Interview with Brandon McDaniel

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Brandon McDaniel enters his 12th season in Professional Baseball. He currently is a Director of Athletic Development and Performance Science for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He has been in the field of Strength and conditioning for 13 years and has previously worked for the Pittsburgh Pirates at the minor league level and EXOS (formerly Athletes Performance) in their Military strength and conditioning department with the department of defense.

He holds a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Wayne State College (NE) where he was a member of the baseball team. He holds a Masters degree from AT Still University in Human Movement. He holds many certifications including his Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Others include FMS, SFMA, USAW, DNS, PRI and Strong First Kettlebell.

He has a strong belief in the importance of sound training and optimal recovery for high-level performance not only in the world of professional athletics but also in general human performance.

Brandon has been married to his wife Andrea, who also works in the NBA as a registered dietitian. They have two young sons Caleb (4) and Turner (3). They currently reside in Burbank, CA.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • His best professional baseball story
  • Working with off-season strength coaches
  • Adjusting work for different players

Quotes:

  • “I don’t really have a choice but to look at this holistically” (3:56)
  • “I never turn away an opportunity to learn” (11:40)
  • “Not one set of skills is going to be able to help all of our players” (13:48)

If you would like to learn more from Brandon, you can read his articles on the PBSCCS website: http://baseballstrength.org/brandon-mcdaniel-ms-rssc-los-angeles-dodgers/ http://baseballstrength.org/los-angeles-dodgers-nutrition-program/

or by follow him on social media:

Instagram: @bmacsc23

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