Athlete Factory Monthly Newsletter - February 2016
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Name: Charlie Trafford
Sport: Soccer
Level: Professional (Ekstraklasa - Polish, Top League) & Team Canada

1. There are over 767,000 kids playing soccer throughout Canada between the ages of three and 17.  What helped you move to the next level of competition in a sport where so many athletes are fighting to play at a high level?

Hard work and self belief. I had my goals and dreams in my head. And knew what I had to do to get there. So regardless of what anyone said, and who told me I couldn't do it, I never quit, and I kept my head down and never stopped working. 

2. Who has been your biggest influence in your game?

I've had some great coaches growing up, like Tommy Wheeldon Jr. and many others, who've had a big influence on me. But without a doubt my biggest influence had to be my parents. My dad coached many of my teams when I was young. And on top of that he was out in the park with me most days, supporting me, pushing me, motivating me and enjoying the journey with me. My mom made sure my school work was done and that I got to all my sporting events. They were an incredible support system that were there to push me but also keep me up during the tough times. They sacrificed a lot for me, I would never have gotten to where I am today without them. 

3. What is your most memorable moment as a soccer player? And what are your greatest accomplishments?

I guess one that will fall into both categories of memorable and an accomplishment would be listening to the national anthem play before getting to wear the team Canada jersey for the first time and play for my country. 

Winning player of the year in Finland for KUPS and leading goal scorer was pretty special too. 

4. How has training at the Athlete Factory affected your performance on the field? What's the biggest difference you notice as a player?

Without exaggeration, I really have never seen results like I have here. The Athlete factory offered a different type of training than I've ever had before. It's an incredible atmosphere in the factory, with specified, detailed work. With a plan built for me and dedication of the coaches I left the Athlete Factory faster and stronger and had a huge improvement in change of direction, which is massive for my job. And a small bonus, I left without any more pain in my hip flexor thanks to treatment and the training to fire the correct muscles at the right time. While living in Europe, I don't get to spend much time home each year, but the few weeks I am home, I'm at the Athlete Factory almost every single day. That's a testament to how good it is. 

5. What is your ultimate goal in soccer?

The ultimate goal... I guess would be to play at Old Trafford. Trafford and Old Trafford. Would be cool. But just want to keep getting better every day. Make a career out of this game and never stop loving it.  

6. What advice can you give young players who aspire to get to your level?

It doesn't matter what you do in life, there are no short cuts. No easy way. So DREAM BIG!! And never give up. But be ready to work like you've never worked before. 

Stay in school. Never stop learning. And believe in yourself. Most importantly, love what you do, have fun. That makes work really easy.  

7 Ways to Manage Acute Injuries

Rule #1: A good historian can lead to an accurate assessment and better treatment results.

Try to determine what happened during the incident and write it down - Did the symptoms appear immediately or gradually? How would you describe the symptoms? Was there a noise (e.g., pop/crack)? 

Rule #2: When certain that no immediate medical intervention is needed, address the acute pain.

A) Apply ice for a few days while the acute pain exists.
B) Consider taking an analgesic or anti-inflammatory medication for a couple days to help cope with the initial pain. 
C) Apply gentle compression (e.g. tensor bandage).

Rule #3: Most acute pain will disappear with a few days of rest, unloading the injured structure and then slowly introducing pain free movement and exercise.

If pain continues after more than a few days of rest, it is likely that you will benefit from seeing your AF sports therapy practitioner to determine the cause and provide appropriate treatment in conjunction with your AF sports conditioning coach.

Rule #4: Continue to exercise in ways that does not irritate the injury.

As a general rule, the body loves movement. The more we can move without pain, the more our brain understands that it does not need to create muscle spasm to protect our body after an injury.  As a result, our movement will have fewer compensations, and healing usually occurs faster. 

Rule #5: Healthier and younger bodies heal quicker.

Healing is quicker in people with healthy bodies, immune systems, and lifestyle habits. Optimize what you have control over: eat healthy and often, drink 8+ glasses of water, maintain activity as possible, sleep more than you usually would, reduce your stress levels, reduce risk factors for colds/flues/illnesses.

Rule #6: Our tissues heal in a sequential pattern.  Take advantage of it.

Your tissues heal in the same order as every other human.  The amount of time needed is dependent on factors discussed in Rule #5, but estimates are provided for a healthy adult.  Tissues undergo the following four stages: clot formation, inflammation, proliferation, and maturation.

Rule #7: During the proliferation and maturation phases, gradually increase the tension applied to the injured tissue. 

The safest method is to start with Isolated Contractions: Start by flexing/contracting the affected tissue.  Can you turn on the muscle / make it contract without pain? If so, move on to the next method.

Isometric Exercises:  To do this, build up tension in the muscle by applying force against a stationary object.  Start with 25% of what you think your max could be.  Perform 2 sets of 10 repetitions and hold each for 10 seconds, Over a few days, gradually build up to 50-80% of what you think your max could be. Again all of this should be done without pain.

Isotonic Exercises: This is the type of exercises that you are most likely to associate with lifting weights. Pick a weight that is 25% of what you think your 1 rep max would be. Slowly lift it up (concentric phase) and lower it down (eccentric phase) – 3 seconds in each direction is ideal. Focus on the form of the exercise and consult your AF sports conditioning coach. Your goal is to have control through the full range of motion for this muscle. Your AF sports conditioning coach will guide you through this process.

Return to Sport: If the previous steps were successful, return to your previous sport with cautioned excitement! 

Concluding Remarks

Injuries take time to heal, however with the right stimulus at the right time, you can maximize your healing potential! Your AF sports therapy practitioner and AF sports conditioning coach will work together to get you through this process!

Athlete Factory Sports Therapy Clinic
Offers Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy and Athletic Therapy. Call 403 255 7703 to book your appointment.

Athlete Factory Sports Conditioning
Offers Elite Performance and Youth Development training. Call 403 255 7703 for a complimentary consultation. 

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Athlete News

Welcome back to all our CFL players for the start of their off-season training. 

Peyton Krebs named #2 on the Top 10 prospects for 2016 Bantam WHL Draft. 

Alyssa Hill (Pano Ski) and Devin Mittertreiner (Fernie Alpine Ski) are two of a select few U16 athletes across Canada who earned the opportunity to represent the country at the upcoming Trofeo Topolino in Italy, one of the premiere youth ski races in the world.

Figure Skater Nicole Joe competed at her first Junior Nationals!

Professional Golfer Riley Fleming makes it to the final stages of the Asian Q-School.

Hakeem Dawodu was named to the Top 25 MMA Prospects.

Nick Blevins & Gordie McRorie named to the Canada squad for the upcoming rugby tests. 

Great to have UofC Dinos Women's Hockey in to kick off the new year with some performance testing. 

Matthew Davis was selected to play in the Bantam AA All Star Hockey Game.

The SWU 2004 Celtic girls win gold a couple weekends ago.

The following lacrosse athletes were selected to the All Star games at the Adrenalin Challenge: Liam Peterson, Keaton Lissel, Stephen MacNutt, Gage Turner, Isaac Bot and Myles Hamm.

Beth Durnie competed at the Youth American Grand Prix in Seattle.

Fernie Alpine Skier Catherine Carruthers wins the slalom at Sun Peaks.

Mustangs Starz Lacrosse took silver in Elite level at Adrenaline Challenge and the High School team took gold.  

AF Coach & Athlete Dirk Dembroski has been invited to spring training with the Empire professional Baseball League in Georgetown, Delaware.

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