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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

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.

The Mind of a Elite Lacrosse Player

Princeton University Head Coach Chris Bates on the Development of the Mind of an Elite Player

Coach Chris Bates of Princeton University
Coach Chris Bates of Princeton University

Coach Chris Bates of Princeton University will join Stephen McCarthy to discuss the world of elite performance in lacrosse. We will be talking about what the mind of an elite player looks like and how you can start to develop the mental game needed for elite performance. Coach Bates has been a head coach for over 14 years at the college level at Drexel and Princeton.

For the complete interview, visit us on February 7th at 10am CST.

Additional areas covered; Bigger, stronger and faster are not always are the best in the end, youth coaching and the emphasis on winning, and the lack of coaches with the ability to create an positive, creative environment for athletes.

Interview with Max Seibald on going from a JV player to player of the year.

About Chris Bates:
Chris Bates, whose calmness and strength serve as the bedrock of the Princeton men’s lacrosse program, recently finished his fourth season as the head coach of the Tigers. Bates has led Princeton to two Ivy league championships, two NCAA tournaments and three Ivy League tournament finals, including one championship, in his first four years. Bates led Princeton to the outright Ivy League championship and into the NCAA tournament in 2012. In his first three seasons, he has now won two Ivy titles and made two NCAA tournament appearances. Faced with the often-difficult task of replacing a Hall of Fame coach, Bates has coached 13 first-team All-Ivy and 14 All-America selection in his first four years. He has also coached the Ivy League Player of the Year once and the Rookie of the Year three times in four years. His career record in 14 years as a head coach is 105-95, including 35-24 at Princeton.

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)

 

University of Michigan Strength Coach Bo Sandoval

University of Michigan Strength Coach Bo Sandoval on the Balance of Specialized Strength Training by Sport with the Concept of Individualized Training

University of Michigan Strength Coach Bo Sandoval
University of Michigan Strength Coach Bo Sandoval

Coach Sandoval will be joining Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to develop out how a structured training program works in both at a team and a individual level.

Coach has worked with athletes for over 10 years with an extensive background in multiple sports.  We will be covering ways to look at training for lacrosse, basketball and volleyball. The differences between each sport and how young athletes can apply the training information to their current programs.

Tune in October 30, 2013 at 9am CST for the complete show.

About Coach Bo Sandoval:

Bo Sandoval is in his fourth year at U-M. Prior to being named Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning in summer of 2012, he served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for Olympic Sports at the University of Michigan. Sandoval designs and implements supplemental performance programs for men’s lacrosse and women’s basketball. He specializes in providing comprehensive training programs focused on multi-year development. Sandoval’s individualized training programs are influenced by the requirements of each athlete’s specific competition needs and are based on each team’s competition calendar. Sandoval’s other responsibilities include directing the strength and conditioning department’s intern education program.

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.

Maximum Lacrosse Director Max Seibald on Success

Max Seibald of Maximum Lacrosse on Developing Elite Performance

Max Seibald of Maximum Lacrosse
Max Seibald of Maximum Lacrosse

Max Seibald of Maximum Lacrosse joined the show to talk about his mindset while playing lacrosse and his philosophy on creating elite performance in athletics.

Premium content on how to succeed in life and sport.  Every young athlete should use the principles mentioned on the show.

For the complete appearance, visit here.

For more information on Max and Maximum Lacrosse, visit his website.

 

Minnesota Lacrosse with Aaron Olivier

Minnesota Lacrosse: How to Take Your Game to the Next Level

Aaron Olivier of Minnesota Elite Lacrosse knocked this one out of the park.  He talked about how to develop your game as a young man.  The proper role of being an athlete, rather than a one sport athlete.  And lastly, went over a brief history of Minnesota lacrosse.

Host Stephen McCarthy talked Minnesota lacrosse
Host Stephen McCarthy talked Minnesota lacrosse

Head Coach, Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse – Minnetonka High School

Accomplishments:

Player: Hopkins HS (1996-1997), 1997 State Champion, University of Minnesota-Duluth (1998-2001), Team Captain (2000, 2001), MN College All Star Selection 2000, 2X UMLL All Confrence Selection 2000 & 2001

Coaching: University of Minnesota Duluth Assistant Coach, MCLA D1 (2002-2003), Minnetonka Varsity Assistant Coach (2005-2008), Minnetonka Varsity Head Coach (2009 – Current), State Champions (2009)

Lacrosse Camps: Max Seibald Talks About Success

2009 Collegiate Player of the Year Teaches Life Through Lacrosse Camps

Max Seibald of Maximum Lacrosse Camps joined us today to talk about how he went from a JV player his freshman year in high school to the top collegiate player in 2009.  He has since played professional lacrosse and represented the United States at the Olympics.

