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Join Tony Rich, Level II USAT certified coach, certified sports nutritionist, certified master swim coach, Level II TrainingPeaks Certified coach, Guinness World Record holder and finisher of over 100 long course events. Together with guests they'll discuss the science of self-propelled motion and also explore some of the most important topics within the intersection of endurance sports training, health, fitness, society and life current events.


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Join Tony Rich, Level II USAT certified coach, certified sports nutritionist, certified master swim coach, Level II TrainingPeaks Certified coach, Guinness World Record holder and finisher of over 100 long course events. Together with guests they'll discuss the science of self-propelled motion and also explore some of the most important topics within the intersection of endurance sports training, health, fitness, society and life current events.






EP. 55: Super Shoes, Marathon Record Performances and Training Strategies w/Andrew Jones, PhD

Andrew M Jones PhD DSc is Professor of Applied Physiology in the Department of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter. He’s internationally recognized for his research in the control of, and limitations to, skeletal muscle oxidative metabolism; causes of exercise intolerance in health and disease; respiratory physiology, particularly the kinetics of pulmonary gas exchange and ventilation during and following exercise; and sports performance physiology and nutrition, particularly in relation to endurance athletics. Prof Jones has authored more than 350 original research and review articles (>38K citations) and is co-Editor of three books. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, the European College of Sport Science, and the Physiological Society. Jones is Editor-in-Chief of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise and serves on the Editorial Board of six other international journals in sports medicine and exercise science. Prof Jones has acted as a consultant to a number of governing bodies of sport or commercial companies including UK Athletics, the English Institute of Sport, Gatorade Sports Science Institute and Nike Inc. He's been an advisor and consultant to the Breaking 2 and INEOS projects with Eluid Kipchoge and professional endurance athletes including Paula Radcliff. Professor Jones gives his understanding of the evidence of the performance effect of the so called “super shoes” and whether they explain the recent pro marathon runner excess performance and if so, by how much. Amateur marathon runners may find interesting our exchange about the Boston Marathon and how it is getting harder to get into, and what amateur marathoners must do to enhance performance in order to qualify and get into the Boston Marathon today. Professor Jones gives his perspective on the popularized notion that when it comes to marathon training “volume is king” and if not, what would be the alternative. We talk about distance runners that are getting older, and how Professor Jones recommends changing training, if at all, for those looking to remain competitive. Finally, we talk about science and evidence-based nutrition protocol throughout the training cycle and pre-race and race nutrition. About Andrew Jones Twitter/X Find Us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Support Us:


EP. 54: Sugar Does Not Feed Cancer w/Nichole Andrews, RDN

Nichole Andrews, RDN graduated from Washington State University she has a Bachelor of Science in Food Science & Human Nutrition Dietetics. She is a Registered Dietician and known as “The Oncology Dietitian.” She’s the author of the best-selling book, Sugar Does Not Feed Cancer. Nichole is considered one the most influential cancer dietitians’ specialists internationally. She’s been a practicing cancer dietitian and nutritionist for over twelve years serving adult and pediatric cancer survivors during and after cancer treatment, Nichole is passionate about empowering survivors to take back control with nutrition and lifestyle from the inside out. She owns and operates Nutrition with Nichole, LLC, which provides nutrition coaching and counseling to cancer survivors worldwide, and is based in Tri Cities, Washington, USA. Since founding her company in 2019, she has worked with thousands of adult and pediatric cancer survivors worldwide at all different stages of treatment and beyond. Nichole decided to take big action to stop the fearmongering and confusion and took to social media. There, she has continued to provide credible information and science-backed advice, building an active and supportive community of tens of thousands of people. Her expertise has been featured in national publications including National Foundation for Cancer Research, Fight Colorectal Cancer, iHeartRadio, & Very Well Health. About Nichole Andrews, RDN Nichole’s social media Instagram Tic-Tock Twitter/X The Book: Sugar Does Not Feed Cancer by Nichole Andrews, RDN Follow Us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Support Us:


