April 1, 2019

Isn't it strange that though we know we can't control our environment, many still attempt to do just that. Stranger still; even though we have the ability to control our minds, not many attempt to.  

More frequently our minds control us. Tell-tale signs of losing contro...

December 12, 2018

Chris Bertish - South Africa’s first Mavericks Big Wave Champion - in his book ‘Stoked’ provides a stunning insight into something few of us will ever experience to such an extent, yet can intimately relate to.

“… [we] had risked everything that day, not for money, but...

November 26, 2018

When I returned to Sports Science following my accident my body was weak and uncoordinated and it felt like I was injected with lead. I needed a lot of motivation just to get through the day.

During my Postdoc research I thus set out to study the brain areas responsible...

May 16, 2018

It is relatively easy to understand that movement is intimately linked to our survival – from not moving at all (freezing), to running away from, or fighting our way out of, danger. More difficult to comprehend, though, is that movement is also intimately linked to our...

January 8, 2018

In my twenties I pushed my body to the limit many times over.  I thought nothing of doing 2 hr swims in the early mornings, 3 hr cycles over lunch times and hour long runs in the evenings. Weekend cycles were typically much longer, up to 10 hours, but my body held out;...

December 11, 2017

Despite all the confusion around Wellness Performance, though – what/what not to eat, how much/hard to exercise, how much to sleep, how much to work, etc. etc.- most people probably have a fair idea of what they need to change, yet often don't have the will power,...

December 28, 2016

An athlete’s movement on the sports field is largely an automatic process. Coordination of movement best left to subcortical brain structures. Thinking kept to a minimum.

The only conscious part of movement should be the goal of the intended movement; while the movement...

June 16, 2016

Abhinav Bindra from India after firing the winning shot in the 10m air-rifle shooting final at the 2008 Olympics.

We had the rare privilege of looking inside Abhinav’s brain during his preparation for the 2008 Olympics.  The physiology inside his brain was nothing short...

June 3, 2016

"Friesians are known for a brisk, high-stepping trot. The Friesian is considered willing, active, and energetic, but also gentle and docile. A Friesian tends to have great presence and to carry itself with elegance" (Wikipedia).

As an Exercise Scientist I spend a g...

April 7, 2016

To help me channel the excessive nervous energy that was surging through my body post accident, I dedicated 10 years to researching the effect that the heart has on mental and physical performance.  The culmination of all this research convinced me that there is only o...

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