He has a simple philosophy.  First learn to have fun and love the game.  Develop the fundamentals so you can learn the mental game better than anyone else.

We talked about genetics and how they play out in youth lacrosse and how to develop the mental edge when competing.

For the complete interview, click here.

Maximum Lacrosse Camps
Maximum Lacrosse Camps

For more information on Max and his camps, visit his website.

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Creating a Positive Team Culture

Today on the The McCarthy Project we covered team building and how to handle young athletes.

Show Information:

We will be discussing strategies for developing a postive environment for players to play within.  Eric Borer of Champlin Park High School Lacrosse will be joining us to talk about the concepts he uses to develop team success.

Coach Borer is a Brooklyn Park native and attended Totino-Grace H.S. where he played hockey and lacrosse.

Eric is a St. Cloud State grad and former SCSU men’s lacrosse player.  Eric has been coaching lacrosse for 8 years, beginning with the Northwest Lacrosse Club in 2005. Eric also was an assistant coach along side his father for the CPYHA Bantam A hockey team from 2010-2012.

Click here to listen to the The McCarthy Project Interview

What They Are Saying…About The McCarthy Project

Here are references from The McCarthy Project clients….

“Stephen’s dedication to athletes of all ages and sport is unquestioned. He uses programs that benefit the athlete no matter the sport. I witnessed his work with a local swim team. Not only did the kids improve from the conditioning and strength, they looked forward to doing them again and again.” -Colby Fuller, youth coach

“Stephen worked with my daughter after a high ankle sprain.  He did more in 3 days then any other trainer had done for her in 10 days.  The methods he used to get her walking again were awesome.  Stephen is one who thinks outside the box and gets his kids back to the sports they love quickly and stronger. ” -Marit Larson, mom of a young athlete.

“Stephen has worked with our organization for over a year and I have been impressed with him and his ideas.  The athletes are getting better results and they enjoy the training.  Secondly, I have found his training programs to be creative and challenging at the same time.” -Brian Sandifer, Director of Grassroots Hoops Basketball Club

“I wanted to drop a note with my recommendation of Stephen McCarthy and his athletic training program. I have coached for 22 yrs at all levels and have witnessed multiple training programs throughout those years. After tracking the success of several players Stephen trained and the results have been excellent. The strength and endurance of these players that have trained with Stephen has increased their overall effectiveness as a complete athlete. They have increased their speed and overall quickness. Stephen’s training has been an overall success and I would recommend him to all players looking to achieve a higher level of play and athleticism.” Derek P., Pro, College and High School Coach

“Stephen was able to bring a fresh approach to speed and agility training for my Hopkins High School Boys Lacrosse team and what I appreciated most was the custom designed program he created for our sport.  My boys not only enjoyed the sessions but were challenged and, most importantly, were in the best shape I’ve ever seen them at the beginning of our season.  The Hopkins High School Lacrosse Program is excited for our future with Stephen as we can only see his programs getting better each year!  Thanks for everything Stephen and we look forward to seeing you out on the field soon!!!” -Chris Donaldson, Head Coach of Hopkins High School Lacrosse

 

Speed and Power development over the summer

We are going to be starting our summer sessions for speed and power development, The starting of summer always brings a lot of thoughts on how to train young athletes. The standard pattern is to sign athletes up in 3-5 two week programs and then start captains practice for conditioning and call it a good off-season program. One of the major mistakes I see parents or athletes make is trying to go all out for two weeks at a time with differing training groups or camps, then do absolutely nothing the next two weeks, then back at it for two weeks. It does not allow the athlete to develop his overall speed and strength, because the next week they are not building on what they did the two weeks previous. The money spent for camps would be better placed working with somebody, like once a week over a extended period of time. This allows the body to receive the training better and be challenged over a longer time. Thats about it.