The Young Athlete Podcast is for parents of young athletes, coaches and young athletes themselves. This fortnightly podcast is designed to provide great information on keeping young athletes injury free and on the playing field - whether they are an elite athlete or not!
Who's journey is it? - A parents perspective
Who's journey is it? In this episode we interview a parent about their experiences raising 2 children over their sporting lives. Both children are now 17 & 19 years of age - we look back at their sporting journey so far, as a family, parent and young athlete.
In particular, we talk about how this parent has managed the landscape of when your young athlete shows some promise. Tune in for a great episode full of interesting insights and experiences.
Sports Concussion in Young Athletes - Dr Andrew Gardner
Associate Professor Andrew Gardner is a clinical neuropsychologist, a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellow with the School of Medicine & Public Health at the University of Newcastle. He is also a Co-Director of the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNE LHD)'s Sport Concussion Clinic, and has served as the concussion consultant to Rugby Australia.
Andrew has conducted research in the field of sports concussion for over a decade, and has published over 50 journal articles, 6 book chapters and presented his research at over 60 national and international conferences. He is the chief investigator of one the the world's largest studies of retired professional athlete's brain health and one of the world leaders in the video analysis of concussion. He was a Fulbright Scholar in 2019 where he visited collaborators at Harvard Medical School.
Andrew has received a number of prestigious research awards during his career most notably the Discovery Award from Research Australia as the national early career researcher of the year for 2015, and a 2018 NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award recipient, recognition as one of Australia’s outstanding young scientific researchers and communicators.
Reflections on a career. Mark Renshaw - Professional Cyclist
Mark Renshaw is a retired Australian cyclist who grew up in Bathurst, a regional city in Western NSW.
He rode professionally between 2004 and 2019 for teams including Française des Jeux, Crédit Agricole, HTC–Highroad, Belkin Pro Cycling, Etixx–Quick-Step and Team Dimension Data.
His most notable wins are the general classification of the 2011 Tour of Qatar, also the one-day race Clásica de Almería in 2013 but perhaps he is most famous for his 1-2 finish on the final stage of the 2009 Tour de France with his teammate Mark Cavendish.
From 2009 to 2011 and from 2014 until his retirement, Renshaw was known as the main lead-out man for fellow sprinter Mark Cavendish at HTC–Highroad, Etixx–Quick-Step and Team Dimension Data. He is regarded as one of the best lead out men ever in professional cycling,
The role of a lead out rider is to position and deliver the sprinter in the best possible place to win the race, this requires both riders having a lot of faith in each other in the final hectic moments of a bunch sprint.
After many years trying to become a sprinter Mark moved across to become a leading out rider in 2007 with Thor Hushovd at Credit Agricole.
Mark started the Tour de France 10 times during his career, 5 times the Giro D’Italia and 2 times the La Vuelta Espana. His final race was the 2019 edition of the Tour of Britain finishing in Manchester.
Tips to Keep Active & Engaged During COVID-19. Dr Loretta O'Sullivan-Pippia
Dr Loretta O'Sullivan-Pippia is a Specialist Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist. Loretta established Twelve9teen Sports Physiotherapy in 2009 - a practice dedicated to young athletes.
Academically, Loretta holds a Bachelor in Physiotherapy, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy and a Doctorate of Clinical Physiotherapy. Her research at undergraduate level focused on abdominal function; at post-graduate level on ankle injuries; and at Doctoral level on knee cap pain in teenage girls. She has lectured extensively in Australia and overseas on sports rehabilitation, knee injuries and adolescents in sport.
Loretta has been working with sports teams and athletes since she graduated in 1993. She has worked in a variety of sports including rugby union, netball, track and field, swimming, gymnastics, dance, hockey, football, tennis, along with many others.
Her clients have ranged from school and club teams/athletes through to international athletes, including Olympic gold medallists. Many of the athletes Loretta worked with as junior athletes are now competing in the NRL and Super Rugby competitions.
In this episode we cover;
The importance of keeping active while sport is cancelled during the COVID-19 pandemic The concept of tissue capacity and unloading Telehealth - an exciting and useful tool to help with injury management, athletic performance and coaching How telehealth will re-shape healthcare and sport The S.E.E.D.S. principles and how important they are to staying active, happy and engaged The opportunities that exist during this time to improve skills, physical capacity or address injuries If you have had a reconstruction and were facing a year out of sport - you have an opportunity to "catch up" Mental health of young athletes, coaches and parents - the importance of staying connected socially and using the resources around us.
Strength & Conditioning for Young Athletes - Dr. Stephen Bird
Stephen P. Bird, PhD is Director of Strength and Conditioning (Postgraduate Coursework) at the University of Wollongong.
Dr Bird served as Director of Strength and Conditioning at the Western Region Academy of Sport coordinating youth athlete development and transition. As a performance science consultant Dr Bird has worked for numerous sporting bodies, including the Indonesian Olympic Committee (2008 Beijing Olympics; 2016 Rio Olympics), Scotland Rugby League (RLWC 2017), Poland Rugby League (ERLWC 2018), Basketball Scotland (Commonwealth Games 2018).
He is currently the Performance Consultant for Coaching and Athlete Development at Basketball NSW. Dr Bird’s current research examines the application of strength and conditioning methods, recovery and performance science on health and athletic performance.
Athlete availability, health & performance - Dr Paula Charlton
Dr Paula Charlton is the Performance Health Manager for Triathlon Australia.
Her role focuses on the development of systems and processes for ensuring availability and optimal health for elite Australian Triathletes. She has previously worked in both Olympic and Professional Sport as a Senior Sports Physiotherapist and Strength and Conditioning coach at the Australian Institute of Sport, the Melbourne Demons Football Club and Melbourne Storm Rugby Club.
She has completed a Masters in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy as well as a Masters in Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning). She has also completed a Clinical Doctorate of Physiotherapy and recently completed a PhD in Injury Prevention in high level team sports. Paula is also undertaking a master’s in clinical epidemiology.
Some of the key topics we cover in this episode;
Health is a platform for performance Performance health is not just for athletes Nutrition and sleep are critical pillars for performance The importance of having a plan around your nutrition and sleep Bone health, and how quickly this can be impacted with as little as 5 days of imbalance between energy requirements and energy availability
Paula Charlton on Twitter - @PaulaC_Charlton
International Olympic Committee consensus statement on youth athletic development
Injury Prevention Programs
FIFA 11+ Kids
Netball Australia KNEE Program
Rugby Union - Activate Program
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Great range of practical content for all of us with experienced professionals and insightful topics. Any parent that has an active child should listen to this!
Fantastic Podcast - Great to have a podcast who gets the experts in their fields providing practical information and tips that you don’t need to be a health professional to understand & that you can apply immediately with young athletes! Can’t wait for the next instalment!!
This is a wonderful resource for anyone involved in junior sport and in particular where there is a high physical load. I have coached junior teams in basketball, AFL football and rowing. I also have 2 teenage kids that have played multiple sports at a high level. I have found, throughout my journey that many coaches and parents lack the understanding and knowledge to know what is best for their athletes. This podcast has such a wide range of guests that offer both physical and mental wisdom and guidance. Brilliant!!