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Leave Your Mark
71 minutes | 4 days ago
The Injury Mystery an ALTIS Poolside Chat with Lewindon, Moroney, Randhawa, Pfaff, and Livingston
This Episode 155 is another in the series of Poolside chat's I was honored to host on behalf of ALTIS World at their Virtual Apprentice Coach Program back in September of this year. This one is a powerful conversation with Damien Moroney, Jas Randhawa, Dan Lewindon, and Dan Pfaff about the mystery of some injuries we see recure frequently in sports today. Enjoy!
63 minutes | 10 days ago
Peak Performance with Marc Bubbs
This Episode features Marc Bubbs who is a Naturopathic Doctor, consultant Performance Nutritionist for Canada Basketball, and ALTIS. Speaker, and former Strength Coach. Marc is also the author of the best-selling book Peak: The new science of performance that is revolutionizing sports - An integrated and personalized approach to athlete health, nutrition, recovery, and mindset as well as a regular contributor to Breaking Muscle, and a nutrition advisory board member for Strong Magazine. Marc has been working with elite and professional athletes, busy executives, and motivated individuals aiming to improve their health for almost two decades, using an evidence-based approach to nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle modifications. He regularly presents at health, fitness, and medical conferences throughout the world, and consults with professional sports teams in many of the major professional leagues.
69 minutes | 17 days ago
Where Others Won't with Cody Royle
Cody is an author, podcast host, and football coach. Currently, he serves as the head coach of AFL Team Canada, the men's national program for Australian Rules football. Cody is a standout voice in the crossover of leadership principles between sports and business. His first book, "Where Others Won't", proposed that businesses should look at how pro sports teams focus on team dynamics and talent optimization in order to innovate. The success of Where Others Won't spawn a one-of-a-kind podcast series of the same name, which reached Apple’s top 100 within a week of launch. Guests include former Colorado Avalanche head coach Tony Granato, Detroit Pistons legend Joe Dumars, New England Patriots executive Michael Lombardi, former Netflix CHRO Patty McCord, and bestselling authors Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink.
63 minutes | 25 days ago
ALTIS Poolside Chat with Dan Pfaff, Stuart McGill, Matt Jordan and Scott Livingston
In this episode, I was honored to be invited to host the ALTIS Poolside chats in the most recent version of their Virtual ACP. This performance conversation around return to performance between several giants in the industry of human performance, McGill, Pfaff, and Jordan is a gem. Enjoy!
64 minutes | a month ago
A Curious Competitor with Connor Carrick
This episode features Connor Carrick. Connor is a US-born professional hockey player who currently competes for the New Jersey Devils. He was selected in the fifth round (137th) of the 2012 NHL entry draft by the Washington Capitals. Connor is a defenceman and a product of the Chicago hockey system. He was drafted to play junior hockey in the OHL with the Guelph Storm, declining to play he chose instead to play for the US National Development Program and won a Gold Medal with the U18 team in 2013. He was consequently traded to the Plymouth Whalers and played out his junior career for 68 games until he signed in Washington in 2013. He was traded from the Caps to the Maple Leaf’s in 2016, and then in 2018 from the Leafs to the Dallas Stars. In February of 2019, Connor saw his career move to the New Jersey Devils where he signed at the end of that season for two years. He currently lives in Jersey with this wife Lexi and dog Hoagie. He is also the host of the Curious Competitor Podcast where true to the nature of the title, he dives deep into what creates a successful competitor in life and sport.
