Inform Performance
Inform Performance
Andy McDonald
The Inform Perform Podcast is an industry show focussed on Sports Performance and Sports Medicine. The show interviews thought leaders and professionals that support elite athletes and teams. The aim of the show is to deconstruct the strategies and philosophies the guests utilise in their working environment or area of expertise. Featured guests have worked across the NBA, NFL, MLB, F1, World title Boxing, EPL and more.
Chris Tombs - Velocity Based Training (Seattle Seawolves Performance Lead / S&C Coach and Educator)
Episode 59: Andy McDonald chats to Strength & Conditioning Coach and educator Chris Tombs. Chris's expertise lies in both rugby and cricket where he has worked in Elite sport for the last 16 years. He is best known for the physical development of some of Welsh rugby’s highest profile current players. Since we last spoke Chris has been the performance lead for Seattle Seawolves rugby in the MLR and has found Pegasus 85 an in-person coach education provider. We had Chris on the show in December 2019 for episode 9 to discuss VBT and this episode will progress that conversation.   In this episode Andy McDonald and Chris Tombs discuss:  Chris’s background Pegasus85 Education & face-to-face education25 years in 250 words Camera based VBT systemsContinuous athlete monitoring VBT verses percentage based trainingVBT and managing fatigue When to monitor velocity in a session Where you can find Chris: TwitterLinkedInInstagramWebsitePegasus85 SponsorInform Performance is sponsored by VALD Performance, makers of the Nordbord, Forceframe, ForeDecks and HumanTrak. VALD Performance systems are built with the high-performance practitioner in mind, translating traditionally lab-based technologies into engaging, quick, easy-to-use tools for daily testing, monitoring and training  Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following Inform Performance on: InstagramTwitterOur Website Our Team Andy McDonaldBen Ashworth
Nov 25
45 min
Dr David Opar (Director of the Sports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre at ACU)
Episode 58: Ben Ashworth hosts his first episode of Inform Performance. On this episode Ben chats to Dr David Opar the Director of the Sports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre at Australian Catholic University. David completed his undergraduate degree in Human Movement at RMIT University in 2008. He commenced his doctoral thesis (PhD) in the area of hamstring strain injuries at the Queensland University of Technology in 2010. He also heads up the ACU Hamstring Injury Group and is leading the way in hamstring injury research. Dr Opar and his team are in close consultation with professional sporting codes both nationally and internationally to deliver evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies for their athlete group.  In this episode Ben Ashworth and Dr David Opar discuss:  David’s backgroundHamstring Injury risk mitigationMinimal dose for hamstrings Optimal sprint dosage Timing training stimuli within competitive schedulesWhen & how to use nordics Load tolerance RTP Criteria’s Where you can find David: TwitterLinkedIn SponsorInform Performance is sponsored by VALD Performance, makers of the Nordbord, Forceframe, ForeDecks and HumanTrak. VALD Performance systems are built with the high-performance practitioner in mind, translating traditionally lab-based technologies into engaging, quick, easy-to-use tools for daily testing, monitoring and training  Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following Inform Performance on: InstagramTwitterOur Website Our Team Andy McDonaldBen Ashworth
Nov 18
1 hr 11 min
Tom Farrow (Physical Performance Specialist & Founder / Co-Director of Areté Performance)
Episode 57: Andy McDonald chats to Tom Farrow a Physical Performance Specialist who is the Founder & Co-Director of Areté Performance. Until August, when the programme was unfortunately cut due to losing funding, he was the Head of Physical Performance for England & Team GB 7s Men’s teams. Tom was also a Contact Skills Specialist with the Men’s 7s programme and has worked in this capacity with the 2016 Team GB Women’s 7s team, Tokyo Toshiba Brave, Fulham FC Academy and Richmond Rugby Club. He has previously worked as a strength and conditioning coach with the English Institute of Sport, GB Canoe, & Speedworks. Until Sept 2014, Tom was a Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach with Wasps Rugby and co-led their First XV programme. After starting his own business Tom also spent time working with the Wasps Academy programme as both a Strength & Conditioning Coach and Contact Skills Specialist. In this episode Andy and Tom discuss speed and agility training and program management.   