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Don't accept normal

Peter Hamlyn, Podium Trustee and world-renowned neurosurgeon, features on Life Lessons: From Sport and Beyond podcast, hosted by broadcaster Simon Mundie

“Don’t accept normal. Shift normal so that normal is better than it currently is. And then when you’ve shifted it to this new normal, you do it again. So, you’re never satisfied.”
Peter Hamlyn, Podium Trustee

Listen to a fascinating conversation between Peter Hamlyn, our Trustee and world-renowned neurosurgeon, and Simon Mundie, on Simon's podcast Life Lessons: From Sport and Beyond. They talk about sport, brain health, sudden cardiac death, personal philosophies, the Big Bang Theory and everything in between.

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“Promoting exercise and reducing the injuries associated with the sports you undertake is about the most effective piece of public health you could ever think of.”
Peter Hamlyn, Podium Trustee
Podcast synopsis

Titled: Never Give Up

Peter Hamlyn is a world-renowned neurosurgeon who operated on - and saved the life of - the boxer Michael Watson after a blood clot formed on his brain minutes after his infamous world title fight with Chris Eubank in 1991. Even though Michael's early prognosis was bleak, his recovery has been nothing short of remarkable.

Peter has also suffered a tragedy of his own, when his son Dominic died following a cardiac arrest from a previously unsuspected heart condition. Dominic was a rugby player, a rower, a cricketer… and the condition that took his life has several names, including sudden athlete death (SAD), because its victims are often extremely fit, just as Dominic was.

Heart problems in young people are more common than many realise – at least 12 young people die of cardiac arrest each week. That’s something Peter is looking to address through his work with Podium Analytics, the NGO and charity committed to reducing the incidence and impact of injury in youth sport.