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EP 68: Fergus Connolly PhD on Understanding Elite Performance

The Emergency Mind Podcast

Elite performance expert Fergus Connolly, PhD shares wisdom from working across every major sport, business, and the SOF community.


1 Sep 2022

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Holistic Approach to High Performance with Dr. Fergus Connolly - Petey Performance Podcast #57

The Petey Performance Podcast

This episode of the podcast is with expert performance coach, Dr. Fergus Connolly.  He is one of the world’s foremost performance coaches with over 20 years experience working with high performers in elite corporate, sport and military. Dr. Connolly has experience working in almost every major sport, previously consulting with San Fransisco 49ers, Dublin GAA, Munster Rugby, Liverpool FC, New York Knicks, Welsh Rugby Union, University of Michigan and many more. Myself and Fergus had a fantastic chat around all things high performance, touching on how he defines it, how he has developed his holistic approach, why it is more advantageous to become a generalist over a specialist and the powerful lessons he has learned over the 20 years he has been in the industry. There is tonnes of value in this conversation and as a result it went on a little longer than planned. However, if you manage to listen to the whole thing, I have no doubts that you will gain an incredible insight into the mind of one of the industries most successful practitioners.

1hr 27mins

6 Apr 2022

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Season 3 Episode 2 - Fergus Connolly / Leadership

The Coaching Badges Podcast

Welcome to Season 3 Episode 2 of the Coaching Badges Podcast. Brought to you with the support of our good friends at @PlayerStatData Joining me on the show tonight as always, my co-host Mark Anderson, always good to see you mate.As usual, we have some topical news from the recent weeks gone by, later on Fergus Connolly joins us as our special guest & we also have some great recommendations in the War Chest.We hope you enjoy the show


18 Feb 2022

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High Performance: Lessons from a Legend with Dan Pfaff and Fergus Connolly

The High Performance Hockey Podcast

In This Episode, You Will Learn: What led Coach Dan Pfaff to become a High Performance Coach. Tips from Coach Pfaff’s vast experience over multiple sports. How to communicate with a large team supporting your athlete(s). How Coach Pfaff would approach creating a program for Hockey Players. Resources + Links: Follow Anthony on Instagram | @anthonydonskov Follow Anthony on Twitter | Anthony Donskov, PhD Subscribe to our YouTube Channel | The HPH Podcast with Anthony Donskov Follow HPH Podcast on Instagram | @hph_podcast Follow HPH Podcast on Twitter | @TheHPH_Podcast Learn more on our Website | https://www.donskovsc.com/ Check out Anthony’s Books Physical Preparations for Ice Hockey: Biological Principles and Practical Solutions The Gain, Go, and Grow Manual: Programming for High Performance Hockey Players Show Notes: I have the privilege of taking a peek behind the curtain of how a High Performance Legend was made! In this episode, I’m joined by two friends and mentors, Coach Dan Pfaff and Dr. Fergus Connolly. Head coach at ALTIS, Coach Dan Pfaff has a long list of accolades to go with his experience having tutored 49 Olympians, 9 medalists, 51 World Championship competitors, 5 world record holders, and directed athletes to 57 national records across a multitude of events. Dr. Fergus Connolly is back for another episode with us here at HPH, and is bringing his perspective with decades in High Performance as a Performance Director, Author, Business Owner and consultant. Tune in to hear us dive into all things High Performance, and advice Coach Pfaff has for young coaches entering the industry today! 02:00 Did you always know growing up that you wanted to be a coach? 04:30 Learning to coach through the desire to improve in Baseball as a kid. 07:20 What were the advantages of not having technology at your fingertips as you began as a coach? 10:00 Benefits of perspective when some get stuck in being solely process focused or solely outcome focused. 12:15 Would you be as good of a coach if you were starting as a new coach today? 13:40 How would you filter the noise as a young coach today? 15:00 Lessons learned from coaching in different cultures around the world. 19:15 What are some of the biggest challenges working with medical personnel?  26:00 What are the qualities you look for when hiring Physical Therapists and ATC’s? 27:50 Advice for balancing life and coaching. 31:20 Do you think your diversity of experiences in different sports has been a big part of your success?  35:40 When were you first introduced to a High Performance model? 39:50 Where does measuring and monitoring fuse with the art?  47:30 How do you communicate to all the members at (Altis)? 49:40 Reviewing film and miss-communication with a paralympic athlete. 56:15 Mistakes hockey players make with skates, and playing with equipment to affect biomechanics. 01:00:50 How would you make a program for a hockey player? 01:04:00 Where do you see the profession of High Performance going in the future?

