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Steve Ingham, performance scientists, leader and author, explores the science, art, purpose and origins of high-performance. Steve interviews and discusses these concepts with the people who have been there and done it, whether it's achieving at the highest level, been the driving force in making remarkable performance happen or those who have explored and researched aspects of human performance in real-depth.

Supporting Champions Steve Ingham

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Steve Ingham, performance scientists, leader and author, explores the science, art, purpose and origins of high-performance. Steve interviews and discusses these concepts with the people who have been there and done it, whether it's achieving at the highest level, been the driving force in making remarkable performance happen or those who have explored and researched aspects of human performance in real-depth.

    116: Kate Hays on the psychology of the Lionesses

    116: Kate Hays on the psychology of the Lionesses

    This week’s guest is Dr Kate Hays
    Kate is Head of Women's Performance Psychology at The English FA
    Kate is just about as richly experienced a practitioner and leader in sports psychology as you are likely to meet. Kate has worked on the Front line in Olympic sport, in particular in the sport of diving, working with Olympic Champion Tom Daley; she has worked in professional rugby at Harlequins RFC and as a leader Kate was the Head of Psychology at the English Institute of Sport.
    In this conversation I speak to Kate about her experiences in support of the England women’s team in the lead up and during the winning run at the European Championships. Kate shares the insights into handling the pressure, embracing the excitement and buzz of the tournament while staying in control and delivering to the plan. Kates shares the characteristics that you should be interested in developing if you’re interested in developing a winning culture, some of which are non-negotiables and some of which are created from within.
    If you’re listening in because you want to hear what went on behind the scenes for the Lionesses, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. If you’re tuning in to hear about what makes a successful team, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. If you are tuning in to hear about a great performance psychologist works, how psychology support has evolved from one-to-one, behind closed doors work to on-pitch, integrated and woven into the fabric everything a great team does - then you won’t be disappointed.
     
    Links
    Follow Kate on Twitter
    https://twitter.com/DrKateHays
    England Women's team
    https://www.englandfootball.com/england/womens-senior-team
     
    Hi, I’m Steve Ingham Sports and Performance Scientist co-founder at Supporting Champions. I have the privilege of supporting over 1000 athletes of which over 200 have gone on to win World or Olympic medals. For the last 25 years I’ve been fascinated by, researched and applied innovative ideas to help people succeed and now I want to share those performance strategies with you.
     
    I help aspiring and professional Performance Science and Support Staff improve their skills, experience and mindset for working with sports performers through a range of online courses and an exclusive community hub https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse
    If you’re working in sports performance or business and want to get support to develop your team and systems – take a look at what I offer here – https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/speaking/ 
     
    Links
    Twitter at https://twitter.com/ingham_steve
    Tik Tok https://www.tiktok.com/@supportingchampions
    Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs
    Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/
     

    • 43 min
    115: Joe Baker on the tyranny of talent

    115: Joe Baker on the tyranny of talent

    This week’s guest is Joe Baker
    Joe is a Professor at the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University in Toronto
    Joe’s work specialises in optimal human development, largely to understand how someone gets to, and stays at, the highest levels of performance. This means he works in the areas of skill acquisition, talent identification and athlete development. He has recently written a book called the Tyranny of Talent, which pokes and probes of the ideas of what talent is, how it is typically thought about, worked with and developed (or attempted to be developed) in many elite environments. What are the pitfalls, pivot point and priorities in supporting people all the way through their athletic, sporting and exercising journey.
    Joe is a true expert in the field and he brings an erudite wisdom to this discussion, but he is also active in helping others switch their mindsets to begin to think again about how we can develop people.
     
    Links
    Link to The Tyranny of Talent - https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1738644103
     
    Link to Joe's page at York University - https://www.yorku.ca/professor/bakerj/
     
    Joe on twitter https://twitter.com/bakerjyorku
     
    Hi, I'm Steve Ingham Sports and Performance Scientist co-founder at Supporting Champions. I have the privilege of supporting over 1000 athletes of which over 200 have gone on to win World or Olympic medals. For the last 25 years I've been fascinated by, researched and applied innovative ideas to help people succeed and now I want to share those performance strategies with you.
     
