Paolo Menaspà is a world renowned sports scientists that has worked within some of the best sporting organisations and alongside of some of the most successful athletes in the world. Paolo has spent a lot of his career in particular in the sport of cycling. His work centres on research and development of strategies to best support athletes in pursuit of their goals.
Paolo's previous role with the Australian Cycling Team included work with national coaches and the performance support team to identify and implement performance enhancing solutions across multiple disciplines in the lead up to the recent Olympic campaign.
Earlier in his career Paolo spent 7 years at Mapei Sport (Italy) where he worked along with several top level athletes and teams, including Cadel Evans (four time Olympian and 2011 Tour de France winner), Alex Zanardi (former F1 driver and four time Paralympic gold medallist) and Juventus FC (Italian Serie A team).
Outside of these organisations and work with elite athletes, Paolo has spent time lecturing at Edith Cowan University where he has also completed his PHD in Philosophy and Sports Science.
In this conversation we speak through his experience and journey through the industry chatting through his learnings and biggest challenges.
We also speak through;
-Italian heritage and coffee culture
-His experience and work with Cadel Evans
-Working under Aldo Sassi in the "Lab" - the power of influence and experience
-Being apart of the start of Green Edge Cycling team, Australia's first professional cycling team.
-His current role now at the Australian Institute of Sport as Chief Science Officer
Paolo story is a journey of courage and hard work, one for any up and coming sports scientist to envy. Listen to this podcast today on your favourite podcast player.
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