Andy McDonald BSc MCSP CSCS
- Strength & Conditioning Coach
- Inform Performance Podcast Host
- Co-Founder Smartletics (App & UI development)
Andy has worked professionally in both Physiotherapy and Strength & Conditioning domains and has over 11 years experience working within the performance & sports medicine space. His career thus far has included work with teams, individual athletes and clients in the private sector, ranging from developing youth and collegiate athletes through to Olympic/Paralympic and Professional levels.
Andy has worked with a diverse range of athletes from over 25 different sports competing at national, international and professional levels. This clientele has included every day people, FTSE executives and preparing endurance athletes for successful world record breaking expeditions.
Andy has a passion for high-performance and sports medicine with extended interests into leadership, marketing and wider health/wellness. He thrives working in dynamic and forward thinking MDT environments and enjoys contributing to the ambitions of athletes and organisations alike. Dual professional backgrounds enables Andy to problem solve, deliver technically and communicate effectively between medical and performance staff, further complimented by developing skills with big-data and project managing research.
Research: Andy is currently investigating:
- Methods to diagnostically force profiling anterior knee injuries
- Custom Matlab Ultrasonography Image processing
- Force & musular demands during the return-to-running process
Remote Training & Rehabilitation Consultancy: Andy provides athletes with remote training and rehab solutions. An example of this work includes his support to the Nauti Buoys successful world record attempt rowing the Atlantic.
Podcast: Andy alongside Ben Ashworth is the co-founder of the Inform Performance Podcast, a performance & sports-medicine podcast. Andy is the host and interviews the thought leaders and top experts supporting elite athletes & teams.
Redbull.com Feature: How to prepare for a row across the Atlantic
Read about the Nauti Buoys a team Andy helped to prepare physically in breaking the world record as the fastest five-person rowing team to cross the Atlantic.
"This podcast is driven by practitioners, not interviewers, and as such the ability to have interviews with teeth is greatly enhanced. The problem with many podcasts is that there is not much that is truly disagreeable about enhancing performance, but the differentiators in the process have to be articulated clearly in such dialogue otherwise we are destined for circular dialogue that never moves passed our echo chamber. Not the case here at all"
"Andy's expertise has not only helped me back from injury & furthered my fighting performance in preparation for the world championship but has also given me the tools for my self development as a fighter"
"I have been working with Andy since February to help get me back to fitness following a knee operation. His high level of knowledge and experience has enabled him to develop a bespoke training programme to both aid my rehabilitation and achieve a high level of general fitness. He has very positive and professional attitude which ensures that that your goals are achieved. I have seen great results over the past few months and have thoroughly enjoyed working with Andy. I would highly recommend him"
"Andy helped me return to competition after a period of Injury, and equipped me with the knowledge to handle injury-prevention going forwards"