Injury Free (Author Interview)

Injury Free looks like a great book for elite athletes.  What type of reader is your book for?

Injury Free – Mental Training for Elite Athletes is for athletes training for the Olympics, for professional players (both retired or current), or even for someone just trying to improve their golf game. Injuries can take a devastating toll on athletes no matter what level they compete, and this book takes you on an epic and life changing journey through my ground-breaking ‘Quality Mind’ program, giving you the tools to alleviate injury and break the negative cycles and limiting beliefs that are holding you back
The book is perfect for any athlete, coach, sports scientist, parent, or anyone else wanting to enhance their performance and mindset. It all starts and ends with the mind, and the Quality Mind book plus app has proven itself time and time again, as readers will learn through the many case studies enclosed. 

Can you tell us a little about the app Quality Mind and how it relates to the book?

The QM multi-level system eliminates life's challenges by using smart phone technology and trained Mind Mentors™ to reduce the likelihood and severity of injuries, illness and burnout.
We are balancing and connecting people to their intuition and pointing them in the right direction. When you are fully plugged into the NOW and racing toward your highest excitement, anything is possible. This book will push all levels of understanding, education, and mainstream psychology as we dive into an understanding of reality and our relationship to life that is radically beyond today’s widely expected and accepted life experience. We’ll do all of this with practical mental training that will help you to elevate yourself to your next level or bring you back in line with the athlete you’ve always been, no matter the sport you play.
As you read through this book, AND TAKE MASSIVE ACTION, it will recode you to a higher understanding, get rid of the default programs clogging up your mind, and wake you up to the true (and better) version of yourself. The one who moves through life and sport the way you were always meant to — effortlessly, consistent in performance and free of injury.
The book requires you to pick up your mobile phone and download the Quality Mind app to your iOS or Android device. The program is highly interactive, and you’ll find that the app is the best friend you could have in your pocket along this journey. This book was written to be used alongside and in unison with the phone / iPad app. The book will put you on the right path, while the app will keep you accountable to the learning as well as grounded and connected to the community along the way.

What inspired you when writing Injury Free?   

As I’ve mentioned, Injuries take a devastating financial and emotional toll on athletes and their clubs, and I personally learnt this the hard way after being recruited by St. Kilda FC (AFL) in 1994 by Trevor Barker, and suffering multiple injuries that eventually led to me walking away from my life-long dream. I just wasn’t mentally equipped to handle the immense pressure (and subsequent injuries) that came with being an elite sportsman. The stress proved all too much, but this failure stayed with me, and it ultimately drove me to build my ‘Quality Mind’ business.
So many athletes go from being the biggest fish in a small pond to a small fish in an ocean when they are first recruited. Suddenly, they are surrounded by other athletes who are just as good as they are, if not better, and this creates pressure.  Most athletes also struggle with the pressure of consistently performing to a higher standard, continually striving to prove themselves to their peers and coaches. The pressure goes on, they can feel discouraged and disillusioned, and then the body breaks down.
I wrote Injury Free – Mental Training for Elite Athletes to teach other athletes how to handle the high pressure of elite sports (or everyday life) and consistently reach the pinnacle of performance.

How did you come up with the ideas and concepts in Injury Free?

After 15 years of working with Elite Athletes and Business Leaders, I began trialing my system in 2015, and they experienced immediate and notable success and improvement.
I also trialed the program on my best mate, who was really struggling with anxiety and depression, and had been for many years. I used a lot of trial and error on him, and as he gained traction and understood the process more, we were able to build something amazing together. A life-changing strategy that finally enabled him to turn a corner, and one he hasn’t looked back from since. We created the universal ‘Personal Activation System’ — a system that works for Executives, Employees, Athletes, and anyone that is struggling with the inevitable day to day pressures of life.
Before I knew it, I had more Quality Mind business than I could handle. Meanwhile, Engage & Grow Global was really taking off across the world as well, enabling me to travel the globe for 4 months of each year. I realized I needed to coach more people remotely in real time, and this is when the Quality Mind program really began to evolve, via the introduction of the mobile phone app.
Quality Mind is now a thriving International Business with a strong presence in 35 countries, and as I’ve travelled the world as a keynote speaker over the last five years, one thing has become abundantly clear to me. The inability to manage pressure (perceived or otherwise) is the single greatest issue holding people back on a universal level. From Vietnam to Istanbul, it spans all cultures all industries, and all walks of life.
The QM program not only allows you and your people to break the predictable and common cycle of pressure, stress, overwhelm and burnout, it also provides you with a clear, exciting and achievable vision for your future, and a control mechanism to erase the inevitable self-doubt and insecurity that will undoubtably reemerge. If you can’t see it for yourself, you can’t create it, and therefore you can’t live it. You have to want it first and foremost, but even when you have a clear vision of what you want, you need to let go of the limiting beliefs that will hold you back from getting to where you want to go.
Quality Mind represents continual growth, and as you progress through the program you will be learning, evolving and manifesting more for yourself constantly, unleashing new levels of energy, passion, abundance, performance and fulfillment.
In the last few years, I’ve finally refined the Quality Mind program and app to exactly where they need to be, and I’m thrilled to share that this business is now my full-time passion and my full-time career. I have been amazed by the extraordinary results and growth that we are achieving, and I now say with surety that I am living my true purpose. This book will take you on quite the journey, but I implore you to stick with it, and I promise you that if you do, your life will change significantly for the better!

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Injury Free?

I think the most challenging part was how to get a complicated message across in the simplest way possible.

What do you like to do when not writing?

When I’m not working and travelling for work, I love to spend time with my family and friends.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Richard Maloney is the founder of both Engage & Grow Global and Quality Mind Global. With over 20 years of experience in the sports industry, and having worked with hundreds of elite athletes, Rich has proven time and time again that the body is led by the mind. Now, he has a unique and tangible system designed to minimize or eliminate injuries from athletes through systematic mental training, allowing you to unlock your ultimate sports capability and your true potential, in both sport and in life. Richard lives in Brighton, Australia with his wife and three young daughters.                                                                                                         
You can learn more about Quality Mind Global and Engage & Grow Global via these links below.
And you can view and buy Injury Free – Mental Training for Elite Athletes here: