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Episode 46: Recovery Fact and Fiction with Dr. Shona Halson

Female Athlete Nutrition

In this episode I chat with Associate Professor and exercise scientist Dr Shona Halson on all things recovery to optimize health, performance, and training adaptation. She defines recovery as bringing the body physically and psychologically back to homeostasis, balancing out the stressors. Dr Halson advises us to plan recovery into our schedule alongside training, and periodize fatigue with the season of training to drive adaptation. She emphasizes that the good stuff happens when we rest and recover! Shona explains the recovery pyramid and offers up plenty of top recovery tips: sleep and nutrition form the base, followed by mental recovery, and then topped off with recovery modalities like ice baths and compression techniques. We all must learn to embrace sleep flexibility, accepting that we’re not going to be able to get the “optimal” 8hours every night, especially around race day: anxiety is not going to lead to better sleep! Shona sorts fact from fiction around popular recovery modalities: ice baths, compression garments, water immersion, contrast bathing, massage and foam rolling. She gives advice on recovery frequency and periodization around training and competition to maximize adaption and peak performance. We discuss the signs and symptoms of overtraining syndrome versus under-recovering: mood changes, fatigue, increased effort perception, soreness, injuries, and decreased performance that indicate athletes’ aren’t recovering adequately to the demands of training and life. Dr Halson highlights the importance of listening to our bodies: no fancy technology can indicate our recovery status better than our own feelings of tiredness! Follow Shona on Instagram @shonahalson and Twitter @ShonaHalson  Learn more about Shona’s work https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Shona-Halson https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=I-5u6UIAAAAJ&hl=en Shona’s Official Bio Dr Shona Halson is an Associate Professor at the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University. Previously, Shona was a Senior Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport for 15 years. Shona has a PhD in Exercise Physiology and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of sleep, recovery, fatigue and travel. Shona is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, and Shona was selected as the Director of the Australian Olympic Committees Recovery Centre for the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. Shona consults regularly to world’s leading brands including Nike and the Australian Open Tennis Tournament. This episode is brought to you by the Female Athlete System of Transformation: Click here to Book a Call & learn more Learn more about Lindsey's Services and the Team at Rise Up Nutrition: www.RiseUpNutritionRUN.com

1hr 1min

30 Sep 2021

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245: Expert Edition: Assoc Prof Shona Halson, ‘Recovery Science Q&A’

The Physical Performance Show

During this expert edition, Dr Shona Halson acclaimed and dualed featured expert of the show a Q&A around all things Recovery Science. Shona has been touted as arguably the world's leading expert in the field of athletic recovery. Shona was the director of the Australian Olympic Committee Recovery Centre for the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, was the Senior Exercise Physiologist/Recovery Scientist at the Australian Institute of Sport for 15 years. And in addition to publishing in excess of 100 scientific papers in the field, Dr. Shona Halson has consulted with some of the world's most loved and well respected brands, teams and organisations, including Nike. Now recently on the 24th of October 2020, The Physical Performance Show hosted a three hour livestream with Dr. Shona Halson ‘Recovery Essentials for Optimal Performance’ where Dr Shona took attendees through the practical “how to’s” scientific wise and some great recovery science myth busting. The Q&A section proved to be incredibly popular with some fantastic questions being raised. So we wanted to share with you some of the terrific questions that were raised and Shona’s responses. Show Sponsor: Endure IQ Whether you’re an athlete or coach, ENDURE IQ aims to empower you with the knowledge, tools, and strategies to optimise your sports performance. To get you started ENDURE IQ will gift you $25 towards your first ENDURE IQ purchase - use the code BRADBEER at the checkout. Information is useful, but knowing how to use it is powerful. ENDURE IQ - hitting the sweet spot of performance, health and enjoyment. Visit endureiq.com. If you enjoyed this episode of The Physical Performance Show please hit SUBSCRIBE for to ensure you are one of the first to future episodes. Jump over to POGO Physio - www.pogophysio.com.au for more details Follow @Brad_Beer Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat Please direct any questions, comments, and feedback to the above social media handles.

45mins

25 Nov 2020

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Recovery & Sleep: The science behind different strategies and why recovery is so important with Dr Shona Halson

Female Athlete Podcast

In this episode we speak about all things Recovery with a world leading expert in all aspects of sleep, recovery strategies and travel, Dr Shona Halson. Shona is an Associate Professor in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences at the Australian Catholic University. Prior to this she was a senior physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport for 15 years, working both as a researcher and an applied scientist. In the interview we cover why recovery is important and why the topic has only gained attention in the research world in recent years. We talk in depth about sleep, top tips for a good nights' sleep, the trade off between sleep quality and quantity and why we might be waking up multiple times in the night (and how stress and anxiety plays a huge role in this).We talk about other recovery strategies such as compression, cold water immersion and the science behind them, the effects of the menstrual cycle and temperature on sleep, best practice when it comes to travel and how best to wind down and recover at the end of a busy day or after a late training session. We also touch on how best to prepare and deal with jet lag when travelling.Resources:Shona on Twitter: @ShonaHalsonThis episode was kindly sponsored by Run4It. Run4It is an independent retailer whose mission is to inspire people to improve their fitness, health & wellbeing through running. Run4It operates online at run4it.com and has 8 shops across Scotland. This season, Run4It is celebrating all the great gifts that running can give us – from the people it brings into our life, to the places it takes us, to the lessons it teaches us – with their 'The Gift of Running' campaign.  Visit run4it.com/gifts to find out more and view the fantastic range of running clothing, shoes and accessories available. Use discount code FAPOD15 for 15% off full price running gear until 31 Jan 2021.* Voucher code: https://bit.ly/fapod1120*Terms & Conditions: Not valid on GPS watches, gift vouchers or in conjunction with other offers. We'd like to thank our title sponsor for this series, Pretty Athletic. Pretty Athletic is a unique skincare brand for active women. Head to www.prettyathletic.com and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off.Do you have a question you'd like to ask us about the female body for our 'Question Time' section? Contact us via our Instagram channel @femaleathletepod or email us at femaleathletepodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you!*Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment

52mins

20 Nov 2020

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135: The Importance of Sleep, Monitoring Devices, and Changing Your Routine with Dr. Shona Halson

Fast Talk

Ah, sleep. I love it. Do you love it? If only I could get more of it, and get better at it, and wake up each day well rested. Somes days it works, many times it doesn’t. Sleep can be hard, but does it have to be? Sleep is critical, so are you getting enough? And are you getting the right kind? We all know we need sleep, but knowledge is not enough. The focus of this episode is not to convince you why sleep is important, but how to monitor and change your sleep, to get the most out of every night.  In particular, for athletes who stress their bodies, sleep is critical. How do we make sure we get what we need, and avoid some of the disruptions and issues that can lead to sleep impairments? We’ll dive in. When it comes to monitoring sleep, there are a host of new gadgets that tell us both about our sleep volume, and the stages we’ve hit. Do they work? We’ll discuss the latest findings on sleep monitoring—what works, what doesn’t, and what to do with that data. Finally, we discuss how to take all that information and change our behavior—easier said than done. But hopefully today’s guest will help us all sleep more soundly tonight.  Dr. Shona Halson is an associate professor in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University. Prior to her current research on sleep, she was a senior physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport for 15 years. She has a Ph.D. in exercise physiology and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of sleep, recovery, fatigue, and travel. Dr. Halson has served as the director of the Australian Olympic Committee Recovery Centre for three Olympic Games. She has helped countless athletes better understand the importance of sleep, and we’re excited to bring her knowledge to you today. In this episode, we’ll also hear from Dr. James Hull, a respiratory physician, who touches upon the importance of sleep when it comes to fighting infection; and Cameron Cogburn and Erica Clevenger both detail their sleep hygiene and routines to improve sleep quality. Time to put on your PJs. Let's make you fast!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 19mins

29 Oct 2020

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238: Expert Edition: Assoc Prof Shona Halson, ‘Periodising Recovery for the Athlete’

The Physical Performance Show

During this episode, Shona Halson will share around this concept of periodising your recovery, when to include recovery and when not. Shona will also explore the role that belief plays when it comes to recovery modalities and agents. And of course, this is Associate Professor Shona Halsons’ return visit to The Physical Performance Show having been one of our most popular expert additions to date. So if you have missed Episode 190 featuring Shona then be sure to jump back after this episode with your pen and paper for the many learnings that Shona shared during Episode 190. By way of bio Shona is currently an associate professor of the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences at the Australian Catholic University. Prior to Shona’s current role, Shona spent 15 years in the capacity as a Senior Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, and also fulfill the role of the director of The Australian Olympic Committees Recovery Centre across three consecutive Olympic Games 2008, 2012 and20 16. Shona has a PhD in exercise physiology looking at the fatigue in cyclists as well in excess of 100 peer reviewed publications across athlete recovery, sleep fatigue and travel to her academic name, consults to some of the planet's biggest organizations and leading sports teams including Nike, and prior featured guest of the show best-selling author Christie Ashwanden, author of “Good to Go” reference Shona as perhaps the world's leading expert on recovery. Show Sponsor: Dr Shona Halson Livestream We are excited to put the spotlight on the Science of Recovery with this upcoming Livestream event on 24th October 2020 with Dr Shona Halson.   If you enjoyed this episode of The Physical Performance Show please hit SUBSCRIBE for to ensure you are one of the first to future episodes. Jump over to POGO Physio - www.pogophysio.com.au for more details Follow @Brad_Beer Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat Please direct any questions, comments, and feedback to the above social media handles.

58mins

5 Oct 2020

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Dr Shona Halson - Senior Recovery Specialist

Purpose2Perform Podcast

This week on Purpose2Perform, I talk to Senior Recovery Specialist Dr Shona Halson. She has worked closely with some of Australia's top athlete and sports teams and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of fatigue and recovery. Join me as we discuss some of these important issue for athletes including the importance of ice baths and sleep.

