109 episodes

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

Synapse Performance Podcast David Nolan

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    • 5.0, 13 Ratings

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 110 - Insights into the current employment landscape for sports scientists and S&C coaches in Ireland

    Episode 110 - Insights into the current employment landscape for sports scientists and S&C coaches in Ireland

    In 2020, Synapse Performance surveyed 92 Irish sports scientists and S&C coaches to gauge the current employment landscape.
    People were surveyed about education, salary and work conditions. 
    In this episode, David discusses the results of this survey. 

    • 11 min
    Episode 109 - Rob Pacey - Insights into Professional Sports, Consulting & Developing Multiple Revenue Streams

    Episode 109 - Rob Pacey - Insights into Professional Sports, Consulting & Developing Multiple Revenue Streams

    In this episode, David is joined by sports science consultant, Rob Pacey.
    Rob previously worked as a strength and conditioning coach & sports scientist in professional soccer.
    Rob then set up strength of science, a consultancy and education company.
    Rob is well known as the host of the Pacey Performance Podcast which features interviews with world leading strength and conditioning practitioners. 
    David & Rob discuss the current state of employment in professional sport and what students can do to enhance their chances of employment. 
    Full shownotes available at: www.synapseperformance.ie/podcasts/episode109

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 108 - Dr. Reid Reale - Insights into Performance Nutrition in the UFC Performance Institute

    Episode 108 - Dr. Reid Reale - Insights into Performance Nutrition in the UFC Performance Institute

    In this episode, David is joined by Dr. Reid Reale. 
    Reid Reale is the Performance Nutrition Manager for the UFC Performance Institute Shanghai. The UFC Performance Institute Shanghai provides interdisciplinary services of MMA technical training, sport science, strength & conditioning, sports nutrition and physical therapy for professional and academy UFC athletes. The UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai and Las Vegas also share best practices for performance optimization with athletes and coaches around the world in other sports.
    Recognized as a leading expert in sport nutrition research and practice, in particular combat sport nutrition, Reid Reale has over 10 years’ experience working with elite, professional and Olympic athletes. Prior to joining the UFC, Reid was most recently employed as a Senior Scientist with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute at the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida; where he conducted research and provided sports science and nutrition services to elite and professional athletes, including those in the NFL, NBA and MLB. Prior to his role with GSSI, Reid was the lead dietitian for the Australian Institute of Sport’s (AIS) Combat Centre, working with the country’s best Judo, Boxing, Wrestling and Taekwondo athletes in the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympics and beyond.
    In addition to working with Australia’s best combat sport athletes, Reid provided services to many of the top combat sports nations in the world’s elite teams, including; Japan Judo, New Zealand Judo, China Judo, Philippines Boxing, Brazil Boxing, Ireland Boxing, Thailand Taekwondo, Egypt Taekwondo, as well as many high performing individual Olympic and World Championship medalists.
    During his time at the AIS, Reid also completed his PhD which focused on acute weight management (weight cutting and post-weigh-in recovery) in Olympic Combat Sport athletes. As a researcher and speaker, Reid has published heavily cited work on the topic of weight management for combat sports, and has presented this work at a number of sports science and nutrition conferences around the world.
    Full show-note available at:
    www.synapseperformance.ie/podcasts/episode108

    • 56 min
    Episode 107 - Dr. John Fernandes: Discrimination and Non-Diversity in Academia & Sport

    Episode 107 - Dr. John Fernandes: Discrimination and Non-Diversity in Academia & Sport

    In this episode David is joined by researcher and lecturer Dr. John Fernandes.
    John joined Hartpury University in August 2017 as a lecturer in Strength and Conditioning and has recently course led the BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences degree. Prior to this he lectured at the University of Chester whilst completing his PhD which examined the acute strength and power responses to resistance exercise in trained middle-aged males. John’s recent research has focused on velocity-based training, particularly seeking to explore the reliability and agreement of wearable accelerometers and linear position transducers. His other research interests include fatigue, exercise-induced muscle damage and ageing. During the course of his education he gained experience as strength and conditioning coach in a number of settings (e.g. Warrington Wolves RLFC, Welsh RU, GB rowing, Chester Hockey Club).
    Twitter: @DrJFTFernandes
    Instagram: @life_of_a_lecturer

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 106 - Dr Fionn McSwiney: An Objective Discussion on the Ketogenic Diet for Athletic Performance & Health

    Episode 106 - Dr Fionn McSwiney: An Objective Discussion on the Ketogenic Diet for Athletic Performance & Health

    In this episode, David is joined by researcher and performance nutritionist Dr. Fionn McSwiney. 
    Dr. Fionn McSwiney is a researcher at Dublin City University and a runs Lucid Nutrition Consultancy. 
    In this episode, David & Fionn discuss the ketogenic diet in an objective and fair way, delving into the role it may play in athletic performance and health. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 105 - Kedric Kwan: Philosophical Thoughts Pertaining to Physical Development

    Episode 105 - Kedric Kwan: Philosophical Thoughts Pertaining to Physical Development

    In this episode, David is joined by PhD. researcher and strength coach, Kedric Kwan. 
    Kedric is currently completing a PhD. under the supervision of Dr. Eric Helms. Kedric's research examines weight cutting practices in strength sport. 
    Kedric is an experienced strength coach and performance nutritionist, particularly in the sport of powerlifting. Kedric is part of the very progressive coaching company, The Strength Guys. 
    David & Kedric discuss their training/coaching philosophies and give practical advice for strength athletes. 
    Full show-notes available at: www.synapseperformance.ie/podcasts/episode105

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

J. Barshop ,

Awesome show, highly recommend!

David and his guests provide some incredibly compelling content that’s geared to help you take actionable steps to perform at your absolute best.

Highly recommend listening and subscribing to the Synapse Performance Podcast if you want the knowledge AND mindsets to level up both physically and mentally (and inch closer towards peak performance as a result)!

Cody Haun, MA, CSCS ,

Great podcast

This podcast is a fantastic source of information for anyone interested in the exercise or nutrition sciences. David Nolan of HPA does a fantastic job of asking thoughtful questions to show guests, along with bringing on guests that are international experts on select topics. Keep up the great work, David!

Argonik ,

Super interesting content

This podcast is great. Lots of very useful content about nutrition and exercise that can be helpful not only for professionals but for everyone approaching the fitness world. David, keep it up the good work!

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