EP. 53: The Fate of Modern Pentathlon w/Coach Kate Allenby

Kate Allenby is a former British modern pentathlete, she won bronze for Team GB at the Sydney Olympics. She represents Pentathlon United an independent athlete representative body, representing thousands of pentathletes worldwide. Kate stands in opposition to the decision to only test OCR [obstacle course racing] and not any of the other apparent 60 options they considered in the teeth of an impending decision by the IOC to decide in regards to the future of Modern Pentathlon in future Olympic games. We have a conversation about her background and how she got into Modern Pentathlon as a youth, to her experience winning a bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics. We spend the lion share of the conversation discussing the decision by the governing body, the UIPM, to replace equestrianism with an obstacle course racing discipline. She gives her perspective on the infamous “Tokyo Incident” from the last Olympics that made news. Kate gives her perspective on what might become of the sport and the athletes in the sport given the changes, and what athletes can do if they wish to get involved in Modern Pentathlon. Kate Allenby Twitter Pentathlon United Pentathlon United Twitter Pentathlon United Instagram Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Support Us:


EP. 52: A Conversation with IRONMAN legend Mark Allen

Mark Allen is a 6-time winner of the Ironman Hawaii (joint men's record) he had 5 consecutive victories in Hawaii (an overall record). ESPN named him the greatest endurance athlete of all time. Over the course of his racing career, which ended in 1996, he maintained a 90% average in top-three finishes. He was named Triathlete of the Year six times by Triathlete magazine, and in 1997 Outside magazine dubbed him The World's Fittest Man. He was inducted into the IRONMAN Triathlon Hall of Fame in 1997. He has also been inducted into the USAT Hall of Fame and the ITU Hall of Fame. Mark Allen’s Links: Mark Allen’s Book: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Support Us:


EP. 51: Best of The Endurance Experience Podcast Vol. 5

Taking a look back at clips from 5 of the most downloaded episodes in Season 5 with updated commentary. 8:18: Matt Fitzgerald, – The Racing Weight Question | @mattfitwriter| Full Podcast 23:43: Carol Irwin, Phd – Factors Impacting Swimming Participation and Competence | @usaswimming | Full Podcast 48:34: Graham Stuart, MSc – The Endurance Enthusiast’s Heart | @ag_stuart| Full Podcast 1:09:03: Nick B. Tiller, PhD – The Pseudoscience of Sport, Health & Fitness | @NBtiller | Full Podcast 1:26:55: Susan Sotir, PhD – Coaching the Endurance Athlete | @spsotir | Full Podcast Follow Us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Support Us:


EP. 50: Hypnotism for Athlete Performance/Mike Mandel & Chris Thompson

Mike Mandel has been a professional hypnotist since 1975. He’s traveled the world doing thousands of hypnosis shows. He’s a forensic hypnotist who worked with the police on major crimes. These days he loves teaching hypnosis in our Toronto classroom, conferences around the world and especially online at the Mike Mandel Hypnosis Academy. Chris Thompson got hooked on this stuff by watching Mike perform hypnosis at his University. He eventually studied with Mike and they became best friends. Together, they launched this online academy in 2013. In our conversation I seek to understand from Mike and Chris, what is hypnosis, how does it work and are certain people more or less susceptible to being hypnotized. We talk about the clinical and therapeutic applications of hypnosis and the efficacy of the results. We talk about applications for athletes and sport performance. I seek to understand whether or not you can hypnotize an athlete to compete and perform at a high level. Finally, we talk about mastering hypnosis and the steps one would need to take to learn hypnosis abilities. About Mike Mandel and Chris Thompson Mike Mandel and Chris Thompson YouTube Channel The Brain Software Podcast Twitter:


