The Olsen Files notebook: Day 5
Day 5: Tuesday, March 6, 2012
When you think about the offseason work-out routine, for high school athletes, you obviously think it includes miles of running, tons of lifting, many throwing reps, and the seemingly never-ending reviews of the fundamentals.
Like everything about the game of football, the game changes and offseason workouts change, too.
Over the past 15 years, Eric D’Agati, who is the owner/ master trainer over at One Human Performance Center in Montville, N.J., has compiled various techniques to prevent, prepare and restore the body, which is crucial for the game of football. He must be pretty good at what he does because the New York Giants have used him as a consultant over the past five years for each individual player. The Giants won two Super Bowls in five years. Could it be a connection?
Anyway, Kevin began seeing Eric about a year and-a-half ago. I spoke to Eric about his training sessions with Kevin and he said that Kevin had “two left feet” before he began his program, and now it is night and day with him developing into one of his finest athletes.
Kevin spent an hour at One Human Performance Center, not running, not throwing, not lifting, but doing unique exercises using only his body weight to help with his performance enhancement training and injury prevention.
It was all tailored to help him develop into a stronger and more “body oriented” quarterback. What do I mean by that? When you throw, you obviously load your arm back and let it rip. You can’t play the quarterback position if you simply do that. I would say 25 percent of your power comes from your arm, 25 percent comes from your core/mid section, then 50 percent comes form your legs and anything below the waist. Your hips generate torque and those fast twitch muscles start firing, which allows more velocity on the ball.
Don’t let anyone tell you throwing the football is all arm strength.
And this is exactly why Kevin goes to Eric, this is what they focus on, to enhance his body power and prevent muscle breakdown. Kevin has benefited from it. Kevin’s brother Greg -- yes, of the Carolina Panthers -- even tried it right after Kevin’s lesson and he loved it.
There he was sweating his tail off and shouting out how awesome it was. Coach and grandson Tate watched on as Kevin and Greg went at it and got better. But that is the goal of any Olsen: get better every day, and these two guys did exactly that.