Concussion Recovery and Autonomic Fitness: How to Master Your Nervous System

Dr. David Putrino
by Flow Research Collective
August 1, 2023
"Autonomic fitness is the ability to exert voluntary control over things that you ordinarily do not have voluntary control over. It is a kind of a mastery of different organ systems as a result of intensive training."
Dr. David Putrino


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David is a physical therapist with a PhD in Neuroscience. He studied computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, MIT and NYU. He is currently the Director of Rehabilitation Innovation for the Mount Sinai Health System, and an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He develops innovative rehabilitation solutions for adults and children in need of better healthcare accessibility. He also works with high performance partners such as Red Bull, the Brooklyn Nets NBA team and the US Olympic team to use evidence-based technologies to improve athletic performance. He is the author of Hacking Health: How to make money and save lives in the HealthTech world. In 2019, he was named "Global Australian of the Year" for his contributions to healthcare.


In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Medical field’s innovation is slowing down (1:29)
  • Tech that Dr. David is most excited about (7:47)
  • David’s book dedication (12:57)
  • Concussion’s effect to cognitive performance (23:31)
  • What dysautonomia is (32:25)
  • Action Steps for Long COVID (40:50)
  • Autonomic Fitness (45:01)
  • Controlling the Autonomic Nervous System(49:33)



Twitter: https://twitter.com/PutrinoLab

STEVEN KOTLER is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and Founder and Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective. He is one of the world’s leading experts on human performance.

His books include The Art of Impossible, Stealing Fire, and The Rise of Superman. His work has been translated into over 40 languages and appeared in over 100 publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, The Harvard Business Review and Forbes.

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