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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.

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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.

    054: Duncan French on mixed martial arts

    054: Duncan French on mixed martial arts

    Duncan French is the Vice President of the Ultimate Fighting Championships. Mixed martial arts is a sport that has had an accelerated rise into the public consciousness over the last couple of decades. It seems to have captured the imagination, created interest and intrigue about the unpredictability of the contest. And so has followed a professionalisation of the bouts, the events, and the support they receive.
    Duncan’s focus is to provide the very best support to the fighters, sometimes supporting two fighters that are about to fight each other. We get into an interesting discussion about the ethics of aiming to help someone do a better job of hurting someone else to the point of submission or unconsciousness, versus the unhealthy neglect that would result if fighters were left to their own devices. Combat has been with us since the dawn of time – way before we were human and it was one of the earliest activities we’d call sport – and let’s be realistic it’s probably not going away any time soon.
    Duncan is a world renowned conditioning coach, rightly respected and sought after. As I fully expected from Duncan he sheds light on this territory with lucidity,  acumen and wisdom. If you’re not into MMA (which I’m not actually but I’m interested) my expectations are that you’ll take a great deal from Duncan’s ideas.
     
    Show notes
    Introducing Frankie French!
    Duncan’s background in strength and conditioning, particularly in the field of combat
    The challenge of the PhD
    Working and identifying as a sport scientist
    The move to Connecticut and the moving into understanding the role of strength and conditioning
    Duncan is a hybrid, shouldn’t we all be?
    Nuns with arthritic wrists
    Filtering the noise – it’s time consuming and takes effort but it’s important to focus on creating a quality track record and reputation
    The pendulum swings from the coaching domain to the science domain, a blend of both is required
    Combat based sports GB boxing
    Changing the trajectory of a young sport the training and standards
    Degrees of freedom
    We don’t want to take the wild out of the stallion!
    Uniquely supporting athletes both sides of the ring, the trust, support and opened required and operating within boundaries that are fundamental
    The ethical challenges of supporting two people who are fighting the aim of which is to knock out their opponent: making the environment as safe a possible such as equipment design, physical development and training, rehabilitation, rules, regulations in order to make the sport as safe as possible for the fighters  
    Changing the standards of combat sports beyond mixed martial arts
    Maximising deliverables
    Fighting is in our DNA we get it and we like it 
    Duncan’s mantras!
     
    Links
    Duncan on Twitter https://twitter.com/duncanfrench
    Supporting Champions on Twitterwww.twitter.com/support_champs
    Steve Ingham on Twitterwww.twitter.com/ingham_steve
    Join our Facebook ' Performance People' communitywww.facebook.com/groups/627256457741181/
    Students studying sport and want to get into sports and performance, sign up to our online course 'Kickstart performance skills'
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse
    Take the next step in your career through our coaching and mentoring support, https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring

    • 1 hr 6 min
    053: Susan Backhouse on eating and cheating

    053: Susan Backhouse on eating and cheating

    Sue Backhouse, Professor of psychology and nutrition at Leeds Beckett University is this week's guest. Sue is an expert in the complexity around two huge areas – eating and cheating. Everyone’s a nutritionist these days, everyone’s a psychologist and everyone has an opinion on the issue of doping. Three emotive, convoluted and noisy areas for Sue to tackle.
    What Sue’s research does is something quite unique, particularly so compared with a lot of reductionist studies that pare back all confounding variables to a level of control almost sterility. Of course, you need that level of meticulous control for some research but often important areas get neglected by researchers because they’re too messy. Equally what Sue is able to do is see through the clatter, the jumble and offer illuminating yet grounded findings and advice.
    We explore the hows and whys of influencing athletes to adopt certain dietary practices and how underpinning motivation and behaviour are essential for change. Then we get into a rich discussion about why people dope, the context, knowledge, social norms, group think, can all be factors in people taking or not taking that step into violating rules and how people reconcile their minds that what they’re doing is ok. A fascinating area, one that I have spent my life staunchly and adamantly against and working to support athletes in an ethical and legal way. At the end of the conversation I felt more aware and understanding and perhaps slightly more empathetic towards a doper – NOT that I have lowered my stance – but by better understanding why people cheat I feel I might be able to help someone choose not to.
    Show notes:
    Sue’s formative years leading to her career in sport.
    Resetting ambitions and dealing with rejection and disappointment and how this has turned into an advantage.
    Complexity of behaviour on multiple levels towards food and nutrition.
    The role of emotions and how it drives behaviour, decision making and the support required to be sensitive to.
    Capability Opportunity Motivation model of behaviour (COM-B); a behaviour change model recognise that in order to bring about change one needs a capability i.e. education, training and skills.
    Having difficult conversations and making sure everyone is on the same page with the same expectations.
    Just telling!
    Barriers towards nutritional adherence
    What are the unintended consequences of some of these short term solutions?
    Doping, “I just did what I was told…”
    Social norms of dysfunction, the power of the group.
    Unravelling the complexities of doping, the vulnerability, the goal directed behaviours, the protection of health, athlete identity and winning at all costs.
    Differences in doping violations, team versus individual approach
    Therapeutic exemption and the knock-on effect of the negativity surrounding doping
    Fearless organisations and having difficult conversations
     
