Mountain Biking | Paul Braybrook & Rod Annear

Mountain biking, an exhilarating outdoor adventure, is taking the world by storm. From conquering rugged trails to exploring diverse terrains, it offers a fantastic cardiovascular workout, enhancing your strength, endurance, and agility. In fact, it's one of the fastest-growing recreational activities globally. In this episode, Host David Kasten sat down with Paul Braybrook, a dedicated paramedic and paramedicine researcher at Curtin University; and Rod Annear, Assistant Director of Parks and Visitor Services at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation, and Attractions to discuss the growth and transformation of mountain biking into the loved activity it is today.
Doing a PhD in mountain biking [01:40]

The planning that goes into expanding mountain biking trails [09:20]

Are severe are typical mountain biking injuries? [11:29]

What the next ten years of mountain biking holds [21:58]

How families can casually get into mountain biking [28:11]

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Pedal power takes off: Mountain biking benefits outweigh risks (Curtin News)

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Paul Braybrook
Researcher, Curtin School of Nursing
Paul Braybrook is a AHPRA Registered Paramedic for St John WA working for the state ambulance service. He is also the course coordinator for paramedicine at Curtin University.
In his spare time, he can be found riding in whatever mountains he happens to be closest to. Paul has a particular interest in sports medicine epidemiology and the management of traumatic injuries in outdoor remote locations. Pauls doctoral thesis aims to investigate the medical events that occur during the recreational use of outdoor terrestrial trails in Western Australia (WA) with particular focus on mountain biking and hiking. This is from both an epidemiological perspective and from a health service resources perspective.
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Rod Annear
Assistant Director Parks and Visitor Services at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
Rod is developing the next generation of supporters and visitors of national parks, marine parks and protected areas in Western Australia.
He is currently responsible for planning and implementing facilities, trails, experiences and information; and leading the management of the Parks website, social media strategy and mobile applications for park supporters and visitors.
Rod has wide experience in national park management and conservation; and recreation facility and activity planning, having spent 30 years in natural area management including 20 years as a National Park Ranger in Western Australia.

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