EP. 49: Coaching the Endurance Athlete/Dr. Susan Sotir, PhD

Susan Sotir, PhD coaches with Breakthrough Performance Coaching, she has a PhD in Sport Physiology and Exercise Psychology and is an assistant professor at Springfield College. Susan brings over 25 years of experience in sport coaching. She has worked with endurance athletes of all levels from recreation to competitive to professional athletes. She is a Level III triathlon coach with USA triathlon. Susan was a DIII swimmer at Tufts University and her first triathlon was in 1989. Since then, she has raced triathlons from sprint to IRONMAN distances, some years racing near the front. She is a certified strength and conditioning coach (NSCA-CSCS), and is a Precision Nutrition Certified Coach. In addition to sport coaching, Susan serves as a consultant for elite athletes and coaches developing and integrating mental skills into sport practice and performance. We have a conversation about psychological factors that typically impact athlete performance, and some of the mental skill building approaches she employs to help athletes. We talk about the heightened awareness on providing tailored training and racing protocols for female athletes and considerations she explores with female athletes. (e.g., 28-day cycle, menstruation, contraception implications, Female Athlete Triad, RED-S, menopause, and perimenopause). Dr. Sotir weighs in on the question of sports physiology research being conducted on mostly men and the resulting impact on the solutions for women. Dr. Sotir gives her advice on improving swimming skills for triathletes, pool swimmers and open water swimmers and some of the tactics and strategies she uses with athletes. Finally, we talk about strength, nutrition, and body composition and how she approaches the conversation with athletes, and what she recommends, if anything, through the training cycle. About Susan Sotir, PhD and Breakthrough Performance Coaching Twitter Instagram Follow Us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Support Us:


EP. 48: NIL, Pay-for-Play and the Legacy of Title IX w/Dr. Jill Harris, PhD and Dr. Nola Agha, PhD

Dr. Jill Harris, PhD and Dr. Nola Agha, PhD are economists with broad research agendas in sports economics. You first heard them back in episode 7 where we had a conversation about The Wage Gap in Sports. They return to the Podcast to discuss an update to the Women’s National Team Class action lawsuit, the recent settlement, and the potential impact to other sports. We talk about the new Name Image and Likeness (NIL) ruling with the NCAA and the benefits, potential drawbacks, and open questions for student athletes. We discuss “Pay-for-Play” which involves potentially paying athletes outright. The economists discuss the validity of Pay-for-Play and provide an overview of the common rebuttals to the proposed solution. We talk about the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the economists discuss its legacy and issues that persist as it relates to increased participation and involvement in women’s sports. About Nola Agha, PhD Twitter: About Jill Harris, PhD Twitter: Follow Us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Support Us:


EP. 47: The Pseudoscience of Sport, Health & Fitness w/Nick B. Tiller Ph.D

Nick B. Tiller Ph.D. is a senior researcher in exercise physiology at Harbor-UCLA and author of The Skeptic's Guide to Sports Science which was named one of Book Authority's "Best sports science books of all time". Tiller is a columnist at Skeptical Inquirer magazine, a columnist at Ultra-Running Magazine, and associate editor at the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. For over a decade, Tiller has been scrutinizing the commercial health and wellness industry through the critical lens of scientific skepticism. Nick is a renowned authority on the physiology and pathophysiology of ultra-endurance exercise. Nick ran his first marathon in 2001 at the age of 18 years and contested Ironman triathlon (Frankfurt; European Championships) in 2009. In 2010, he ran his first ultramarathon. Since then, Nick has contested some of the world's toughest endurance races including the Marathon Des Sables (Sahara Desert) and several 100-mile trail races. In recent years, Nick has unified his personal passion for ultra with his professional work in physiology, contributing numerous original research and review papers to premier exercise science journals. In addition to peer-reviewed research, Tiller contributes articles to mainstream outlets, and writes a monthly column in Ultra-Running Magazine. We have a conversation about his many of the topics that’s in his book The Skeptic’s Guide to Sports Science, Confronting Myths of the Health and Fitness Industry. Professor Tiller discusses the placebo effect and breaks it down for the listener. We discuss the common “placebo effect is still an effect so what’s the big deal” response. We also talk about the potential downsides to placebo effect particularly with unproven methods. We have a conversation about acupuncture, cupping and dry needling, and why we’ve seen motivation of such alternative medicine among athletes and whether or not there is any demonstrated efficacy of such methods beyond placebo. We talk about nutrition and in particular fad diets and supplements driven by heuristics and biases that have led populations to seek quick fixes for weight loss under an increasing obesity epidemic. We discuss the efficacy of a myriad of athlete recovery protocols including, cold immersion, cryotherapy, massage or robot massage, compression garments and whether or not there is anything that has been scientifically demonstrated to meaningfully expedite performance or recovery. Finally, we talk about logical fallacies that are typically made by people and Professor Tiller discusses his response to such fallacies. About Nick Tiller Ph.D Nick Tiller Ph.D Link to Professor Tiller’s book The Skeptic’s Guide to Sports Science, Confronting Myths of the Health and Fitness Industry by Nick Tiller Ph.D Follow Us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Support Us:


