Resilient Performance Podcast



The Resilient Performance Podcast was born to interview thought leaders from a variety of disciplines (including medicine, fitness, military and law enforcement, academia, music, theater, sports, and exploration) to gain insight into how to systematically optimize performance at the individual and organizational level. This will not be a niche podcast that promotes specialization and professional identity politics. Instead, it will espouse global thinking and professional and academic integration.


  • E39 |Keep It Real Talk #1

    20/05/2020 Duración: 49min

    Hey everyone, and welcome back to the Resilient Performance Podcast!  I am Greg Spatz and today’s episode will feature our first ‘Keep It Real’ talk with myself, Trevor Rappa, and Doug Kechijian.  Our ‘Keep It Real’ talks will consist of the three of us addressing questions sent to us via Instagram followers, blog readers, podcast listeners, and anyone else that reaches out to us.  We want to keep things as simple as possible for you and not over complicate things for the sake of making ourselves sound smart.  This is our way of ‘Keeping It Real’. Topics discussed today:   Is aerobic deficiency syndrome a thing and how can one recover from it Are there commonalities on mileage for runners training for say marathons vs half marathons How can nutrition affect one’s rehab What are the indications and benefits of soft vs stiff landings Sorting out the intent behind the execution of certain prescribed movements Submit Questions & Topics for the Podcast -

  • E38|Return of the Resilient Performance Podcast

    13/05/2020 Duración: 26min

    Welcome back to the Resilient Performance Podcast! Today, we wanted to introduce some of the changes that will be taking place on the podcast. Historically, we have interviewed people from a variety of fields. We do this to try and make the themes a little more global and while we don't want to change this, we still want this podcast and the content to transcend what we're doing as sports rehabilitation performance professionals. We're going to increase the podcast releases to a more weekly format where we have more of an informal educational platform where we have round table discussions, present our own case studies, and even talk about things that we are working on with our athletes. I would also like to introduce my partners and contributors to the podcast, Trevor Rappa, and Greg Spatz. We appreciate you taking the time to listen and we ask that you stay involved, ask questions, and please leave a positive review on iTunes! Submit Questions & Topics for the Podcast -

  • Russ Roberts on the Resilient Performance Podcast

    10/07/2019 Duración: 57min

    Russell Roberts is interested in how the essential insights of economics can help us understand the world around us and lead better lives. He is a research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and host of the weekly podcast EconTalk–hour-long conversations with authors, economists, and business leaders. His latest book is How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness (Portfolio/Penguin 2014). It takes the lessons from Adam Smith’s little-known masterpiece, The Theory of Moral Sentiments and applies them to modern life. He is also the author of three economic novels teaching economic lessons and ideas through fiction. A three-time teacher of the year, Roberts has taught at George Mason University, Washington University in St. Louis (where he was the founding director of what is now the Center for Experiential Learning), the University of Rochester, Stanford University, and the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his PhD from the University of

  • Courtney Reardon on the Resilient Performance Podcast

    12/06/2019 Duración: 01h07min

    Courtney Reardon recently became the 68th American woman to summit Mount Everest and survive. An unlikely person to find herself at the highest point on earth, she has worked in Finance in New York City for the past 12 years and is currently a Senior Vice President in Business Development at an asset management firm. After graduating from Columbia University, she began working on Wall Street at Bear Stearns and subsequently BofA Merrill Lynch and BMO Capital Markets. Courtney developed her love of the outdoors later in life, during the depths of the Financial Crisis. Swapping out her usual dresses and high heels, she uses her vacation time from work to climb some of the world’s highest peaks, such as Mount Everest, Denali, Kilimanjaro, and Vinson Massif in Antarctica among other peaks. Topics Covered: How Courtney developed an interest in climbing while working a finance job in New York City The point at which Courtney decided she was ready to climb Everest How Courtney trained for Everest despite not living

  • David Epstein on the Resilient Performance Podcast

    05/06/2019 Duración: 01h14min

    David Epstein is the author of the forthcoming Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, and of the top 10 New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene, which has been translated in 21 languages. (To his surprise, it was purchased not only by his sister but also by President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.) He was previously a science and investigative reporter at ProPublica, and prior to that a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. David has given talks about performance science and the uses (and misuses) of data on five continents; his TED Talk has been viewed 7 million times, and was shared by Bill Gates. Three of his stories have been optioned for films. David has master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism, and is reasonably sure he’s the only person to have co-authored a paper in the journal of Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research while a writer at Sports Illustrated. David enjoys volunteering with the Pat Tillman Foundation and Classroom Champions.