76 minutes | a month ago
A Man of Many Hats and Giant Aspirations with Pratik Patel
Pratik is a High-Performance Coach, Sports Nutritionist, Researcher, Advisor, and Author. Most recently he was the Director of Performance Nutrition and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with the New York Giants Football Club. He was one of the first in the country to hold dual primary full-time roles and also the first South Asian and minority on a professional coaching staff in this capacity. Prior to his arrival at the Giants, Pratik worked over 7 years at the collegiate level at Kansas State, Michigan State, and the University of Oregon where he had the opportunity to build, grow, and integrate sports nutrition departments from the ground up and worked with numerous championship-winning teams across a number of sports with a heavy emphasis on football and basketball. Pratik is originally from Shawnee, Kansas, and went on to receive his undergraduate degree in Dietetics and Master's in Kinesiology from Kansas State University, where he also acted as the Sports Dietitian for the Men's Basketball team. He began his career in sports as an intern learning from the staff at the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, and at the University of Kansas.
68 minutes | 2 months ago
A Performance Conversation with Dr. Matt Jordan
This episode is a powerful performance conversation with one of Canada's leaders in athletic performance, Dr. Matt Jordan. Matt currently serves as the Director of Sports Science specifically in strength and power for mountain sports at the Canadian Sports Institute in Calgary. His curiosity and passion allow him to be one of Canada’s best at what he does and because of that, he has influenced the success of a myriad of Olympic and performance athletes along the way. If you enjoy it, share it, leave a rating and a comment, it will help us serve so many more people!
59 minutes | 2 months ago
Enjoying the Ride with Dan Lewindon
This episode features Dan Lewindon. Dan is the Head of Performance Science and Medicine for the LTA (National Governing Body of Tennis in the UK). Responsible for the leadership, management, and integration of sports science and medicine in support of elite players, coaches, and performance programs. His role also includes the development of research and innovation strategies and partnerships associated with health and performance. Dan sits on a number of external governance and advisory groups in elite sports. Prior to Tennis, Dan worked for 13 years in professional Rugby, 7 of which as the Senior Team Physiotherapist for England, where he was responsible for player recovery, injury prevention, and rehabilitation and pitch-side support for 75 test matches and 2 world cups. Dan holds postgraduate Masters degrees in both Sports Medicine and Exercise Science and is the co-editor and contributing author of 2 internationally best-selling textbooks, High-Performance Training For Sports and Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation. Above all his accomplishments he is a husband and a father of two little girls!
62 minutes | 2 months ago
A Dynamic Duo of Performance with Nick Foligno and Callen McGibbon
In this episode, I have the unique opportunity to chat with Callen McGibbon and Nick Foligno together. Nick Foligno is currently in his 14th season in the NHL and is the captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Team. Callen has been Nick's strength and conditioning coach throughout his career. The opportunity to chat with both of them and learn about their personal stories together and apart is something I am excited to do today. Let’s just say Callen has been a busy man these past 20 years building a career in strength and conditioning, supporting many young athletes in his hometown of Sudbury including the Laurentian Varsity Athletics department. He’s built several businesses during that time and most recently he and Nick had teamed up to build an online software application that helps coaches and teachers with testing and training their students and athletes called REPerformance. More than their professional accomplishments, both guys are fathers of multiple kids and husbands, and their stories as individuals and as a team are inspiring.
65 minutes | 2 months ago
The Language of Coaching with Nick Winkleman
In this episode I go deep on the Language of Coaching with Nick Winkleman. Nick is the head of athletic performance & science for the Irish Rugby Football Union and an internationally recognized speaker on human performance and coaching science. Before working for Irish Rugby, Nick was the director of education and training systems for EXOS. As the director of education, Nick oversaw the development and execution of all internal and external educational initiatives. Nick recently completed his Ph.D. with a dissertation focus on motor skill learning and sprinting and then set about writing a book about the Language of Coaching which is setting the bar for "how" we coach today.
30 minutes | 2 months ago
"Hanging with my Pea" - a conversation with my 12 year old daughter
This episode serves as an opportunity for me to sit and chat with my 12-year-old daughter Gretchen Livingston who is just starting High School. What you learn, and what you get to better understand when you take the time to chat with your kids. Enjoy!