1hr 7mins

3 Jan 2022

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What is Science? With Doug Kechijian and Fergus Connolly

The High Performance Hockey Podcast

In This Episode, You Will Learn: What science is, and what it isn’t. (Thoughts and emotions aside.) How we can lead as critical thinkers, and whether that is a skill that can be taught. Whether biases have a benefit. Our esteemed guests approach sports science and decision making. Resources + Links: Check out this podcast episode, that inspired today’s conversation: Resilient Performance Podcast - Trust the Science episode Follow Anthony on Instagram | @anthonydonskov Follow Anthony on Twitter | Anthony Donskov, PhD Subscribe to our YouTube Channel | The HPH Podcast with Anthony Donskov Follow HPH Podcast on Instagram | @hph_podcast Follow HPH Podcast on Twitter | @TheHPH_Podcast Learn more on our Website | https://www.donskovsc.com/ Check out Anthony’s Books Physical Preparations for Ice Hockey: Biological Principles and Practical Solutions The Gain, Go, and Grow Manual: Programming for High Performance Hockey Players Show Notes: What is science? Maybe a better question to ask is “What ISN’T science?” In some conversations the term science seems to have changed or lost its meaning altogether. In this episode, I’m honored to be joined by two incredible guests, Doug Kechijian and Fergus Connolly.  Performance Coach and Business Advisor, Fergus Connollly and Physical Therapist, Strength Coach, and business owner at Resilient Performance Training Systems, Doug Kechijian. In this premier episode of The High Performance Hockey Podcast, we dive into sports science, critical thinking, and the blend of research, art, and science in the world of coaching. It’s not just hockey, and it’s not simply philosophy either. We’re having a true discussion about thought, biases, and science. In life, business, and sports. We are so glad you’re joining us for this first episode of the show. Please subscribe and follow us on social media to continue the conversation! 02:00 What is science meant to be? 07:15 Minimizing biases with a scientific approach. 11:40 What are limitations to science? 17:00 What is sports science in your own words? 20:50 Measuring what is meaningful vs measuring simply because we have technology. 24:15 Do you believe critical thinking can be taught in Universities? 33:30 Benefits of listening to different arguments and coming to your own conclusions. 38:20 The balance of art, experience, and science in coaching. 43:00 Do biases have a survival benefit? 48:30 Should you ever do anything that there isn’t research for? 50:40 From a performance perspective, what is your hierarchical approach to making decisions?


3 Jan 2022

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Sustaining Success and Engineering Optimal Development with Dr. Fergus Connolly

More Train, Less Pain; Engineering the Adaptable Athlete

Michelle and Tim are joined by THE Fergus Connolly, expert in all things team performance, consultant to professional sports organizations and tech companies alike, and author of 59 Lessons, The Happiness Handbook, and Game Changer. They discuss Fergus’s personal exercise habits, the importance of choosing the RIGHT key performance indicators, the pitfalls of being overly “objective” with sport metric tracking, sustaining success in sport and life, and the value of “safe-to-fail” learning environments. If you’re a movement professional looking to better understand WHICH data matters, this is the episode for you. If you’re a member of an organization looking to inspire cultural change for the better, this is the episode for you. If you’re simply a human looking to interact better with your fellow humans, THIS IS THE EPISODE FOR YOU.  This is also the episode for you if you enjoy Irish accents (who doesn’t?). Subscribe, download, listen, and learn!

1hr 7mins

3 May 2021

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Ep. 95 - Dr. Fergus Connolly - The Happiness Handbook

Smart Athlete Podcast

Today, I sit down with one of the top performing coaches who has worked with the San Francisco 49ers, is the a author of 3 books including today's subject The Happiness Handbook for High Achievers, and has a PhD in Computer-based optimization, Dr. Fergus Connolly.I start our conversation by asking him what he does when taking a time-off, in which I discover his "secret" hobby, and he shares why it's also ideal to do other things aside from what you currently good at doing (or your career)We discuss the influence of social circles and how they affect your life's trajectory. Given how important it is: I ask Fergus if he knows a good way to change your social circle and when it's necessary. Fergus also tells me about how to deal with negative thoughts - even though we can't always control them there is definitely a way to deal with them. Hit the play button to hear from Fergus on how to be not just an achiever, but a happy one at that.


