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An Argument for Oxygen Supplementation in Athletes

Oxygen Supplementation in Athletes a radical, new and old, thought?

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Live o2, Oxygen Supplementation in Athletes

The great thing about life is perspective.  You can use the information intended for one purpose, but with a different perspective you can look from a different angle, you can see an entirely new conclusion.  My hope is to walk you down the road to see that we have missed one of the most basic building blocks of performance in sport, oxygen.

The question I have always wanted to answer is how Native Americans were able to go on physically demanding hunts, maintain a slendor, muscular build without motor learning research performed during practice sessions or treadmills for endurance work or completed Olympic lifts in their weight room. So how could it be that they were able to accomplish such feats of  endurance and strength without all the training?

My first hypothesis is oxygen and our current lack there of, in our current lives.

Here are my thoughts that lead me to this conclusion.

  1. Otto Warburg, a mid 20th century cell biologist in Germany, cellular respiration is simple truth: cells that cannot breathe, cannot, and will not ever, work properly. Anything that skips the first and obvious neglects the
    metabolism of life.
  2. Current Atmospheric levels:  Compared to prehistoric times, the level of oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere has declined by over a third and in polluted cities the decline may be more than 50%. This change in the makeup of the air we breathe has potentially serious implications for our health and performance, according to Roddy Newman and his book, The Oxygen Crisis.
  3. Manfred von Ardenne, developed in the late 1960s by Professor von Ardenne, (a student of Dr. Otto Warburg), Oxygen Multistep Therapy combines oxygen therapy, elements that facilitate intracellular oxygen turnover, and physical exercise adapted to individual performance levels.
  4. Dr. Mark Sircus states, “long and hard is the search for substances that athletes can use to increase sports performance. There are more than several substances that are natural, legal, non-toxic and safe that athletes can use, but like everywhere else in the world of medicine most still prefer dangerous pharmaceuticals to natural medicinals even with the risk of being discovered and banned from competition.”  and, “extra oxygen increases muscles’ energy production improving athletic output ability; intensity and duration.  The secret to Olympic success is higher concentrations of oxygen delivery to the cells.. ” For entire post, click here
  5. Oxygen has been proven to be a natural, ethical & legal way to stimulate biologically effective levels of growth hormones, especially the ones ethic-challenged athletes use illegally, like EPO, erythropoietin AND HGH, Human Growth Hormone?

I realize that additional details may be needed to connect these dots into a more detailed, comprehensive study, suffice to say that increasing your oxygen intake would benefit athletes, both in the short and long run.

 

 

 

The McCarthy Project EWOT Sessions

Exercise With Oxygen Training Sessions For Elite Performance in Life and Sport

live_o2_logoOver the years, The McCarthy Project has developed gestalt theory of elite performance and oxygen is a major component of that philosophy. Each session is 30 minutes in length: a 5-10 warm-up on a treadmill, or a bike trainer (you can use your own bike. if desired) followed by a 15 minute training session and a 5 minute cool down.

Session Rates:
Individual Sessions $50.00
Elite Package (16 sessions) $500.00
Gestalt Package (Unlimited sessions for 4 months) $1000.00

Location:
23568 Birch Road
Rogers, MN 55374

Each session package includes a 60 minute consultation to review your current fitness level and your goals. All sessions are by appointment only.

For more information on how we may be able to take your training to the next level, contact Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982 or cs(at)themccarthyproject.com.

Oxygen Training with LiveO2 Systems
LiveO2 Adaptive Contrast System

Some EWOT Training benefits include:
1. Increased oxygen saturation for the purpose of delayed onset of muscle soreness
2. Development of auto-immune system
3. Super charge current nutrition strategies with the increased oxygen levels
4. Amplify body’s natural hormones for an increase in muscle mass

 

 

Tom Brady: Coca-Cola “Poison for Kids”

By Christina Sarich, Infowars.com

101915bradycokeNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called Coca-Cola “poison for kids.”

“You probably go out and drink Coca-Cola and think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s no problem,’” he said on the Dennis & Callahan Morning Show. “Why, because they pay lots of money for advertisements that think that you should drink Coca-Cola for a living?”

“No, I totally disagree with that and when people do that, I think that’s quackery, and just the fact that they can sell that to kids? That’s poison for kids.”

Regular coke does contains high-fructose corn syrup, which has been linked to a variety of health problems including high blood pressure and obesity.

