In episode 151 of The Physical Performance Show I share a conversation with High Performance Consultant – Dr Tim Gabbett in this Expert Edition.
Dr Tim Gabbett has over 20 years experience working as an Applied Sports Scientist with athletes and coaches from a wide range of sports. He holds a PhD in Human Physiology and has completed a second PhD in Applied Science of professional football. Tim has worked with elite international athletes over the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and 2006 and Olympic Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Tim continues to work as a Sports Scientist and Coaching Consultant for several high performance teams around the world. Some of the teams being the biggest sporting franchises on the planet including the Chicago Bulls, Liverpool Football Club, Chelsea and Arsenal Football Club, Manchester United, Australian Rugby Union, San Francisco Giants, British Athletics, USA Olympic Committee and the list goes on and on.
In addition to Tim’s consultancy work around the world, Tim has also published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and has presented at over 200 national and international conferences. Tim has committed to performing world-leading research that can be applied in the real world to benefit high performance coaches and athletes. Tim’s perhaps best known for all things load management in Sports Medicine with a seminal paper being published in 2006 titled “The Training – injury prevention Paradox: should athletes be training smarter and harder?” The paper was a real game changer within sports medicine as it ascertains that the training injury prevention paradox was based on the phenomenal where athletes are accustomed to high training loads were found to have fewer injuries than athletes training at lower workloads. The paradox is that one would think that greater training loads would produce a greater frequency of injuries. The paper concludes that for athletes to develop the physical capacities required to provide a protective effect against injury they must be prepared to train hard.
During this episode Dr Gabbett shares why training harder might actually be training smarter. We explore some of the factors that determine what training load you can handle at any given point in time. Tim shares a great analogy with our capacity building as athletes that involves the floor, the ceiling and the basement. Tim shares around some of the problems with spiking training loads or trying to get there too quick too soon. We talk about the pursuit of the unbreakable athlete, is it achievable or is that a utopia? Tim shares around why the harder you work the easier it gets. This is an episode I’ve been very excited to bring you, it is super practical and you’ll take so much from this world leader authority on all things pursuing our physical best through load management.
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