The Synapse Performance Podcast brings you leading expert knowledge in areas of health, nutrition & performance.
It's a must listen for any athlete or coach looking for pragmatic evidence-based information.
Hosted by David Nolan
Episode 129 - Paul Fisher, Adrian O'Brien & Mark Germaine: Navigating a Lockdown GAA Pre-Season and Do GAA Need to be Big and Strong?
In this episode, David is joined by Limerick senior football S&C coach Adrian O'Brien, performance nutritionist at Dublin GAA Mark Germaine, and S&C coach with Donegal senior football (2015-2020) Paul Fisher.
The group discuss:
- Designing and structuring a pre-season
- What to focus on during lockdown
- Reducing injury risk in GAA
- Do GAA players really need to be big and strong?
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Episode 128 - Tim Smithies - The Role of Sports Science in E-Sports
In this episode of the podcast, David is joined by PhD researcher Tim Smithies.
Tim is a researcher based at the University of Limerick in the E-sports research lab and is completing a PhD in conjunction with the Irish Research Council and Logitech.
In this episode, the pair discuss:
- What is E-Sports?
- What roles do S&C and sports science play in E-sports?
- What is the future of sports science research in E-Sports?
- What influence does E-Sports have on health and sleep?
Full show-notes available at: www.synapseperformance.ie/podcasts/episode128
Episode 127 - Mark Germaine - CBD Supplementation and Listener Questions
In this episode, David is joined by Synapse Head of Nutrition, Mark Germaine.
David and Mark discuss whether they believe CBD supplementation is worthwhile for athletes and field some listener questions on the future trends in sports science and S&C, and reflect on 2020.
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Episode 126 - Jordan Sullivan - Lessons from UFC Fight Island and Where Athletes Get it Wrong with Sweating When Cutting Weight
In this episode, David is joined by founder and owner of The Fight Dietician, Jordan Sullivan.
Jordi has an Undergraduate Degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science and a Masters of Dietetic Studies. After completing his studies, Jordi moved to Canada, where he was exposed to an MMA scene that far exceeded that of Australia. He realised that it was only a matter of time until this enthusiasm towards the sport was mirrored back home in Australia and his dream of working in Combat Sports Nutrition could become a reality.
Since then, Jordi has established himself as one of the leading Practitioners in Australia and New Zealand and has worked with the regions most successful athletes and teams. He is passionate about raising awareness of safe practices when it comes to making weight and using Nutrition as a tool for Performance, not just for weight loss.
In this episode, David and Jordan discuss his experiences on the UFC Fight Island and where athletes go wrong when using sweating methods to cut weight.
Episode 125 - Dr Aoife Lane: The Future of Sports Science in Gaelic Games
In this episode, David is joined by Dr. Aoife Lane
Dr Aoife Lane is Head of Department of Sport and Health Sciences at AIT and Founder of the Women’s Gaelic Players Association. Aoife completed the BSc in Sport and Exercise Science in University of Limerick before undertaking a Masters in Health Promotion in NUI Galway and a PhD in Physical Activity in Irish Women in WIT. Aoife has lectured in Physical Activity and Health, Research Methods, Statistics, Epidemiology, and GAA Coaching. Aoife was a member of the inaugural National GAA Health and Wellbeing group.
In this episode, David and Aoife discuss the establishment on the GAA sports science working group and their goals and objectives.
Episode 124 - Dr. Neil Welch - Speed, Acceleration and Deceleration for Field Based Sports
Dr. Neil Welch completed his undergraduate degree in Sports Science and Physiology BSc (Hons) at the University of Leeds, specialising in his final year in Biomechanics. He then undertook his MSc in Strength and Conditioning at the University of Bolton alongside Strength and Conditioning roles within Winter sports including national Alpine skiing programmes and then international snowboard cross. Further roles with multiple sports with Locker27 and in gait analysis in London followed before his move to the Sports Surgery Clinic in 2013. He completed his PhD on the role of strength and explosive strength in rehabilitation and performance with Dublin City University in 2019. He has a special interest in this regard in the Biomechanics of cutting.
He is the head of knee services within the SSC overseeing the flagship ACL review service.
In this episode Neil discusses:
- What is agility?
- How do we train to improve agility?
- How do we periodise agility and speed training?
- How important is training deceleration?
- How can we improve deceleration ability?
Neil's researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Neil_Welch
Neil's Instragram: https://www.instagram.com/agilitycoach/
Neil's twitter: https://twitter.com/nwconditioning