Athlete Factory Monthly Newsletter - March 2015
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Name: Heidi Schmidtke
Age: 17
Sport: Dance

When did you start dancing? What inspired you to start?
I started dancing at age 5. My grand mother was a ballerina at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet company, I could see how much she loved dance and that inspired me to try it. 

Who are your role models?
My dance instructor Melodie McKee-Lacey is my role model. I admire her strength and passion towards dance and she inspires me to believe in myself. I wouldn't be as far as I am now without her being my guide and my friend. 
What are some recent achievements?
I am proud that I have achieved all my RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) vocational exams with distinction. These achievements are evidence of hard work and preparation for the future. 

What are your short and long-term goals?
I'm currently working on getting a Solo Seal award. This award is given to those who have completed all their exams and have completed the Solo Seal performance exam. My long term goal is to make it into a professional dance company and Solo Seal can help me get there.

What advice would you give young dancers?
I would tell them to believe in them-selves and be open to new things. You'll never know what you can do until you try it. 

What challenges have you overcome?
One of the challenges that I've had to face in dance is the ability to take risks and show vulnerability in an artistic way but keep control of technique in an athletic way. I do my best to visualize and practice taking those risks in training so that when I perform I can feel confident.
How has training at the Athlete Factory helped you? 
Training at the Athlete Factory has helped me to gain a better understanding of movement and how it can be related to dance athletically. I've seen most of the improvement in power, strength and stamina in dance because I could apply the knowledge I gained at Athlete Factory to my dancing.

I enjoy the positive atmosphere and the mentalities of bettering yourself every day and recognizing improvement when it isn't always visible. 

The Athlete Factory has partnered with Crossings Dance for the conditioning of their dancers. For more information about Crossings visit their website.
What is the difference between Acupuncture and Dry Needling?

The differences are evident in the evaluative tools used by the practitioner, the assessment, the application, and overall intended goal.

Acupuncture is a treatment based on eastern medical diagnosis requiring training in Traditional Chinese Medicine whereas the use of dry needling in Physical Therapy is firmly rooted in western medical philosophy.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture, the evaluation of a patient often includes tongue and pulse diagnosis. The information obtained from these provides direction for the TCM practitioner to insert needles into specific points that lie along meridians or channels of the body through which the life force flows. The ultimate goal of TCM acupuncture is to restore normal flow of the life force.

In dry-needling, an evaluation by a Physiotherapist will include investigation of history and behavior of symptoms, pain patterns, posture, movement, muscular and articular function as well as the use of various functional and orthopaedic tests. The information gained from this assessment will guide the Physiotherapist to insert needles into muscle tissue that is implicated by the findings.

Ultimately, it is important to remember that needles are only one part of the treatment process that is provided with the overall goal being to restore function.

Shannon Forsyth, MScPT, CAT(c), BHK

Source: Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Intramuscular manual therapy (dry-needling)-Resource paper. March 2010.


Both Dry Needling & Acupuncture are available at the
Athlete Factory Sports Therapy Clinic!


Performance Assessments:
Wednesday March 4 at 530pm
Tuesday March 10 at 730pm
Saturday March 28 at 10am

Recovery Sessions:
Every Sunday at 12pm
Every Monday at 630pm


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Bursary Opportunity for Calgary Athletes!

Don't miss out on this funding opportunity. One of last year's recipients trained with us.

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Excited to partner with Henry Wisewood High School.

We will be leading their Sports Performance Classes in the 2015/2016 school year! 


Best of luck Tyler Hollick as he gets set to start spring training camp with the San Francisco Giants!

Congrats to Brynn Masikewich's  basketball school team who won 5 tournaments this her and she was named MVP for 4 of those tournaments.

Also to Summer Masikewich for her St.Francis Basketball team winning 3 tournaments this season!

Speed Skater Matt Medlicott finished second in his division in a province wide competition with personal bests in all the finals!

Good luck mogul skier Luke Ulsifer who's in Japan for the next two World Cup events.

Congrats Dawson Hill on your Bronze in Slalom at the Canadian Winter Games!

Congrats to Devin Mittertreiner and Ryan Finlay who placed 2nd and 3rd place in Ski Cross at the Canada Winter Games! 

Excited to see Todd Halpen return to competitive tour golf!

Shout out to Talia Benson, U of C swimmer who competed in her last CIS Championships!

Well done MMA fighter Hakeem Dawodu who won his last fight in a 3rd round TKO!

Congratulations synchronized swimmer Breanne Law on winning duets at Provincials. 

Victoria Royals goalie Coleman Vollrath gets another player of the month and goalie of the week accolades!

Calgary Mustangs player Mason Mitchell invited to the Buffalo Sabres development camp!

Lots of news in lacrosse! Congratulations to all Mustang Lacrosse athletes on their recent selections in the Junior lacrosse draft. Best of luck in your upcoming seasons on the floor. Jr A Draft: Isaac Bot (2nd) - Mountaineers, Myles Hamm (3rd) - Raiders & Spencer Gillis (16th) - Mountaineers. JR B Draft: Spencer Gillis (6th) - Chill, Jacob Gen (9th) - Chill, Keaton Lissel (12th) - Shamrocks, Connor Peterson (17th) - Mounties & Isaac Bot (27th) - Chill.

17 year old soccer player Tahg Neale is attending the RIASA Prospect Camp in Orlando, Florida, March 6-8. Good luck!

Huge congrats to Michelle Salt, whom we've recently started to do some work with. She has her first podium finish in banked slalom, 3rd place!

Cassie Winkelaar finished in 2nd place for synchro duets at Canada Winter Games!

Good luck to Nick Blevins, National Team Rugby player, who'll be competing in the Pacific Rugby Challenge in Fiji from March 10 to 23. 

Happy to announce the return of
Athletic Therapist Sarah Breu!

Sarah Breu returns to our Sports Therapy Clinic from maternity leave on March 3rd! She's looking forward to treating her past patients and welcomes new patients too!

Reminder our clinic is open to the general public. Contact us to book your appointment: 403 255 7703

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