Sleep Science Research #1 Introduction to PhD thesis: Sleep and Performance in Elite Combat and Contact Athletes

January 23, 2018

Ian Dunican has 20 yrs international professional experience in Health, Safety and Business Improvement in military, mining, rail, oil & gas, utilities. He is the Director of Melius Consulting/Sleep4Performance and a researcher with the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he works with elite sporting organisations/athletes to optimise performance with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and professional teams in Super Rugby, Australian Rules Football, Basketball and Martial Arts.

He regularly contributes to articles within the popular media and has been featured on the health report on ABC radio, numerous podcasts and has appeared on ABC television, Channel 7, Channel 10 and Channel 9 in Australia. He has authored and co-authored a number of scientific articles and technical reports and is a regular reviewer for scientific peer reviewed journals. He was a TEDxPerth 2017 speaker.

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Sleep4Performance Radio Episode #15 Fatigue Management in High Risk Industries (Mining, Oil, Gas, Aviation, Rail)

January 15, 2018

Sleep4Performance Radio Episode #15

Fatigue Management in High Risk Industries (Mining, Oil, Gas, Aviation, Rail)

This week’s guest is Todd Dawson from Caterpillar (Yes, the company that makes big mining and construction equipment). Todd works with Caterpillar Safety Services as the Global Fatigue Solutions Manager.

Todd graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Biological Anthropology where he focused on circadian rhythms and hormones, writing a senior thesis on the effects of working night shift on human salivary cortisol. Todd went on to become a leader in the field of human fatigue management. Over the past 20 years he has worked all over the globe and in many industries implementing fatigue risk management systems, providing training to shiftworkers, and implementing technologies to mitigate fatigue. He also enjoys the great outdoors and is an avid fisherman and hunter as well as the occasional binge watcher of Vikings, Supernatural, Game of Thrones and documentaries. Todd currently lives just outside Boston, Massachusetts. 

Contact Todd Dawson
Fatigue Solutions Manager 
Caterpillar, Inc. 
Dawson_Todd_A@cat.com 
cell: 617-759-2117 

 

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Episode #14 Jason Donaldson -Fighting Christmas Fat

December 22, 2017

In this episode Jason returns to discuss how to stay fit and healthy over Christmas, how to use the breath to help your mental health and how to kick start the new year fitness goals.

Links to Jason and links discussed in the show

The Cell Coach

www.thecellcoach.com.au

www.thecellcoach.com.au/7dayfitnesschallenge.html

www.instagram.com/thecellcoach

www.facebook.com/jasdondonaldsonthecellcoach

 

Power Speed Endurance/The Art of Breath

www.powerspeedendurance.com

www.instagram.com/powerspeedendurance

www.facebook.com/powerspeedendurance

 

Meditation Apps

www.brain.fm

www.calm.com

 

The Oxygen Advantage - Patrick McKeown

www.oxygenadvantage.com

The Oxygen Advantage Book - http://amzn.to/2BKTxUE

 

Contact me iandunican@sleep4performance.com.au 

Go to www.sleep4performance.com.au for more information

 

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Episode #13 Jacob Fiedler-Fatigue Science

November 30, 2017

Over the past 5-years, Jacob has worked with mining, transportation, construction and professional sports organizations to apply wearable technology and bio-mathematical science to optimize human performance and to improve productivity, safety and health. Recently, Jacob and Fatigue Science have been actively supporting firms responsible for delivery of Europe's largest construction project: Crossrail a $19-billion, 118-kilometre railway line under development in London, UK, that at its peak employed some 14,000 people. Jacob is based in Toronto, Canada.

Contact Jacob

Jacob Fiedler,

Sales Director, Fatigue Science

jacob.fiedler@fatiguescience.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacob-fiedler/

+1 (604) 408-0085 x124

+44 (020) 3884 1061

 

Music for this episode is courtesy of Bensound Click here

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Oh yeah and if you want to see an awesome performance of Insomnia by the Faithless …watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bHLifwHrN0

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Episode #12 Reflection on TEDxPerth and Q & A

November 14, 2017

In this episode I discuss my recent TEDxPerth experience and address some recent questions from the audience, TEDx attendees and oteh commonly asked questions.

Enjoy

Ian C Dunican
 
SLEEP4PERFORMANCE
 
 
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Episode #11 Matt Pomery, Military, Mining and Ultra Running.

November 3, 2017

"Matt and I initially met over coffee to talk about running, after our partners had suggested we meet. Six months later we were training for an 100km mountain ultramarathon and he went on to complete the race, having not run more than a half marathon previously.  Through the course of the final stages of training, and the race itself, Matt was conned in to a sleep study by myself.

