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Ankle Mobility & Jump Height

In Blog, Sports Science, Strength Training, Training, Uncategorized, Warm-Up by Dave Scott-McDowell

  How does ankle mobility affect jump height? Often when coaches look to improve athletes jump height they look immediately at lower body strength and power. This is for good reason as both of these have a significant impact on an athlete’s ability to jump higher. As previously discussed both jump training and Olympic lifting improve lower body power and …

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Write Your Own Workout: Steps For a Balanced Plan

In Blog, Featured, Sports Science, Strength Training, Training, Uncategorized, Warm-Up by Dave Scott-McDowell0 Comments

  For anyone who does not currently have a coach or trainer writing your own workout plan can be a daunting task. Fortunately there are steps you can take to ensure that your plan is balanced and can help you reach the goals you want. The best way to ensure that you will be getting the results you want is …

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Vertical Jump Exercise: How to Improve Your Ability to Fly

In Blog, Sports Science, Strength Training, Training, Uncategorized, Warm-Up by Dave Scott-McDowell

Vertical jump might be the king of athletic movements. Sport performance coaches use the vertical jump as a predictor of athletic performance. The vertical jump is also commonly referred to as the countermovement jump (CMJ).  This test has been shown to correlate well to speed, and athleticism. If I could only perform one test to find the best athlete on …

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In Season Training: Yes You Should Train!

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  In season training may be just the thing you need for that playoff victory. Too often I see a lot of athletes that will stop training during their sports seasons. A lot of excuses get tossed around from, “I’m too tired”, “I don’t have enough time”, etc. That is exactly what all of these amount to … Excuses. There is …

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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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Creating a Great Pre-Workout Meal

In all, Blog, Nutrition, Uncategorized by Dave Scott-McDowell3 Comments

I often am asked what to eat in order to have a kick ACE training session. Usually this is highly dependent on the individual however there are a few rules that you can follow to help maximize the pre-workout meal effectiveness. So let me outline my list for effective pre-workout meal strategies. Include a Source of Protein It goes without …

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Working With the Female Athlete: Part 2

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In part 1, we discussed the need for a structured strength and conditioning program in order to reduce the incidence of all injury. If you missed it you can find it [HERE]. With this piece we will attempt to explore specific training that has been used successfully in the minimization of ACL injuries in female populations. It should also be …

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Another Ankle Article … Yeah Another One

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It seems like every day I am helping someone correct their squat pattern. A lot of time this is due to poor ankle range of motion. A lot of training programs are very good at focusing on the chest, legs, core, and other major muscle groups. A lot of these smaller issues tend to get lost in the shuffle. I …

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Quick and Dirty Ankle Mobility

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Lately I have been working with more and more athletes that are restricted in ankle dorsiflexion. This restriction is becoming apparent when my newer athletes are unable to perform a full squat. The fact is that if you have limited ankle dorsiflexion range there is a host of functional movements that you will not be able to perform correctly, and possibly you may be …

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The 3 Things I Wish I Knew About Strength and Conditioning When I Started.

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I have been training full time professionally, for just over 5 years. In this time period I have had the luxury of working with every sort of clientèle imaginable. I have worked with athletes, kids, and regular people of varying skill levels, motivation levels, and aspirations. Their motivation varies from wanting to be more active, too wanting to make it professionally. From these …

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Should We Be In-Season Training?

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With football seasons having just about to get started across the country now, as well as hockey, basketball, volleyball and many other fall/winter sports beginning tryouts it amazes me how many athletes will stop training. Year after year there is a sudden drop off in athletic training as sporting seasons get started. In fact it is like a ghost town …

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5 Reasons You Can’t Squat!

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I often hear that the squat is the king of exercises. While I believe that exercises are tools and should be used for the right situation, let me just say that I think there are a lot of situations that can benefit from a good ole squat. I constantly find myself reaching into my tool box and pulling out the …