In this episode Andy and Tom discuss:  Tom’s background Starting his own business Tom’s interest in speed trainingTom’s approach to training: AccelerationMax speedChange of direction Implementing technical standards in open skill environments Program management  Where you can find Tom: Instagram TwitterLinkedInAreté Performance  SponsorInform Performance is sponsored by VALD Performance, makers of the Nordbord, Forceframe, ForeDecks and HumanTrak. VALD Performance systems are built with the high-performance practitioner in mind, translating traditionally lab-based technologies into engaging, quick, easy-to-use tools for daily testing, monitoring and training  Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following Inform Performance on: InstagramTwitterOur Website Our Team Andy McDonaldBen Ashworth
Nov 12
43 min
Jesse Elis (Director of Health and Performance at the Portland Trail Blazers)
Episode 56: Andy McDonald chats Jesse Elis the Director of Health and Performance at the Portland Trail Blazers NBA team. Jesse is a PT with a background in professional tennis in the WTA and was formerly the Director of Physical Therapy at EXOS. In addition to this he is also the co-owner of Phoenix Manual Therapy. This conversation with Jesse is focused around communication, collaboration and biomechanics through Jesse's broad knowledge and appreciation for performance, leadership and sports medicine.   In this episode Andy and Jesse discuss: Jesse’s backgroundCurrent role at the Trail Blazers Communicating with players as a PT Communicating with management Risk management PT S&C’ collaborationCommunicating diagnosis with S&C’sBiomechanics  Where you can find Jesse: Phoenix Manual TherapyInstagramLinkedIn  SponsorInform Performance is sponsored by VALD Performance, makers of the Nordbord, Forceframe, ForeDecks and HumanTrak. VALD Performance systems are built with the high-performance practitioner in mind, translating traditionally lab-based technologies into engaging, quick, easy-to-use tools for daily testing, monitoring and training  Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following Inform Performance on: InstagramTwitterOur Website Our Team Andy McDonaldBen Ashworth
Nov 6
51 min
Sérgio T Fonseca (Professor at the University Federal de Minas Gerais and Editor in Chief of the Brazilian Journal of Physiotherapy)
Episode 55: Andy McDonald chats to Sérgio T Fonseca. Sérgio is from a clinical background originally and currently works at the Department of Physical Therapy of the University Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil. Sérgio teaches and advises in the areas of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. His main research focus is on human movement, applying concepts of ecological approach and dynamical systems to human perception and action. This episode will focus on the philosophy of patient or athlete management as it relates to his work on systems.   In this episode Andy and Sérgio discuss: Sérgio's background Reductionism, complicated and complex systems Equifinality Evidence based practiseSynergetic’sEvaluating your own systems  Where you can find Sérgio: Research GateUFMG SponsorInform Performance is sponsored by VALD Performance, makers of the Nordbord, Forceframe, ForeDecks and HumanTrak. VALD Performance systems are built with the high-performance practitioner in mind, translating traditionally lab-based technologies into engaging, quick, easy-to-use tools for daily testing, monitoring and trainingKeep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following Inform Performance on: InstagramTwitterOur Website Our Team Andy McDonaldBen Ashworth
Oct 28
58 min
Mike Friday (USA Rugby Mens 7's Head Coach)