  • Warren Sinclair on the Resilient Performance Podcast

    29/05/2019 Duración: 01h26min

    Warren Sinclair a 5th degree black-belt in Vee Arnis Ju-Jitsu, and a master practitioner of Combat Arnis. This street style combat system is a combination of Judo, Ju-Jitsu, Filipino Arnis, Kuntao, Muay Thai, with elements from Kung-Fu, Karate and Aikido. Warren has trained agents from various government agencies, including the FBI, NYPD, FDNY, EMT/Paramedics, correctional facility officers, local and international detectives, military service personnel, and numerous executives as personal clients. Additionally, he teaches practical self defense to children, the elderly, people with disabilities, and assault and rape victims. Topic Covered: The distinction between fighting and personal protection Personal protection principles that are applicable regardless of one’s training background Personal protection concepts that mitigate the potential for physical confrontation, developing situational awareness The importance of training various “ranges”- weapons, striking, trapping, grappling Recognizing the intent o

  • Bill Rogers on the Resilient Performance Podcast

    22/05/2019 Duración: 01h26min

    A former FBI agent and police instructor, Bill Rogers is the founder and chief instructor of the Rogers Shooting School. Bill has been a world ranked IPSC shooter, a state trap champion, and has over 50 years of shooting competition experience and over 40 years teaching shooting. Bill has invented many of the holsters and equipment used by police and military worldwide. He also invented the target system and the method of instruction used at the school. His teaching methods are utilized by some of the most highly trained tactical teams and military units in the United States and throughout the world. Topics Covered: The difference between precision shooting/marksmanship and tactical shooting for law enforcement and military personnel Why the manner in which many military and law enforcement personnel are trained to employ firearms is not sufficiently realistic Why he has somebody with zero firearms experience train on the exact same range and targeting system as a seasoned special forces operator. Yes, you r

  • Andy Ryland on the Resilient Performance Podcast

    15/05/2019 Duración: 01h05min

    Andy Ryland is USA Football’s senior manager of education and training and has been with USA Football since 2010. He has consulted with programs at every level of competition, and is widely recognized as a foremost expert on developing the fundamentals necessary for a successful shoulder tackle. He is a former Penn State linebacker and member of the U.S. Men’s Rugby team and is a primary instructor in the Advanced Tackling System. Topics Covered: Andy’s position with USA Football and how his athletic career influenced his view on long term athletic development What football coaches can learn from the sport of rugby Andy’s teaching progression for tackling Developing offensive and defensive lineman while respecting contact restrictions during practice Evaluating quarterback play while considering differences in scheme, ability of receivers to get open, protection, etc. “System” players Andy’s thoughts on the NFL combine How Andy would structure a training week to account for individual skill development, phys

  • Dr. Mike Roussell on the Resilient Performance Podcast

    08/05/2019 Duración: 01h08min

    Download Episode File Dr. Mike Roussell is known for transforming complex nutritional concepts into practical nutritional habits that his clients can use to ensure permanent weight loss and long lasting health. Mike holds a degree in biochemistry from Hobart College and a doctorate in nutrition from Pennsylvania State University. Mike’s academic background coupled with his broad range of experience from consulting with pharmaceutical and food companies, medical schools, top rated fitness facilities, professional athletes, and individual clients, gives him the unique ability to translate scientific findings into relevant, understandable, and actionable strategies that get results. As a scientist, his research has been published multiple times in the premiere clinical nutrition journal in the world, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. He is also a sought after continuing educator, speaking across the country to physicians, dietitians, nurses, and other health professionals on the most recent advances in th

  • Christie Aschwanden on the Resilient Performance Podcast

    01/05/2019 Duración: 49min

    Christie Aschwanden is the author of GOOD TO GO: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn From the Strange Science of Recovery and co-host of EMERGING FORM, a podcast about the creative process. She’s the former lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight and was previously a health columnist for The Washington Post. Christie is a frequent contributor to The New York Times. She’s also been a contributing editor for Runner’s World and a contributing writer for Bicycling. Her work appears in dozens of publications, including Discover, Slate, Consumer Reports,  New Scientist,  More,  Men’s Journal, Mother Jones,, Smithsonian and O, the Oprah Magazine. A lifetime athlete, Christie has raced in Europe and North America on the Team Rossignol Nordic ski racing squad. Topics Covered: How do we define and measure “recovery” Does “optimal” exist and should we be seeking to attain it Recovery and fragility The conflation of science and marketing Biomarkers and metrics as reflective indicators of performance Wea

