Athlete Factory Monthly Newsletter - July 2019

The Factory News

July 2019

This Month's Featured Athlete

Marla Wheeler
Ringette, Defense/Center, U19AA/U21 Team Canada
Marla Wheeler is an 18 year old ringette player who simply got involved in the sport when she was told by her parents that she couldn’t sit around doing nothing all winter. But since joining the sport at a young age there’s been no looking back, and her hard work and dedication have meant that in addition to playing U16 and U19 AA level (her team claimed bronze at the most recent Nationals), she’s also been a member of Team Alberta (competing in the Canada Winter Games) and just recently made the U21 National Team. 

“The thing I love most about ringette is the speed and the teamwork involved. It’s a high-paced game where you really have to be on your toes and think quickly to win, and for a competitive person like me, it’s an amazing sport! As well, the bond you create with your teammates is just the best. To this day, a lot of my closest friends are girls I’ve played with or against over the past 13 years” says Marla. When asked what she likes most about the Athlete Factory, she goes on to say “I like that I’m able to see the improvement on my speed and power as a result of the work that I’m doing. The focus on explosiveness has been a huge factor in my improvement over the last couple of years. I also appreciate knowing how everything I’m doing is going to apply to my sport and help me be better.”

Marla’s hard work and training in season and out of season is a key factor to her success. During the off season, we were able to make significant improvements in her performance that we have been able to build upon in season as a result of continuing to train 2 to 3 times per week, sometimes up to 6 hours on top of her ringette schedule. Marla’s Performance Coach Tom Clifford explains that “we were able to continue to address her performance needs while ensuring she was feeling ready for her games at the weekend. Training in season, even with a busy sport schedule, is critical for all athletes if they are really serious about achieving their goals. As Marla knows through her training, outstanding performance improvements can be gained without running her into the ground. Each session will vary in intensity, volume and load depending on what else she has scheduled that week and what she has coming up. In the build up to Marla’s Team Canada tryouts, we primarily focused on her evasive ability on the ice thus improving her ability to beat her opponents through change of direction and change of pace. Through various change of direction tasks combined with addressing Marla’s coordination, impulse and posture needs, she was able to take the improvements from the weight room and our sprint and jump sessions to the ice, where it matters most” describes Tom.

Marla is quick to recognize the improvements in her game; “training at the Athlete Factory has helped me become faster and stronger on the ice. My first stride is much more explosive and I’m able to get away from, or catch up to, other players faster than I could two years ago” she says. But she won’t stop there. Next up she has her sights set on playing in the National Ringette League (NRL) in 2020 and ultimately making the Senior National Team. As for advice she might give to other aspiring athletes, she believes in these two simple adages “always work hard, but remember to have some fun” and “it’s okay to make mistakes. Reset and learn from them.”

Our Sports Therapy Clinic welcomes our new Chiropractor Dr. Zack Morcom

Please join us in welcoming our new chiropractor Dr. Zach Morcom. Dr. Morcom grew up in Calgary, where he developed a passion for health and human performance while playing just about every sport he could. His active childhood led to his fair share of injuries which is where he was first introduced to the many benefits of chiropractic care. He went on to pursue a bachelor degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary, before moving to Portland Oregon where he graduated cum laude with a
Doctorate of Chiropractic from the University of Western States.

Dr. Morcom loved how quickly chiropractic care was able to get him back to feeling and performing at his best and he now strives to pass this same experience on to his patients. His treatments are tailored to the unique individual in front of him and utilize a combination of chiropractic adjusting, soft tissue therapies, taping, and education on exercise and nutrition to ensure each patient receives a treatment plan tailored to their own specific needs.

During his time in Chiropractic school Dr. Morcom was heavily involved in the R2P (rehab to performance) club on campus which seeks to bridge the gap between rehab and performance training. In addition he pursued many continuing education opportunities including McKenzie Diagnostic Technique, Neurodynamic Solutions, DNS, Smart Tools, and much more.

Dr. Morcom realizes that no two patients are the same and focuses his practice on empowering his patients and helping to find long-term solutions to get them to where they want to go whether they are an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, or simply wanting to feel their best.

When he is not in the office Dr. Morcom enjoys spending his time staying active whether it is at the gym, participating in recreational sports, or exploring the outdoors with his friends and family.
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.

Football Combine - 27 July 2019

Athlete Factory Founder & Director Paul Balsom's work and research will revolutionize football in North America.

- Jim Barker, CFL Coach & Manager
Test Yourself and See Where You Measure Up Across the 6 Core Events   

Tests include:
  • 40 Yard Dash (with 10 yard split)
  • Vertical Jump (with Vertec)
  • Standing Broad Jump
  • Bench Press
  • 3 Cone Drill
  • Pro Agility Test
Participants Receive:
  • 25% of funds donated directly back to your football program
  • A detailed combine report with your scores and group averages
  • Proven tips and focus areas to improve your test results
  • $40 off baseline concussion testing at our Sport Therapy Clinic
  • Premium pricing for our pre-season and in-season conditioning programs

SALE: Personal Training Packages

Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.⁣ Summer is here and we want to help you reach your fitness goals! ⁣

We're kicking off July with our Personal Training Sale. Don't miss out on up to 40% off our Personal Training Packages! ⁣

Check out Some Outstanding Accomplishments from our Athletes 

Kai Uchacz invited to Canada's U17 Hockey Camp. 

Peyton Krebs NHL first round draft pick for the Vegas Golden Knights.

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 - June

3 Double Leg Hop: Kai Uchacz (8.12 m) / Asha Hanson (6.50 m)
10m Test: Colton Jones (1.752 sec) / Geneva Letal (1.968 sec)
30m Test: Colton Jones (4.164 sec) / Piper Sartison (4.663 sec)
T-Test: Colton Jones (7.269 sec) / Jenna Roach (8.021 sec)
PC Test: Matthew Christoffersen (50.75 lengths) / Asha Hanson (45.25 lengths)

Important Dates 

Mondays at 8pm
Saturdays at 2pm
August 5th - Closed
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