Episode 54: Andy McDonald chats to Mike Friday USA Rugby Mens 7's Head Coach. Mike began his sporting career as a player transitioning from the amateur rugby years into the professional era, before becoming renowned as a coach. He has enjoyed multiple coaching roles across the UK, Kenya and more recently USA. In this episode with Mike we will discuss his journey from player to coach and pick out some of the key lessons he has learnt along the way.   In this episode Andy and Mike discuss: Mike’s playing career Athlete retirement transitionsEffects of Covid on Rugby Current state of World Rugby 7’sMike’s coaching backgroundRole at USA Rugby Sevens Working for Kenyan 7’sLessons learnt coaching in different culturesSharing medical information with coaches Where you can find Mike: TwitterInstagramLinkedIn Tendon Research SurveyThe aim of this survey of physiotherapists is to identify criteria for diagnosis of tendinopathy. This study aims to establish the key clinical questions and tests physiotherapists use during clinical examination of Achilles tendinopathy. Establishing a set of clinical questions and objective measures for Achilles tendinopathy will allow the validity of these criteria to be investigated in future projects.   SponsorInform Performance is sponsored by VALD Performance, makers of the Nordbord, Forceframe, ForeDecks and HumanTrak. VALD Performance systems are built with the high-performance practitioner in mind, translating traditionally lab-based technologies into engaging, quick, easy-to-use tools for daily testing, monitoring and trainingKeep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following Inform Performance on: InstagramTwitterOur Website Our Team Andy McDonaldBen Ashworth
Oct 23
53 min
Jarrod Antflick  - Tendon Management (Consultant Sports Physiotherapist & Founder of Total Performance)
Episode 53: Andy McDonald chats to Jarrod Antflick a Consultant Sports Physiotherapist in elite sport. Jarrod is the founder of Total Performance and has been working in elite sport for over 15 years as a consultant Sports Physiotherapist. His work resides in the UK consulting to teams in the English Premiere League and Premiership Rugby, and to NBA teams in the USA. Jarrrod also works as consultant physiotherapist at The Fortius Clinic London, as a specialist in tendinopathy undertaking research in the management and diagnosis of tendinopathy. In addition to this his expertise expands to profiling and motion analysis through biomechanical screening utilising IMU data and triaxial force platforms to provides context into how human force is produced. This conversation with Jarrod focusses on his approach to managing tendons in both a clinical and high performance context.   In this episode Andy and Jarrod discuss: His background or interest in tendons Optimal tendon function Assessing tendons Risk factors Ultrasound Tissue Characterisation (UTC)Using kinematics and kinetics to solve problems RTP criteria for tendons Where you can find Jarrod: TwitterLinkedInTotal PerformanceFortius ClinicComplete Physio  Tendon Research SurveyThe aim of this survey of physiotherapists is to identify criteria for diagnosis of tendinopathy. This study aims to establish the key clinical questions and tests physiotherapists use during clinical examination of Achilles tendinopathy. Establishing a set of clinical questions and objective measures for Achilles tendinopathy will allow the validity of these criteria to be investigated in future projects.   SponsorInform Performance is sponsored by VALD Performance, makers of the Nordbord, Forceframe, ForeDecks and HumanTrak. VALD Performance systems are built with the high-performance practitioner in mind, translating traditionally lab-based technologies into engaging, quick, easy-to-use tools for daily testing, monitoring and trainingKeep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following Inform Performance on: InstagramTwitterOur Website Our Team Andy McDonaldBen Ashworth
Oct 13
44 min
James Moore - Hamstring Special (Co-Founder of The Health Development & Performance Network - HDPN)
Episode 52: Andy McDonald chats to James Moore the Co-Founder of the Health Development & Performance Network (HDPN). James also currently holds the position of Clinical Director of Sports & Exercise Medicine at the Centre for Health & Human Performance (CHHP). One of the highlights of James’ career, to date, was to be awarded the Deputy Chef de Mission Performance Service for Team GB at the Rio2016 Olympic Games. He has previously held titles such as Head for Performance for TeamGB, Manager for the Intensive Rehabilitation Unit for the British Olympic Association (BOA), Head of Medical at Saracens RFC, Consultant Clinical Lead Physiotherapist for UK Athletics for two Olympic cycles(Beijing & London), Consultant Physiotherapist for the RFU to the England Men’s Senior team in preparation for RWC2011 and Medical team leader for Gloucester County Cricket Club. James has worked with multiple sports throughout the UK, USA and Australia at the highest level and has expertise on hip & groin as well as hamstring injuries.   