    Links:
    Sue on Twitter https://twitter.com/susanbackhouse
    https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/professor-susan-backhouse/
    https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/carnegie-school-of-sport/research/research-centres/human-performance/respect/
    http://theconversation.com/whistleblowing-athletes-shouldnt-have-to-choose-between-their-careers-and-the-truth-112349
    Supporting Champions on Twitterwww.twitter.com/support_champs
    Steve Ingham on Twitterwww.twitter.com/ingham_steve
    Join our Facebook ' Performance People' communitywww.facebook.com/groups/627256457741181/
    Students studying sport and want to get into sports and performance, sign up to our online course 'Kickstart performance skills'
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse
    Take the next step in your career through our coaching and mentoring support, https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring

    • 1 hr 25 min
    052: Nik Diaper on the impact of Parasport

    052: Nik Diaper on the impact of Parasport

    This year we have the Olympic games – the World’s biggest sporting event. But in quick succession is the Paralympics, now the third largest sporting event. Some quip that the Olympics is the warm-up or the test event for the Paralympics. Well this week’s guest is one of the greatest stalwarts and servant of the Paralympics, my good friend and close colleague Nik Diaper. It’s difficult to overstate the impact that Nik has had on the domain of disabled sport, from the days when frankly very few people were interested, through to it becoming not only respected, but revered.
    In this interview I discuss with Nik what drew him to parasport, what resonated with him and what has endured. Nik shares his perspectives on why disability sport has caught the imagination of sports fans, general public and global audiences alike. He shares his search for meaning amongst some of life’s broader questions and why what he does can add value to society.
    Now I cycle most weekends with Nik and he is a quality athlete, which I know to my suffering. This interview was in many ways like how he rides – unfussy, humble, deliberate in delivering a powerful effect!
    Show notes:
    Nik discusses his sporting history in Kenya
    Moving to the US to pursue his swimming dream
    The move to Manchester
    Nik had no intention of pursuing a career in Paralympic sport
    Entering Para sport and feeling completely out of his depth
    Accessibility
    The Paralympics 2020 and the step change in perception for disability sport
    What made London so successful and it’s legacy?
    What does it mean to be disabled? - the debate!
    What were the reasons for sticking with Paralympic sport if it wasn’t your first choice?
    Stand out para moments for Nik
    Technological advances in para-sport and the ramifications Tokyo 2020
    What more needs to be done and Nik’s hopes and ambitions?
     
    Links:
    Nik on Twitter
    https://twitter.com/nik_diaper
    Supporting Champions on Twitterwww.twitter.com/support_champs
    Steve Ingham on Twitterwww.twitter.com/ingham_steve
    Join our Facebook ' Performance People' communitywww.facebook.com/groups/627256457741181/
    Students studying sport and want to get into sports and performance, sign up to our online course 'Kickstart performance skills'
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse
    Take the next step in your career through our coaching and mentoring support, https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    051: James Glover on intentionality

    051: James Glover on intentionality

    This week’s guest is business consultant James Glover. James is a world champion white-water rafter, former performance lifestyle practitioner and head of support for the sport of triathlon in Britain. In these sporting support roles James began to explore and research some deeper concepts of human performance and found himself drawing upon some emerging and quite powerful principles being applied to business people around the world in the area of well-being, sustaining our energy and achieving greater productivity and human vibrancy.In this episode we explore his early experiences, a supportive family home, how he felt so disconnected through his university education, becoming world champion, making the transition to working in elite sport and then sensing an opportunity to take the step to the business world and the key lessons he has learnt from both arenas. 
    Shownotes
    How are you feeling?…the vulnerability behind the question
    James’ background
    The predictability of career path is a turn off
    Taking leaps of faith which pay off
    Disengagement from the learning environment
    The qualities required to be a world champion white water rafter
    The human experience and contributions people make
    Performance lifestyle and athlete support
    Business demands and reflections
    Extreme performance, stress being a stimulant for adaptation and growth for athletes but also other aspects of our lives
    The transition between stress and distress
    The leap taken towards The Energy Project
    The reverence in business for sport and the power of human endeavour expressed through sport
     
    Links
    James on Linkedin
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-glover-1180b2a1/
    Supporting Champions on Twitterwww.twitter.com/support_champs
    Steve Ingham on Twitterwww.twitter.com/ingham_steve
    Join our Facebook ' Performance People' communitywww.facebook.com/groups/627256457741181/
    Students studying sport and want to get into sports and performance, sign up to our online course 'Kickstart performance skills'
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse
    Take the next step in your career through our coaching and mentoring support, https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring
    Please leave a review on iTunes - it really helps us
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/supporting-champions/id1330373242

