Sustaining high performance:
Steve Ingham is joined once again by Jamie Pringle from the Performance Science Distillery and Rosie Mayes from the EB Centre. So sustaining performance – this is an interesting one. The discussion this week covers a series of tensions we come across in order to sustain performance, both as athletes and as support staff. Yes, we all want to achieve something and do well, but if it’s a bit of flash in the pan then there’s a chance that there will be a void behind it. That’s accepting that anything we ever do in aspiring for something that’s just outside our reach, will have its ups and downs, it will need us to stay open minded yet aware of what is essential, as you age, as competition changes and priorities change. This discussion is just as rich as all the other panel discussions, this one’s got some tangibles, but its also got some deep and challenging philosophy about how we perform, engage with others and the very concept of maintaining excellence over the longer-term arc of life.

Show Notes
6:20 – Investing time and effort into physical and psychological attributes for many years E.g. Roger Federer and David Beckham.

9:50 – Different stages of a performer’s physical journey

11:35 – Understanding of self and identity vital for management of physical training and step change.

13:50 -Learning at the razor’s edge. Thinking outside of the box and exploring environments to find more ways to achieve performance.

17:20 –In the high-performance world, how can we align curiosity to purpose to generate outcome? How mindset and culture can prevent curiosity.

20:00- Harnessing the power of collective intelligence to help coaches and athletes make better decisions. Making the complex, simple and adopting an interdisciplinary mindset.

24:20 – Technical knowledge and skills will not get you far in performance environments without the personal skills required to deliver the knowledge and help people find answers.

26:04 – Reflections on exploration, open-mindedness and identity across the lifespan.

29:20 – The importance of role models in inspiring others and developing positive talent development environments.

30:10 – The power of structure, debriefing and creating and sustaining high performance habits.

34:00 – Understanding the performer and helping them tap into this awareness to unlock potential.

34:40 – Meeting performance indicators, funding and talent development.

36:40 – Curiosity and context is key. Where am I on my journey and what is now relevant, what is now required for me to improve? Go out and explore, generate opportunities for learning and reflection.

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Dr Steve Ingham is one of the UK’s leading figures in sport and one of the world’s leading performance scientists. He is steeped in high performance and has been integral to the development of Britain into an Olympic superpower. He has provided support to over 1000 athletes, of which over 200 have achieved World or Olympic medal success, including some of the world’s greatest athletes such as Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent. Steve has coached Kelly Sotherton's running for heptathlon and to 4x400m Olympic medal winning success. Steve has worked at the English Sports Council British Olympic Association, English Institute of Sport, where Steve was the Director of Science and Technical Development, leading a team of 200 scientists in support of Team GB and Paralympics GB. Ingham holds a BSc, PhD and is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Steve is author of the best selling ‘How to Support a Champion: The art of applying science to the elite athlete’, discussing and inspiring the importance of learning and adapting to reach our maximum potential. Steve established Supporting Champions with the ambition of helping ambitious people to find a better way of creating high-performance. Steve hosts the Supporting Champions Podcast on sharing his pursuit of understanding and exploration in performance.

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