EP. 46: A Conversation with Open Water Swimming Olympian Alex Meyer

Alex Meyer is a former American competition swimmer who specialized in open water and long-distance swimming. He won a gold medal at the 2010 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in the 25-kilometer open water event. He was a member of the 2012 United States Olympic team, and placed tenth in the 10-kilometer open water event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Alex won his final race before retirement, the 62nd Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean held on July 30, 2016. We talk about Alex’s origin story with swimming and what drew him to open water vs. pool competition swimming. We talk about the swimming accomplishment he is most proud of. Alex talks about his decision to swim in the Ivy league and describes what training was like as a division 1 swimmer. We talk about what the Olympic trials is like for an open water swimmer and how Alex felt upon making the team. Alex walks through the 2012 Olympics and discusses his feelings about his performance and whether he has any regrets. Alex gives his advice to triathletes and other open water swimmers on becoming better swimmers in the open water and getting beyond fear. Finally, Alex sums up his swimming experience and talks about what he’s up to now and how he channels his competitive drive. We talk about what he’s excited about in swimming after watching the last Olympics and looking forward to the next one. About Alex Meyer Alex Meyer’s Instagram Alex Meyer’s Swimming World Rankings Follow Us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Support Us:

EP. 45: The Endurance Enthusiast’s Heart w/Cardiologist Professor Graham Stuart, MSc.

A conversation with Professor Graham Stuart, MSc. Professor Stuart is a congenital heart cardiologist. He also has a clinical interest in cardiac electrophysiology in children and adults with congenital heart disease. He runs a clinic for inherited cardiac conditions and has a research interest in exercise and the heart and sports cardiology. He is an Honorary Associate Professor in Sports and Exercise Cardiology at the University of Bristol and an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Exeter. He is an avid endurance enthusiast with multiple IRONMAN and marathon finishes and he is also an avid rower. Professor Stuart discusses how the heart works and describes what's happening with the heart during an endurance event. He discusses differences in heart size by sex and populations. We talk about the latest findings in cardiology about the perceived long-term effects of training for endurance events like marathons and IRONMAN distance triathlons, and whether there is any evidence for long-term adverse effects with such training. We have an exchange about athletes who suddenly die during endurance events and what may be some of the typical causes. We discuss the type of heart related issues that should give an athlete pause or concern. We talk about the precautions that athletes should take with age and whether wearable technology can help spot potential issues. Professor Stuart discusses the latest in cardiology about the impact of COVID on athletes, whether there is any more clarity on “long COVID” and a cardiologist recommended return to sport protocol for athletes that have had COVID. Finally, Professor Stuart gives his perspective on the future with heart technology and whether we will ever see any form of a fully implantable replacement heart either mechanical or organic that can run on its own battery for a long period of time. About Professor Graham Stuart Professor Stuart’s Twitter Follow Us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Support Us:


EP. 44: A Conversation with Dave McGillivray, Race Director of The Boston Marathon