Also he noted frosted flakes…

But Brady didn’t just attack coke: he also questioned whether Frosted Flakes is “actually a food.”

“You keep eating those things and you keep wondering why we do have just incredible rates of disease in our country,” the quarterback said.

Like Coca-Cola, Frosted Flakes also contains high-fructose corn syrup.

“Another reason to avoid fructose is that its most common form, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), is derived from genetically modified corn,” Sarich pointed out. “That means it was developed in a lab, not grown and milled before it ended up in your table.”

For complete article, visit here

Dr. Stefan Duma on Football and Hockey Helmet Testing

S_image_dumaDr. Stefan Duma of Virginia Tech University will be joining Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to discuss concussions, helmets and the future quality of the gear. For the last three years, Dr. Duma developed testing strategies and protocols to rate the quality of football and hockey helmets. His hope is to educate the sports world on quality over cost and ways to reduce the number of head injuries in sport.

Click here for Dr. Duma Star Rating System for all helmets. And here for football only.

For the complete interview, visit The McCarthy Project on Blog Talk Radio.

On the show, Dr. Duma announced the webinar that is open to the public, he mentioned to send an email to headbiomed@vt.edu for free access to the meetings.

Here are the links mentioned on the show.

1. Press Release for rating system for hockey helmets

2. Results for 2014 football helmets

Bio Information on Dr. Duma:

Stefan Duma, professor and head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, was recently named the Harry Wyatt Professor in Engineering. “Dr. Duma is internationally recognized for his landmark studies in injury biomechanics and traumatic brain injury,” said Clay Gabler, chair of the honorifics committee of the Virginia Tech — Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences.

Trends Related to ACL Injuries and Prevention with Dr. Roberts

William Roberts, MD, MS
William Roberts, MD, MS

Stephen McCarthy will be joined by Dr. Bill Roberts, Director of the  University of Minnesota St. John’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency and the editor-in-chief of Current Sports Medicine Reports, to talk about current and future trends in acl injuries and their prevention in young athletes.

The complete interview will be aired on Feb. 14th, 2014 at 10am CST or visit here to listen to the show

Stephen and Dr. Roberts will be covering the areas of pre and post injury research and trends.

1. The causes of acl injuries and why they occur
2.  Concepts or best practices to prevent the occurrence.
3.  Post-injury and the collateral damage that should be addressed for rest of each athlete’s life.
4.  Why to train the body and brain to work more closely together.
5.  Tests and screens to make sure players are ready to actually play.

Here is a link for further research to the FIFA Plus 11 program for prevention and rehab related to acl injuries

Bio Info on Dr. Roberts:

Roberts directs the University of Minnesota St. John’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency. He is editor-in-chief of Current Sports Medicine Reports; past president and current foundation president of the American College of Sports Medicine; a charter member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine; a founding member of the American Road Race Medical Society; medical director for the Twin Cities Marathon; and chair of the Minnesota State High School League Sports Medical Advisory Committee. Roberts also blogs on RunnersWorld.com.

Concussion Research and Equipment

Some Discussion and Potential Solutions to the Concussion Debate in Contact Sports

Dr. Stefan Duma of Virgina Tech University
Dr. Stefan Duma of Virgina Tech University

Dr. Stefan Duma on the history of concussions, challenges to change, and the future of equipment in contact sports.

Dr. Stefan Duma of the Center of Injury Biomechanics at Virginia Tech University in partnership with Wake Forest University joined Stephen McCarthy to talk about the world of concussion. The recent lawsuits by the current and former NFL players has made the subject of concussion a discussion within the fans, parents and young athletes.

Dr. Duma and Stephen covered the history of concussion and sport over the last 60 years and  the challenges that lie ahead for the governing bodies, sports organizations, manufacturers, and the athletes who participate. Lastly, Dr. Duma discussed decisions that can be made based on the current information and research.

For the complete show, click here.

Helmet Ratings from Virgina Tech, click here

About Dr. Stefan Duma:

Stefan Duma, professor and head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, was recently named the Harry Wyatt Professor in Engineering. “Dr. Duma is internationally recognized for his landmark studies in injury biomechanics and traumatic brain injury,” said Clay Gabler, chair of the honorifics committee of the Virginia Tech — Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences.

