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

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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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