The Physical Performance Show: Expert Edition: Assoc Prof Shona Halson, ‘Periodising Recovery for the Athlete’

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In episode 238 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Assoc Prof Shona Halson, ‘Periodising Recovery for the Athlete’ in this Expert Edition.

During this episode, Shona will share around this concept of periodising your recovery, when to include recovery and when not. Shona will also explore the role that belief plays when it comes to recovery modalities and agents. And of course, this is Associate Professor Shona Halsons’ return visit to The Physical Performance Show having been one of our most popular expert additions to date. So if you have missed Episode 190 featuring Shona then be sure to jump back after this episode with your pen and paper for the many learnings that Shona shared during Episode 190.  

By way of bio Shona is currently an associate professor of the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences at the Australian Catholic University. Prior to Shona’s current role, Shona spent 15 years in the capacity as a Senior Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, and also fulfilled the role of the director of The Australian Olympic Committees Recovery Centre across three consecutive Olympic Games 2008, 2012 and 2016. Shona has a PhD in exercise physiology looking at the fatigue in cyclists as well in excess of 100 peer reviewed publications across athlete recovery, sleep fatigue and travel to her academic name, consults to some of the planet’s biggest organizations and leading sports teams including Nike, and prior featured guest of the show best-selling author Christie Ashwanden, author of “Good to Go” reference Shona as perhaps the world’s leading expert on recovery.

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Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Introduction
  • Research and Recovery in 2020
  • Adaptation and Recovery
  • Focusing on the individual
  • Working with the US Soccer Team
  • Building up Fatigue and Adaptation
  • What happens in a Taper Block
  • Belief affects in Recovery
  • Recovery and confidence
  • Sleep through Covid
  • Sleep Advice
  • Importance of Education
  • Physical Challenge

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Episode 190 of The Physical Performance Show featuring Assoc Prof Dr Shona Halson: Athlete performance & recovery
Episode 245 of The Physical Performance Show featuring Assoc Prof Shona Halson, ‘Recovery Science Q&A
Dr Shona Halson


“Fatigue is what we need.”
“Balancing the fatigue with recovery but contextualised for the Athlete’s goal.”
“We don’t ask athletes enough about how they feel, how they respond and what they want to do and why they do some of the things they do.”
“Pay attention to monitoring yourself (self reflection)” Physical Challenge


0:00 Start
2:00 Introduction to Shona
5:00 Research and Recovery in 2020
10:45 Adaptation and Recovery
18:00 Focusing on the individual
21:30 Working with the US Soccer Team
23:20 Building up Fatigue and Adaptation
27:00 What happens in a Taper Block
35:00 Belief affects in Recovery
42:00 Recovery and confidence
44:30 Sleep through Covid
48:00 Sleep Advice
51:33 Importance of Education
54:25 Physical Challenge
58:14 Finish

People Mentioned

Christie Ashwanden – Author of the New York Times bestseller, GOOD TO GO – Episode 187
Louis Delahaije – Head Coach Dutch Triathlon Federation, Endurance Sports Consultant -Episode 235
Trent Stellingwerf – Director Performance Solutions Canadian Sport Institute – Episode 178
Alex Hutchinson – Author New York Times Bestseller ENDURE – Episode 123
Rian Doris – Co Founder Flow Research Collective -Episode 233

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The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer

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