Rugged Individualism or Scientific Management

The Genetic Story: Rugged Individualism or Scientific Management

Scientific Management Through DNA
Scientific Management Through DNA

The scientific management of sports has taken over almost every area of its existence; the analyzation of almost every conceivable scenario ad nauseum, the study of the human genome to locate and develop the certain gene that will bring immediate success to the athlete who has number 23 and if you do this drill or lift, you will produce an incremental gain strength or speed gain over all competitors and lastly, use scientific, chemically-based nutrition to obtain elite performance.   All of these action steps are based on the human body, scientific truths and the athlete’s DNA or human genome. Untold numbers of studies have proven that if athletes complete all of these tasks and memorize all of the numbers you will be prepared for success, right?

One question.. What happens if the foundational concepts of these scientific managed truths were incorrect or manipulated based on a fallacy?

Well, you say… That is not possible.. I hate to burst your bubble, but it may be true. Research the following statements and what narrative do you create?

1.  Science is being held by centuries, old assumptions that have been hardened into dogma. Here are a couple examples; Science or scientific management knows the answer, all reality is material reality or physical, there is no reality but material reality, but only 4% of all energy is known, and that the remaining part of nature, the 96% of reality, is unknown or non-physical. (Science Set Free, Sheldrake, 2012) For additional information click here and here

2. “The displacement of proteins by DNA as the genetic determinants certainly stands out as a paradigm shift, a principal discontinuity in biological theory and practice. Yet the lines of continuity are also striking. The eugenic goals, which had informed the design of the molecular biology program and had been attenuated by the lessons of the Holocaust, revived by the late 1950’s. Dredged from the linguistic quagmire of social control, a new eugenics, empowered by representations of life supplied by the new biology, came to rest in safely on the high ground of medical discourse and latter-day rhetoric of population control. (Molecular Vision of Life, Kay, 1996, pg. 277) For additional commentary, visit here and here.

3. The Human Genome Project, to the shock of nearly all materialists, ultimately proved exactly the opposite of what scientists had hoped. It proved that genes alone do not explain inheritance. “The big lie of genetics exposed human DNA incapable of storing complete blueprint of the human form.” (Mike Adams, Natural News)

4. Propaganda, as defined by the father of Public Relations Edward Bernays in his 1928 book called Propaganda, is “the conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses…Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” (Propaganda, Bernays, 1928, pg. 9)

After meditating and researching on these concepts, you come to the conclusion that you are an individual who’s future has not been planned and mapped based on your genetic code. You are an individual athlete with God-given talents that you use for the development of your life on this earth, not controlled by some hidden gene in your body.  The next question has to become how do we find the other 96% of the physical or non-physical reality in order to continue our development of elite consciousness?

1.  “We need to realize what our fingerprints and our intuition actually proclaimed long before DNA: no two people are alike, all “averages” are lies, and nobody can be accurately contained by numbers and graphs.” (Weapons of Mass Instruction, John Taylor Gatto, pg. 69)

2. Develop the ability to have intellectual self-defense and how to develop the tools of independent thought. Richard Grove, Tragedyandhope.com. For additional information, visit here.

3. “I concluded that in many sports elite athletes are either systematically taller or shorter than the general population and these differences in height were virtually completely determined by genetic factors. In most of my subsequent publications I have simply referred to this review, and in doing so the importance I place on it may have been overlooked by others. My recent reviews have focused on the rich body of evidence that virtually every other aspect of the human body and nervous system can be modified by intense training, sustained for months and years, and that the degree of modifiability interacted with the childhood and adolescence developmental phase of athletes.” (Dr. K. Anders Ericsson: Florida State University Professor, Father of the Deliberate Practice Framework, British Sports Journal of Medicine)

4.   Stop the Insanity of Circular Creativity, Invest time in the Spiritual, Creative, and Imaginative: As stated by Jon Rappoport, “People in this world believe in what they create, except they’re not aware of what they’re creating. They think, instead, they’re seeing what’s already there. This missing link explains a great deal. People are playing a shell game with themselves. They’re placing the pea inside a particular shell, and then they’re turning over the shell and finding the pea. Then they exclaim, “Look what I found!” NO. They didn’t find it. They put it there to begin with. They created a reality and then denied they created it.” Spiritual Fascism Jon Rappoport. For additional information, click here.

