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Overcoming injury to optimal performance – Episode 13 with Ryan James



Overcoming injury on the way to optimal performance can be a huge barrier to success. Elite GB athlete, Ryan James, shares his experience and knowledge of going through this process to manage injury and the rehabilitation that follows on the road to becoming a high-level athlete.

Guest biography

Ryan James is a well-seasoned athlete that has represented Great Britain across several different sports including elite-level long-distance & iron man triathlon, sprint track cycling, stand up paddleboarding, outrigger canoeing, and he also a keen surfer, free diver, and spearfisherman.

Ryan has been a staple on the British and European paddle racing circuit for the past 8 to 9 years. He is renowned for his impressive cardiovascular strength endurance that sees him perform well in the long-distance events. Ryan is a 6-time UK National Champion (retaining 2018 national title), he earned 2nd place in the famed 5-day 220km, 11 Cities race in the Netherlands, and placed 3rd in the European Cup, more than proving himself on the race circuit.

Ryan is a highly experienced personal trainer, sports therapist, fitness educator, nutritionist, and is a senior well-being advisor for the emergency services. His knowledge is underpinned by a BSc in Sports Science and a PG cert in Sport and Rehabilitation.

Episode content: Overcoming injury

In this episode explores a whole range of fascinating fitness, training and mindset information, especially focusing on overcoming injury on the road to high-level physical performance:

  • what attracted Ryan to water sports
  • the range of sporting injuries Ryan overcame to success
  • how fitness and therapy education helped provide an advantage in recovery
  • how to manage your mindset during elite performance and recovery
  • a wide range of training tips and strategies to optimise physical performance

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Facebook @ryan.james.71868

Instagram @rjamesocean

Bonus video

Here is the bonus, quick-fire interview with Ryan – again some really helpful quick tips and ideas in only 3 minutes!