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Athletigen Coach

Ryan Vigneau

Director of RVXFactor

What is your background and what are you most proud of?

“I have been working with professional and international athletes since 2006 when I moved to Edmonton, Alberta since graduating with a BScK from Dalhousie University in 2005. In that time I’ve had the privilege to work with different NHL organizations coaches and athletes, as well as Olympic athletes. Since entering the field of sport and human performance, I have been part of mentorships that have taken me around the globe, and completed the performance mentorship with EXOS (formerly known as Athletes Performance, Phoenix Arizona). Many of the athletes I’ve had the privilege to work with have had successful professional careers and at the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014, a long time athlete, Kaetlyn Osmond won an Olympic silver medal. Although the immense success of athletes, from National Champions to International Champions, my proudest accomplishment began in 2010 when I left a promising position as a Director of Athletics to pursue my own personal dream of entrepreneurship. My company, RVXFactor, is my proudest accomplishment because we have created a team centered on advancing human performance in both life and sport and a culture that invites creativity and innovation. ”

What is your background and what are you most proud of?

“I have been working with professional and international athletes since 2006 when I moved to Edmonton, Alberta since graduating with a BScK from Dalhousie University in 2005. In that time I’ve had the privilege to work with different NHL organizations coaches and athletes, as well as Olympic athletes. Since entering the field of sport and human performance, I have been part of mentorships that have taken me around the globe, and completed the performance mentorship with EXOS (formerly known as Athletes Performance, Phoenix Arizona). Many of the athletes I’ve had the privilege to work with have had successful professional careers and at the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014, a long time athlete, Kaetlyn Osmond won an Olympic silver medal. Although the immense success of athletes, from National Champions to International Champions, my proudest accomplishment began in 2010 when I left a promising position as a Director of Athletics to pursue my own personal dream of entrepreneurship. My company, RVXFactor, is my proudest accomplishment because we have created a team centered on advancing human performance in both life and sport and a culture that invites creativity and innovation. ”

Who are your current clients?

“National competitive figure skaters ranging from 11-18 years of age, NCAA Collegiate Hockey Players, Major Junior Hockey players, Junior A Hockey players, NCAA Golf athletes, Professional hockey players, CIS/U Sport Track and Field – Throws athletes, high school football athletes. Specifically, 1. Spencer Foo, Men’s Hockey Union College Forward, Hobey Baker Nominee 2015-2016, Hobey Baker Finalist 2016-2017, ECAC 1st Team All-Star 2. Jordan Hoyda, Post University Women’s Hockey and Women’s Golf 3. Trey Fix-Wolansky, Edmonton Oil Kings WHL Forward, Rookie of the Year 4. Luc Smith, Kamloops Blazers WHL Forward 5. Marcus Kichton, Vancouver Giants WHL Defence Besides athletes, we also work with people who are looking to achieve higher qualities of life and to progress their daily performance at work and at their leisure. Our Life Performance clients range from 9 years of age to 70 years of age.”

Who are your current clients?

“How specific are you looking. Ive included some of the areas in which our athletes compete (I chose 3 of our athletes who are currently using IRIS). National competitive figure skaters ranging from 11-18 years of age, NCAA Collegiate Hockey Players, Major Junior Hockey players, Junior A Hockey players, NCAA Golf athletes, Professional hockey players, CIS/U Sport Track and Field – Throws athletes, high school football athletes. 1. Spencer Foo, Men’s Hockey Union College Forward, Hobey Baker Nominee 2015-2016, Hobey Baker Finalist 2016-2017, ECAC 1st Team All-Star 2. Jordan Hoyda, Post University Women’s Hockey and Women’s Golf 3. Trey Fix-Wolansky, Edmonton Oil Kings WHL Forward, Rookie of the Year 4. Luc Smith, Kamloops Blazers WHL Forward 5. Marcus Kichton, Vancouver Giants WHL Defence Besides athletes, we also work with people who are looking to achieve higher qualities of life and to progress their daily performance at work and at their leisure. Our Life Performance clients range from 9 years of age to 70 years of age.”

What do you find useful about Iris?

“Iris has been extremely useful in developing a game plan and understanding where external events of our athletes are affecting their day to day performance. The ability to monitor and create dialogue creates a connection to my athletes because it opens up the dialogue and can steer conversations in the right direction. Point A to Point B – going from point a to point b seems simple enough but we are really just guessing which is the best route, which is the fastest route. By tracking, monitoring and getting a view of our athletes’ biomarkers, we can begin to see a road map forming. Much like the paper copy that allows you to see all the routes, but doesn’t give you any information about conditions, traffic, speed limits. IRIS operates a bit more like google maps. A collection of information which allows you to track your athlete, make a more informed guess as to why there may be roadblocks and a path you can use to find the right way. Sometimes you even beat the estimated time of arrival.”

What do you enjoy about participating in our coach education sessions?

“The coaching sessions have provided great insight into the genetics and performance variables associated with biomarkers. More importantly, it allows a community of coaches to collaborate on information and techniques they employ to deal with obstacles each of us face everyday when working with active participants. The coaching education sessions provide a valuable resource to advance the understanding of different methods and principles of coaches in a variety of disciplines and creates a unique perspective to human performance. One of the most enjoyable experiences of participating in the coaching sessions has been the ability to create questions that I would ask myself. Having new questions that I can learn from creates value to my programming so it can be more complete and offer my athletes further progress.”

What do you find useful about Iris?

“Iris has been extremely useful in developing a game plan and understanding where external events of our athletes are affecting their day to day performance. The ability to monitor and create dialogue creates a connection to my athletes because it opens up the dialogue and can steer conversations in the right direction. Point A to Point B – going from point A to point B seems simple enough but we are really just guessing which is the best route, which is the fastest route. By tracking, monitoring and getting a view of our athletes’ biomarkers, we can begin to see a road map forming. Much like the paper copy that allows you to see all the routes, but doesn’t give you any information about conditions, traffic, speed limits. IRIS operates a bit more like google maps. A collection of information which allows you to track your athlete, make a more informed guess as to why there may be roadblocks and a path you can use to find the right way. Sometimes you even beat the estimated time of arrival.”

What do you enjoy about participating in our coach education sessions?

“The coaching sessions have provided great insight into the genetics and performance variables associated with biomarkers. More importantly, it allows a community of coaches to collaborate on information and techniques they employ to deal with obstacles each of us face everyday when working with active participants. The coaching education sessions provide a valuable resource to advance the understanding of different methods and principles of coaches in a variety of disciplines and creates a unique perspective to human performance. One of the most enjoyable experiences of participating in the coaching sessions has been the ability to create questions that I would ask myself. Having new questions that I can learn from creates value to my programming so it can be more complete and offer my athletes further progress.”

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