‘You’ve Got to Confront the Brutal Facts and Be Ready to Take Feedback’
Leaders Performance Podcast
by The Leaders Performance Institute
1w ago
Michael Bourne has a sports science background, so it is no surprise that he places a premium on critical thinking. “It is core to me,” the Performance Director at the Lawn Tennis Association [LTA] tells the Leaders Performance Podcast, which is brought to you today by our Main Partners Keiser. Critical thinking is a skill that also served him well in roles at UK Sport and the England & Wales Cricket Board amongst others before he took the reins at the LTA in October 2020 (with Covid restrictions still in place). “But,” he cautions, “leadership for me is about change and progress, and y ..read more
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Explore the Sports Science Principles Helping the Youthful Orlando Magic to Rediscover their Mojo
Leaders Performance Podcast
by The Leaders Performance Institute
3w ago
Harjiv Singh, a performance and development scientist at the Orlando Magic, is another example of a practitioner who suffered their own debilitating injuries. Hot on the heels of Andrea Hudy, who recounted her own story of ACL troubles in episode one, Harjiv told the tale of a pickup basketball game that ended with him tearing his ACL and meniscus while also suffering an avulsion fracture. The 16 months of rehab stoked an interest in sports science that not only led him to the NBA but, since January, roles at the Grand Rapids Rise women’s volleyball team, as Director of Performance Science ..read more
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Five Years on from the USWNT Introducing Menstrual Cycle Tracking, Sports Science for Female Athletes Remains Under-Developed. So What Can Athletes and Practitioners Do about it?
Leaders Performance Podcast
by The Leaders Performance Institute
1M ago
When the US women’s national soccer team started tracking their menstrual cycles, it was seen as groundbreaking. At least part of their success in claiming back to back World Cup titles in 2019 was attributed to the fact they could adjust individual training plans and nutrition based on the data. Ellie Maybury was part of the USWNT backroom team that introduced this initiative and, more than half a decade on, tech support for female athletes doesn’t seem to have progressed as much as she’d have hoped. At least in soccer. “A lot of the technology we have absorbed into the women’s game has co ..read more
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Paige Bueckers Proved Her ACL Injury Was Behind her at March Madness, but, as Andrea Hudy tells us, Questions Must Still Be Asked about the Injuries that Afflict Female Athletes
Leaders Performance Podcast
by The Leaders Performance Institute
1M ago
Paige Bueckers’ stellar performances at this year’s March Madness proved that her ACL injury is long behind her. She returned to action in November 2023 after 15 months out and drove UConn all the way to the Final Four of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. Behind the scenes, Andrea Hudy, the Director of Sports Performance (Women's Basketball) at UConn, was critical to Bueckers’ convalescence and is working (while pursuing a PhD) to ensure there are fewer such occurrences in the future. “My passion is trying to understand why people get hurt or the story behind their injuries and keep t ..read more
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The People Behind the Tech: David Dunne – Hexis
Leaders Performance Podcast
by The Leaders Performance Institute
3M ago
David Dunne describes a perennial problem for practitioners in elite sports. “There’s a fundamental mismatch between what practitioners can deliver and what athletes actually want and desire,” he told Joe Lemire and John Portch on the People Behind the Tech podcast. “So we pivoted towards the COM-B model.” During this episode we spoke at length about Hexis’ continued growth following a successful seed round, technology’s ability to influence the evolution of the practitioner, and the fundamental union of academic rigour and those so-called softer skills. COM-B was a major part of that conv ..read more
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‘We’re Not Trying to Be Coaches – We’re Trying to Be Supportive of a Unified Message’
Leaders Performance Podcast
by The Leaders Performance Institute
4M ago
“Everything is based upon the game for us,” said Ryan Alexander. “Understanding how the physical demands and fitness is going to be interpreted on the field as it is going to relate to the technical and tactical execution of a certain style of play.” Alexander, the Director of Sports Science at Atlanta United, was speaking to John Portch and Joe Lemire on the People Behind the Tech podcast ahead of the new MLS season, which began in late February. He also spoke about the club’s groundbreaking work with i-Brain Tech, a neurofitness training aid that has transformed their skills and cognitive ..read more
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The People Behind the Tech: Gary McCoy - Peak AI
Leaders Performance Podcast
by The Leaders Performance Institute
5M ago
At November’s Leaders Sport Performance Summit at the Oval in London, a coach was overheard saying: ‘I have a team looking at AI but I have no idea what they do’. Gary McCoy is the CEO of Peak AI, who have been shortlisted in Sports Business Journals' list of the 10 Most Innovative Sports Tech Companies of 2023. Peak AI uses psycholinguistics to enhance performance and Gary has a firm view on that coach’s comment. “If you don’t know what they do, go and lead them because they probably don’t know what they’re doing either,” he tells Joe and John on the latest edition of The People Behind the ..read more
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‘We Try to Unlock Potential Versus Extract Performance’
Leaders Performance Podcast
by The Leaders Performance Institute
6M ago
Ben Baroody is a big believer in psychologist Michael Gervais’ idea that the apex of well-being and performance is human flourishing. “It means a lot to us,” he tells Henry Breckenridge and John Portch on the Leaders Performance Podcast, which is brought to you today by our Main Partners Keiser. “The aim and approach of all of our programs, processes, and our building blocks, is based on the foundation of the human psyche, the psychology of healthy minds and lives. And we try to take that evidence-based research and build it into baseball frameworks and development for the rest of the organi ..read more
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The People Behind the Tech Podcast: Brian Cunniffe - UK Sports Institute
Leaders Performance Podcast
by The Leaders Performance Institute
6M ago
“How do we design tech and tech solutions to almost combat [other] tech solutions and distractions?” The question is posed by Brian Cunniffe of the UK Sports Institute [UKSI], who is Joe Lemire and John Portch’s first guest on The People Behind the Tech podcast for 2024. Brian, a performance lead at the UKSI who works primarily in canoeing and who also served as the British and Irish Lions’ sports scientist on tours of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, is discussing the power in gamifying training, particularly for younger athletes. “There’s a slight irony in there but how do we brin ..read more
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Keiser Podcast - Lydia Bedford, Head Coach, Brentford U18s
Leaders Performance Podcast
by The Leaders Performance Institute
7M ago
Lydia Bedford, the Head Coach of the Brentford men’s under-18s team has some firm coaching advice. “There’s no shortcuts, even though everyone seems to want them these days,” she tells Henry Breckenridge and John Portch on the Leaders Performance Podcast, which is brought to you today by our friends at Keiser. “Time on the grass, working in different environments, working under different people as leaders will help you to understand what it looks like for you.” Bedford, who has also coached with underage women’s teams at the Football Association [FA], Leicester City Women in the WSL, and se ..read more
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