6.  Learn about the soul of life, not just the facts: In materialist science, free will of choice is an illusion, everything is predictable. Long ago, plants and human minds were souls and that the universe was alive, mechanist science rejected these laws and expelled all souls from nature. The material world became inanimate, a soulless machine. Elite Performance with Nate Ruch

7. “People may laugh and tell you it is not true: This idea that your body as a whole, as well as each cell in your body, can tap into a field of information which encodes the “memory” of what a human form is supposed to be threatens the very pillars of materialistic science, upon which nearly the entire pharmaceutical industry is based, by the way. This is why materialist scientists are desperately attempting to defend the human genomes as the single source of all the information needed to develop a human body, even thought. The human genome clearly doesn’t have the storage to represent an entire body (not to mention inherited physiological functions of behavior inheritance.)” Mike Adams, Natural News

8.  Growth and self-mastery are reserved for those who vigorously self-direct, like Stanley; planning, doing, creating, reflecting, freely associating, taking chances, punching the lights out on your tormentors. (Weapons of Mass Instruction, John Taylor Gatto, pg 64)

 

Author Brian Tuohy of Larceny Games

Brian Tuohy, Author of Larceny Games and The Fix Is In, on Corruption in the Major Sport Leagues

Larceny GamesAuthor Brian Tuohy joined Stephen to talk about his new book, Larceny Games.  It is based on over 400 FBI files and numerous interviews with FBI Agents, sports gamblers and bookmakers.  Brian will be discussing the world of sports entertainment and how it is not a pure as most fans envision.  Professional leagues have argued in court that they are entertainment, not a sport and if they are entertainment, the pro leagues must make sure the product is entertaining with the right actors in the show, right? Sport is the purest form of competition and elite performance, right?

Brian will break it all down and share his thoughts on events that have taken place in recent times that will challenge your viewpoints on the role of sport in our society.

For the complete interview, visit here.

Brian will be making an appearance at the Twin Cities Book Festival on October 12, 2013 in the Local Lit Lounge at 4pm. Check out their website for specific times and locations.

For more information on Brian Tuohy, visit his website.

Brian Tuohy is America’s leading expert in game fixing in sports, having written about the subject for more than a decade. He is best known as the author of The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR which was published by Feral House in 2010. The book gained national and international attention as it was reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the nationally syndicated The Bookworm Sez, the Independent in the United Kingdom, and Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express among others.

 

Sport Genes: Nurture or Nature?

Michael Much of Yahoo Rivals and Minnesotapreps.com on the Sport Gene Debate

Yahoo Rivals Genetic Outlier or Developed Athlete?
Genetic Outlier or Developed Athlete?

A recently published book, “Sports Gene: What Makes a Perfect Athlete” by David Epstein opened up the world of athlete development.  Michael Much of Yahoo Rivals and Minnesotapreps.com and Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project talked about the role genes play in the creation of future athletes.

Genetic testing has been on the rise in the medical community. So the natural progression for the technology is to arrive in the sports world, sooner than later, where the ultimate pursuit of speed, size and strength by athletes is paramount.

Michael and Stephen talk about the philosophical pro’s and cons of attempting to predict future performance based on current information.  And for that matter, future decisions on a set of data that is not 100% conclusive.

The complete show will air Friday, September 6th at 8am CST.

Visit the Minnesota Preps website for more information on Michael and to stay connected to Minnesota high school sports.

 

 

 

David Epstein of Sports Illustrated on Genetics in Sport

Sports Illustrated Writer and Author David Epstein on Genetics Role in Training and Sport

Sports Illustrated Writer and Author David Epstein on Genetics Role in Training and SportAuthor David Epstein of The Sports Gene:Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance joined Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to discuss his book and his motive for writing Sports Gene.  Secondly, we discussed how to apply his findings to athletes and the future application of dna or genetic research. Complete interview will be aired on Friday September 6th at 8am CST.

David’s motive was his joy for researching, science and sports. He has always been fascinated with elite performance and why certain athletes from certain areas of the world perform at higher levels.  To listen to this portion of the interview, visit David Epstein and His Story.

During the second part of the interview, we talk about future applications of his research and the trend of analyzing your DNA for the purpose of understanding how you can train at a higher level.  We also discussed some of the pitfalls of the science and how athletes can use the information for their benefit. Click here to listen to David and Stephen’s thoughts on The Future of Genetic Testing and Its Application.