A conversation with Dave McGillivray, author and race director for the Boston Marathon. From his extraordinary 1978 run across the U.S. to benefit the Jimmy Fund to serving as technical director then race director of the BAA Boston Marathon since the 1980s, McGillivray has helped organize more than 1400 mass participatory events while raising millions for worthy causes close to his heart. We have a conversation about his book, The Last Pick, The Boston Marathon Race Director’s Road to Success, and the inspiration for the book. We also talk about his goals with his 3 children’s books. We talk about his athletic accomplishments including running across America, the IRONMAN triathlons, running 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 consecutive days in the World Marathon Challenge and recently completing his 50th consecutive Boston Marathon. Dave tells the story about what made the events unique and challenging in their own way. Dave fields the question about his “end game” and whether he’d ever see an end to being an endurance enthusiast or will he continue to complete endurance events as long as he can. Finally, Dave talks about memorable experiences in his 50 Boston Marathon finishes and his thoughts on what the next 50 years will bring. About Dave McGillivray Dave’s Book: The Last Pick, The Boston Marathon Race Director’s Road to Success: Dave’s Children’s Books: Dream Big: Running Across America: Finish Strong: Follow Us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Support Us:


EP. 43: Factors Impacting Swimming Participation and Competence w/Carol Irwin, PhD

A conversation with Carol Irwin PhD, one of the key researchers for more than a decade around the issue of swimming competence among populations. We discuss her research teams latest qualitative report “Factors impacting Swim participation and Competence,” which aims to understand why we see lower swimming proficiency rates in underserved populations. Dr. Irwin has PhD in Curriculum and Instruction/Health Education and an MA Sport Pedagogy. She is an associate professor of physical education, teacher education in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Memphis. Dr. Irwin has been the Principal Investigator for several USA Swimming research studies, including “Constraints Impacting Minority Swimming Participation.” This nation-wide study was the first research to determine minority youth swimming ability, and to dig deeper to explore possible reasons why these underserved populations drown at such high rates. She has also taken action to solve the problem by becoming research chair of Splash mid-south, a community-based program that supports diversity in swimming as well as decreasing drowning rates. Dr. Irwin discusses her background and what drove her and the other members of the research team to prioritize study of this phenomenon. She discusses the research methodology, of the May 2020 qualitative report, how it built off previous work, and some of the limitations. We review the key findings of the report including the insights that allow understanding about why we lower swimming competency in underserved populations and in what direction are the numbers moving. Finally, Dr. Irwin provides insight into potential solutions. About Dr. Carol Irwin, PhD Factors Impacting Swimming Participation and Competence: Youth Swimming Ability and Associated Factors in the United States, 2010-17: Constraints Impacting Minority Swimming Participation: Red Cross Centennial Campaign Follow Us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Support Us:


EP. 42: The Racing Weight Question w/Coach, Nutritionist, Author, Matt Fitzgerald

A conversation with endurance sports coach, author, and nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald. He is the author of 31 books including Racing Weight, How to Get Lean for Peak Performances and Race like a Pro, (Even if You’re Slow). Just released this month. We discuss endurance athletes and the concept of achieving an optimal performance weight or what athletes colloquially call “Race Weight.” We have a science and evidence-based discussion on why and when body composition matters with respect to bodies in motion. We discuss Matt’s motivation for writing the book Racing Weight and the 6 step plan he outlines for endurance athletes looking to become better recreational athletes or maximize performance. We talk about circumstances where this can go wrong and lead to counterproductive strategies or disordered eating and how to make sure you avoid such pitfalls in training. We discuss the difference between dieting and performance weight management for athletes and what athletes need to think about, up and above the conventional dieter, when it comes to daily nutrition and fueling strategies. We talk about how Matt has changed his approach with male and female coached athletes after over 10 years since he wrote the first edition of Racing Weight. Matt is the co-founder of 80/20 Endurance, and in addition to authoring 31 books. Matt is an acclaimed nutritionist. Matt’s writing also appears regularly in magazines and on websites such as Women’s Running and His online training plans have helped thousands of athletes of all experience and ability levels achieve their goals. Certified by the International Society of Sports Nutrition, Matt has consulted for numerous sports nutrition companies and he is the creator of the Diet Quality Score (DQS) smartphone app. A lifelong athlete, he speaks frequently at events throughout the United States and internationally. Matt’s Instagram: Matt’s Twitter: About Matt: Racing Weight Book: Racing Weight Estimator: Run Like a Pro (Event If You’re Slow) Follow Us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Support Us:


EP. 41: Best of The Endurance Experience Podcast Vol. 4

Taking a look back at clips from 5 of the most downloaded episodes in season 4 with updated commentary. 5:20: Herman Pontzer, PhD – Author of the book Burn on Metabolism, Nutrition and our Hunter-Gatherer Bodies | @HermanPontzer | Full Podcast 20:50: Tammy Hanson – Elite Education Manager U.S. Anti-Doping Agency | @usantidoping | Full Podcast 41:00: Jeff Sankoff, M.D. – Athlete Vaccine Hesitancy | @triathmagtridoc | Full Podcast 1:00:00: Joanna Harper, M.S. – The IOC’s New Guidelines for Transgender Athletes | | Full Podcast 1:17:00: Nathan Martin - The Fastest U.S. Born Black Marathoner | @nim_i_am | Full Podcast Follow Us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Support Us:


EP. 40: The Fastest U.S. Born Black Marathoner Ever/Elite Marathoner Nathan Martin

A conversation on MLK day with Nathan Martin, the fastest U.S. born black marathoner ever. Nathan set the record for the fastest marathon time by a black man born in the United States at the 2020 Marathon Project with a time of 2:11:05 besting a 41-year-old record held by Herman Atkins. He is also a coach and substitute teacher. He qualified for the Olympic Marathon trials in 2016 and 2020. This past November he finished 8th at the 2021 New York City Marathon, while also being the third American finisher. We talk about his origin story running as a youth, through his college career at Spring Arbor University and how his running developed into the marathon event. We talk about his performance in the 2020 Olympic Marathon trials and what he learned that helped him run a personal record of 2:11:05 at the 2020 Marathon Project where he broke the 1979 record held by Herman Atkins. Nathan gives his thoughts about the significance of that accomplishment and also his thoughts on why we don’t see as many American runners under 2:10, and what Americans can do to compete on the international stage. We talk about his performance at the 2021 New York City Marathon where he came in 8th right behind Kenenisa Bekele and was the third American Overall. Nathan gives his thoughts as an elite runner and coach to the Endurance Experience marathon listeners about the attributes that he believes are important to get faster in the marathon. Finally, as a cross country coach Nathan gives his coaching philosophy and provides advice to youths and parents on considering running as a sport. Nathan Martin's Instagram Nathan Martin's Facebook Group Follow Us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Support Us:


EP. 39: The IOC's New Guidelines for Transgender Athletes w/ Joanna Harper, MS

Joanna Harper is the only transgender person ever to be an adviser to the International Olympic Committee on matters of gender and sport. She’s the author of Sporting Gender: The History, Science, and Stories of Transgender and Intersex Athletes. She is a medical physicist by profession and holds a master’s degree in medical physics. She is a transgender athlete an avid distance runner by choice and the only person in history to publish a peer-reviewed article on the performance of transgender athletes. She’s also currently a PhD candidate at Loughborough university. We touch on her personal story of transitioning and what drove her passion to dive into the science and ultimately be an adviser to the IOC on the topic. We have an exchange about the issue governing bodies are facing with regards to the women’s category of sport and try to break it down for the listener and talk about some of the high-level statistics. We have an exchange about fairness, how fairness has historically been defined and she offers her opinion on how it should be defined. We touch on some of the interactions and discussions she’s had with some of the high-profile former female athletes that have talked publicly about the issue and whether she thinks some of them have evolved. Finally, we walk through the new guidelines released by the IOC, what she agrees with and what she disagrees with and discuss the implications for the sport governing bodies. About Joanna Harper, MS Joanna Harper’s Book Sporting Gender: The History, Science, and Stories of Transgender and Intersex Athletes IOC Framework on Fairness, inclusion and non-discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sex variations. Follow Us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Support Us:


EP. 38: Athlete Vaccine Hesitancy and Injury Recovery Protocols w/Dr. Jeff Sankoff, M.D.

