Athlete Factory Monthly Newsletter - March 2016
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TEAM PROFILE - U of C Dinos Women's Hockey

This month our Conditioning Coach Tessa VanDerVeeken interviewed Danielle Goyette, Head Coach of the U of C Dinos Women's Hockey Team, along with Tim Bothwell, Assistant Coach, to talk about their team and our conditioning for them.

1. The girls started out the 2015-2016 season by winning just 1 of their first 13 games; digging a big hole…13 points out of the last playoff spot. A BIG 2-1 OT win over Alberta at the “halfway pole” got the team on a roll that saw them go 11-4, winning their last 3 conference games to grab the last playoff spot. What has attributed to this turn around?

This year we had a lot of new players coming in. They had to learn a new system and the speed of the game is very different from what they’ve played before the university level. We practice everyday, we train every day and for them this is completely new. When you’ve never trained full time, day in and day out, it puts a lot of pressure on the athletes, especially when they’re tired. For us, that point of fatigue and breakdown was in November. The biggest difference over the last 15 games, was that the girls learned: how to play away from the puck, to trust each other, to believe in each other and how we needed to play in order to be successful. Their work ethic off and on the ice is really good. We push them as hard as we can and they never give up. They take it one day at a time. Their tenacity shows. They understand that if they keep working hard at something, it will pay off. Back in mid-November, with just one win; it was hard to believe that we could make the play offs. But they stuck with it; played hard and learned how to be a good team. It was a pretty amazing turn around over those last 15 games. Give credit to the girls, they never quit, they always come to the rink with a good attitude, they listen well and are very willing to do what we ask of them. As a coach and as a trainer, you can never ask for anything other than that.

2. The beginning of the season was tough. How do you continue to motivate the girls to keep working hard when times are tough?

Especially with a young team, you have to find a positive in what you’re doing and we really tried to focus on that starting back in late October/early November. Sometimes as a coach you might get frustrated because you don’t have the result you want and it’s not always because the team didn’t play well. As a coaching staff, we tell the girls, “Okay we lost a game, we have to learn something from this. Let’s look at what we did well and evaluate what we need to do better and move on. As a team we have to change, we have to keep working to get better and we have to work at it one day at a time.” During the December exam stretch, we did a lot of skill work at practice and that helped us as a group. The Christmas break was also good for them. They were refreshed when they came back in January. We had a bunch players step up their game and it gave us confidence as a team. This team has a lot of resilience as a whole…it is one of our best assets!”

3. The Dino’s currently have 8 first year players (and one transfer new to the CIS) on a 20 player squad. What separates future Dino players from other high level hockey players in your recruiting process? What do you look for in your U of C athletes?

When we recruit, we’re always looking for good players. We’re also looking for good students. In the past, we’ve learned that recruiting weak/average students is more work for us. If we can find a good student, it’s way less trouble for us as a staff and less pressure on us (and on them) at the end of the year. We know these girls can come back following year and play. That's a lot of pressure. There must be a commitment to hockey and school. I don’t want an athlete to come here just as a good hockey player. I want a well-rounded person and we’re looking for good people who will be good team mates. In women’s hockey, you will not make a living playing hockey. You have to use your degree while you’re playing hockey to get a degree. For me, good players and good students go together. 

4. You come from a high level of hockey before you began coaching. What was your highest level of competition and what do you take from those days to the work you do with the girls now?

3 Olympics – 1 silver and 2 gold medals; 9 world championships, 2014 Olympic assistant coach. When you play at that high level, you learn the commitment, the training and what you have to do day after day. You don’t train just 6 months out of the year, you have to train 11 months out of the year. Teamwork: it doesn’t matter how good you are. If you’re not a good teammate, you won’t be successful. It’s not just on the ice; it’s off the ice. You’ll never be best friends with the 20 players on the ice, but you have to respect what every player can bring. Work ethic is extremely important. You can’t be a great hockey player and be lazy. At some point things will get hard for you without work ethic. With a good work ethic in life, you learn to keep persevering. This is one of the characteristics I love in people and respect about people. I build this program off what I learned as a national team player. It is also very important to be respectful of your teammates. It is a privilege to play at the varsity level and the same goes with the national team. We can’t take anything for granted because when you do that, you stop growing as a person. The way you treat people everyday is way more important than how you play on the ice.

5. The girls have been working with Athlete Factory Conditioning Coaches Juul Crauwels and Doug Brown since the beginning of the season. How has their training made a difference this year in comparison to other years?

Working with Doug & Juul is totally new for our program. It’s different training, it’s different technique, and as a coach and as an athlete, I like to do different things. Even if you don’t see a result in the first year, it may take two or three. After Christmas, we saw a difference in the players. More quickness and more speed in the players. They’re in good shape right now. We’ve played more of our games with three lines and a number of the players are getting a lot of ice time. They are able to sustain the intensity through the three periods; which shows the effectiveness of their training. If you don’t have good training, that will show over a period of time.  his training has really paid off for this group and I’m looking forward to what it’s going to bring in the future. If I see this amount of improvement right now, I’m interested to see in a year or two what it’s going to bring.