Author and Writer David Epstein
Author and Writer David Epstein

Sports Illustrated Senior Writer David Epstein writes about sports science and medicine, Olympic sports, and is an investigative reporter for SI. His science writing has won a number of awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists 2010 Deadline Club Award for an article on the genetics of sports performance; Time Inc.’s Henry R. Luce Award for public service for an article on the dangers of the dietary supplement industry; and the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association’s “Big Hearted Journalism” award for his story “Following the Trail of Broken Hearts,” on sudden cardiac death in athletes. Epstein was a 2011 Livingston Award finalist for a package that included articles on pain in sports and the anticipatory skills that allow Major Leaguers to hit 100 mph fastballs.

Individualized On-Field Assessments

A Detailed Look Into Individualized On-Field Assessments

by Shawn Myszka, Explosive Edge Athletics

Individualized On-Field Assessments
Individualized On-Field Assessments

Editors Note: This weeks show Shawn visited his thoughts on the power and validity of detailed, individualized on-field assessments. Here is a post from his website on the subject.

For the interview only on Group Thinking vs Individualized Training, click here.

For the opening of training camps, I have spent each day in Mankato, MN for the Minnesota Vikings camp. For next 2 days, I decided to travel to the Viking’s next door neighbor rival in WI, the Green Bay Packers. Getting to see only 1 true practice, I obviously couldn’t spend a significant amount of time breaking down multiple players but I wanted to give any interested readers more insight on the team as they do have some interesting athletes across this roster. Luckily, of 2 of the players that I plan to evaluate (Clay Matthews and Randall Cobb) I have already taken some time to get to know them during the offseason by viewing their film (even though neither one is an athlete of mine). I do this frequently simply because I am intrigued by some of the movement that they have displayed in the past when I have seen them make plays on Sundays.

Today, I will start with All-Pro, All-Everything, Linebacker, Clay Matthews. Any trip to Lambeau Field that entails live football would be incomplete without giving rightful justice to #52. Unlike Chad Greenway who BTS evaluated last week at training camp, anyone who seriously watches football already knows who Clay Matthews is. Some of this comes from his freak athleticism and game-changing playmaking, some of it because he got paid straight-cash homie money in the offseason, and some because of his personality and unique look that has given him significant TV time. Though I am only a year removed from having long-flowing locks that some would argue would rival 52’s (no one would say about my hair, at all), I am not here to give any analysis on that piece of who he is. Instead, I will talk about the former because that is something I am actually an expert in (his unique athleticism).

To start, one look at his trademark flexing post-big play celebration and you quickly realize we are talking about a different breed of athlete here. He presents a special blend of speed, size, and strength that is immediately noticeable to witnesses. He flashes off of film (or to the eye in person) as soon as a ball is snapped (and even sometimes before). Like many of the hybrid outside backers playing in the league today, he is not asked to do many of the things that most other LBs across the league who play in more traditional defenses are required to do play-in and play-out. Instead, the defensive scheming by the Packers defensive staff really allows him to show off his strengths which revolve around go hunting by allowing him to be put in positions to show off by frequently running people down (esp. quarterbacks and much lighter runningbacks). His explosive linear burst for someone his size is unparalleled among his peers in the league. I don’t know what his combine times (not the 40, you fools…more like the 10!) were back when he entered the league but I would be more interested in his current (during game) 3 to 7 yard distance times. I believe that these quantitative figures would blow people’s minds if compared to others in similar roles across the league.

For the complete article, visit here

Straight Talk on The Recruiting Game

Michael Much of Minnesota Preps/Yahoo Rivals on The Recruiting Game

Michael Much on The Recruiting Game
Michael Much on The Recruiting Game

Stephen McCarthy and Michael Much of Minnesota Preps/Yahoo Rivals talked about the recruiting game and the cold hard truth about how initially numbers do matter.  Secondly, we broke down the ways athletes can develop their mind and their game if they are not on the Top 150 list.

Michael has worked with the Yahoo Rivals group for over 6 years and has observed the development of football and basketball in Minnesota.  The unfortunate reality is that to be ranked on their site you need to be an outlier.  If  you are 6’5″ with skills and 275 lbs in high school, you will be on the list as an offensive linemen.  If you are 6’6″ with a 35″ vertical and can shoot.  You will be on the list.  Harsh but true. If you don’t, you will not be on the list.

Does that mean that there is no hope as an athlete if you are not an outlier.  Absolutely, not.  Just stick to your craft and master your sport, there will be a place for you to play at the next level.  You just have to take a different path to elite level performance.

