111 : How To Get A Job After College Athletics w/ Former Duke Basketball Player, Tricia Liston

Tricia Liston is a former Duke women’s basketball player and is 8th on their all-time scoring list.  Upon graduating for Duke, she became a WNBA champion after being selected as a first round draft pick by the Minnesota Lynx.  Tricia also played in Italy, Spain and Korea throughout her professional basketball career.  Tricia currently specializes in job placement for former college athletes at Drum Associates, which is a full-service recruitment firm.  The focus of our conversation in this interview is on starting your professional career after retirement from sports.  I came across Tricia's work in this Chicago Tribune article.

Below are other talking points we cover in our conversation:

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  • What went into Tricia's decision to retire from basketball.
  • How Tricia managed back pain since her senior year of high school.
  • The toll playing all year round takes on a professional athlete.
  • The uncertainty surrounding the decision to retire from sports.
  • How playing overseas prepared Tricia for a life after sports.
  • What Tricia’s transition to life after basketball has been like.
  • How Tricia works around her back pain in workouts today.
  • They key to staying healthy and on the court at Duke.
  • Athletic skills that translate into the workforce.
  • Tips for building your resume in the absence of significant internship experience.
  • Example resume bullet points for athletes.
  • What sets athletes apart in the corporate world?
  • How to market your coachability. 
  • Combatting applicant tracking systems.
  • How employers use social media when screening candidates.
  • The top three things athletes should be doing to set themselves up for success after their athletic career.
  • The advantage athletes have in building a network on LinkedIn.
  • Adjusting to the corporate environment as an athlete.
  • Advice for figuring out what you want to do.
  • How to utilize the services of Drum Associates in your job search.
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Week 18 Injury Report : Travis Kelce, Tyrod Taylor, Cam Newton Concussions & Arguments For Doing Away w/ The Concussion Protocol

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After each week of NFL football games for the 2017-2018 season, the Heads 'N Tales podcast will be posting an episode dedicated to injuries and health & safety topics surrounding the NFL. Specifically we will talk about possible prevention strategies, the rulebook, equipment and other injury buzz around the league.  My co-host and strategist for these episodes will be one of my closest friends, Josh Boyd (hence the J in "JK"..I'm the K...).  Josh and I grew up playing baseball together. Josh was a division-1 center fielder for Monmouth University and experienced his fair share of injuries throughout his career.  Although Josh never played organized football, the dude flat-out knows the game of football and undoubtably knows more about the ins-and-outs of the sport better than I do from both a fan and x's & o's perspective.  Our intention for these episodes is to spark conversations around topics that are usually brushed under the rug or only minimally covered in the hopes of making football and all sports safer for the athletes who play them.  

You are currently looking at the show notes for WILD CARD WEEKEND FOR THE 2017 SEASON!




Clear expression of"No-Go" symptoms (Below)...

  • Injury occurred in the 2nd Quarter right before halftime.
  • Kelce did not return to the game.
  • Kansas City was winning 14-3 at the time of his injury and got to 21-3 by halftime.
  • Kelce had a concussion earlier in the Season, Week 5 @ Houston
  • Instagram Comments:
    • laurennconroy the hit on Kelce was ridiculous. He was almost on the ground and the hit was unnecessary.
    • pabloelcomodin 1)Kelce hit was a unfortunate and I think in the speed of play unavoidable. I think the guy ripping the ball out after the fact is ridiculous.

Tough way for Referee Jeff Triplettee to go out...

Quick whistle:

PREVIEW: Titans @ Patriots

  • Key Injuries: Demarco Murray RB Ten, Chris Hogan WR NE, Alan Branch DT NE

Falcons 26 @ Rams 13

Matt Ryan's Visit to the Medical Tent


Replay Reviews Taking too Long And Implications on College Targeting Rule adoption

PREVIEW: Falcons @ Eagles

  • Key Injuries: Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman ATL

Bills 3 @ Jaguars 10...zzzzzz

Richie Incognito, Buffalo Guard, Shoulder

  • Missed 1 Series and Returned to game

Paul Posluszny, Jacksonville LB, Hip, Did not return

Micah Hyde, buffalo safety, Concussion Protocol

  • The dangers of d-backs making low tackles with their heads down.
  • Was Leonard Fournette telling Micah Hyde to see what he hits? The twitter video below shows the plays leading up to Hyde's concussion. I recommend putting the volume on mute for the second video.
  • Unfortunately this is the only video of the play because all twitter cared about was Micah squirting water at a fan on his way to the locker room.

Nick O’Leary, Buffalo TE, No Concussion Check

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo qb, Concussion

Post game sunglasses a sign of sensitivity to light?

  • Instagram Comment:
    • kirby_philly And again the nfl failed its players by forgoing any semblance of their so-called “concussion protocol “ I can’t believe Cam Newton was allowed back in the game... 4 minutes later!!!
  • Team vs NFL, whose decision is it?

Andrus Peat, New Orleans Guard, suffered a broken fibula

PREVIEW: Saints @ Vikings

Extended Conversation

Who is the concussion protocol actually for and why do we care so much?

***Keep the Heads 'N Tales Instagram story on your radar going into this weekend to cast your vote on who you have for the upcoming playoff games***

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110 : Getting Back On The Horse w/ Pro Barrel Racer, Amberley Snyder

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Amberley Snyder is a motivational speaker and the first and only barrel racer in the US that is paralyzed.  On January 10th, 2010 Amberley was on her way to the Denver Stock Show and Rodeo. As she was passing through Sinclair, WY she took a look down at her map. After only seconds she looked up and realized she had faded into the other lane, headed towards a metal beam. In an effort to get back in her lane, Amberley overcorrected. Her truck slid off the road and rolled and she was ejected from the vehicle. She was slammed into a fence post that broke her back and immediately she lost feeling in her legs. In episode 110 we dive deep into Amberley's journey back in the saddle and how she made it back to professional barrel racing.

Below are other topics of discussion we touch on in this interview:

  • The ultimatum Amberley gave her dad when they moved to Utah that lead to her barrel racing career.
  • Background on the sport of rodeo.
    • Events
    • Rules
    • Animal rights
    • etc.


  • Gender disparities in the sport of rodeo and why women only compete in barrel racing.
  • Events leading up to Amberley's car accident and her road to recovery.
  • How Amberley was able to get back on a horse in only 4 months after her accident.
  • The trial and error process Amberley went through that evolved her riding equipment (pictured below).
  • The role legs play in riding a horse.

"All of a sudden my happy place was not even comfortable anymore."

  • Why Amberley went 9 months without riding after initially getting back on the horse.
  • How Amberley addresses thoughts of what her rodeo career could have been like with use of her legs.
  • What it took to get her to a collegiate career and professional career.
  • Why rodeo is actually a team sport.
  • The culture of toughness in rodeo and the prize structure that encourages cowboys and cowgirls to sacrifice their health. 
  • Amberley's most recent injury of a broken femur (x-ray below).


  • Health & safety precautions in the sport of rodeo for both cowboys and the animals
  • Amberley's story of riding through a fractured neck injury when she was 17
  • Sports medicine and recovery for the horses and it's transferability to human performance.
  • Lessons learned from her father who played major league baseball.

"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard"

  • Advice to athletes who suffer life altering injuries.

Where can you buy Amberley's newly released children's book?



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