Pacey Performance Podcast

Pacey Performance Podcast #254 - Grant Downie (Medical and Performance Solutions Specialist)

August 22, 2019

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Medical and Performance Solutions Specialist, Grant Downie. Grant is the first guest on the podcast who has been honored with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and I can't believe that I nearly forgot to mention it in the episode. Grant comes on the podcast with 35 years experience having been at Glasgow Rangers FC, Middlesbrough FC and most recently with Manchester City as Head of Academy Performance. It was an absolute pleasure to speak to such a nice guy who has an incredible experience in professional football.

Hope you enjoy this episode with Grant Downie. If you did enjoy this episode, you may also enjoy these from Nick Grantham and Paudie Roche.

In this episode we discussed...

  • Who is Grant Downie (background, education and current role)
  • Current practice
    • How your practice developed over time

      • A switch in what was important
    • Current trends
    • Minimising injury risk
    • Influence of technology
    • Transition from physio to performance lead
  • Managing people
    • Processes
    • Feedback
    • Skills gaps in young practitioners
  • Mentoring

Grant can be found on Twitter @grant_downie

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by Fatigue Science. Fatigue Science combine wearable technology with biomathematical science developed by the US Army to offer fantastic insights into sleep and cognitive fatigue. Fatigue Science can be found at

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is also sponsored by Omegawave, the only non-invasive readiness technology to assess both brain and heart. Omegawave can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @omegawave.

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