63 minutes | 3 months ago
Pioneering Sports Nutrition Practice with Louise Burke
This episode features Sports Nutrition legend, Louise Burke. Louise is a sports dietitian with nearly 40 years of experience in the education and counseling of elite athletes. She worked at the Australian Institute of Sport for thirty years, first as Head of Sports Nutrition, and then as Chief of Nutrition Strategy. She was the team dietitian for the Australian Olympic Teams for the 1996-2012 Summer Olympic Games. Her publications include over 350 papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters and the authorship or editorship of several textbooks on sports nutrition. She is an editor of the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. Louise was a founding member of the Executive of Sports Dietitians Australia and is a Director of the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2009 for her contribution to sports nutrition. Louise was appointed as Chair in Sports Nutrition in the Mary MacKillop Institute of Health Research at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne in 2014 and took up this position in a full-time capacity in 2020.
64 minutes | 3 months ago
The Ever-Learner with Sam Gibbs
This episode features a world-leading performance practitioner, Sam Gibbs. Sam is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Certified Athletic Therapist, and Registered Massage Therapist. He has a Master’s in Functional Medicine & Human Nutrition, a post-graduate certificate in Clinical Endocrinology, and a Masters in Applied Neuroscience from King’s College London and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. He is a Partner and Director of Operations at P3 Health in Toronto a leading integrative health center focused on the treatment of chronic disease and dysfunction. He has been Head Therapist and Integrated Support Team Lead with the Canadian Men's National Basketball Program for over 24 years. He maintains similar leadership positions with other National Sports Federations and frequently consults with individual professional athletes and teams. He has been selected to multiple national medical teams for major international competitions in leadership roles. Sam is a founding member of Tomahawk Science, a leading full-service sports science consultancy based out of Chicago, IL that provides performance consultation and medical management for professional athletes of various sports. I’ve known Sam for a number of years now and always admired his lifelong dedication to self-improvement and learning. Enjoy!
84 minutes | 3 months ago
Inspired by Speed with Kevin Tyler
This episode features Kevin Tyler. Kevin is currently the President of ALTIS, a progressive and innovative athletics training center based in Phoenix, Arizona. A former competitive track and bobsleigh athlete, Kevin pursued coaching in Athletics while engaging in higher education in criminology. Over the course of his extensive careers, he served as Head of Track and Field for BC Athletics, as Sports Marketing Manager in Running & Olympic Sport for Nike Canada, as the Director the Canadian Athletics Coaching Center, as the Head of Coaching & Development UK Athletics, and as a Sprints and Hurdles Coach at the University of Oklahoma before taking on a leadership role at ALTIS. ALTIS is trying to be a part of the change movement going on in Athletics and Sports Performance Coach Development. ALTIS has embraced the notions of collaboration, transparency, and value from its inception, and they try to live by this every day. Kevin is deeply committed to leading ALTIS in its goal of being a trusted resource for coach education and development globally. Enjoy!
58 minutes | 3 months ago
A Family Legacy with Anthony Donskov
This episode features Anthony Donskov. Anthony is the founder of Donskov Strength and Conditioning located in Columbus, Ohio where he serves as the Director of Sports Performance. Anthony is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Western Ontario. His research interests include; biomechanics, ice hockey performance, and return to play after injury. Anthony has served as an assistant strength coach for the US Women’s National Hockey team and has participated as a guest coach for several National Hockey League development camps. He is the Head Instructor/Director of off-ice Training at Donskov Hockey Development a family-run hockey school with a renowned reputation for developing young players. Anthony played two years of minor professional hockey\for the Lubbock Cotton Kings of the Central Hockey League. He was named the 2003 Central Hockey League’s “Man of the Year” for his leadership both on the ice and in the community. He played his collegiate hockey at Miami (OH) University where he served as an assistant captain his senior year.
