Phil Skiba on exercise and health during COVID-19 crisis The next few special episodes of the podcast will break away from the normal regularity as we capture, produce and air some relevant content to the COVID-19 crisis. In today’s special episode I talk to Dr Phil Skiba, Director of Sports Medicine for the Advocate Aurora…

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(Join me on Monday 30th March for an open Q&A ) Change The world has changed and at a pace unimaginable just a few weeks ago. We’re living in a strange present expecting an unfamiliar future and craving normality. We don’t know what next but amongst the deep uncertainty that governs our thinking, we know…

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Lizzie Simmonds

The dynamic of retirement, transitions and change for athletes is rightly receiving much greater attention as athletes speak up and openly about their experiences – none more so this episode’s guest Lizzie Simmonds. Former international backstroker, two time Olympian, European champion – Lizzie has taken it upon herself to  write and speak about her experiences…

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Duncan French

Duncan French is the Vice President of the Ultimate Fighting Championships. Mixed martial arts is a sport that has had an accelerated rise into the public consciousness over the last couple of decades. It seems to have captured the imagination, created interest and intrigue about the unpredictability of the contest. And so has followed a…

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The letter to the 15,000 was first posted on my blog spot in 2015 and has since had nearly 200,000 views across 27 countries. It was written for Sports Science students aspiring to work in the field of elite sport, but the lessons translate to grass-roots sport, coaching, health and exercise science, in fact has…

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Building Rapport

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey It is the third day of British Championships and the athlete, with a grin on her face gives me a high five. I wait as she catches her breath, and she says those magic words…

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Role-modelling vulnerability

I understand now that the vulnerability I’ve always felt is the greatest strength a person can have. Elizabeth Shue Conference attendance checklist Sit in rows and cross arms Look for aspects of presentations that you disagree with and shake head in response Ask an aggressively critical question Conference presentation checklist Avoid talking about mistakes Intimidate…

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