design and Transformational Treatment) Method
  • My Experience Helping Elite Level and Professional Athletes Optimize Their Bodies
  • The Four Fundamental Pillars of Health and Wellness

Enjoy the episode!


Tapping into your inner superpower!

Great podcast episode with @backseat.banter talking about how we can tap into our inner superpowers which we sometimes don’t even know exists until we get into “flow” state.

Until Roger banister showed us that a mile could be run within 4 mins, people said it was impossible. No high school kids easily run within 4 mins!

I share examples of tapping into superpower from my experiences and what I saw from @alanabeard @taylerhill_2 @johnwall

My life

Thank you SLG Impact Impact for sharing my story with the world. I hope my life story inspires more people to have the courage to step into their dream/purpose and serve and help others with what they do.

What can you do to serve/help others? How are you evolving and growing yourself?

Thank you Shauna (Sikorski) Griffiths Layne Werner and Alexa Belcastro for the fun interview!

Sharing information on

  1. The “perfect diet” – what I call the Thumbprint diet
  2. Why the convention diet guidelines are bad for you
  3. The 4 pillars that are needed to be healthy

This was a fun podcast with @luisc.nutricion discussing all these topics and how we can improve our overall health and prevent diseases.


Functional Medicine in Professional Sports with The Lab Report

Professional athletes are seen as the pinnacle of health and performance. But the work that goes into ensuring their well-being can be daunting. Dr. Navin Hettiarachchi has been working behind the scenes in professional sports for 20 years. In today’s episode, we hear about his functional medicine approach and the way he uses personalized medicine to help professional athletes achieve peak performance and be their best selves.

OnThe Lab Report:

  • 2:30 Learn about Dr. Navin Hettiarachchi and his path to sports medicine
  • 7:00 Health, wellness, and functional labs in optimizing performance
  • 10:45 The role of mind-body practices
  • 14:00 Dr. Navin’s holistic REDT method
  • 17:00 Personalized diets and fasting
  • 23:45 Using continuous glucose monitoring and wearable devices
  • 26:30 Functional exercise and movement
  • 28:25 com
  • 30:25 The Fireball

How to Unlock Your Full Physical & Mental Potential

Great podcast episode with @backseat.banter talking about how we can tap into our inner superpowers which we sometimes don’t even know exists until we get into “flow” state.

Until Roger banister showed us that a mile could be run within 4 mins, people said it was impossible. No high school kids easily run within 4 mins!

Dr. Navin shares examples of tapping into superpower from his experiences and what he saw working with elite athletes like @alanabeard @taylerhill_2 and @johnwall.

Body Knowledge

On this podcast with @luisc.nutricion, Dr. Navin shares information on:

1. The “perfect diet” – what he calls it the Thumbprint diet
2. Why the convention diet guidelines are bad for you
3. The 4 pillars that are needed to be healthy

He shares how we can improve our overall health and prevent diseases.

NBA Strength and Conditioning Coach Dr. Navin Hettiarachchi

This is the first time in 17 years Dr. Navin hasn’t worked in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a strength and conditioning coach. He received 10 NOs before he got his YES, to achieve his dream of going to work for the Washington Wizards.

He currently is opening a new chapter, when he realized he has an even bigger purpose..

NBA India – Live on “nutrition and self-care for athletes

Live with Dr. Navin Hettiarachchi on “Nutrition & Self-Care for Athletes”.

He is the Director of Health, Wellness and Performance for the Washington Wizards, and he spoke on many things that can come in handy for everyone to live a healthier lifestyle in this #NBATogetherLive session.

NBA Restart feat. Dr. Navin Hettiarachchi and Thirdy Ravena

Watch as Dr. Navin Hettiarachchi, Washington Wizards Director of Health, Wellness, and Performance, tells his experience of conditioning his team for the rigorous physical demands of the NBA Restart. He is joined by Thirdy Ravena of the B.League and Nikko Ramos of SLAM Philippines and Titan 22.

Stay updated with the seeding games! Enjoy a #WholeNewGame on TV5, One Sports, NBA TV Philippines, and NBA League Pass. ?

Dr. Navin talks on the 4 Pillars of Mental Wellbeing with ReDockto, India.

On the 9th of May, in the first episode of #WeCare we had a very insightful session by Dr. Navin Hettiarachchi. The discussion was mainly on how in this current lockdown can sleep, nutrition, movement and mindfulness can help people maintain their wellness and mental well-being. We had an overwhelming participation from students across the country.

Thank you Dr. Navin for giving us your time and sharing such useful information with us! It was a delight to have you with us?