Breathing: lowering stress and enhancing performance

Wednesday 9th May - 09:50-10:20

Breathing is often overlooked as a predictor of performance, yet breathing affects every system in our body – cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine, lymph, immune, digestive, and of course respiratory.

It is also the single best physiological measure we have into psychological state. The way we breathe can enhance athletic performance and quality of life. Breathing properly and efficiently can decrease stress, anxiety and muscle tension; sharpen the mind and minimise negative thoughts; as well as reduce fatigue.

This thought-provoking session will demonstrate how to assess breathing and how to use it to optimise performance.

Chair:
Nick Potter, Principal and Clinical Director at The Centre for Physical Medicine

Day 1: 09:50-10:20 Performance

Nick is Principal and Clinical Director of the The Centre for Physical Medicine, his main practice in London. 'By trade' he is Consultant registered osteopath at the Princess Grace Hospital in London. He has been in practice for 25 years.He is Founder and CEO of Bakpro Ltd.

He has always split his professional life between neuro-orthopaedics, human performance and preventative medicine.He 'cut his teeth' in the sports world but soon realised he was more academically challenged and interested in chronic, complex and multi system problems in the general population.

For the last 5 years he has worked in a leading hedge fund advising traders on stress and risk aversion, as well as using physiological tracking (sleep,HRV and breathing) to predict poor performance and he is currently writing a book on Stress.

He has a diploma in medical acupuncture and is currently researching the 'Sporting hip' and the 'Potter Test' with NDORMS at Oxford University.

Nick qualified in 1993 from the British and Chicago Schools of Osteopathy and wrote his thesis on 'Innate athleticism in Black athletes'. He went on to train in the US, France, Germany and Australia developing techniques and software to track athletes.

As early as 1996 he presented to INSEAD on the concept of The 'Corporate Athlete'; adapting techniques used in elite sport and Formula 1 to the intense lives of senior executives. He helped to establish a Human Performance tracking/ measurement tool with WAIS in Western Australia. He has been a Human Performance advisor for the Institut Biomedical Sports et Vie in Paris and VieLife where he set up the human performance and biomechanics centre.

He co-founded The London Spine Clinic, a private neurosurgical unit in Harley street where he worked with a multi- disciplinary surgical and physical therapy team, treating complex spinal and musculoskeletal problems. He has now moved on after 17 years to develop further his other orthopaedic interests.

He is fondly known as 'Nick-the-Neck' by his colleagues, as he specialises in cervical spine injuries as well as head, neck and facial pain syndromes. For 22 years he worked in Primary Care, working closely with a team of GP's. He is a keen and active lecturer and has travelled all over the world to teach, as well as treat patients and was consultant osteopath to the Kingdom of Bahrain. He has worked in the U.S., Australia, Germany,France and the Middle East.

He has worked with elite track athletes (400m), professional Golfers, Tennis players and Formula 1 drivers (Prost Jaguar and Jordan), as well as high goal Polo players(ZACARA, BLACKBEARS) and skeleton bob athletes (English and Irish teams).

He has been a BBC radio and TV pundit on sports injuries.

He has been a Human Performance advisor for the Institut Biomedical Sports et Vie in Paris and VieLife where he set up the human performance and biomechanics centre.


Breathing diaphragmatically to lower stress and enhance performance

Speaker:
Nick Potter, Principal and Clinical Director at The Centre for Physical Medicine

Maximising the function of breathing during exercise

Speaker:
Stuart Green, Corrective Exercise Specialist at Functional Therapy