For the complete interview, visit The Recruiting Game and Mastery of Sport.

Visit the Minnesota Preps website for more information on Michael and to stay connected to Minnesota high school sports.

#C4CT Concussion Awareness Summit: A Door to Discussion

Concussion in Sport: A conversation that needs to take place

Football and Concussion
Football and Concussion

Jack Brewer Sports hosted the #C4CT Concussion Awareness Summit at the Minneapolis Club.   The summit brought together thought leaders from world of sport and more specifically, the world of concussion in sport.  Research scientists, clinicians, vendors, agents and athletes attended the Summit to discuss the topic of concussion in sport.

I was honored to attend the meeting and walked away with a completely different perspective on the short-term and long-term concerns related to concussion in sport.

Some of the attendees sat down with me to talk about life and sport. The show aired last week on The McCarthy Project.

1.  Dr Jay Clugston, University of Florida Football Team Physician,  Dr. Clugston talked about the current situation on how to identify if you or your athlete has had a concussion or a sub-concussion.  He also spoke about the treatment and how to potentially, limit them going forward.  Here is a link to one of the tools he mentioned during the interview. SCAT3 Concussion Assessment Tool

2. Thomas Jones, 12 year NFL veteran, talked about the life of being a football player and it not being reality.  It is an extreme occupation with risks to your long-term life and health.  Concussion is one of those areas, he has spent many hours researching and documenting for future athletes.  The documentary is called NFL: A Gift or A Curse. Visit here for the entire interview.

3. Lance Kendricks, 3 year NFL veteran, talked about life in the NFL and how he grew up in Wisconsin to become a tight end for the St. Louis Rams.  He numerous concussions during his career and he decided to attend the summit on a recommendation of one of his colleagues.  He developed out ways that he felt you could limit the chances of being involved in collisions that cause injury.

4.  Jack Brewer, 5 year NFL veteran, sat down a couple weeks ago to discuss his motives for the Summit and the Blue Gala Celebrity Weekend.  Check out his story of using sports to gain access to education and a spring board to a successful future.  For more information on Jack Brewer events, visit his website.

 

 

 

Lance Kendricks: Life In and Out of Football

Lance Kendricks on Growing Up in Middle Class America to Play NFL Football

Lance KendricksLance Kendricks of the St. Louis Rams joined Stephen McCarthy of the McCarthy Project at the Minneapolis Club Downtown Minneapolis while attending the #C4CT Concussion Awareness Summit.

Lance talked about his rise from middle class America in Wisconsin to become a tight end in the NFL. He mentioned his life has a high school athlete and playing college at Wisconsin.

He also discussed some of the things he did outside of football, as well as, the what he does to stay on top of his game while playing.

For the complete interview, visit here.

Thomas Jones Documentary NFL: A Gift or A Curse

Thomas Jones, 12 year NFL Veteran, On Real Life, not What You See on TV

thomas_jonesLast Friday, I had the chance to meet Thomas Jones, the real one, not the NFL star running back.  He sat down to talk about his life in football, as well as, life after football.

Thomas talked about the talking heads of sport, the reality of life after football, some of the projects his production company has been working on for the last couple months.

One of the big reasons, he came to Minnesota was for the Jack Brewer #C4CT Concussion Awareness Summit.  His documentary encompasses the world of NFL and concussion.  He has interviewed numerous athletes and high level doctors for his documentary.  He previewed the portion related to concussions. It will be a must see for all athletes.

Secondly, his documentary is looking to debunk many of the stereotypes of NFL players.  The documentary will include segments on family matters, finances, concussions, and domestic violence. And after my time with Thomas and seeing the preview. I look forward to the full release in the near future.

For the complete interview, visit here.

To connect with Thomas Jones, visit his website

 

Jack Brewer on Empowering From Within

Jack Brewer of Jack Brewer Foundation and The Concept of Empowering From Within

Jack Brewer on "Empowering From Within"
Jack Brewer on “Empowering From Within”

Jack Brewer joined host Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to discuss his foundation and his passion to help other people in the world today.  The tagline for his foundation is “Empowering From Within.” After listening to the show, you will hear his passion for the people of the world who are facing extreme poverty.

Jack talked about his history being raised in Texas as a student-athlete. He mentioned the challenges of wanting to be a great student in an sports or football-crazy area that did not reward student-athletes.