A conversation with Dr. Jeff Sankoff, MD. He is an Emergency Physician, long time triathlete and USAT/IRONMAN University Certified coach and an accomplished triathlete himself. He produces the TriDoc Podcast that can be found on most popular podcast platforms and he’s the founder of LifeSport Coaching. We have a conversation about vaccine hesitancy in the athletic arena. In this conversation you’ll see we remain sympathetic to those that have had inequities but at the same, using a couple of the more high-profile cases, we are able to examine some of the common arguments recirculating among some athletic people and groups. Dr. Sankoff gives his thoughts from the perspective of a physician using a science and evidence-based stance. Find out what a doctor would say regarding vaccine hesitancy in the form of the “I am young and fit” narrative or the “I have natural immunity” position. Dr Sankoff also talks about the “personal choice” argument. We transition to a conversation about injury recovery protocols of endurance athletes and Dr. Sankoff lends his expertise to allow the listeners to shape their understanding of what has sound evidence and what does not. About Dr. Jeff Sankoff, M.D. The TriDoc Podcast Twitter Evaluating & Debunking 'Alternative' Injury Recovery Methods. Pt. 1 Evaluating & Debunking 'Alternative' Injury Recovery Methods. Pt. 2 Evaluating & Debunking 'Alternative' Injury Recovery Methods. Pt. 3


EP. 37: Athlete Mental Health and Social Influence w/Dr. Amanda Leibovitz, PhD, LMHCA, LPC, CMPC

A conversation with Dr. Amanda Leibovitz, PhD, LMHCA, LPC, CMPC a licensed therapist and certified mental performance consultant with a strong calling to empower others with the knowledge, awareness, and skills needed to navigate life on their own terms. She also holds coaching certifications with USA Triathlon, USA Paratriathlon, and USA Cycling and has been coaching endurance athletes since 2012. Her unique blend of experience, education, and training allows her to integrate effective strategies for high performance with proven approaches to mental health counseling to emphasize clients’ personal strengths and values as important vehicles for change. We talk about the recent and frequent descriptions of athletes and mental in the media and you’ll hear Dr. Leibovitz’s position on what she believes represents the full scope of helping athletes, above and beyond demands on time or questions of burnout. We talk about the competitive drive of the athlete to compete and succeed and ways to ensure this drive doesn’t manifest itself in counter-productive anti-patterns in the life of the athlete. We talk about social media and social influence. We spend some time on this one because I wanted to get Dr. Leibovitz’s professional opinion on a protocol for the athlete on dealing with the 800 pound gorilla of social influence, while driving their social media presence in a productive way. Lastly we talk about her strategy at Epic Wellness + Performance and how coaches can build out their athlete psychology resources for their athletes. About Epic Wellness + Performance About Dr. Amanda Leibovitz, PhD, LMHCA, LPC, CMPC Epic Twitter Epic Facebook Epic Instagram Follow Us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Support Us:


EP. 36: Anti-Doping Education and Fairness of Athlete Competition w/Tammy Hanson

A conversation with Tammy Hanson the elite education manager with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). A podcast that will be very informative to listeners that seek to understand the core pillars of fairness in sport through the lenses of anti-doping. We talk about the history of USADA, the core pillars that it is built upon, how USADA defines fairness and the impact to sport since the emergence of USADA. We discuss the list of prohibited substances (banned substances) and how the list is determined and periodically reviewed. In this time-box we touch on questions about marijuana and its inclusion on the prohibited substances list. We also discuss the difference between prohibited substances and over-the-counter products and ergogenic aids. We talk about the scheduled and random testing protocols, processes, and procedures USADA employs to ensure compliance in athletes. We touch on age-group/amateur athletes and whether they can be subject to testing like professional athletes. We review what is a therapeutic use exemption (TUE), the criterion for a TUE and how an athlete might request it and when it may get approved or denied. About USADA AUSADA Team USADA Twitter Follow Us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Support Us: