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Tony Holler on the Resilient Performance Podcast

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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.

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Mladen Jovanovic on the Resilient Performance Podcast

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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:

  1. How Machiavelli’s “The Prince” influenced Mladen’s coaching philosophy
  2. Other philosophy-based books that have influenced Mladen’s approach to physical preparation
  3. How Mladen determines when to prioritize macro level concepts vs. micro level ones to audit himself as a coach
  4. How Mladen reconciles his respect for modeling, statistics, and data with his skepticism of scienticism and blind faith in quantification
  5. Mladen’s thoughts on “injury prevention”
  6. Explanatory vs. predictive statistical modeling
  7. What evidenced based practice really is
  8. Statistics resources for non-researchers

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Resilient Performance Podcast – Season 2 Trailer

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The second season of the Resilient Performance podcast begins next week and we’re excited to introduce the themes and line up for this year.  Episodes 1-3 explore how difficult it can be to quantify performance in a meaningful way.  Mladen Jovanovic, a coach and sports scientist, describes how to reconcile statistical modeling- or the small world- with the things that we actually care about- or the large word- in sport and medicine.  Tony Holler, a coach and teacher for four decades, discusses how top down organizational direction often stifles decentralized, ground-level approaches to learning in education and athletic development.  Dr. Bryan Carmody, a physician and outspoken critic of medical licensure testing, warns us about the unintended consequences of standardization and attempts to quantify performance.  To measure something is to render it important which can be problematic when various self-interested actors influence what is measured on a large scale.  Like Nassim Taleb says in his book “Skin In The Game”, it’s easier to macro BS than to micro BS. 

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Concussion Across The Spectrum of Injury Debrief

I recently attended the “Concussion Across The Spectrum of Injury” conference at New York University.  The conference featured talks by concussion thought leaders from specialties including neurology, pediatrics, orthopedic surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, optometry, athletic training, and physical therapy.  The key takeaway from the conference was that concussion management requires multidisciplinary care because so many subsystems are affected by brain injury.

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Random Thoughts: Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

I recently encountered a Twitter post featuring a link to a systematic review that concluded “evidence does not support the use of IASTM”.  A thread ensued between snarky people who derided the use of IASTM and defenders who cited favorable clinical outcomes with IASTM.  I don’t personally utilize IASTM. I can’t exactly articulate why though I suspect it has less to do with what randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews say and more to do with the fact that time and resources are finite and I prefer to prioritize other things, some of which may not be “evidenced based” either.  I am not personally offended by IASTM, however, as some of the people on that thread appeared to be. Regardless of what the “evidence” may say, I trust that most providers aren’t using things like IASTM in isolation. Since I’m not privy to other clinicians’ complete treatment plans, I try to not judge them based on one thing they may do even if I don’t find that particular thing very influential.

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