We covered a number of things related to your PhD thesis work and then but I Cut you off early on related to your trajectory after you finish your thesis. Yeah, you I know you were at Notre Dame for a while. Was that your first spot after after your PhD thesis? No.
No, I basically finished my PhD and I dropped into the British Olympic system for about 14 years, nice flowers. I was with, you know, I've done three full Olympic Cycles with different sports and largely a strength, and conditioning coach. As a practitioner. I was always working. And universities in Academia, alongside, you know, in terms of continuing to publish and write and do research and teach as well because that explains the volume
of publication. I don't think people realize about the work that goes into getting a quality peer reviewed publication. It's not what do they call it now on Instagram Anika data where people would do something? What you know, they have this experience and then they put in the world at that. Anak data are I don't even know that we could call it data. But so Teen years in that working with the British Olympic team.
Yeah, so with, you know, whether it was GB boxing, primarily with, with the the Rios, excuse me, the Beijing cycle, but also lightweight rowers, and gymnastics. And for the London Olympic games that cycle. I was with, I was the lead surrounding condition in and physical performance coach for British basketball. So, GB basketball, I had about three years in the English Premier League, and with Newcastle United, and a soccer team. And then, for the Rio Olympics, I close with Paper and Taekwondo. So, again at another combat sport after, I'd finished there. I kind of moved to the University of Notre, Dame, and where I went into more of a more of a managerial position working across all the different Technical Services, Medical Nutrition standing on Dish inning, you know, sports psychology and whatever it Sports Science, whatever it may be. As the, you know, the director of performance Sciences at from Notre Dame athletics and then after about 16 months there, the UFC came. Knocking and they recruited me out of Notre Dame. So I'm it's been it's been a great ride and lots of you know, I've got you know, lots of athletes have taught me a lot along the way lots of coaches, you know, every day is a school day and I still try and keep that mentality and, you know, in this world we call it white bent white belt mentality, you know, it's, you know, I'm a PhD, I've got 25 years of experience in high performance sport, but I still, I still learn every single day from these people out on the mats and in the ring and it's impressive to see what they do. Yeah,
it certainly is, I got introduced him and they just a few years ago. I think the first time I came out here was one of the first times I had heard of MMA, because I was kind of in my laboratory and you nose down, and it's a really interesting sport because it incorporates so many different types of movement, as you said, you know, it's not just stand up, boxing. It's just kicking as ever, you know, ground game everything and I'm still learning about it.
After Working With Various British Olympic Teams, Duncan Was Recruited By the UFC
Dr. Duncan French: How to Exercise for Strength Gains & Hormone Optimization | Episode 45