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Essential Components of a Youth Strength and Conditioning Program

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The youth strength and conditioning program has become a major selling point for many training facilities lately. I have even seen under armor adds promoting youth conditioning in their advertisements for their clothes. Companies are now incorporating super heroes, and other fictional characters into their clothing in order to make training more appealing to youth athletes. Many private strength and …

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Training Lessons From Video Games

In Blog, Nutrition, Strength Training, Training, Uncategorized by Dave Scott-McDowell0 Comments

  Growing up in the 80s and 90s I was introduced to video games. For today’s youth gaming has become a cultural phenomenon with people even making their careers out of playing them, turning their skills into careers and world championships being played out at Super Bowl-level events. Some of my favorites as a kid were Mario brothers, final fantasy, …

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Strength Coach Concussion Primer

In Blog, Sports Science, Strength Training, Training by Dave Scott-McDowell2 Comments

Recently concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries have been gaining significant exposure in the media. The NHL, NFL and other sporting organizations have made the dangers of concussions public in an attempt to change the games. This article will act as a Strength Coach concussion primer, and provide the necessary information for the strength coach. Concussion rates are estimated to …

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Youth Training Establishing the Fundamentals

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“Why isn’t my son/daughter sweating?” Ever heard this phrase? As a physical preparation coach in the private sector that often works in youth training, I have heard this more than a few times. The fact of the matter is that the perception of training has become skewed in many people’s eyes. With cross fit commercials of people pushing themselves to …

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Guest Post: The Smallest Worthwhile Change

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Another Post From Strength and Performance Coach. Cory Kennedy, M.Sc. You can find Cory on His Website at Razorsedgeperformance.ca.   There is a concept in high performance of the smallest worthwhile change. It is a concept born out in statistics about what type of intervention is necessary to change your placing in competition. For example, the 100m dash in the …

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Guest Post: The Truth Behind Muscle Confusion

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Today’s post comes from a friend of mine and very talented Strength and Performance Coach. Cory Kennedy, M.Sc. You can find Cory on His Website at Razorsedgeperformance.ca. I love broscience…I used to smile every time I heard something exceptionally ‘unfounded by science’ at Extreme Fitness back in the day. Muscle confusion is one of those great terms. It seemed so ridiculous …

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RAMP Warm-Up Guide: The Complete Warm Up System

In all, Blog, Strength Training, Training, Uncategorized, Warm-Up by Dave Scott-McDowell0 Comments

  The Ramp Warm-Up is perhaps the most important piece of the training session. Anyone that knows me knows that I thrive on systems, structure and planning. Thus I am always searching for new systems and structures that allow me to provide a better service to my athletes and clients. A little while back I was struggling with how to …

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Working with the Female Athlete Part 1: Injuries and the ACL

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What benefits will strength and conditioning programs offer for the female athletes? In part 1 I will be discussing the role of the strength and conditioning program on INJURY REDUCTION in female populations. More specifically we will center upon the reduction of ACL injuries in female athletics. Unfortunately many females still do not understand the benefits of a properly designed …

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Lift… Rest… Lift… Rest… GROW?? (Rest Pause Training)

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Rest Pause training is quickly becoming one of my favorite methods for muscle hypertrophy.  The beauty of rest pausing is that it will allow you to lift a weight for more reps in a given set then you could typically lift before you hit failure. Why is this important? Well reaching muscle failure ensures that you are breaking down a …