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022: Steve Ingham, Jamie Pringle, Rosie Mayes discuss stress adaptation

Steve discusses the essential concept of stress – adaptation with Jamie Pringle, Rosie Mayes. We explore what a stimulus is and does and the factors that determine the effectiveness of a stimulus. We discuss the experiences and environments that mitigate any adaptive responses, exploring the concepts of individualisation and group responses from a physical and cognitive performance perspective and then broaden that application to work and business and the very concept of progression, the achievement of mastery.

Show Notes
4:00 – An introduction to Hans Selye’s seminal work on the systemic hormonal responses to stress and how the human body and mind responds under duress.
6:40 – Positive and negative stressors and responses. No pain no gain…pushing into an area of discomfort or pain to allow development and adaptation.
8:10 – Dr Mary Neville sprint adaptation and 12 leg biopsies!
12:30 – Stress adaptations are complex to interpret. Adaptations occur as a result of a variety of interacting dynamics across our individual experiences.
14:30 – Do we adapt and improve without some form of stressor?
16:00 – Fight or flight response, Walter Cannon
16:27 – Does it always have to be a stressor? Appreciative enquiry, the reinforcement of the positives
18:00 – Minimum effective dosing. What are the core pieces in your training that are giving you 80-90% of your adaptation both physically and mentally?
21:05- The subjective experience of enduring a stressor. Knowing yourself, others and the concept of time throughout the stress adaptation and recovery process.
25:00 – The role of the coach and scientist enabling the athlete to know what is going on in their mind and body in a way that is helpful for them. Coach – Athlete relationship key.
27:05 – Carol Dweck’s, growth vs fixed mindsets and the stubbornness of self-efficacy.
28:50 – Knowing your capabilities, boundaries and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.
32:40 – Variety is key in developing an adaptation. Monotony and familiarity can prevent or slow adaptation. Explore and find your own method.
34:15- Fail fast and learn quick. An environment to allow failure and learning important for creativity and innovation in sport and business.
35:23 – Ability to perform under pressurised conditions develops and acclimatises your skillset, resulting in increased skill development.
38:48 – No one’s fitter at the end of a marathon! Failure and suppression of the system from which adaptation occurs
41:45 – Learning and the state of flow. Being immersed, focused and recovery. Immersion, incubation and inspiration.
43:15 – Discussion on the mind-body relationship and the role of feedback in adaptation, self-regulation and performance.
47:26 – The business world is great at stressing but less so at recovering.
47:57 – Moving the body can move the brain. Shifting from an idle physical and mental state into an active physical state can alter brain functioning (Forgetting and doorway research, https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.3758/PBR.17.6.900.pdf)
50:40 – Becoming self-aware, understanding ourselves and how we operate in the world in order to create environments in which we can test, adapt and develop.
51:51 – Put yourself in the shoes of the athlete as an applied sport scientist. Empathy, trust, credibility and an understanding of their sport crucial.
55:41 – Striving for meaning and mastery in personal and professional pursuits.
58:02 – As Yoda would preach – “we have to work intentionally with courage, effort, patience, persistence and reflection in order to fail, adapt and grow”

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@RosieMayes49 @JamiePringle @ingham_steve

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