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Progressing Core Training For Baseball Performance

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

Baseball / Softball are unique in their physical demands. These sports require high levels of power in a variety of planes. Most notably is the ability to generate rotational power during the act of throwing, or hitting. At the centre of all of this is the trunk or core as it is commonly referred. The baseball athlete needs a tremendous …

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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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Core and Instability Training – Circus Act, or Performance Fact?

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

It is becoming impossible to talk about strength and conditioning without someone mentioning “CORE” training. The notion that in order to have functional sports training you must train the core specifically is not only wrong, but is leading to many problems and imbalances in today’s poorly trained athletes.  Before we delve into this, let’s first examine the classical thinking behind “core” training. …

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Bands and Chains… What happened to more plates?

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

This is a topic that has been on my mind for quite some time. Recently, I have begun to see an increase in the use of bands, chains and other forms of accommodating resistance with beginner and intermediate lifters. I see this type of training as gimmicky and believe that it misses the point of what these methods are intended …