Performance Talk addresses key issues, opinions, theories within the modalities of strength and conditioning, nutrition, sports psychology, rehabilitation, etc... Our guests are recognized for their aggressive approach to improving the world of human performance In sport.
Aleena Kanner - spreading awareness of the transformative benefits of Postural Restoration
Postural Restoration Therapist and Certified Athletic TrainerAs a child and young adult, I deeply immersed myself in the world of gymnastics, actively participating from the ages of 15 to 22. As time marched on, I ventured into a new athletic realm, wholeheartedly embracing Olympic Weightlifting, where I had success as a competitor in the 53kg weight category.
However, the demanding world of high-level athleticism began to take its toll on my body, and I made the decision to retire at age of 27. This phase of my life turned out to be a significant learning adventure, offering me valuable insights into both my personal well-being and the idea of healing.
During this time, Postural Restoration, alongside holistic medicine, emerged as crucial elements in my journey. They directed me towards more effective methods and approaches that eventually paved the way for my healing and recovery, adding a brighter chapter to my story.
Dr. Hillary Cauthen, Walking the path to being ok with who you are
Director of Texas Optimal Performance & Psychological Services, LLC (TOPPS)I. Curious about the athletic mindset and finding ways to enhance one's "heart" and inner drive of athlete's so that they can reach their own personal success. While pushing oneself to their physical limits one can begin to understand the importance of mental strength. Strongly believes in the practice of: embracing personal growth, enhancing performance, and enriching the passion.
Dr. Cauthen's goals is to understand your experience and provide evidence based treatment to assist you in personal growth and empowerment. Focus on your needs and believe in the importance of enhancing your support system.
Kris Robinson, Transition from collegiate to private setting and more...
Pysical development of 19 different male & female varsity teams. Previously Kris was the Strength & Conditioning coach of Canada’s Senior Women’s National 15’s team, as well as the Women’s Rugby Canada Development Academy in Ontario. Kris has been Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. Kris has worked with athletes from a broad spectrum of sports such as swimming, hockey, basketball, judo, and soccer. Kris is a former professional athlete of the Canadian Football League (CFL) being drafted by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 11th overall in the 2013 draft, unfortunately he suffered a knee injury that cut his professional aspirations short. Kris is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) and is currently in progress of completing his Master's of Exercise Science at Edith Cowan University.
Eddie O'Connor, The Importance of Processed Based Therapy In Sport and More
Performance Psychologist, Speaker and Author who brings energy and a performance improving message to every engagement. A specialist in removing the personal obstacles to excellence.
Background: Fellow and Certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and listed in the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. Extensive experience in medical leadership as former Director & Chief Psychologist of a multidiscilinary chronic pain rehabilitation team at The Pain Center at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.
Specialties: Clinical sport psychology (helping performers overcome barriers to excellence like performance anxiety, perfectionism, doubt and fear, pain and injury); performance enhancement through the development of mental toughness and the pursuit of excellence.
Author & Host of "The Psychology of Performance: How to Be Your Best in Life" through the Great Courses (www.thegreatcourses.com/dreddieoconnor)
Owner of “Success Stories Membership” - an online community of high performers overcoming obstacles to achieve consistent excellence and growth (www.dreddieoconnor.com/membership)
Success Stories Community at www.dreddieoconnor.com/membershipNot only can this be great for the nonprofessional person to overcome their internal obstacles to excellence, but I have a few psychologists in the membership who use it to enhance their own lives, professional practice, and share lessons learned with their clients!Psychological Flexibility Skills for the HRF at https://www.dynamicprinciples.com/hrf-act/This is a great intro into the psychological flexibility skills we discussed, embedded into the Human Rehabilitation Framework. Even if rehab isn't your thing, the overview of ACT is a very applied introduction and includes clinical exercises and examples to facilitate practice. It is a course for professionals.
Coach Ryan Banta is a Member of Missouri Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association (MTCCCA) Hall of Fame 2021, USTFCCCA Girl’s Coach of the Year 2022, MTCCCA Coach of the Year 2021 & 2022, Ryan is the Author of the Sprinter’s Compendium, St. Louis Suburban Conference Coach of the Year 2022 & 2023 for track & again in 2023 for XC, past President of the MTCCCA, and has a Master’s in Positive Psychology from the University of Missouri.
Coach Banta is a successful high school coach. His athletes have achieved 138 school records (FR, JV, Varsity), 8 top-five team finishes at the state championships, team state title in 2022, 9 district championships, 7 district runner-up finishes, 10 conference team titles, 272 state semi-finalist (sectionals), 190 state qualifiers, 3 state records (3200, 4×800, and 100HH), 21 national ranked events, 169 All-state Medalists, 20 state champions, 22 runner-up performances, and 2 Gatorade athletes of the year all done in a single gender at Parkway Central High School. HS coach of Olympian Emily Sisson.
Leadership, Coaching Contributions and Peer Development
● MTCCCA Executive Committee
● MTCCCA President
● MTCCCA Vice President
● MSHSAA Advisory Board Member
● Presenter at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene, Oregon
● Author of the Sprinter's Compendium, the most comprehensive book ever written on the topic of speed 2017
● Featured Coach on Ryan Banta’s Critical Mass System: Sprint Training Philosophy & Methods by Championship Productions 2022
● Host of Companions of the Compendium Podcast 2021
● Clinician Presenter in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin
● Presenter at World Speed Summit and ALTIS Apprentice Coach Program
● Contributor to speedendurance.com, just-fly-sports.com, and elitetrack.com.
● Masters of Education in educational, school, and counseling psychology with an emphasis in positive coaching at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, 2019
● Teacher’s Certification from the University of Missouri in St. Louis, 2007
● Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in history and Asian Studies from Carthage College, 2001
● USATF Level II in endurance, jumps, relays, hurdles, and sprint events.
● USTFCCCA Technical Certification
● ALTIS Apprentice Coach’s Program
● USATF Emerging Elite Coach in 2012
1. Keep educating myself to find better ways to treat my athletes, clients, and friends.
2. Educate others about their body.
3. Facilitate connections across the nations.
4. Be a good example of a "fine Israeli."
Specialties: Evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation of athletic related injuries. Movement, wellness, and fitness.
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