Episode 151: Fergus Connolly - Game Changer

This episodes guest is Fergus Connolly 

Dr. Fergus Connolly  has worked at the highest levels of Premier League soccer; international rugby; the NBA, NFL, NCAA, and elite military units . He is currently the Performance Director for Michigan Football, and his is also the author of a unique book, Game Changer, which was released in 2017.

On this episode Fergus and I discuss:

  • Fergus' background
  • Fergus' influences
  • What are the good and not so good things that Fergus currently see's with the physical preparation profession, and what solutions would he offer for the not so good things he is seeing
  • Fergus talks about why asking " the why" behind things is critical
  • Fergus and I discuss about the importance of understaning first principles when it comes to sports performance
  • Why an over reliance of the development of physical qualities at the expense of other key athletic traits is a flawed model 
  • We discuss big data vs small data
  • Fergus discusses why all members of the sport performance staff should review the game together as a multi-disciplinary team
  • Fergus talks about why general "mental thoughness models" will not transfer to the specific mental skills that are needed to enhance sports performance
  • Why generalist's will inherit the world in sports performance 
  • Fergus and I discuss Periodization schemes with sports performance and the importance of the weekly set up for athletic preparation 
  • Fergus discusses the concept of synchronization within on-field/court performance in team based sports
  • Fergus discusses why controlling the factors that can be controlled is critical to allow the athlete to have a larger adaptative reserve to adapt to chaos of sport and to enhance the learning process
  • Fergus gives us his top advice and resources to all the listeners
  • And if Fergus could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?


This was an outstanding episode with Fergus guys, and I hope you really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

Game Changer The Book

Fergus' Podcast Interviews:

Strengthcoach Podcast

Resilient Performance Podcast

Rdella Podcast

Fergus' Twitter Handle


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