    • 1 hr 13 min
    050: Tom Williams, COO Parkrun, Marathon Talk host, on inspiring people to run

    050: Tom Williams, COO Parkrun, Marathon Talk host, on inspiring people to run

    Welcome to episode 50, a mini milestone for us and not long ago we've ticked over 50,000 downloads so thank you to all for tuning in and sharing what you've learnt from each episode - it encourages to keep producing more content for you.
    While we've hit some mini milestones, this week's guests has been part of some projects that have grown to become phenomenally successful. Tom Williams is Parkrun's Global Chief Operating Officer the incredible successful charity that provides free timed 5km runs for people around the world. At the time of recording Parkrun has had 60 million interactions of participants or volunteers with an average of 200 people in each event each week, supporting people to run over 200 million kms in total. Tom shares with us the spirit, culture and ethos of inspiring people to exercise through Parkruns. 
    Tom is also co-host of Marathon Talk with Martin Yelling, the incredibly successful podcast that has just had it's 500th episode - a feat of stamina in itself.
    It was fascinating to hear how with both Parkrun and Marathon Talk how these projects started because if you look at those statistics of achievements it can be quite intimidating. But that idea you've got, that we've got, has to start somewhere, they have to start at zero.
    Show notes;
    How did Marathon Talk podcast come to fruition?
    Being authentic on the podcast for both Martin and Tom
    Introversion, lack of structure and a small group of people can be difficult however standing up in from of 500 people can feel fantastic. The barrier between
    The beauty of running and talking
    What has Tom learnt from running the Marathon Talk podcast
    Tom’s observation of the increasing uptake of marathon running
    Parkrun - a social intervention for a lonely bloke!!
    Paul was lacking in real social interaction and to all intents and purposes lonely despite having loads of ‘friends’ the original ‘Parkrun’ was set up to rectify this situation with friends.
    Parkrun isn’t about the running, it’s about sharing the experience
    Ironman qualification
    The danger of focussing on outcomes rather than our values, what is the essence of sport what it the essence of performance?
    60 million instances in participation in the first 15 years
    The future of Parkrun - 900 million instance in participation in the next 15 years
     
    Follow Tom on Twitter
    https://twitter.com/tomwilliams1974
    Parkrun
    https://www.parkrun.com/
    Marathon talk
    https://marathontalk.com/
    Supporting Champions on Twitterwww.twitter.com/support_champs
    Steve Ingham on Twitterwww.twitter.com/ingham_steve
    Join our Facebook ' Performance People' communitywww.facebook.com/groups/627256457741181/
    Students studying sport and want to get into sports and performance, sign up to our online course 'Kickstart performance skills'
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse
    Take the next step in your career through our coaching and mentoring support, https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring
    Please leave a review on iTunes - it really helps us
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/supporting-champions/id1330373242

    • 1 hr 7 min
    049: Jason Laird on critical skills

    049: Jason Laird on critical skills

    Jason Laird has worked in Premiership football, ballet, judo and now gymnastics and as such is one of the most experienced physiotherapists in the UK.What I have always admired about Jason is his ability to get to the crux of a matter and begin to explore it, develop solutions and adapt.In this interview you’ll hear about Jason’s early passion for physiotherapy, we talk about doing the hard yards of professional experience, helping aspiring physios learn from his experience and mistakes, but above all what came through was a concept that so often gets overlooked  - the value he puts on working with people.
     
    Show notes:
    How and why did Jason choose to get into physiotherapy?
    Routes into physiotherapy
    Making mistakes, trialling, working creatively and learning
    Broad general physiotherapy practice to Chelsea football academy, how did that happen?
    Juggling roles, different environments and energy levels
    Working in the Royal Ballet, thinking differently, asking ‘stupid’ questions and being open to not knowing
    Judo to gymnastics – it’s all about the variety and the challenge
    How do you deal and prepare for trauma
    The balance of pushing through recovery and getting back to play, risk management and decision making
    Physio chat!
    Not creating dependency and building your client base
    Supporting the next generation, developing and growing practitioner skills beyond the knowledge of physiology and sport
    Jason lists the practitioner skills he feels are most important
     
    Follow Jason on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/PhysioReel
    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/physioreel/
    His website:
    http://www.jasonlairdphysio.com/
    Supporting Champions on Twitterwww.twitter.com/support_champs
    Steve Ingham on Twitterwww.twitter.com/ingham_steve
    Join our Facebook ' Performance People' communitywww.facebook.com/groups/627256457741181/
    Students studying sport and want to get into sports and performance, sign up to our online course 'Kickstart performance skills'
    https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/onlinecourse
    Take the next step in your career through our coaching and mentoring support, https://www.supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring
    Please leave a review on iTunes - it really helps us
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/supporting-champions/id1330373242

    • 1 hr 28 min

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