Dr. Allison Brager

Dr. Allison Brager
Dr. Brager is a subject matter expert in behavioral genetics, sleep, and biological rhythms research. She is passionate about discovering new factors that promote resiliency in extreme environments. She also serves on the NCAA task force for mental health and sleep, contributing to the first edition of the NCAA student-athlete mental health handbook. She is author of Meathead: Unraveling the Athletic Brain, which debunks the myth of the 'dumb jock' and serves as a performance manual for functional athletes. Outside of the laboratory, Allison was a two-time CrossFit Games (team) athlete, a two-time CrossFit Regionals (individual) athlete, and a four-year varsity NCAA Division I athlete in track and field. Dr. Brager has an Sc.B. in Psychology from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Physiology from Kent State University.

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wellness

Ready and Able: How Military Training Has Helped Me Be Up to Any Task

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In the military, readiness is the number one priority, period. Readiness in a nutshell is being physically and mentally ready at a moment’s notice to fight and win our nation’s wars. Readiness is not only a lifestyle commitment but when not taken ...
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wellness spotlight

Breaking Down Chronotypes and Their Benefits to Understand Sleep Types

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Remember those days of staying up well past midnight in college? Weekend or weekdays, hanging with friends or no friends, we all may think in our thirties and forties, how did we do that? The answer lies in tiny molecular clocks present in every tissue ...
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wellness

How to Clear Your Mind for Sleep: Reasons Why You Can't Get to Bed

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According to the Center for Disease Control, the National Sleep Foundation, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, our nation’s sleep debt is an increasingly pervasive problem. 
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wellness spotlight

Using Self-Efficacy to Increase Your Wellness Mindset

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In writing this blog about self-efficacy, I am presently undergoing my own experience with bettering my self-efficacy. Every few years, the military makes its officers advance their professional development and personal growth on the glide path to being ...
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Sports Performance

Mind Over Matter: Sports Psychology in Motion

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This subject is of huge importance within the NASM Performance Enhancement Specialization.  It's near impossible to ignore the importance of sports psychology during an Olympic year. For the most recent Summer Olympics in Tokyo and the recent Winter ...
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Nutrition Advice

The Best Protein Sources for Vegans and Vegetarians

Dr. Allison Brager
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Veganism has been a tremendously growing movement in recent years. Best-selling books & plant-based protein start-up companies, products, and nutrition courses have fueled its growth. Every kind of nutritional plan has its benefits and costs. Today, ...
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Nutrition

Avocado Nutrition Facts & Benefits: 5 Reasons to Eat The Fruit!

Dr. Allison Brager
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Avocados are not just for Millennials. Avocados, much like coffee, are one of the most exported goods across Central America, and there's a reason for it.
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Weight Loss Behavior Change

How to Lose Belly Fat: 10 Ways to Keep Your Waistline Trim

Dr. Allison Brager
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You may have heard that abs are built in the kitchen. While this is partially true, it's not the full story. While a healthy dose of body fat is a sign of overall health and wellness, body fat ought to be evenly distributed (and not just in certain areas ...
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Weight Loss Nutrition

🍌Banana Nutrition Facts: Get Your Potassium Today!

Dr. Allison Brager
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Six years ago, I had an incredible experience. I had the opportunity to visit one of the largest banana plantations in the world: The Dole Plantation in Costa Rica. I visited during the peak heat of the summer.
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wellness

Exercise as Stress Management: How Workouts Help Your Wellbeing

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Exercise should not be stressful. I repeat exercise should not be stressful. Exercise should alleviate stress.
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