Experts in Sport: The Loughborough University Sportcast, a podcast which brings together sporting excellence and academic knowledge. Hosted by the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University.
E36 - The psychology of becoming an elite athlete
In this episode of the “Experts in Sport” podcast, host Martin Foster sits down with Paul Wylleman, clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Brussels, to discuss the transition from junior to senior level that athletes undergo as part of their career.
00:00 – 02:57 Introduction & career background information on our guest
02:58 – 06:28 Overview of an athlete’s transition from junior to senior level
06:29 – 13:16 How the Holistic Athlete Career model (HAC) was developed
13:17 – 18:34 Detailing the diverse transition experiences of junior elite athletes
18:35 – 25:17 The psychosocial impact of transitioning
25:18 – 31:06 The athlete identity
31:07 – 39:17 The importance and diversity of coach-athlete dynamics
37:18 – 45:06 Athletes in higher education
45:07 – 47:38 Preparing athletes for the transition (https://www.dualcareertools.com/)
47:39 – 55:26 The financial and legal aspects of the HAC model
55:27 – 59:34 Struggling vs. coping with the transition
59:35 – 1:01:59 The future of this branch of research
1:02:00 – 1:03:30 Episode recap and conclusion
E35 - How to stay motivated on your new year fitness journey
In a new season of Experts in Sport, host Martin Foster (Applied Sport Management Lead) is joined in the studio by Dr Ian Taylor (Senior Lecturer in Psychology) to discuss how to keep our gym wear from gathering dust.
00:00 – 00:59 Introduction & career background information on our guest and host
01:00 – 05:52 Goal-setting in order to stay motivated to exercise
05:53 – 09:04 The balance between reducing effort and increasing motivation
09:05 – 12:58 Using enjoyment and short-term benefits to motivate oneself
12:59 – 16:19 Identity as an aspect of motivation
16:20 – 18:13 Exercising as early in the day as possible
18:14 – 22:34 Finding an activity that balances both movement and personal enjoyment
22:35 – 30:30 Gradually increasing the intensity in a new type of exercise
30:31 – 33:55 Episode recap and conclusion
E34 - Wellbeing in professional sport
Steve Johnson, Chief Executive Officer at the Wellbeing Science Institute discusses psychology and wellbeing to enhance sporting success both on and off the pitch.
00:00 – 03:38 Introduction & career background information on our guest
03:39 – 05:18 The beginning of the wellbeing science institute and the collaboration with Loughborough University
05:19 – 10:05 The win-win Leadership scenario – How to make both the organisation and its people succeed
10:06 – 13:58 Transformational & female leadership within the sporting industry – the importance of diversity
13:59 – 15:32 Defining Well-being and its importance on individual’s potential, and life quality
15:33 – 17:42 Usage of evidence-based approach within the Wellbeing science Institute
17:43 – 20:13 A practical model to enhance athletes’ wellbeing
20:14 – 26:49 Wellbeing as a performance enabler tool & 3 organisational approaches towards it
26:50 – 31:50 Bridge the gap between professional and personal level in a professional sporting environment
31:51 – 36:04 Benefits of multi-dimensional approach towards professional sport and the importance of a varied disciplinary education
36:03 – 38:09 How to measure short and long term success of a wellbeing program
38:10 – 43:47 The development of an organisational wellbeing strategy with the Australian NRL
43:48 – 47:45 The collaboration with Loughborough University and its impact of the wellbeing course on the university’s performance lifestyle teams.
47:46 – 49:04 Episode conclusion
E33 - Commonwealth Games special
Experts in Sport welcomes guests involved in the Commonwealth games with a range of practitioners from Loughborough University and beyond.
Time Stamps -
0:00:20 Professor Vicky Tolfrey, Professor of Applied Disability Sport and Director of the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport
0:07:03 Jonathon Riall, Team England Triathlon Team Leader and Head of Performance Services at the British Paralympic Association
0:17:23 Ben Stephenson, Research Assistant in Sports Performance at Loughborough University
0:23:53 Dr Chris McLeod, an expert in eating behaviour at Loughborough University
0:43:35 Dr David Fletcher, Sport Psychologist at Loughborough University
0:50:25 Professor Mike Caine, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Sport and Professor of Sport Technology and Innovation at Loughborough University
E32 - Leadership secrets that drive high performing teams
Experts in Sport podcast host Martin Foster (Applied Sport Management Lead) sits down with John Steele, Loughborough Sport’s Executive Director of Sport, to unearth leadership secrets that drive high performing teams.
Time Stamps -
00:00 – 1:35 Introduction & background information on the episode’s guests
1:36 – 3:35 Career beginning and the passion for leadership
3:36 – 6:00 “Serve to lead” - modern leadership with heart and mind
6:01 – 9:06 The difference between management and leadership
9:07 – 12:24 Culture and leadership behaviour to enhance high performance environment
12:15 – 17:39 Personal development - the process of leading through emotional connection
17:40 – 22:43 Transition from player to Director of Rugby and different styles of leadership
22:44 – 25:22 The importance of leading through others and multi-dimensional behaviour
25:23 – 29:52 Discussing what makes an excellent team and the significance of a varied recruitment of leaders
29:53 – 32:07 Advice for students and future development in the field of leadership
32:08 – 34:51 Self-reflection and significant career learning points
34:52 – 37:18 Create your personal leadership model in your style
37:19 – 38:12 Episode conclusion
E31 - Sustainability and climate change impacts on sport
In the latest Experts in Sport podcast, guests Dr Maddie Orr and Dr Russell Seymour, provide an informative discussion on sport, climate change and sustainability.
During the episode, host Martin Foster (Applied Sport Management Lead) and the researchers, both of whom have vast scientific experience in environmental studies, explain how climate change can affect current sporting events.