    I help aspiring and professional Performance Science and Support Staff improve their skills, experience and mindset for working with sports performers through a range of online courses and an exclusive community hub https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse
    If you're working in sports performance or business and want to get support to develop your team and systems - take a look at what I offer here - https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/speaking/ Listen to the podcast https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/category/podcast/
     
    Links
    Twitter at https://twitter.com/ingham_steve
    Tik Tok https://www.tiktok.com/@supportingchampions
    Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs
    Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/

    • 1 hr 13 min
    114: Christian Swann on using goals effectively

    114: Christian Swann on using goals effectively

    Happy New Year!
    This week’s guest is Christian Swann. Christian is an associate professor at Southern Cross University and specialises in research around goal setting and mental health.
    In Christian’s early research he noticed an interesting observation. While working with elite golfers he asked them what sort of goals they set for themselves. To his surprise the types of goals they set didn’t conform with the typical, off-the-shelf literature, such as outcome specific goals. This led him to delve a lot deeper into the area and astutely began to question many of the premises upon which goals setting methods are based, finding in many instances, that frameworks such as SMART goals do not comply with the basics of goal setting theory. Who knew? Well, probably a lot of us who have tried to use them?
    This is what we get into in this discussion, exploring the strengths and weaknesses of different ways of setting goals, weighing up process goals, outcome goals and performance goals. We discuss the use of open goals and ‘do your best’ goals and how to apply goals whether you are a learner or expert.
    If you’re setting goals for yourself right now or setting them for others - this discussion is well worth your attention.
     
    Links
    Follow Christian on Twitter https://twitter.com/cswannpsych
     
    Hi, I'm Steve Ingham Sports and Performance Scientist co-founder at Supporting Champions. I have the privilege of supporting over 1000 athletes of which over 200 have gone on to win World or Olympic medals. For the last 25 years I've been fascinated by, researched and applied innovative ideas to help people succeed and now I want to share those performance strategies with you. I help aspiring and professional Performance Science and Support Staff improve their skills, experience and mindset for working with sports performers through a range of online courses and an exclusive community hub https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse
    If you're working in sports performance or business and want to get support to develop your team and systems - take a look at what I offer here - https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/speaking/
    Listen to the podcast https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/category/podcast/
    Links
    Twitter at https://twitter.com/ingham_steve
    Tik Tok https://www.tiktok.com/@supportingchampions
    Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs
    Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/

    • 1 hr 31 min
    113: Nick Tiller on harnessing scepticism

    113: Nick Tiller on harnessing scepticism

    Nick is a senior research fellow in Exercise Physiology at Harbor UCLA Medical Centre.
    For over a decade, Nick has been scrutinizing the commercial health and wellness industry through the critical lens of scientific skepticism. Where he finds nonsense he has called it out, campaigned for a stronger stance against snake oil, bogus claims and myths.
    Nick is also the author of The Skeptic's Guide to Sports Science which we discuss in this conversation. The book was named one of Book Authority's "Best sports science books of all time".
    As you will also hear Nick is passionate, sometimes frustrated, some times exasperated with this area. Kudos for him for taking it on - I think we all have a role to play in this area and as you’ll also hear, I passionately believe this book is essential reading for any coach or sports scientist.
     
    This is the last podcast of the year - we'll be back in the New Year with a super helpful episode about goals!
     
    Links
    Nick's website https://www.nbtiller.com/
    The Skeptic's Guide to Sports Science
    https://www.routledge.com/The-Skeptics-Guide-to-Sports-Science-Confronting-Myths-of-the-Health-and/Tiller/p/book/9781138333130
     
    Is 2023 the year to set up your side-hustle?
    Take a look here at the course that people like you are using to guide setting up your own consultancy.
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/set-up-your-own-performance-consultancy/
     
    Hi, I'm Steve Ingham Sports and Performance Scientist co-founder at Supporting Champions. I have the privilege of supporting over 1000 athletes of which over 200 have gone on to win World or Olympic medals. For the last 25 years I've been fascinated by, researched and applied innovative ideas to help people succeed and now I want to share those performance strategies with you. I help aspiring and professional Performance Science and Support Staff improve their skills, experience and mindset for working with sports performers through a range of online courses and an exclusive community hub https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse
    If you're working in sports performance or business and want to get support to develop your team and systems - take a look at what I offer here - https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/speaking/
    Listen to the podcast https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/category/podcast/
    Links Twitter at https://twitter.com/ingham_steve https://www.tiktok.com/@supportingchampions
    Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/

    • 1 hr 44 min
    112: Lucy Gossage on triathlon, training and supporting cancer patients

    112: Lucy Gossage on triathlon, training and supporting cancer patients

    This week’s guest is Dr Lucy Gossage
    Lucy is a triathlete and doctor and on underpinning that a phenomenal person.
    Lucy started her career almost by accident, just trying out in triathlon for fun, then got the bug, entering her first ironman and steadily realising that she could go pro and taking 12 Ironman titles. In between swimming, biking and running, Lucy studied medicine at Cambridge, where she also undertook PhD in kidney cancer and is now a consultant oncologist at Nottingham University Hospital
    We talk about how it all started for Lucy, her rise to being pro, how she managed the effort of medical and triathlon training. We discuss how she preferred not to overcomplicate her training, keeping things simple and unfussy, in this case not use a scientific approach.
    We also discuss her career as a cancer doctor, how this gave her perspective through the hard days training and racing, how she copes working with patients suffering each day and how she is campaigning through the charity ‘5k your way’ a community based initiative encouraging those living with cancer to stay physically active.
     