  • Dr. Bryan Carmody on the Resilient Performance Podcast

    24/04/2019 Duración: 55min

    Download Episode File Dr. Bryan Carmody is a lifelong Virginian. Born and raised in Richlands, VA, he attended college at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, where he majored in chemistry before attending medical school at the University of Virginia. During his medical training, he became fascinated with kidney disease and renal physiology. After completing his residency training at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, he returned to UVA for a fellowship in pediatric nephrology, then came back to CHKD to join the children's kidney center and to be a part of Virginia's only freestanding children's hospital. Topics Covered: The relative efficacy of different learning models in medicine What is the point of a standardized test (not a rhetorical question) Evidence that standardized tests in medicine do what they say they do Who are the stakeholders in the standardized testing world Is memorization still important Revising medical education to better reflect clinical practice Do systemi

  • Tony Holler on the Resilient Performance Podcast

    17/04/2019 Duración: 01h10min

    Download Episode File Tony Holler has been a teacher for 38 years and presently teaches Honors Chemistry at Plainfield North High School in Plainfield, IL.  He also has 38 years experience coaching football, basketball, and track. Tony is presently the Head Track Coach and Freshman Head Football Coach at Plainfield North.  He is a member of the Illinois Track and Field Hall of Fame and coached multiple teams to state track championships. A coveted author and speaker, Tony is also co-director of the Track-Football Consortium. Topics Covered: How teaching chemistry and coaching track and field at the high school level are similar and different Do teaching curriculums reflect modern educational priorities How Tony personally gauges if his students are learning and the degree to which standardized assessments constrain the teaching experience Strategies Tony employs to keep students engaged in chemistry class and track and field practice Essentialism in coaching and teaching Principles that unite the dif

  • Mladen Jovanovic on the Resilient Performance Podcast

    10/04/2019 Duración: 01h03min

    Mladen Javonovic is a physical preparation coach from Belgrade, Serbia. He has held positions as a strength and conditioning coach and data scientist for Port Adelaid Football Club in Australia and as a football physiologist for Aspire Academy in Qatar. He is currently completing his PhD in Sports Science at the University of Belgrade. Topics Covered: How Machiavelli’s “The Prince” influenced Mladen’s coaching philosophy Other philosophy-based books that have influenced Mladen’s approach to physical preparation How Mladen determines when to prioritize macro level concepts vs. micro level ones to audit himself as a coach How Mladen reconciles his respect for modeling, statistics, and data with his skepticism of scienticism and blind faith in quantification Mladen’s thoughts on “injury prevention” Explanatory vs. predictive statistical modeling What evidenced based practice really is Statistics resources for non-researchers Links of Interest: Mladen’s website Mladen’s Twitter Uncertainty, Heuristics, and In

  • Resilient Performance Podcast with Michael Lauria

    01/03/2018 Duración: 01h03min

    Michael Lauria is currently completing his final semester at the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. Outside of school, he works as a critical care flight paramedic and provides training to multiple emergency service organizations. Prior to medical school, Michael served in the U.S. Air Force as a Pararescueman at the 321st Special Tactics Squadron, RAF Mildenhall, UK, Air Force Special Operations Command. During this assignment he deployed to OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM as part of a Combat Search and Rescue Team and in support of the C Company, 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). In 2009, Michael was named Air Force Special Operations Command Outstanding Airman of the Year and Pararescue Airman of the Year. Topics Covered: How can civilian medicine and military medicine learn from one another The extent to which combat and medicine present similar systemic challenges in terms of interpersonal dynamics, leadership, and stress management How mental models to facilitate communication without ove

  • Resilient Performance Podcast with Dr. Lisa Pitchford

    21/02/2018 Duración: 41min

    Dr. Lisa (Guth) Pitchford is an exercise physiologist and research scientist. She started her research career as a student in the Ball State University Human Performance Lab. She became interested in the relationships between exercise and genetics, which led her to pursue her Ph.D. with Dr. Steve Roth at the University of Maryland. She then did a post-doctoral fellowship focused on metabolism at the University of Michigan before taking on her current role as a Research Scientist at Metabolic Technologies, Inc. in Ames, Iowa. Her scientific expertise ranges from applied human physiology to molecular biology and genetics, and her research in exercise performance, metabolism and nutrition has spanned human, animal, and cell culture research models. Outside of science, she enjoys running marathons, traveling with her husband, and trying new microbreweries.    Topics Covered: How Lisa become interested in genetics Conceptually how researchers in the field go about studying individual gene function and the inte

