In this special episode of Sleep4Performance radio, we welcome Dr Carl Langan-Evans.
Carl and I discuss the contentious issues of strength and conditioning in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and recovery practices. Carl is no stranger to combat sports having competed at the top level in Taekwondo and winning a gold medal at the Youth Olympics.
Carl was originally involved with the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences as an athlete on the Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) Sport Scholarship programme from 2004 until 2008. During his time as a scholar, Carl received a number of support services in the areas of physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition to aid his competitive goals. After a year out Carl retired as an athlete in 2009 and began a Master of Research (MRes) in Exercise Physiology degree in late 2009 and to complement his sport-specific coaching gained a place on the LJMU strength & conditioning internship. After graduating in late 2011, Carl had gained his professional accreditation in strength & conditioning via the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and began PhD study in the area of ‘the effects of rapid weight loss methods on the physiological, metabolic and hormonal profile of elite international Taekwondo athletes’ in late 2012 before gaining a staff position as the sports science support officer for LJMU in early 2013.
In addition to his role at LJMU, Carl is also a high-performance Taekwondo coach for the Olympic Taekwondo Centre team and has provided consultancy as a trainer, coach and physiologist to a number of high-performance sports teams including those at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
You can get in contact with Carl via his email C.LanganEvans@ljmu.ac.uk
Or Twitter – @CLESpoSci