In this episode Andy and James discuss:  James’s background Muscle Injury classificationsCommunicating classifications & diagnosis Communicating with radiology Neuromuscular loading strategies for short & long head of Biceps Femoris Adductor Magnus as a functional hamstring Putting nordics in perspective Torque ratios at the hip  Where you can find James: TwitterLinkedInCHHP HDPN - Website HDPN - InstagramHDPN - Twitter  SponsorInform Performance is sponsored by VALD Performance, makers of the Nordbord, Forceframe, ForeDecks and HumanTrak. VALD Performance systems are built with the high-performance practitioner in mind, translating traditionally lab-based technologies into engaging, quick, easy-to-use tools for daily testing, monitoring and trainingKeep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following Inform Performance on: InstagramTwitterOur Website Our Team Andy McDonaldBen Ashworth
Oct 7
1 hr 4 min
Mick Hughes - ACL Rehab (Co-founder of the Melbourne ACL Rehabilitation Guide & @learnphysio)
Episode 51: Andy McDonald chats to Mick Hughes a Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist who consults at The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre, Collins St Melbourne. During his Physio career Mick has worked with elite junior sporting teams such as the NQ Cowboys U20s rugby league team and the Newcastle Jets National Youth League and Emerging Jets Academy soccer teams. In this episode Andy and Mick discuss ACL rehab following Mick recently presenting to England Rugby on the topic. Mick has a large following online and is a reputable educator in this space.  In this episode Andy and Mick discuss:  Updates in ACL rehabStrength & Conditioning for ACL’s Re-considering the term “Conservative Management” Implementing OKC earlierMoon registry of ACL’s Baseline performance Data  Where you can find Nick: TwitterInstagramLinkedInWebsiteYoutube  SponsorInform Performance is sponsored by VALD Performance, makers of the Nordbord, Forceframe, ForeDecks and HumanTrak. VALD Performance systems are built with the high-performance practitioner in mind, translating traditionally lab-based technologies into engaging, quick, easy-to-use tools for daily testing, monitoring and trainingKeep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following Inform Performance on: InstagramTwitterOur Website Our Team Andy McDonaldBen Ashworth
Sep 30
58 min
Nick Winkelman (Head of Athletic Performance & Science for Irish Rugby Football Union)
Episode 50: Andy McDonald chats to Nick Winkelman the head of athletic performance & science for the Irish Rugby Football Union. His primary role is to oversee the delivery and development of strength & conditioning and sports science across all national (Men's and Women's XV’s and 7’s) and provincial teams (Leinster, Munster, Connacht, and Ulster). Nick was previously the director of education and training systems for EXOS (formerly Athletes' Performance), located in Phoenix, AZ. At EXOS Nick oversaw the speed and assessment component of the EXOS NFL Combine Development Program and supported many athletes across the NFL, MLB, NBA, National Sports Organizations, and Military. Nick has also completed his Ph.D. through Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a dissertation focus on motor skill learning and sprinting. In this episode Andy and Nick will be primarily discussing topics from his recent book - The Language of Coaching.   In this episode Andy and Nick discuss:  Nicks background The language of coaching Discussing how rather than what The coach & athlete relationship Cueing Understanding athletes information needsMonitoring languageMoving to Ireland  Where you can find Nick: LinkedInTwitter InstagramLanguage Of Coaching Book  SponsorInform Performance is sponsored by VALD Performance, makers of the Nordbord, Forceframe, ForeDecks and HumanTrak. VALD Performance systems are built with the high-performance practitioner in mind, translating traditionally lab-based technologies into engaging, quick, easy-to-use tools for daily testing, monitoring and trainingKeep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following Inform Performance on: InstagramTwitterOur Website Our Team Andy McDonaldBen Ashworth
Sep 22
59 min
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