Brandon Sweeney is a former college athlete who experienced depression and thoughts of suicide, as a college athlete. Mr. Sweeney shares his story of the setbacks he had to overcome when his dream of going to the NFL was shattered by a career ending injury in his current book, Loving The Game When The Game Doesn’t Love You Back. Mr. Sweeney recently completed his Personal Player Development (PPD) Specialist Certificate, from the Institute for Personal Player Development (IPPD) and we wanted to get his thoughts on the IPPD Specialist Certificate program.
Dr. Mark: Why did you enroll in the IPPD, PPD Specialist Certificate program?
Mr. Sweeney: Being a former athlete, I thought I truly understood athletes and how to help them because of what I went through. However, after working with athletes, I discovered I did not have the necessary tools in order to assist them.
Therefore, I enrolled in the IPPD because I wanted to truly understand athletes, the issues they were facing, and how best to assist them. I was looking to understand Athletic Identity, Athlete Behavior, and how to help athletes holistically. Most of the things I’ve researched and studied prior to enrolling in the IPPD, did not address helping athletes holistically.
Dr. Mark: Give us your thoughts regarding the program curriculum?
Mr. Sweeney: I thought the curriculum provided relevant and valuable information. It was a lot to chew on. The curriculum gave me great knowledge and access to the minds of experts who work with athletes on a daily basis. It also provided me with concepts and frameworks that I could use when working with athletes.
Dr. Mark: Would you recommend this program and why?
Mr. Sweeney: Absolutely, for two reasons. First, I believe those who want to truly understand and help athlete’s, need training on how to do that. Second, there aren’t program that specifically focus on the holistic development of student and professional athletes as it pertains to the issues and challenges they face.
Dr. Mark: What aspects of the program will you use in the future when working with athletes?
Mr. Sweeney: How to specifically help athletes in two areas. One, assisting them in maneuvering through the sports transition process. Two, a better way of working with athletes towards achieving success outside of the playing environment.
Dr. Mark: What are your plans moving forward within the PPD industry?
Mr. Sweeney: I am going to start consulting and speaking with high schools and colleges to create a program/workshop that helps student athletes maneuver through the sports transition process. I also plan on writing a book that specifically contributes to the Personal Player Development industry.
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