Matt is a father who enjoys gardening and getting out on the trails on the weekends. He has worked in small and large scale mining operations across Australia for 15 years, and also served in the Australian Army for 6 years.
 
Check out 
 
 
 
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Episode #10 Dancing for your life, a tale of strength, fitness and happiness with Joanna Nicholas

October 19, 2017

In this episode, I speak to Joanna about her Ph.D. research at UWA. Joanna has spent over a decade in the fitness industry including 6 years as the regional Master Coach for the Australian Institute of Fitness (WA). With over 15 years of dance training and conditioning experience, Joanna fills her passion for teaching as a pole dancing instructor.
Joanna is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia and is conducting research into the science of pole dancing. The overall aim of her research is to build foundation knowledge on the psychological (participation motives and outcomes), physiological (metabolic and cardiovascular demand, fitness and body composition changes) and biomechanical (muscle activation, kinematics and injury surveillance) characteristics of pole dancing. 

Pole dancing has become a popular form of physical activity over the last 10 years; however, little research has been devoted to understanding pole dancing as a form of physical activity from an exercise science perspective. The outcomes of Joanna’s research will this assist in educating the community, health professionals and studio owners on the associated benefits, limitations and risks of pole dancing; plus serve as a platform for future research to be conducted in the areas of pole dancing psychology, physiology and biomechanics.

  

Contact details and social media

Email: joanna.nicholas@uwa.edu.au

Mobile: 0403 732 905

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/poledancingresearch/?hl=en

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoannaCNicholas

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/153151078358475/

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Joanna_Nicholas

 

Joanna is recruiting females for a training study looking at the effects of pole dancing on the body and mind. To be eligible participants must be female, over 18 years, uninjured and able to exercise, and have not participated in regular pole dancing classes in the past. Participants will attend a testing session at UWA completing a 2D DXA body composition scan, fitness tests and a survey. They will then attend two pole dancing classes a week (average 60 minutes in duration) for 8 weeks at a Perth-based studio before returning to UWA for follow up tests. Pole dancing terms commence late October so if interested please contact Joanna ASAP.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can sign up for the study? Females over 18 years that have not done regular pole dancing classesat a studio before.
  • Do I need to be really fit? No, so long as you are uninjured and in good health (medically cleared to exercise) you are able to participate.
  • What do I get in return for paying for my classes? You will receive two free 2D DXA body composition scans and fitness assessments which can cost up to $300 at an exercise clinic.  
  • Is it ok if the studio I choose doesn’t run 8 week terms? Yes. It is ok if your studio runs shorter or longer terms, so long as you complete your daily online training diary.
  • Can I attend classes at different studios? No. Unfortunately for consistency participants are required to attend all classes at the same studio.
  • Can I sign up for other aerial/fitness classes that the studio offers? No. For this study we require participants stick to two beginner pole classes a week (classes that involve learning beginner moves on a pole).
  • Can I start other new exercise regimes? No. It is important that your physical activity levels outside of your pole dancing classes remain minimal or at a level that is consistent to before starting the study. 

Keen to be on board? What to do next…

  • Choose and contact a studio - book and pay for 2 classes a week for one term (payment made directly to your studio)
  • Notify us of the studio you wish to attend and the date of your first class
  • Book pre-testing session at UWA
  • Include your contact phone number in your reply email
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Episode #009 Sleep and extreme challenges with Gavin McClurg

October 6, 2017

In this episode #009, I have a chat with my new friend Gavin McClurg via Zoom. Gavin is based in Idaho, USA. I have recently been working with Gavin for his sleep/recovery and performance optimisation strategy in his lead up to the Red Bull X-Alps a paragliding / foot race across the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco. In ten days Gavin flew 1560 kilometres, walked 498 (12+ marathons) and scaled 52,000 meters of vertical ascent on foot (Everest 5 times). Gavin makes my finish at Leadville 100 and other ultra-marathons look amateur with this impressive resume.

Gavin is no stranger to adventure and exploration. He is a 2015 National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year” for his unpowered paragliding expedition across the Canadian Rockies. He became the first person to traverse the full length of the Alaska Range by foot and paraglider (unsupported) in 2016. He is the owner, founder and Captain of “Offshore Odysseys”, a global kitesurfing/surfing/sailing expedition. He has twice circumnavigated the world by sail, living at sea for 13 straight years, including short-handed roundings of both notorious capes (Horn and Good Hope). Gavin holds the current North American-record for foot launched cross-country paragliding, a flight of 240 miles deep into Montana from his home town of Sun Valley, Idaho.