14 Apr 2021

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PREP Talks Episode 012 - Fergus Connolly: Lessons in Lifelong Learning

Hansen PREP Talks

In Episode 012, I had the pleasure of meeting up once again with Fergus Connolly to discuss his thoughts on education and learning in the field of sport performance and, quite honestly, any field in modern times. We discuss the traits of great leaders and mentors, and the importance of communication and critical thinking. But having good teachers is not enough. A reduction in opportunities for social interaction in educational settings has also been a problem for young people in the last few years, with students having less one-on-one opportunities with teachers and mentors. When teachers have an opportunity to spend quality time with students and apprentices, more than just information will be passed on and consumed. Within organizations, there is also a need to improve social interactions amongst practitioners to enhance their overall synergy as a performance and medical team. Sometimes these organizations need a professional consultant external to their team to come in and facilitate better communication and improved efficiency internally, taking advantage of the expertise already present within an organization. And, finally, organizing your own teaching materials into a presentation or a course forces you to really rethink your approach and examine your philosophy in a critical manner. In a way, it is an internal knowledge audit that all of us should do on a regular basis.Dr. Fergus Connolly is one of the world's leading experts in team sport and human performance. His highly acclaimed book Game Changer is the first blueprint for coaches to present a holistic philosophy for winning in all team sports. Fergus is the only coach to have worked full time in every major league around the world. He helps teams win at the highest level with the integrated application of best practices in all areas of performance. Fergus has served as Director of Elite Performance for the San Francisco 49ers, Sports Science Director with the Welsh Rugby Union, and Performance Director for University of Michigan Football. He has guided coaches, support staff and players in the NBA, Australian Rules Football and international cricket. Fergus has also trained world boxing champions and advises elite military units and companies across the globe.You can find out more information on Fergus Connolly via the following links:Website:https://fergusconnolly.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/Fergus_ConnollyFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/fergus.connolly.50Hansen PREP Talks podcast is currently available at the following locations for downloadable audio, including: Spreaker.com – https://www.spreaker.com/show/hansen-prep-talksApple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hansen-prep-talks/id1546480493?uo=4Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/4O8UUEFBL8gZhRADzQLdELGoogle Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc3ByZWFrZXIuY29tL3Nob3cvNDcyMDcxNC9lcGlzb2Rlcy9mZWVkYou can reach and follow Derek M. Hansen at the following locations: http://www.SprintCoach.comhttp://www.RunningMechanics.comInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/derekmhansen/Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/derekmhansen/YouTube - http://youtube.com/derekmhansen


8 Apr 2021

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Breaking The Line: Episode 14 (Feat. Fergus Connolly)

Elite Clubs National League

The ECNL Podcast features special guest Fergus Connolly, a performance coach and an expert in elite team performance, working with Liverpool FC, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, the Navy Seals and more. ECNL Podcast host, Dean Linke, along with ECNL President Christian Lavers, chat with Fergus about what makes an athlete elite, Fergus' experiences and bringing in different elements from the different organizations, leaning on others and more.


17 Mar 2021

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#30 - Fergus Connolly High Performance Coach

Prepare Like A Pro

Fergus Connolly discusses his journey into the field of performance coach, starting as a strength & conditioning and sport science consultant. Topics discussed in this episode:- Importance of working hard and putting yourself in high performance programs early in your career- The power that empathy can have as a coach and its importance for connecting with athletes- Tips and tricks to optimise your presenting skills and engaging with your audience - Details around Fergus' new upcoming coaching courseDefinitely check this chat out we dive into some topics any footy fan, footballer or staff member needs to hear. Website Link from guest: https://fergusconnolly.com/Connect with FergusInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/fergus.connolly/𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐋𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐀 𝐏𝐫𝐨We're committed to empowering Australian rules footballers and developing strength and conditioning coaches to best practice physical preparation methods. Follow Prepare Like a Pro podcast iTunes: https://bit.ly/Plppodcast Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3zrwJEaSubscribe to our YouTube channel to watch these live chats, our next guest is:Simone Austin And if you want to get more involved with our community and make a guest appearance on a future episode join our Academy on Patreon. PLP academy: https://bit.ly/2TL2Grb Thanks for tuning in and be sure to contact us for any inquiries or to discuss advertising your brand on the prepare like a pro platform


28 Feb 2021