Jack Brewer of the Jack Brewer Foundation
Jack Brewer of the Jack Brewer Foundation

Education was very important to Jack and he used football to gain the resources he need to continue his education.  He landed at the University of Minnesota and graduated with a bachelors and a masters degree in Sports Management. After completing his college career, he played in the NFL for 5 years.

During this whole time, he had a desire to give back to people who did not have the same opportunities that he had received because of sports.  This desire become the inspiration for the Jack Brewer Foundation.

The Jack Brewer Foundation has become one the leaders on a global basis sharing with athletes the possibilities of helping others with the resources they have been given through sport.

The 8th Annual Blue Carpet Celebrity Weekend has become the signature event for the foundation. The weekend includes a 5K Race to End Extreme Poverty, a Concussion Awareness Summit, and a goal of packing 50000 meals for other in need.

To listen to the complete interview, follow Jack Brewer Empowering From Within.

For more information on his Celebrity Weekend later this month, visit the event website or visit the Jack Brewer Foundation.

James Harrison: Invest in Your Body

James Harrison Invests Time and Money Into His Body

By Brian McIntyre

Shutdown Corner

James Harrison of Cincinnati Bengals
James Harrison of Cincinnati Bengals

James Harrison of the Cincinnati Bengals invested a serious amount of money into his body. He realized that the better his body worked, the more results he would garner on the field.  If more athletes would understand his simple methodology and investment, they would succed succeed at a higher level.

I realize that not all athletes have $600,000 per year to spend on nutrition, training, message, etc. but the principle is obvious.

Invest in your body so that it runs like a performance car. It is not a rental that you beat on relentlessly and drop it off at the end of the day.

It takes time and preparation to eat the right foods from the right sources, drinking the right water, implementing recovery work and sleep, and lastly, speed and strength training.

All these tied together will allow you to perform to your expectations.

For the complete post, visit here

Tracy Lynn: Football and Life

Tracy Lynn Bezeau of Pigskin Lipstick Talks Life Outside of Football

Tracy Lynn of Pigskin Lipstick on Football
Tracy Lynn of Pigskin Lipstick on Football

Tracy Lynn and Stephen explored the area of women and pro football. But not in the way you would expect.  We talked about “sports divorce”, helicopter parenting and control freak parents. And lastly, how to build strong, stable, real young people who can handle life.

They are all related to one another.  You are going to have to listen to the show to find out how.  The show might be the one that will wake you up to reality or will make you really upset.

For the complete appearance, visit here.

Tracy Lynn Bezeau Bio Information:

Talk show co-host / internet radio co-host and producer for “Outside the Pocket with Damon Allen” which is a radio talk show based on health & wellness, sports & entertainment from the inside out and we are not afraid to step out of bounds.

From Parenting to Home, Fashion to Sports and Fitness to Entertainment Tracy Lynn covers a wide range of programming and events.

For more information on Tracy Lynn, visit her website.

 

Proper Recovery During and After Workouts

How to Properly Recover During and After Workouts

Jill Magee of Rock Tape and ETS Gym
Jill Magee of Rock Tape and ETS Gym

Great talk about recovery during workouts and after.  Performance Coach Jill Magee of ETSGym simplified a complex subject that pros to high schoolers can apply to their training.

Recovery is not as simple as it would seem, but there are some simple things you can do to make sure your body is recovering the way it should.

For the complete interview, visit here

Fore more information on Jill Magee, visit here

 

Pro Football Player Kamaal Mcilwain

Kamaal Mcilwain talks about life in football

Kamaal Mcilwain
Kamaal Mcilwain

Kamaal Mcilwain will be joining the show on Friday at 1:00pm  EST to talk about life in football.  Kamaal played at Newberry College.  Over his career, he has had stints with the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was raised in Van Wyck South Carolina by his mother. He has played football since six years old.

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Speed for Football and Kurt Hester

The Dominant 1 Scholarship Program and Speed for Football

Kurt Hester of theDominant1 Speed for Football
Kurt Hester of theDominant1 Speed Training

Kurt Hester developed his vision for granting scholarships to athletes through hard work and training.  He is looking to find the next Rudy Ruettiger and grant him a $50000 scholarship.  Check out thedominant1 website for more information on how you can get involved.

