What is Science? With Doug Kechijian and Fergus Connolly | The High Performance Hockey Podcast

In This Episode, You Will Learn:
What science is, and what it isn’t. (Thoughts and emotions aside.)
How we can lead as critical thinkers, and whether that is a skill that can be taught.
Whether biases have a benefit.
Our esteemed guests approaches to sports science and decision making.

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Check out this podcast episode, that inspired today’s conversation:
Resilient Performance Podcast – Trust the Science episode

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Show Notes:
What is science? Maybe a better question to ask is “What ISN’T science?” In some conversations the term science seems to have changed or lost its meaning altogether. In this episode, I’m honored to be joined by two incredible guests, Doug Kechijian and Fergus Connolly.
Performance Coach and Business Advisor, Fergus Connollly and Physical Therapist, Strength Coach, and business owner at Resilient Performance Training Systems, Doug Kechijian. In this premier episode of The High Performance Hockey Podcast, we dive into sports science, critical thinking, and the blend of research, art, and science in the world of coaching. It’s not just hockey, and it’s not simply philosophy either. We’re having a true discussion about thought, biases, and science. In life, business, and sports. We are so glad you’re joining us for this first episode of the show. Please subscribe and follow us on social media to continue the conversation!

02:00 What is science meant to be?
07:15 Minimizing biases with a scientific approach.
11:40 What are limitations to science?
17:00 What is sports science in your own words?
20:50 Measuring what is meaningful vs measuring simply because we have technology.
24:15 Do you believe critical thinking can be taught in Universities?
33:30 Benefits of listening to different arguments and coming to your own conclusions.
38:20 The balance of art, experience, and science in coaching.
43:00 Do biases have a survival benefit?
48:30 Should you ever do anything that there isn’t research for?
50:40 From a performance perspective, what is your hierarchical approach to making decisions?

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