Julius Thomas BS 




  • The Society for NeuroSports will be soon hosting its very first annual conference in Florida (November 15th-16th 2019). 
  • The event will bring together some of the most prominent names in sports neuroscience, which is particularly exciting as this domain is a relatively uncharted territory.
  • The Society for NeuroSports is the only non-profit academic society dedicated to promoting the integration of neuroscience with exercise & sport science. NeuroSports, the cerebral sister organisation of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, is the world's leader in providing science-based sports neuroscience information.
  • We are all very thrilled to get the ball rolling on this exciting journey. After all, the complex interplay between brain, exercise and nutrition has played second fiddle to other areas of research for quite some time and only now begins to emerge as a fully fledged, independent category.

It is precisely for these reasons that periodically, KC-performance.com will be running a feature post highlighting the work of some of the most brilliant minds you will get to meet at the 1st Annual Society for NeuroSports Conference in Nov 15th-16th, 2019, Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort! 


Julius Thomas BS

A Look into the Locker Room: Practical Applications of Neuroscience in NCAA Football & The NFL

Julius Thomas BS

Julius Thomas is a former American football tight end. He played college football and basketball at Portland State, and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and was a two-time Pro Bowl tight end. He has also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins. Mr. Thomas is currently earning his Psy.D. at Nova Southeastern University and is carrying out a research study on the relationship between contact sports and brain health.

In my day-to-day work, I do the following:
Focus on developing the skills necessary to obtain my doctoral degree, study various disciplines (neuroscience, philosophy, spirituality, and life), and try to increase the overall vibe of the environments that I find myself in.

Best way to learn more about me (www, social media etc.)
Have a conversation with me, I don’t share much on the internet.

If money was no object, I would like to see more research in the following areas of sports neuroscience:
Affective neuroscience

What important truth do very few people agree with you on?

Separation is an illusion. We are all connected and what you don’t like in others is more telling about you than them.

What challenges do you envisage for sports neuroscience?

Learning to incorporate experimental research into a real-life setting. What is internally valid is often not externally valid. This poses a difficult issue in making neuroscience relevant to sport settings.

As a two-time Pro-Bowl tight-end and and a doctoral student, Julius offers a unique perspective on sports neuroscience. His research interests include the intersection of performance and well-being of athletes. Having had the pleasure of meeting and talking to Julius at the 16h Annual Conference of the International Society of Sports Nutrition in Las Vegas, I look forward to his presentation at NeuroSports 2019 with great anticipation! 

Other than nutrition, exercise, meditation and good sleep hygiene, what do you do to work on your cognition?
Interacting with others.

Top three books everyone should read.
The Alchemist, Daring Greatly, and REBT by Albert Ellis.

Sports Neuroscience is meaningful to me because:
I’m passionate about increasing the performance and wellness of sport populations.

A couple of fun facts about me:

I struggle to take anything too serious, laughter is my favorite thing in the world.

I’m comfortable changing my opinions, in the presence of the right evidence (this is subjective of course).

I think conversation is the most stimulating part of life.