Softball Performance


Marc Dagenais of has an exceptional combination of softball coaching expertise and strength and conditioning knowledge . He has intimate knowledge of what it takes to develop and maintain a high level of performance in athletes while avoiding injuries that can impair or even end a career. He specializes in the training of elite female athletes, softball-specific conditioning and core training. has worked with numerous elite amateur, college and professional athletes and has been coaching women's competitive fastpitch softball for over 14 years. He presently serves as an Assistant Coach for the Canadian Women's National Team program. He also teaches and trains sports coaches and fitness professionals. He has been a three-time finalist for Quebec's "Coach of the Year" Award and has served three years as an Assistant Softball Coach at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C.


  • Ph.D. in Kinesiology (Sports Psychology), McGill University (in progress)
  • Master of Human Kinetics, Coaching Sciences, University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science, Physical Education, University of Montreal
  • Diploma in High Performance Coaching, National Coaching Institute - Vancouver, BC
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.)

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  • Understanding Exercise Physiology!

    What are muscle fibers and what are their roles in your body, what are the different types of energy production and all about your cardiovascular and respiratory system...

  • All About Stress Fractures!

    Stress fractures are one of the most common sports injuries. Overcoming such an injury can be difficult, but it can be done. Here are some facts.

  • Add 6 Inches To Your Vertical Jump!

    Since the vertical jump is an explosive movement, both strength and power need to be developed. Learn the proper training and exercises for increasing your vertical jump here.

  • Latest Sports Research Findings.

    Learn why you don't need pre-exercise stretching, the efficiency of overloading and under loading for baseball pitchers, how creatine can improve your performance, why athletes need more vitamin E and much more!

  • Sleep Deprivation And Performance

    Sleep deprivation was recently found to interfere with glucose metabolism, which could impair endurance performance and recovery. Coaches have long believed and advocated getting adequate sleep for optimal athletic performance. Learn why!

  • Does Jet Lag Affect Performance?

    Anyone who has traveled between time zones can tell you that air travel can wreak havoc with your internal clock and dramatically decrease your energy level. Learn why it happens and how to help prevent it!

  • What Is Specific To Softball?

    To really improve their game, athletes must train with a specific plan. The training programs that bodybuilders follow will provide very little results. Once again, the principle of specificity is the golden rule.

  • Is Throwing A Heavy Ball Good Medicine?

    Medicine balls are a great way to improve your speed and agility and so is weight training. It appears that the use of higher weight may outweigh the benefits of specificity of training in this case. Learn why!

  • Sodium Needs For Athletes

    Athletes must consider that due to their increased activity and excessive sweat production, they are actually at risk of having too little sodium in their blood stream during training and competition.

  • Six Sports Injury Warning Signs!

    While some sports injuries are immediately evident, others can creep up slowly and progressively get worse. If you don't pay attention to both types of injuries, chronic problems can develop. Learn how to treat and prevent your injuries!