S2 EPISODE 42 - Fundamentals of Speed, Acceleration & Coaching Athletes w/ Dr. Chris Bellon PhD

Season 2 Episode 42, Dr. Bubbs interviews Dr. Chris Bellon PhD, who shares the four things you need to know about getting people fast, how sled towing and hill sprints help to accomplish 4 fundamentals, and how procedural memory development fits into the story. Chris talks about progressing from general to specific training, the role of stride length and rate, and outlines exercises to train specific qualities. He’ll also share the key relationship between weight room and quality speed development, how he monitors athletes, and the many demands facing young athletes today. Chris shares his tips for time-efficient workouts, the evolution of sport science and his biggest rocks for upgrading acceleration and sprinting.

Research Papers

An Elite Athlete's Initial Uphill Battle

Are running speeds maximized with simple-spring stance mechanics?

Resistance training intensity and volume affect changes in rate of force development in resistance-trained men

The nature of speed: Enhancing sprint abilities through a short to long training approach. 

About Dr. Chris Fellon PhD

Dr. Chris Fellon PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise Science at LaGrange College. He teaches a variety of courses in the areas of sport physiology, motor behavior, coaching theory, and strength and conditioning. In addition, Dr. Bellon serves as the Director of Sports Performance in the LaGrange College SPEED Center. Within this role, he oversees the strength and conditioning practices for several athletic teams, including baseball, basketball, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Prior to arriving in LaGrange, Dr. Bellon earned his doctoral degree in Sport Physiology and Performance at East Tennessee State University, where his academic endeavors focused on the enhancement of sprint acceleration in team sport athletes. During his tenure at ETSU, Dr. Bellon served as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Sport Scientist for the university’s Olympic Training Site, as well as within the Athletics Department, working with a variety of athlete populations, ranging from international-level bobsledders to Division I women’s basketball players. Dr. Bellon currently resides in LaGrange, Georgia with his wife, Grace, and daughter Imogene. Follow Dr. Bellon on Twitter @DocBellon.

S2 EPISODE 41 - Impacts of Sleep Loss On Pain, Injury-Risk & Neurocognition w/ Norah Simpson PhD

Season 2 Episode 41, Dr. Bubbs interviews Dr. Norah Simpson PhD from Stanford University School of Medicine to talk all things sleep. In this episode, Norah discusses why so many people and athletes still struggle with poor sleep quality and quantity despite all the emphasis on sleep in the last 5 years, as well as her recent paper, “Optimizing sleep to maximize performance: implications and recommendations for elite athletes”. She dives into how lack of sleep impacts pain tolerance, injury risk, risk of illness and even the potential effect of altitude training on sleep quality. Norah also shares the sleep roadblocks she sees most in athletes, her favourite tools and tactics to get sleep back on track, and where she sees the evolution of sleep research heading in the next decade. 

Summary of This Episode

5:10 – Effects of sleep loss on neurocognitive performance

8:30 – Injury risk, illness susceptibility and sleep loss

11:30 – Altitude training and impacts on sleep

13:00 – Can you catch up on sleep?

15:00 – sleep loss on injury risk

18:00 – impact on altitude training on sleep

21:00 – Norah’s current athlete sleep study

25:45 – sleep tracking

30:00 – importance of sleep wind down routine

32:00 – Is watching TV better than an iPad at night?

35:30 – common athlete sleep roadblocks

39:00 – “Nappuccino” – good or bad?

  

Research Paper

Optimizing sleep to maximize performance: implications and recommendations for elite athletes

About Dr. Norah Simpson PhD

Norah Simpson PhD is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of the Stanford Sleep Health and Insomnia Program (SHIP), with a clinical focus in psychology, behavioral sleep medicine and athlete well-being. Learn more at www.insomnia.stanford.edu.

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

S2 EPISODE 10 - The Impacts of Caffeine On Sleep & Circadian Rhythms in Athletes w/ Dr. Ian Dunican PhD

In Season 2 Episode 10, Dr. Bubbs interviews Dr. Ian Dunican PhD to talk about the use of caffeine in pro sport and how it impacts sleep duration and efficiency. Ian shares his insights on caffeine use and habits of athletes, how caffeine use impacts sleep on game days, the fact many athletes are unaware of the amount of caffeine they consume overall, as well as his research on jet lag and sleep disorders in athletes. Terrific insights and actionable tips from Dr. Dunican!

Lay-Ups From This Episode

1)             Caffeine in the evening, even in low-doses, can negatively impact sleep duration and efficiency.

2)             Many athletes are unaware of the amount of caffeine they consume.

3)             Athletes sleep quality after games is typically poor and it can take multiple days to off-set this sleep debt.

Link to Research

Caffeine use in a Super Rugby game and its relationship to post-game sleep

About Dr. Ian Dunican PhD

Ian Dunican has twenty years international professional experience in Project Management, Health and Safety and Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) in military, mining, oil and gas. He is the Director of Sleep4Performance, an expert consultancy for FRMS and operations, and a researcher at the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he works with elite sporting organisations for optimisation of performance and recovery. Follow Ian on Twitter here.

S2 EPISODE 9 - Strongman Training & Nutrition Strategies w/ Dain Wallis

In Season 2 Episode 9, Dr. Bubbs sits down with Canadian Strongman Champion Dain Wallis to talk about his preparation for competition; training periodization, importance of technical proficiency, nutrition for hypertrophy, sleep and recovery strategies, the psychology of competition as well as applications of Strongman training for the recreational athlete. Great tips from Dain!

Lay-Ups From This Episode

1)             It takes time to build elite maximal strength.

2)             Consistent and regular meals throughout the day are crucial for growth and repair.

3)             A winning mindset and letting go of fear are keys to victory.

About Dain Wallis

Dain is a nutrition & strength coach from Toronto, Canada and currently Canada's Strongest Man in the 80kg weight class. He’s also a fellow instructor at DTS Fitness Education on the Nutrition Fundamentals course. Follow Dain on Twitter or find out more at canadasnutritioncoach.com

S2 EPISODE 2 - Evolution of Sport Science, Big Data & Changing The Game w/ Dr. Fergus Connolly

In Season 2 Episode 2, Dr. Bubbs interviews expert sport scientist and Director of Performance at the University of Michigan Dr. Fergus Connolly PhD. Fergus talks all things sports science; why we should start from the game itself and work backwards in sport science, a holistic, rather than reductionist view in performance sport, the value of upskilling staff versus adding more specialists, the importance of a “Human First” approach to athletes, how data is either useful, useless or interesting, and so much more. Terrific insights from one of the best in the business.

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)             Start from the game itself and work backwards.

2)             All data has a life cycle.

3)             Never stop learning

Performance Insights From This Episode

1.    Coaches - What is the emotion of the day in your training program?

2.    There is tremendous value in having independent sports science experts to design assist in designing your sports science program (rather than solely relying on industry support).

3.    As Charlie Francis used to say  “learn from your athletes” (It’s not a one-way street).

The “Big Rocks” - Fergus' Tip

Find mentors to gain experience and learn as much as you can from your athletes (not just you teaching them).

About Dr. Fergus Connolly

Perhaps the only person in the world who has worked at the highest levels of Premier League soccer, international rugby, the NBA, NFL, and NCAA - where he’s currently the Performance Director for Michigan Football. Fergus is also the author of the fantastic and unique book, Game Changer, which cuts through the hype and myths to show you what really works, sharing details of how the most elite teams from around the world apply the latest knowledge, research, sports science, and technology to achieve excellence. Follow Fergus on Twitter