6. There’re over 102,000 females under the age of 15 are playing hockey in Canada alone. What piece of advice would you give young athletes aspiring to play at a high level of sport?

Perseverance and hard work. When you think about it, the University level is there, but you don’t have many players who can play this level. You have to ask yourself: “What do I have to do to separate myself to be able to get there?”. As a person, you have to do something that other people aren’t willing to do to get to the next level. I will tell you something, day after day when you step on the ice for practice and work as hard as you can, in the long term, it will pay off. If you take a practice “off” here and there, and your work ethic drops over a long period of time; it will be tough to get ahead. At the end of the day, as a coach, if I show up to the rink to scout and see an athlete is not going to work hard, this will be an opportunity that they miss. You never know who’s watching, who’s looking.  As an athlete you have to do everything as if someone is watching your performance…whether they are or not!

2016 Training Goals resulting in Injury?

As we approach the third month of the New Year, you may have developed some extra aches and pains as you train for your 2016 goals. In honour of one of the most common injuries in athletics, Canadian Sprinter and AF Conditioning Coach Richina Foggo shares some helpful information from her recent literature review on shin splints:
Shin splits (medial tibial stress syndrome) are the most prevalent complaint at primary care, sports medicine, and orthopedic offices. Training errors appear to be the most common reported factors involved in MTSS, especially as athletes attempt to do too much, too fast. Common training errors include a recent onset of increased activity, intensity, or duration. Multiple studies suggest that MTSS can also be brought on by running on hard or uneven surfaces. Individuals with previous lower extremity injuries and running more than 20 miles per week are especially predisposed to overuse injuries of the lower extremity, including MTSS.

The second leading cause of MTSS is a muscle imbalance and inflexibility, especially tightness of the calf muscle. Research acknowledges that weakness of ‘‘core muscles’’ is an important risk factor for lower extremity injuries. If there are weaknesses throughout the pelvis and hip it is likely that the calf muscle will have to compensate and take more of the load, leading to the strain and tightness of the tibia. Interestingly, research notes that clinicians should also examine for imbalance of the hamstring and quadriceps muscles. 
Physical and athletic therapy modalities, such as ultrasound, whirlpool baths, phonophoresis, augmented soft tissue mobilization, electrical stimulation, and unweighted ambulation, may be used in the acute setting. At The Athlete Factory we also look past conservative treatment options and explore  MTSS as a mechanical issue of the hip and pelvis, and look closely at core stability in relation to performance. Specifically, we would look at the hip and pelvis relationship and the influence this has on an athlete while moving dynamically. Given that MTSS is most often the result of over-usage we look at why the overuse is occurring and then create a rehabilitation plan that will improve the elements that have caused the over- 
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Athlete News

Congratulations to all our athletes who participated in the Alberta Winter Games!

Cian Hilkewich brought home an individual silver and a team gold in the Alberta Winter Games.

Jayden Davis brought home a bronze medal with his hockey team in the Alberta Winter Games.

Gerrit van Bruggen won silver in the IPC Snowboard Banked Slalom and placed 8th at the World Cup.

Snowboarder Michelle Salt received a silver medal and 2 bronze medals at the IPC Canadian Para World Cup.

Congratulations to all our skiers who competed in the U18 Nationals. 

Nick Blevins continues to achieve much success while on tour with the Canadian Men's Rugby Team, starting all games in the Americas Rugby Championship to date. 

Darcy Weir, Rylee Stone, Harley Tucker and James O’Neill were selected to the Canadian National Rugby teams.

UofC Women's Hockey made it to the playoff with a big win over University of Lethbridge.

Rocky Mountain Raiders' centre Peyton Krebs hit the 100 point plateau in just 26 games.

Lacrosse athlete Christian Norrie was drafted #1 in Calgary in the Junior A draft to the Raiders.

Cam Chesser was 1st pick in Midget draft to Mounties Lacrosse.

"Mean" Hakeem Dawodu named among the Top 25 prospects in MMA.

Sports Therapy Clinic News

Jacob Carter (Physiotherapist) has completed the advanced level certification in Functional Dry Needling (also known as Intramuscular Stimulation). IMS is a safe and effective way to quickly address tight muscles, trigger points and chronic pain. His completion of this course series allows him to treat most muscles in the body.

Dylan Turner (Athletic Therapist) has taken a course in visceral manipulation. The visceral organs have ligamentous attachments to the spine, pelvis and ribcage. As a result, organ position and fascial tightness can affect skeletal biomechanics. Additionally, visceral organ irritability may present as peripheral pain. This course provides Dylan with a solid foundation to address these issues.

Evan Schwindt (Chiropractor) will be taking a course by Complete Concussion Management. This course is Canada's only evidence-based concussion management program and will allow Evan to provide the most up-to-date standardized baseline testing, concussion diagnosis, and treatment.

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