Healthy For Men


The Science of the Sporting Comeback (with Matt Fitzgerald)

March 18, 2021

In this episode, we speak to Matt Fitzgerald, author of the new book The Comeback Quotient, which looks at the science and the stories behind some of sport’s greatest comebacks. 


Everyone loves an inspirational sporting fairytale story, and Matt’s fascinating book uncovers how some athletes are able to put some serious adversity behind them to overcome obstacles and hit their goals.




In the book, Matt identifies these mega-achievers of astounding comebacks as ‘ultrarealists’. These men and women succeed where others fail by fully accepting, embracing, and addressing the reality of their situations.

We chat to Matt about the unique mental qualities of these athletes, and how there’s so much we can all learn from the way they deal with setbacks to help us cope with our everyday life issues.


Host by Gershon Portnoi
Recorded by Gershon Portnoi
Edited by Andy Greening
Directed by Andy Greening and Gershon Portnoi

Special thanks to Matt Fitzgerald
Podcast artwork by Andy Greening

Healthy For Men theme song by Premium Beats
Intro music –  'Currents' by 'Mhern' via Epidemic Sound 


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Healthy For Men Podumentary is by Healthy For Men magazine which is published by River Sounds which is part of River Group Content Limited 2021


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