45mins

1 Oct 2020

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Waking up to the power of sleep with Associate Professor Shona Halson PhD. Episode #412

BJSM

In our first episode of 2020, Associate Professor Shona Halson PhD joins us to chat about why our new year’s resolution should be to get more sleep! Shona is an Associate Professor in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University. Shona has a PhD in Exercise Physiology, recently finished up close to 16 years working at the Australian Institute of Sport as a senior recovery physiologist, and has been the Director of the Australian Olympic Committee Recovery Centre for the last three summer Olympic games.

22mins

10 Jan 2020

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190: Expert Edition: Assoc Prof Dr Shona Halson: Athlete performance & recovery

The Physical Performance Show

Dr Shona Halson is an Associate Professor at the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University. Previously, Shona was a Senior Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport for 15 years. Shona has a PhD in Exercise Physiology and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of sleep, recovery, fatigue and travel. Shona is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance and Shona was selected as the Director of the Australian Olympic Committees Recovery Centre for the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. Shona consults regularly to world’s leading brands including Nike and the Australian Open Tennis Tournament. This really is a fascinating deep dive into the Science of Athlete Recovery and topics that Shona outlines includes; just what athlete recovery is and why it is important. Why fewer athletes that you may perceive are actually overtrained. The critical role that sleep plays in optimising an athlete’s recovery and adaptability to training. The role that life stressors play in an athlete’s recovery. Why it’s okay to not feel great after a training session and why listening to your body and backing off at times are absolutely critical. Shona also explores the science around popular recovery modalities including Cryotherapy and Massage Therapy and Shona shares her physical challenge for the week which will really challenge you. SUBSCRIBE NOW! This episode is sponsored by fisiocrem fisiocrem is a topical massage cream containing natural plant based ingredients, ideal for the temporary relief of muscular aches and pains. If you’re conscious of what you put on your body, you’ll be happy to know that fisiocrem does not contain parabens or hydroxybenzoates. fisiocrem can be found Australia-wide at your local Coles, chemist or health store, as well as on their online shop. fisiocrem are offering a 20% discount to listeners of The Physical Performance Show. Use the coupon code POGO when you shop at fisiocrem.com.au to redeem this special offer. Hurting sucks, and fisiocrem has got your back!   _____ If you enjoyed this episode of The Physical Performance Show please hit SUBSCRIBE for to ensure you are one of the first to future episodes. Jump over to POGO Physio - www.pogophysio.com.au for more details Follow @Brad_Beer Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat Please direct any questions, comments, and feedback to the above social media handles.

1hr 10mins

25 Nov 2019

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Shona Halson | How Recovery Can Push You Forward in Unexpected Ways

TRAINED

When it comes to recovery, the onslaught of new trends and research can make it difficult to separate the noise from the science. In this episode, we’re digging deep into recovery and giving practical tips on how to incorporate it into your overall training routine. We’re sitting down with Dr. Shona Halson, Associate Professor in the School of Behavioral and Health Sciences at the Australian Catholic University, a former Senior Recovery Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, and Director of the Australian Olympic Committee Recovery Center. Dr. Halson breaks down the ways we can all maximize our recovery time -- everything from understanding what type of compression or hydrotherapy works for you, to the science behind mental recovery and sleep, and how to structure your active recovery days. TRAINED is produced by Nike Training Club Pro. The best of Nike. Exclusively for Trainers. To apply, go to nike.com/ntcpro Inspired by TRAINED? Then you’ll love Nike Training Club app. More than 170 free workouts, plus holistic guidance and expert advice to help you in your training journey. Click the link below to get the app for iOS or Android. Download Now

33mins

4 Jul 2019

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Pacey Performance Podcast #244 - Shona Halson (Associate Professor at Australian Catholic University)

Pacey Performance Podcast

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Associate Professor at Australian Catholic University, Shona Halson. This is the second time Shona has been on the podcast after she appeared in episode #82 and we build on a lot of the topics mentioned over 3 years ago. Shona is an expert when it comes to sleep and recovery so naturally that forms a huge part of this conversation. Shona is speaking at the ACU and Notre Dame Human Performance Summit in a couple of weeks so be sure to check her out at this amazing conference. Hope you enjoy this episode with Shona Halson. Who Shona Halson (background, education and current role)? SleepMonitoring tools Appraisal of current techWhat can we trust? Feedback post assessment Insomnia Behaviour change Link to overtraining/overreaching Recovery modalitiesWhat the research says and use in practice Cold water immersionEffects on sleep Cryotherapy Compression garments Periodisation of recovery Psychological recovery TravelTravel hygiene Using nutrition to combat jet lag Shona can be found on Twitter @shonahalson This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics This episode is also sponsored by Fatigue Science. Fatigue Science combine wearable technology with biomathematical science developed by the US Army to offer fantastic insights into sleep and cognitive fatigue. Fatigue Science can be found at fatiguescience.com. This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu. This episode is also sponsored by Omegawave, the only non-invasive readiness technology to assess both brain and heart. Omegawave can be found at omegawave.com and you can follow them on Twitter @omegawave. Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com. Enjoy PP

1hr 1min

13 Jun 2019

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