 

Check out more on Gavin at

Facebook: facebook.com/gavinnmcclurg

Instagram: @gavinmcclurg

Twitter: @cloudbasemayhem

Website: www.cloudbasemayhem.com

Films: http://www.cloudbasemayhem.com/visual-delights/

 

Further information on Sleep4Performance

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Contact me and feedback at iandunican@sleep4performance.com.au

 

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Episode #008- Dr. Adam Fletcher; Fatigue Management for On-Call, Stand-By & Call-Out

September 25, 2017

Dr Adam Fletcher is an international researcher and consultant. He is best known for applying sleep, fatigue and performance sciences in workplace settings. His research PhD, completed in 1999, investigated the measurement and prediction of human performance in higher risk work environments. Adam has held research roles with the US Army (Walter Reed Army Institute of Research), and the Universities of Adelaide and South Australia.

The work now done by Adam and his team at Integrated Safety Support measurably improves risk management, safety, compliance and productivity with industry and government services. Example consulting clients include: Air France, Babcock Mission Critical Services, Boeing, Chevron, Honeywell, NASA, Newcrest Mining, South Australian Ambulance Service, The Royal Flying Doctor Service, Transport Canada, Virgin, and Zurich.

 

Contact details for Adam and Integrated Safety Support

adam@integratedsafety.com.au

+65 (0) 9039 8880 (Singapore)
 

+61 (0) 416 231 456 (Australia)

 https://www.youtube.com/user/IntegratedSafe

https://twitter.com/AdamFletcherPhD

http://www.integratedsafety.com.au/ 

https://www.facebook.com/integratedsafetysupport

Fatigue Management event for on-call workforces

The Fatigue Insider Seminar hosted by Integrated Safety Support, this much-anticipated seminar take place in Melbourne on the 30th October 2017 at
The Hall, NAB Docklands. Join industry peers, leaders and experts across Emergency Services (ambulance, fire, police, security), Essential Services & Utilities (telecommunications, gas, water, electricity) as well as Healthcare and other industries for a day of learning and discussion. The agenda has been designed to help you better manage the key challenges faced within 24-hour work environments, including on-call, stand-by and other ‘as required’ work roles. Register here for the upcoming seminar with Adam

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fatigue-insider-seminar-tickets-35717363596 

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Episode #007 Nathan Pitchford-Let Sleeping Western Bulldogs Lie!

September 13, 2017

Episode #007 Nathan Pitchford- Let Sleeping Western Bulldogs Lie!

In this episode #006, I sit down on the grass under a tree in Essen, Germany with Nathan…soon to be Dr Pitchford. Nathan is a Tassie-born lad (Tasmania is an island off Australia…but is still part of Australia…I call it the Hawaii of Australia) with a background playing soccer, cricket and football. Nathan is currently completing his PhD with Victoria University and the Western Bulldogs football club, where he is also the Head Strength Coach for the Footscray Bulldogs VFL team. Prior to this, Nathan undertook his Bachelor and Honours degrees in Exercise Science at the University of Tasmania before moving on to complete a Masters of high Performance Sport from the Australian Catholic University. Nathan’s current PhD position combines applied research investigating the relationships between sleep, training and recovery in team-sport athletes, whilst also providing day-today sport science and strength and conditioning services to athletes playing at both the AFL and VFL levels. Nathan has 5+ years’ experience working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Sport Scientist with elite youth and senior athletes. Nathan is currently involved in multiple sleep and performance related research projects including the influence of sleep extension on recovery following exercise, the influence of heat training on sleep characteristics, the influence of light exposure on travel adjustment in athletes and the habitual sleep of team-sport athletes.

 Check out more about Nathan at the following links

Twitter @PitchfordN

Email: nathan.pitchford@live.vu.edu.au

Linkedin Click here to connect with Nathan

 

Music for this episode is courtesy of www.bensound.com

Further information on Sleep4Performance

Please visit our Kickstarter campaign to raise $1,000 for sound equipment for the podcast. We have some great rewards including a chance to have lunch with David Wessels and a selected player from the Force and a signed jersey from the Force.

Support the Podcast on Kickstarter

Subscribe on iTunes
Subscribe on Podbean 

Check out the website and sign up for blogs, podcast news and free downloads www.sleep4performance.com.au

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Click here for Twitter to keep up to date with my ramblings on sleep, sport and anything!!!

Contact me and feedback at iandunican@sleep4performance.com.au

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