    Links
    Lucy Gossage https://lucygossage.com/
    Follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/lucygoss
    5 k your way https://5kyourway.org/
     
    Hi, I'm Steve Ingham Sports and Performance Scientist co-founder at Supporting Champions. I have the privilege of supporting over 1000 athletes of which over 200 have gone on to win World or Olympic medals. For the last 25 years I've been fascinated by, researched and applied innovative ideas to help people succeed and now I want to share those performance strategies with you.
    I help aspiring and professional Performance Science and Support Staff improve their skills, experience and mindset for working with sports performers through a range of online courses and an exclusive community hub https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse
    If you're working in sports performance or business and want to get support to develop your team and systems - take a look at what I offer here - https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/speaking/
     
    Links
    Twitter at https://twitter.com/ingham_steve
    Tik Tok https://www.tiktok.com/@supportingchampions
    Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs
    Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/

    • 1 hr 30 min
    111: Andy McNab on special forces performance

    111: Andy McNab on special forces performance

    This week's guest is Andy McNab
    Andy McNab is perhaps the most recognisable name of any special forces operator in the world. Andy served in the Royal Green Jackets in Northern Ireland where he was awarded the Military medal for gallantry, he entered the Special Air Services in 1984 and worked on both covert and overt operations including and drug operations in the Middle East and Far East, South and Central America and Northern Ireland Andy is best know for commanding an 8 man SAS patrol designated Bravo Two Zero in Iraq, which he wrote about in the book bearing the same name. The book tells of a mission that was compromised leading to three of the eight dying and four (including Andy being captured, held and tortured for 6 weeks).
    I wanted to talk to Andy about his choices to join the military, what selection is like for special forces applicants and what qualities are selected for. And Andy as you’d expect tells it like it is. There is a clarity of understanding about what is required, how you undertake highly specialised manoeuvres and how you achieve high-performance under the intensity of combat.
    But this isn’t all just aggression and attack (although there is a bit of that). Listen carefully and you’ll hear a profound lessons in how you select people, how you train people to perform and how you deliver when it matters.
    We also discuss the finding that Andy is a diagnosed psychopath, or more specifically a functioning psychopath, how he found out, what that meant for his military performance as well as how understanding that has helped him engage more effectively in day-to-day life. It was an honour to speak to Andy, not everything in special forces applies to our sporting and working lives, but here are some super interesting insights in this conversation - of which I have no doubt you could apply - it certainly, certainly offers a contrast. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.
    Links
    Andy's new book DOWN TO THE WIRE
     
    Hi, I'm Steve Ingham Sports and Performance Scientist co-founder at Supporting Champions.
    I have the privilege of supporting over 1000 athletes of which over 200 have gone on to win World or Olympic medals. For the last 25 years I've been fascinated by, researched and applied innovative ideas to help people succeed and now I want to share those performance strategies with you. I help aspiring and professional Performance Science and Support Staff improve their skills, experience and mindset for working with sports performers through a range of online courses and an exclusive community hub https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse If you're working in sports performance or business and want to get support to develop your team and systems - take a look at what I offer here - https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/speaking/
    Listen to the podcast https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/category/podcast/
    Links Twitter at https://twitter.com/ingham_steve https://www.tiktok.com/@supportingchampions
    Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs
    Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/

    • 1 hr 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

SR368 ,

Great insights!

I really enjoy listening to the podcast. There is a great variety of guests and it’s really interesting and informative to hear their approaches to their areas of expertise. I am not a sports scientist nor do I work in this area, but I find the podcast pitched at the right level for all.

🍞🏊🏼‍♀️ ,

Insightful and interesting

The range of people interviewed means the theme of the conversation is varied and interesting. Lots of interesting and useful insights and tools shared which I love.

Nigel Mitchell ,

A must listen for all practitioners

I have worked in elite sport for over 20 years and i learn something new and useful from each podcast. Steve’s blend of insight and humility helps to bring out the best of his guests. ‘Great job Steve keep it going’

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