In this week’s Friday Five, we speak to Robin Thorpe, a sports scientist with experience in recovery and load monitoring. Dr. Thorpe reviews what you need to know to optimize recovery and regeneration with your athletes, including fatigue monitoring, cryotherapy, and so much more.
About Robin Thorpe
Dr. Robin Thorpe spent the last decade working as a senior performance scientist and conditioning coach at Manchester United Football Club of the English Premier League. He worked with the first team delivering performance and conditioning support to players while overseeing and managing fatigue, recovery, and regeneration practices throughout the club as Head of Recovery and Regeneration.
Dr. Thorpe completed an applied Ph.D. with Liverpool John Moores University investigating methods of fatigue and performance monitoring, which has led to a number of original articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Much of his work to date has centered around a model of monitoring the player response to stress in order to maximize athlete availability, training load prescription, and recovery and reduce injury and illness risk. Dr. Thorpe also holds the position of Visiting Research Fellow at Liverpool John Moores University.
He has worked with many high-profile athletes and assisted in the preparation of the Mexican national football team leading up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In May of this year, Dr. Thorpe accepted a position as Director of Performance & Innovation at ALTIS, working with elite track and field athletes in the lead-up to the Olympic Games (Tokyo 2020). As part of his role, he serves as the Director of the ALTIS LIVING LAB, which integrates applied and academic sports performance research in the field to push the boundaries of sports innovation science and knowledge to athletes, coaches, and the industry as a whole.