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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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Michael Lauria on the Resilient Performance Podcast

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.

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Dr. Lisa Pitchford on the Resilient Performance Podcast

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.

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