S2 EPISODE 39 - Building Athletes, Problem Solving & Training for Your Age w/ Mike Robertson MS

Season 2 Episode 39, Dr. Bubbs sits down with renowned strength coach Mike Robertson of Robertson Training Systems to chat about his model of Position/Pattern/Load/Express for increasing athleticism and performance, as well as how to build physical qualities when movement quality is poor. Mike also shares his thoughts on conditioning programs, the importance of lateral acceleration, in-season training considerations, and how things change in the post-season. He also provides some of his insights from turning 40, highlighting tips for longevity and health, as well as sharing what on his reading list and pre-workout playlist. As always, fantastic insights from a world-class leader in the field!

Links to Articles

Random Training Thoughts: June 2018

5 Random Training Thoughts

About Mike Robertson MS

Mike is one of the most highly sought-after coaches, consultants, speakers and writers in the fitness industry today, known for his “no-nonsense” approach to training and brutal efficiency. Mike has made a name for himself as a go-to resource for professional athletes from every major sport. He’s the President of Robertson Training Systems and the co-owner of Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training. IFAST has been named one of the Top 10 Gyms in America by Men’s Health magazine three times in the past six years. Follow Mike on Twitter

S2 EPISODE 16 - Analytics, Monitoring & The 24-Hour Athlete w/ Jordan Webb

In Season 2 Episode 16, Dr. Bubbs sits down with strength coach and head of sport science at The University of Notre-Dame Jordan Webb. In this episode, Jordan shares his experiences working in professional sport in the NBA, NFL, MLS as well as his current role with men’s soccer and women’s rowing. Jordan talks pros and cons of athlete monitoring, integrating technology and analytics into a system, and the fundamental role of effective communication to achieve athlete buy-in and program success.

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)            Ask first what you want to improve in your athlete or team, then seek out the technology to support it.

2)            Athlete perspective is crucial for building relationships. (Eg. Professional versus student-athletes)

3)            Adolescents and young adults can handle a lot more training volume than older populations.

Jordan's “Big Rock” 

Learning to effectively communicate to be a great coach (a lesson he learned from his mentors).

 About Jordan Webb

Head of Sport Science at the world-renowned University of Notre-Dame. Follow Jordan on Twitter.

Check out the University of Notre-Dame – Human Performance Summit

S2 EPISODE 14 - The Opioid Epidemic, Meditation & Managing Chronic Pain w/ Dr. Abhimanyu Sud MD

In Season 2 Episode 14, Dr. Bubbs sits down with expert Dr. Abhimanyu Sud MD to talk about managing chronic pain and today’s opioid crisis. In this episode, Dr. Sud will share staggering statistics on the scope and intensity of today’s opioid epidemic, what’s driving the opioid crisis, the research evidence supporting the use of opioids for treating long-term pain, as well as the impact of opioids in sports – in particular contact sports like hockey and the NFL – and how meditation can alter areas of the brain that impact pain intensity and pain suffering. Dr. Sud also provides tips on meditation and shares insights into his routine. Make sure you listen to this fantastic episode!

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)  More people dying in current opioid epidemic than at the height of the opioid crisis.

2)  The evidence-based research on the use of opioids for chronic pain management is very poor (despite their widespread use).

3)  Meditation can alter regions of the brain that control pain intensity and pain bothersomeness.

Links To Research & Articles

https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2016/10/31/rethinking-our-understanding-of-chronic-pain-and-use-of-opioids-doctors-notes.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5056880/

The “Big Rocks” – Dr. Sud’s Tip

Commit to the meditation practice, do it everyday. 

About Dr. Abhimanyu Sud MD

Dr. Abhimanyu Sud MD is a family doctor and lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He directs the Safe Opioid Prescribing Program through Continuing Professional Development at the Faculty of Medicine, which teaches doctors how to prescribe opioids for chronic pain in a safer and more evidence-informed manner. Follow Dr. Sud on Twitter.

S2 EPISODE 11 - How To Apply Sleep Science Into Practice With Athletes w/ Cheri Mah MS

In Season 2 Episode 11, Dr. Bubbs interviews world-renowned sleep expert Cheri Mah MS, consultant to professional sports teams in all four major leagues. In this episode Cheri discusses the physiology of sleep, her early research on sleep in collegiate athletes, impacts of jet lag and crossing time zones, why pro baseball teams are sleeping in during spring training, the infamous NBA nap and her NBA Schedule Alert project with ESPN’s Baxter Holmes, as well as her key tips for supporting sleep in athletes. Phenomenal insights from one of the best in the business!

Lay-Ups From This Episode

1) Deep sleep occurs earlier in the night (NREM) – muscle repair and growth hormone, etc. Late stage of sleep (i.e REM) is when learning and memory consolidation occurs.

2) Young adults have a delayed body clock, naturally wanting to go to bed later and get up later the next day.

3) Elite athletes should get 8-10 hours of sleep per night.

Cheri’s “Big Rocks” for Sleep

Schedule and prioritize your sleep routine to improve mental and physical performance.

Research Links & Articles

The Effects of Sleep Extension on the Athletic Performance of Collegiate Basketball Players

The NBA schedule turns teams into the sleepwalking dead 

About Cheri Mah

Cheri Mah MS is a research fellow at the University of California San Francisco Human Performance Center and advisor to elite athletes and professional sports teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL on sleep and performance. Follow Cheri on Twitter.

 

Links –

Twitter – Cheri Mah