  • Resilient Performance Podcast with Jason Brezler

    08/02/2018 Duración: 01h18min

    Jason Brezler is the Founder and President of Leadership Under Fire. He has specialized in leadership development, character development and optimal human performance for over 10 years and frequently addresses leaders and organizations across North America. He calls upon his extensive operational experience in Iraq, Afghanistan and New York City as he prepares leaders from public safety organizations, business corporations, athletic teams and academic institutions to perform at their best. Jason serves as a FDNY Special Operations Firefighter in Rescue Company 2 in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to becoming a firefighter and creating the Leadership Under Fire Team, Jason began his career as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has led Marines on several deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan where he was decorated for his combat service and continues to serve as a Major in the Marine Corps Reserves. Jason received a Master's of Science from Oklahoma State University and a 2nd Bachelor's of Science from the University of

  • Resilient Performance Podcast with John Baker

    21/12/2017 Duración: 01h06min

    John Baker is a former Major League Baseball player that has played for the Marlins, Padres and Cubs. He also spent time in the minor league organizations of the Athletics, Dodgers and Mariners. John's baseball career has taken him across the country and over seas. In the name of baseball, he has spent time in Holland, Belgium, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Iraq and Kuwait. After attending De La Salle High School in Concord, CA, John was a walk on at Cal in 2000, he later earned a scholarship for the 2002 season. He was drafted by the Oakland A's in the fourth round of the 2002 MLB draft and made it the Major Leagues in 2008 with the Florida Marlins. Besides writing about and discussing baseball, John enjoys reading, playing the guitar, exercising, watching MMA and spending time with his two young children. John now serves as the Mental Skills Coordinator for the Chicago Cubs.   Topics Covered Include: The professional baseball initiation process John's responsibilities as a mental skills coordinator in Ma

  • Resilient Performance Podcast with Derek Hansen

    13/12/2017 Duración: 52min

    Derek is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist that has been working with athletes in speed, strength and power sports since 1988. Originally working with Track and Field athletes, Derek expanded his services to assist athletes in all sports with an emphasis on speed development. He has since worked with some of the top performers in the world as a coach and a consultant – including Olympic medalists, world record holders, Canadian National team athletes, professional sports organizations and professional athletes from numerous sports. Locally, Derek has produced some of the top sprinters in British Columbia and continues to work with some of the fastest athletes in various sports. Topics Covered Include: Why should organizations audit themselves from the outside Derek's responsibilities as a consultant Managing issues at the micro and macro level Organizational communication and leadership Obstacles to implementing change Advocating for the organization without taking sides

  • Resilient Performance Podcast with Dr. Antony Davies

    01/12/2017 Duración: 01h02min

    Dr. Antony Davies is associate professor of economics at Duquesne University. Dr. Davies authors monthly columns on economics and public policy for the Philadelphia Inquirer and U.S. News & World Report, and co-hosts Words and Numbers, a weekly podcast on economics and policy. He has written over 300 op-eds for, among others, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Washington Post, and Huffington Post. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Davies was Associate Producer at the Moving Pictures Institute, Chief Financial Officer at Parabon Computation, founded several technology companies, and is co-founder and Chief Academic Officer at FreedomTrust, a non-profit educational institution. Dr. Davies earned his B.S. in Economics from Saint Vincent College, and Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany.   Topics Covered Include: Is health care a right or a service? Does it matter? What metrics are most representative of quality health care Conflating health ca

  • Resilient Performance Podcast with Phil White

    07/11/2017 Duración: 01h15min

    Phil White is an Emmy-nominated writer who frequently contributes to The Inertia, SUP the Mag and Canoe & Kayak. He is the co-author, with Dr. Kelly Starrett, of the forthcoming books Flight Plan and Waterman 2.0, and is also collaborating on Game Changer with University of Michigan football performance director Dr. Fergus Connolly and Bridging the Gap with Sue Falsone, the first female athletic head trainer in Major League sports. His other books include Whistle Stop, which Larry King said, “I can’t put down,” and Our Supreme Task, which The Times Literary Supplement called “Illuminating.”   Topics Covered: Determining what data is worthy of collection Starting with a question or using data to generate questions The ethics of wearable technology- privacy and security Tech law Tech and communication etiquette Virtual reality Phil's upcoming projects

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