This week's guest is famous for one pitch that changed his life forever. The pitch was a 92 mph, first pitch fastball to the back of the head on his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs. This unfortunate event gave Adam the record for being only one of two players in history to have an official at bat without ever taking the field. After seven years of continued hustle to get back to the major leagues, battling post-concussion symptoms and countless other injuries, he signed a one day contract with the Miami Marlins in 2012 to finish that at bat. Adam was an All-American at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. Outside of baseball Adam founded the Health & Wellness Company Lurong Living and is author of the book “Get Up, The Art of Perseverance.” Adam's book should be a must read for any athlete who is dealt adversity, especially if they are struggling with post-concussion syndrome.
I was first introduced to Adam's story through my buddy Joe who hired Adam to speak to the athletes at NJIT. After Joe's recommendation and reading Adam's book I knew I had to get him on the pod.
I apologize in advance for dips in audio quality throughout this episode, but luckily Adam was kind enough to re-record the roughest parts.
Below you will find a list of topics Adam and I cover throughout the interview:
“If you play sports you are going to have setbacks.”
- Why baseball is a game of failure.
- The odds against baseball players reaching the major leagues.
- Goal setting principles.
- Weight room accident that kept him out of for the first time baseball and how Adam dealt with it.
- How your attitude can create opportunity.
- How to make fuel for your fire with the naysayers.
- Symptoms from the concussion suffered in Adam's first major league at bat (17 mis-diagnosis).
- Positional vertigo
- The different treatments that helped alleviate his symptoms.
“I picked baseball, baseball didn’t pick me.”
- What is was like going through this injury in the early years of concussion awareness.
- How to make injury recover a game.
- How Adam's mental game got stronger after each setback.
- The importance of setting small goals along the injury recovery journey.
- The one at-bat campaign story.
- How pain can serve as a teacher.
- Why if you quit, you are no help to anyone.
- Adam's transition to life after baseball and how Lurong Living helped this transition.
- The injury that gave Adam closure.
- Adam educate's us on deer antler supplements.
- Adam's latest project with Four Diamonds Sports.