Athlete Factory Monthly Newsletter - November 2019

The Factory News

November 2019

This Month's Featured Athlete

Alexis (Lexi) Bedier
16 years old, Hockey - forward
Alexis is a young hockey player with big aspirations and a bright future. Her hockey playing father taught her to skate at a very early age, and she then picked up hockey at the age of 5. She describes the feeling of being part of a team and pushing herself as some of the reasons why she loves the sport. “Being on the ice gives me a feeling of freedom that nowhere else can mirror,” she adds. 

Having so much passion and joy for something makes it easier to work hard at it, and Alexis has done just that. As a result, she has many career highlights, including winning the Alberta Winter Games, the Alberta Challenge Cup, and the Bantam AAA provincials. Most recently, Alexis has committed to The Ohio State University to play NCAA Division 1 hockey. 

In the past couple years, to help her achieve such successes, Alexis joined the Athlete Factory and the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy. “The Athlete Factory pushes me to my limits in both speed and strength results. Other programs cannot compare to the precision in the one on one technical sessions and the intensity in the energy system sessions,” explains Alexis. “There is no question the Athlete Factory has been a huge part of my game.” As a hockey player, Alexis needs to have a presence on the ice, be physically very strong, while also needing to be quick, agile, and explosive. Performance Coach Jessica Leemans explains our approach to achieve these effective results, “the key to transferring Alexis’ strength in the squat rack to her ability to move quickly on the ice, is our focus on getting her to utilize her hip extensors and hamstrings in the strength work. This improves her ability to generate horizontal force, as well as her hip extension/knee extension coordination and hip extension/hip flexion coordination - all crucial elements to Alexis’ ability to be quick, dynamic and explosive on the ice.” Jessica goes on to explain that a big part of Alexis’ training has been spent on the track, “the ability to replicate the preferred coordination and improved strength and stability, and apply these in her plyometrics, track drills, acceleration work, agility training and technical speed sessions, is integral to ensuring favourable performance results in her sport now and for the long term”.

Next up, Alexis’ goal is to win a national title at the U18 National Championships with Team BC and receive a Top 60 to Top 40 Team Canada invite. Long term, Alexis looks to her NCAA future and hopes to be an impact player going into Ohio State in 2021. With these aspirations, Alexis reminds us that “at the end of the day the only person who can achieve your goals is you and you should enjoy every second of the work you put in.”

Group Sports Conditioning: 
No Team Left Behind 

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Sports Therapy Clinic Reminder:
Don't lose your employer health benefits

A friendly reminder that a lot of extended health insurance and benefits from employers reset at the end of the year.

If you don’t use these benefits you will lose them.

Our often covered by extended health benefits include:
  • Chiropractic
  • Physiotherapy 
  • Massage Therapy

If you are experiencing tightness following midterms, training for marathon or  have aches and pains from raking leaves, our Sports Therapy Clinic can tailor a treatment plan just for you.
We also provide direct billing for various insurances to simplify your visit.   
Services offered: Chiropractic | Physiotherapy | Massage Therapy | Acupuncture | Shockwave | Concussion Management | Laser | A.R.T.
*Note: Not all our services/practitioners may be available for online booking. If you do not see what you are looking for CALL 403 255 7703 to book.
Start your weekend right with Saturday massages. The Athlete Factory Sports Therapy Clinic has expanded its weekend services to better serve you. Book your weekend massage today!

The AF Solution
to those common injuries

AF Founder/Performance Director Paul Balsom's work in performance led to some interesting breakthroughs in injury prevention and rehabilitation. The coordinative strategies adopted by many strength and conditioning coaches are compounding movement pattern deficiencies that lead to many common injuries; hamstring, adductor, ACL, back, achilles, and even concussion (ability to control contact, and/or save yourself efficiently when falling). While many think if you are training, it will help performance and injury prevention no matter what. In fact, the wrong type of training might well be detrimental. A recent study of hip and pelvic injuries showed the hardest training athletes are likely to have the most and more severe injuries. Once more a review of coordination strategies allows more and improved movement options. When Head of Strength and Conditioning at an English Premiership Rugby team Paul reduced injuries throughout the first season by 60%, and concussions by 80%.⁠

Check out Some Outstanding Accomplishments from our Athletes 

Kai Uchacz was selected for the 2019 World U17 Hockey Challenge. Representing Team Canada Black (one of three Canadian teams).

Jacob Berg was drafted 1st overall for his lacrosse Jr Prep Camp.

Mac Laursen clinches the IKF Intercontinental Light Cruiserweight Champion title. 

Raya Hafez and Korey Jenkins's Made Hoops team won the Good Hoops Tournament.
Did we miss highlighting your accomplishment? Have a newsworthy 'win'?
Speak to your Lead Coach and they can ensure you are included in our next edition!

By the Numbers - October

3 Double Leg Hop: Kylin Fraser (9.20 m) / Kerigan Frampton (7.26 m)
10m Test: Sam Sabine (1.683 sec) / Anya Pedersen (1.748 sec)
30m Test: Micheal True (4.124 sec) / Kerigan Frampton (4.479 sec)
T-Test: Sam Sabine (7.171 sec) / Ainsley Jordan (7.566 sec)
PC Test: Billy Hamilton (45.75 lengths) / Ainsley Jordan (46.25 lengths)

Important Dates 

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Saturdays at 2pm
November 11th - Closed
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