MEET THE TEAM
Andy McDonald: Host & Co-Founder
Andy is a dual qualified Physiotherapist and Strength & Conditioning Coach who has worked professionally in both Physiotherapy and Strength & Conditioning domains.
His career experience thus far includes working with athletes both in the team environment and private sector ranging from developing youth and collegiate athletes through to olympic/paralympic and professional levels. Taken together Andy has worked with a diverse range of athletes from over 25 sports competing at a national, international or professional level.
He is currently based in Philadelphia undertaking his doctorate and leading two research projects. The first investigating tendon morphology and associated force profile. The second investigating the kinematics, kinetics and muscle activity of the ‘dribble series’ running drills. Beyond academia Andy supports Total Performance with UTC image processing.
Ben Ashworth: Host & Co-Founder
Ben is working as a consultant with teams and individuals to help solve shoulder performance problems. He graduated as a physiotherapist in 1997 with Masters in physiotherapy and strength & conditioning, and has nearly 20 years experience in the daily management of athletes, including 6 years at Arsenal Football Club as 1st team Physiotherapist and now his current role as Director of Performance at Sparta Prague AC.
Ben’s interest & experience in shoulders developed from his time in professional rugby at London Wasps and was accelerated through his work with the British Judo team in the lead up to London 2012. Ben is currently working towards completion of a PhD in the area of Shoulder performance monitoring at Liverpool Hope University, a centre of excellence for upper limb and shoulder research (focussing on fatigue, return to play markers and neuromuscular profiling for performance).
This work continues from recent publications around the now well established use of force platforms for shoulder strength testing developed at Saracens rugby and currently applied in baseball, tennis, rugby, cricket & collegiate sports.
Alistair McKenzie: Editorial Contributor
Ally is a qualified Physiotherapist with a background in sport & exercise science. He is currently working in the private sector & in professional sport, whilst studying an MSc in Sport & Exercise Medicine. He works daily with elite and youth athletes providing optimal support for them to thrive with the physical and psychosocial demands of elite sport. He is currently looking to complete research in the neuromuscular adaptations to training in professional football.
About Our Podcast
The Inform Perform Podcast is an industry show focussed on Sports Performance and Sports Medicine. Episodes feature interviews and conversations with the up-and-coming or top coaches, clinicians and professionals that support elite athletes and sports teams. The aim of the show is to deconstruct the strategies and philosophies guests utilise in their working environment or area of expertise. Featured guests have worked across the NBA, NFL, MLB, F1, World title Boxing, The English Premier league and more