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My Favourite Podcasts
I’m a man of many interests, Health, Physiotherapy, Sports, Science & Tech (to name a few), there’s so many podcasts out there and so little time to listen to them. Below are a few favourite physiotherapy and sports medicine related podcasts.
Whether it is during my work commute, dog walk, serving practice or my regular drives between Sydney & Canberra, podcasts keep me up to date with the latest in physio ideas.
Below is a ‘sample’ of my podcast list and brief summary of each:
Click on the podcast pics for links.
“British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) is a multimedia portal for authoritative original research, systematic reviews, consensus statements and timely debate in sport and exercise medicine (SEM) as well as clinical education and implementation success stories.”
Great short episodes on the latest research popping up in the BJSM. Includes some very big voices and names in Sports Medicine research on some very big topics.
Download This Show
“Download This Show is RN’s topical, informed and opinionated radio program designed to strip the lab coat off the latest technology and untangle your wired world.”
Marc Fennel & Co. help break down the cacophony of tech-related news and let me know what’s coming up that’s going to be BIG… and not so big.
Dr Karl on triplej (+5live Science podcast)
Dr Karl’s famous hourly program on TripleJ with Zan Rowe.
Probably the biggest inspiration on me to pursue a life in Science. Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (“Crew-shell-nit-ski”) is an Australia Science Communicator and he excels at all of those things. He is a great Australian, an amazing advocate/ambassador for Science and such a wonderful communicator. Zan does an amazing job keeping him from wandering off onto tangents every 5mins.
NAF Physio Podcast
“Hosted by Adam Meakins (aka The Sports Physio), The Not Another F**king (NAF) Physio Podcast promises to be unlike any other! Talking about things that matter, but don’t really matter. It will be amateurish, inconsistent, with poor sound quality and even poorer interviews… Be prepared for critical critique, dubious debate, quirky questions and lots of bad language!”
I like Adam Meakins. Not because I always agree with him, but because he gives his opinions and backs them up all the way, in a way that let’s his listeners know who this guy really is, he really puts himself out there. If he disagrees with his guests he will let them know about it, thus forcing them to back themselves up.
As an ex-solider, I also enjoy his potty mouth. :) This podcast is critical thinking on steroids!
Pacey Performance Podcast
A great podcast with regular interviews with elite Strength & Conditioning coaches and other elite sports professionals around the world.
“Physio Edge was started by David Pope, an Australian Physiotherapist and the Managing Director of Clinical Edge, as another means to inspire Physiotherapists, provide access to fantastic interviews and discussions with world-leading Physiotherapists, and stimulate our thinking about WHY we are Physiotherapists.With regular blogposts and podcasts, this is a place for the Physio community to share thoughts and come together for some discussion.”
This was one of the first BIG physio CPD podcasts out there. David Pope has pretty much covered from head to toe with many leaders in the respective areas. David has a great ability to squeeze the sponge that is the minds of his guests, in order to get every last drop of knowledge and practical clinical tips out.
“PT Inquest was started as a way to discuss the use of science and evidence in the practice of physical therapy. ….PT Inquest explores current research discussing strengths, weaknesses, and clinical application in an honest, open, and critical fashion. Hosted by Erik Meira and J.W. Matheson ….It is like listening in on a journal club conversation, hopefully making the listener think more critically about their own practice and keeping their mind open to alternate and opposing ideas.”
A casual journal club where you can sit back and just take it all in!
“Sleek Geeks mix science with humour as they set out to answer some of the perplexing scientific mysteries we encounter on a daily basis.”
It took me a year or two to realise why I enjoy listening to the likes of Dr Karl, Adam Spencer and Neil Degrasse Tyson (see below). It goes deeper than my love of science and the world around (& inside) us. These guys are all great communicators of science. They turn complex topics into digestible and entertaining chunks of meaningful information. These great Science (or STEM…really) Communicators set an odd yet great example for many healthcare professionals. We should all work hard to demystify, simplify and reassure, with a teaspoon of humour (where appropriate), as I find this builds trust, fast.
“Science meets comedy and pop culture on StarTalk Radio! Astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson, his comic co-hosts, guest celebrities and scientists discuss astronomy, physics, and everything else about life in the universe.”
See above comment RE Science Communicators.
The Naked Physio Podcast
“The Naked Physio Podcast intends to bare all……… with other health professionals from around the world. I am a one man band and so I’m all about being simple. I intend to share my notions of pain science with other clinicians in order to deliver straight forward, honest advice to my listeners” — Paul Lagerman — Kiwi Physio
I don’t know about you, but I find the Kiwi accent awesome (plus addictive.. or addEctive), so when Paul (aka The Naked Physio) interviews his fellow NZ colleagues, not only do I find it entertaining, but I can’t help calling ‘Hips’ “Heps” for the rest of the day. He does indeed bare all, and just like Adam Meakins (see NAF physio podcast), it’s endearing and it builds trust with the listeners.
The Physio Matters Podcast
“Putting big mouths and big ideas behind microphones. The Physio Matters Podcast is a feature of Chews Health’s third core value ‘We Educate’. Episodes will feature expert, honest advice, delivered directly to listeners at no cost. The Physio Matters Podcast content hopes to be clinical gold delivered direct. Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine information for those working in physiotherapy, sports therapy, sports rehabilitation, medicine and all divisions of the healthcare industry.”
This physio/sports med podcast by Jack Chew and the Chew Crew is likely to take the Gold medal for first ‘podcast to openly employ critical thinking and debate with guests’. For me, Jack Chew (& Crew) set an example on how to be civilised and effective whilst debating a topic with someone who is on the complete other side of the fence. For a great example ot this, I recommend the following episode: SESSION 12 — THE KINESIOLOGY TAPE DEBATE: ‘TO KT OR NOT TO KT’ WITH PAUL COKER & PAUL WESTWOOD
(ABC RN) The Science Show
“The Science Show gives Australians unique insights into the latest scientific research and debate, from the physics of cricket to prime ministerial biorhythms.”
A ‘big picture’ science show which helps me keep up to date with big developments in Australia and abroad. Many discussions with many scientists from around Australia guarantees this will make you want to branch out and get involved with other scientific endeavors. Robin Williams is another Australian treasure.
The Tennis Podcast
Great tennis podcast by David Law and Catherine Whitaker, who follow the game around the world and often interview big names.
Many behind the scenes insights to be had!
These Brits love their Brits, but they love their Aussies as well!
Warning: This podcast will make you want to sell all earthly belongings and travel the world following the players from tournament to tournament.
Are you listening to any great Physio, Sports Med or Science podcasts? Share your favourites below!