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GP Week : Issue 184
BRAIN TRAINING Since Ancient Greece, athletes have used the mental game to improve their physical performances. Andy Walshe takes mens sana in corpore sano one step further in his work for Red Bull, training athletes across a range of disciplines. He spoke to TRENT PRICE Not since chess champion Garry Kasparov matched wits with supercomputer Deep Blue have humans tested their mental capacities against modern technology. Today, as High Performance Director at Red Bull, Andy Walshe is utilizing computer neural technology to allow drivers and athletes to go beyond the fringes of human performance. With a PhD in Applied Biomechanics, Walshe combines specific workouts, nutrition and neuroscience, which played a key role in the preparation for the world- famous Red Bull stratos Project. Andy took time out from his busy schedule to speak with Trent Price about his ground-breaking work and explain how conditioning a racing driver is not dissimilar to training Felix Baumgartner to jump from 128,000 feet. Can you tell us a bit about how you came about your role as Director of High Performance for Red Bull's global athlete development program? By chance I became involved in winter sports through a guy I knew through surfing in Australia. After a long story I ran the high- performance program for the US ski and snowboard team during the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City – which led to a whole program of facilities and coaches. Then Red Bull decided they wanted to employ a high-performance strategy for their athletes. They called me up one day during 2007 and that led to where I am right now. How many drivers do you work with? It depends. The motorsport program has different sections. Formula One tends to run out of UK and Europe, while in North America we’ve had several drivers from very different disciplines. We’ve had everything from Supercross, Motocross and even MotoGP – including a junior program. In terms of four wheels we’ve had Travis Pastrana (NASCAR) and Scott Speed who was with us in the original program. Plus we have quite a few rally and off-road competitors that we work with as well. With Red Bull you’re always going to be busy with a wide variety of drivers! How have you found working with scott speed as a Formula One refugee? I only worked with Scott after he came to NASCAR, but I think his framework or reference point was heavily shaped by his Formula One experience, so the main challenge that he faced was the shift from Formula One to NASCAR. >>> FEATUrE