62 minutes | 4 months ago
A Performance Conversation with Stephen Norris
EP 140 of Leave Your Mark a special edition is a performance conversation with Dr. Stephen Norris about his experiences in high-performance sport, and how he worked with others to solve problems. Steve's career spans several decades pushing the boundaries of human performance in Canada's Olympic training system. He was a part of the inception of the Own the Podium program which brought great success for Canada at the Vancouver Olympics. He's helped numerous NSO's in Canada frame out their performance strategies, and he's been a tremendous mentor to so many HP professionals through his teaching at UofC and works with the Canadian Sports Institute in Calgary. Enjoy!
66 minutes | 4 months ago
An Irishman in Oz with Ian McKeown
This episode features Irish born performance practitioner, Ian McKeown. Ian is currently the Head of High Performance at Port Adelaide FC. Ian is heading into his 8th season in the AFL at Port Adelaide. Previous to coming to Australia he worked as a strength and conditioning coach for the Sports Institute for Northern Ireland. He headed to Australia in 2009 to coach at the Australian Institute of Sport and to complete his Ph.D. His areas of interest in research include the assessment of athletic development and movement ability and epitomize Ian’s passion for coaching and ensuring the rigor of performance science is utilized within daily practices to improve athleticism and on-field performance. Enjoy!
64 minutes | 4 months ago
Tuning Team Canada with Adam Douglas
This episode features Adam Douglas. Adam is the Manager of Sports Performance with Hockey Canada’s Men’s National Teams. He has spent over 10 years working with both the Men's and Women's teams in a strength and conditioning and sport science role. He is responsible for building the physical performance plan for the U18 and U20 programs, including, off-ice as well as working with the coaches to understand the daily on-ice physical requirements to best prepare the players for short-term competition. During his years with Hockey Canada, he has been on teams in over 15 International Competitions, including 2 Olympic Games, and supporting teams that have won 5 gold medals. Adam also works as an Applied Sport Scientist for Catapult Sports, working and supporting ice hockey clients using the technology. In this role, he is responsible for driving research and innovation within the sport using wearable technology, alongside helping the clients deeper understand the data that they are collecting. Prior to joining Catapult, Adam spent 9 years as the head strength and conditioning coach at York University, and prior to that, he served in the same role with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club. Above all his accomplishments he’s a husband to Colleen and a father of two little ones.
55 minutes | 4 months ago
Identify with Who You Are Not What You Are with Rachel Balkovec
This episode features Rachel Balkovec. Rachel has just entered her first year as a minor league hitting coach with the New York Yankees. She is the first woman to hold that title in the history of professional baseball and is joining 3 other women that will be in uniform this season in various roles. She joined the Yankees after completing her second master’s degree in biomechanics and statistics in the Netherlands. While in Amsterdam, she served as an assistant hitting coach for the Netherlands national softball and baseball programs and went on to complete her research at the world-leading baseball performance research facility in Seattle, Driveline Baseball. Previously, she was in several roles with the Houston Astros’ strength and conditioning department. She completed the 2018 season with their AA affiliate, Corpus Christi Hooks, and served as the Latin American Coordinator in her first 2 years with the organization. The first time she made history in professional baseball was in 2014 when she was hired as the first full-time female strength and conditioning coach in the MLB in the role of Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals. She also worked in apprenticeship roles in a number of other performance organizations. The Omaha native is a former NCAA Division I softball catcher and has a special interest in organizational culture and behavioral psychology in relation to coaching.
59 minutes | 4 months ago
Doing Good in Silence with Jeff Cubos
This episode features Jeff Cubos. Jeff is a Chiropractor who currently practices alongside his wife in their multi-disciplinary practice in Spruce Grove, Alberta. Originally from Toronto, Jeff also holds a degree in Physical Education and Health and a Masters's degree in Kinesiology. Jeff is a consultant to a number of athletes and sports organizations and has worked at the Pan American Games, World University Games, and Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, yet also thrives on working with athletes on the frontlines at the community level. In 2012, he was the Chair of Medical Services for the Alberta Winter Games. Jeff has been a quiet leader in human performance in Canada for many years now and his story is rich with character.
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