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Strength Chat #24: Brandon McDaniel [LA Dodgers S&C Coach]

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The strength and fitness industry has for too long been dominated by overly-tan, annoyingly-loud YouTube celebrities with less than factual content, aka broscience. Tune in to Strength Chat – hosted by a group of Coaches and Athletes with over 60 years of combined experience – as they talk fact, science, and strength with world-renowned strength, conditioning, and rehab professionals.

We are thrilled to announce this week’s guest on Strength Chat, although in the professional sports world he shouldn’t need any introduction! Brandon McDaniel is the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the LA Dodgers Major League Baseball team. Prior to joining the Dodgers he worked as a performance specialist for EXOS training military personnel, although his sports career stretches even farther back before that! Our hosts are no strangers to high-caliber sports, with Rudy Kadlub having coached college football at the D1 level and Chris Duffin having worked with professional athletes in multiple disciplines. Tune in and you might learn something this week about the world of strength in professional sports!

  • Introduction and background of guest [01:48]
  • Tracing Brandon’s professional journey [02:44]
  • Brandon shares his experience of working as performance specialist for EXOS training military personnel [07:08]
  • Learn how Brandon ended up being a coach for LA Dodgers [08:06]
  • Discussing how the coaching mindset has evolved and strength and conditioning has become mandatory for baseball players [08:50]
  • Applying DNS principles to strength and conditioning of baseball players [13:21]
  • Brandon discusses his training philosophy, his focus on better movement and how his approach differs according to player’s age and background [16:07]
  • Making incremental, slow changes instead of going for a complete build-up [19:21]
  • What are the reasons for player injury early on in the season? [22:11]
  • Meeting players in off season to discover nuggets about their life that might affect their mental makeup and hence, their on-field performance [23:29]
  • Discussing how sports psychologists are critical for the game of baseball [24:54]
  • Factors inducing extremely high fatigue in baseball players [26:31]
  • Training baseball players while focusing on creating rotational strength [31:02]
  • Tendency to take more days off and rotating baseball players to take rest and prevent injury [33:35]
  • A typical day in the life of a strength coach and baseball player [36:53]
  • Brandon’s advice to young strength coaches [44:48]
  • Brandon shares his contact information [50:03]