Athlete Factory Monthly Newsletter - November 2016
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Michael Klukas

Age: 22              
Sport: Football          
Level: Varsity
Team: University of Calgary Dinos
Could you give us a brief overview of your development and progression through the football ranks over the last few years?

Beginning at age 5, my early years in sport consisted mostly of hockey, baseball, volleyball and basketball. At 15 years old when I began high school at St. Mary's, my focus went  mainly to three sports Football, Basketball and Track and Field. At St. Mary's I really began to fall in love with the game of football and envisioned a future for myself in the sport. I played various positions including wide receiver, quarterback and returned kicks during my time at St. Mary's.

My highlights in high school consisted of winning the Div 2 City Championship in grade 11 (2010-2011) and the following year having the opportunity to play a game in California known as the "Saint Bowl" in which our team won 30-20.  In 2012 I was awarded the St. Mary's High School Athlete of the Year after being honored with awards in Football, Track and Field and Basketball.

In 2012 I committed to furthering my football career at the University level signing with the Calgary Dinos. I suited up for the Dinos for the first time in 2013, playing in all games at both wide receiver and kick returner. 2013 was a special season, our team won the Canada West conference and got the chance to play in the CIS National Championship (The Vanier Cup). Unfortunately, we lost the game but we were the first ever University of Calgary football team to achieve an undefeated regular season.

I have continued to grow and progress within the team the last few years achieving both team and individual success such as tying the record for longest Punt Return Touchdown in school history (110 yards in 2015). I began this season with an injury but thanks to Coach Nick and the Athlete Factory I got back on the field around mid-season and am currently getting set to play in our teams first playoff game this Saturday (November 5th).

Looking back over the sucsess you have had, is there any one moment that stands out for you as being memorable?

The moment that stands out for me is playing in the National Championship (Vanier Cup) in 2013. The 2013 team was a very special team, very young with low expectations that came together to go 8-0 throughout the regular season and winning 3 playoff games before ultimately losing in the Vanier Cup.

Even though we did not achieve the ultimate goal I am very proud to be able to call myself a part of that team. Winning the Vanier Cup is currently my ultimate goal as a football player and the memories of that game push me to become a better athlete every day.

Now that you have been training with Coach Nick for a while now, how do you feel The Athlete Factory has helped you accelerate your performance and how has it differed from previous S+C you have done in the past?

If I had not begun training with Coach Nick I really don't think I would be playing football this season. Hampered by injuries from 2014 and 2015 I began training with Coach Nick in May, faced with a new ailment that I fully expected to keep me out of action in the 2016 season. I had not been able to train my lower body for months because of the pain and discomfort I was feeling and was very concerned about the state of my football career.

Coach Nick and the Athlete factory introduced a whole new way of training that allowed me to perform at a high level without any discomfort. Not only am I back playing this season but I feel faster, more explosive and in better shape than I ever have felt in my playing career -progress which was all made during a rehab program! I am excited to see what my body can achieve as I can continue to train with the Athlete Factory.

If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring high level athletes out there, what would it be?

The advice I would give to aspiring high level athletes is that you can always bounce back from a poor circumstance. Whether that is a loss, bad play, injury or any negative circumstance I have realized that maintaining a positive and proactive mindset is the most important attribute to have in a successful athletic career. Using your energy to dwell on negatives will not help your performance in any way. Learn from every situation that may not go your way and use it as a chance to come back better than you were before. One of our coaches says it best "I never lose I just learn."

So, what are the next steps for you? Where are your dreams and aspirations taking you over the next 12 months?

Right now my focus is solely on this playoff run and being the best player I can be every day for my coaches and teammates in our pursuit of the Vanier Cup. As soon as the season is over I will take a very short break and begin training with Coach Nick for the 2017 CFL draft in May. I am very excited for what is to come with my training at the Athlete Factory and look forward to becoming the best athlete I can be!
Best of luck to Michael for the up and coming season. 

Complete Concussion Management

Sport-related concussions are the most common neurological injury that occurs in all levels of athletic participation. Concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries, are not limited to sports injuries however, as many occur with motor vehicle and workplace accidents, slip and falls, and school yard mishaps.
Although concussions are serious, potentially lethal, injuries, the negative implications can be significantly reduced and even possibly eliminated through early screening and management. There are a number of problems, though, that leave mainstream concussion treatment falling short of the mark:
  1. Lack of objective measures
  2. Lack of training in sport
  3. Lack of training in healthcare
  4. Lack of consistent clinical management and standardization
  5. Lack of communication
Although these problems cause major issues in concussion management and recovery, thankfully there are solutions. Research has demonstrated that proper management of concussions is paramount to ensuring long term brain health.

If you would like to get yourself protected against future issue, The Athlete Factory Sports Therapy Clinic can provide you with baseline concussion testing which is key to minimising post concussion risks and reducing recovery times. 

If you would like to read more on this topic, the article is available here and our Sports Therapy Clinic are more then happy to talk to you about the options available for pre screening and testing. 

Performance Assessments
Fri Nov 4th, 6 pm
Sat Nov 12th, 2 pm
Mon Nov 28th, 8 pm

Holiday Hours
Fri Nov 11th
Remembrance Day, 
9am - 4pm

Our Athletes in ACTION

Athlete News

Peyton Krebs won Gold at Western Hockey Canada U16 Challenge Cup.

Golfer Riley Fleming has moved onto the second stage of the Q-school.

Nick Blevins travels to Ireland this month with the Canadian Men's National Rugby Team.

The UofC Dinos Football begin the playoffs this weekend, with athletes Micah Teitz, Michael Klukas, Brendon Thera-Plamondon, Joel Vanpelt representing the team.  

Water Skier Geneva Roach finished 5th in Slalom & 5th Overall in her first US Collegiate Nationals.

Omid Raoufian
was identified and selected for Athletics Canada Talent Development Camp on November 25-27th.

Aspen Marsden helped lead her team to winning the CSHSAA Division 1 City Soccer Champs.

Cecilia Marie won Double gold in U18 & U16 at the U of A Judo Open.

Ronan Campbell
earned a recall during his hard shoe solo during the All Ireland Championship Competition with Possak Hampshire Academy of Irish Dance.

Xander Watt won 3rd overall in Canadian Fencing Federation Canada Cup West Tournament. 

2016 Project Warmth


The Athlete Factory is partnering up with the Strategic Group and the Project Warmth Society of Alberta to help supply warm clothing, outwear and blankets to families in need throughout Calgary.

This is an amazing charity and a great cause, one in which you can be of direct help too.

From November 14 to December 12 we are inviting Athletes and Parents to drop off new and gently-used winter clothing, helping us to reach the goal of suppling 15,000 pieces of clothing this year!

The donation bin will be arriving in the Factory in the coming days, so be sure to keep an eye out for it and make any contribution you can to this great cause. 

Winter is well on the way and before long the slopes will be open again for the new ski season. There is no better time to get back on track with your fitness program.

The good news is that our coaches are currently taking on new clients, and you can book your complimentary consultation
right here.

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