Secondly, he broke down speed for football and it does not include the 40 yard dash.  He mentioned Triphasic Training by Cal Dietz as one potential method of developing speed in the game, rather than in a straight line.

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Leadership with Coach Ryan Bartlett

White Bear Lake High School Football Coach Ryan Bartlett Talked Leadership

Ryan Bartlett of White Bear Lake High School Football
Ryan Bartlett of White Bear Lake High School Football

Ryan Bartlett of White Bear Lake High School football broke down leadership development within his team.  In today’s world of parent involvement and “everybody is a winner,” Coach shared some thoughts on how to instill leadership.

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Altitude Training for Football

Performance Coach Jill Magee Broke Down Altitude Training

Jill Magee of Rock Tape and ETS Gym
Jill Magee of Rock Tape and ETS Gym

ETS Gym Performance Coach Jill Magee talked with The McCarthy Project about the value of altitude training and masks. And then, how it may apply to football.

To listen to the complete show, click here. Jill’s portion of the show started around 20 minutes.

 

Speed Training with Kurt Hester & Boston Marathon

Kurt Hester Speed Training Coach and Stephen Freeman “Chasing the Boston Marathon”

Kurt Hester of theDominant1 Speed Training talked about his history growing up in Louisiana.  Developing into a coach and the price each coach must pay in order to be successful. And lastly, how to locate a great coach when you see one.

Kurt Hester of theDominant1 Speed Training
Kurt Hester of theDominant1 Speed Training

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Kurt Hester’s Bio:

Kurt Hester serves as D1’s director of training. In addition, he is an active strength and speed consultant for Florida State, Tennessee, Illinois, Ole Miss, Alabama, Nicholls State, Grambling State and Miami. Prior to D1, Hester ran and owned HS2 Athletic Performance in New Orleans, where he turned out more than 400 collegiate scholarship athletes and trained more than 50 NFL Draft picks. He also trained numerous MLB Draft picks, high school All-Americans, state championship teams and collegiate national track & field finalists. A graduate of Tulane University, Hester was inducted into the Strength Coach Hall of Fame, and he holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, United States Weightlifting and the Speed, Agility and Conditioning Association.

In the second half, Stephanie Freemen joined the show to talk about how she overcame a severe car accident to run marathons.  She was in a coma for 2 months and in a wheelchair for 4.  Stephanie was told that she would never walk again, let alone run marathons.  She is now

Stephanie Freeman of Chasing Boston Marathon
Stephanie Freeman of ChasingThe Boston Marathon

pursuing the goal of finishing the Boston Marathon.  She is 20 minutes off the time needed to qualify.

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Sauce Hockey and NFL Draft

Eric Kleineck of Sauce Hockey talked Hockey Branding, Chris Murray of Imani Sports on NFL Draft

Eric Keineck, founder of Sauce Hockey, joined us to talk about his company and they started. In 2009, Brett Beckfeld and Eric Kleineck started with a name, 6 tshirts and 2 hats. Since those humble beginnings, Sauce Hockey has become an international brand with a reach outside of hockey into traditional retail markets.

Sauce Life from Sauce Hockey
Sauce Life from Sauce Hockey

They will be expanding into Sweden, Finland and Russia within the next couple months.

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In the second hour, Chris Murray of Imani Sports talked NFL Draft and the process of becoming a pro football player.

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Sponsors:

XLAthlete.com: The online strength and speed development source for athletes, trainers, and coaches.

Five Star Basketball: The premier basketball skill development camp in the nation.

 

Boxing Training for Athletes

Boxing Biz and Boxing Training with Otis Howard

Today we talked with Otis Howard about the boxing training and current events.  UFC vs boxing, Manny Pacquiao losing over the weekend and Barnard Hopkins winning a championship at 48. Other subjects include Don King, Mike Tyson, and George Foreman.

Host Stephen McCarthy and Otis Howard talk boxing training.
Host Stephen McCarthy and Otis Howard talk boxing training

The second half of the interview focused on how boxing training can improve performance in other sports.  Otis works with pro football and basketball players.  He currently works with Micheal Floyd of the St. Louis Cardinals and Troy Bell, former player of the year at Boston College and current pro basketball player in Europe. We discussed his training program and the specific areas of sport that apply best.

Sponsors:

XLAthlete.com: The online strength and speed development source for athletes, trainers, and coaches.

Five Star Basketball: The premier basketball skill development camp in the nation.