Improve strength, power and speed all while preventing future injury to maximize your game.

Sports performance is more than strength training from strength coaches. It’s comprehensive injury prevention that leads to enhanced performance because it's backed by a variety of studies on the mechanism and prevention of, as well as recovery from, musculoskeletal and other physiologic injuries and illnesses.

All of our sports performance coaches are certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA Weightlifting or National Academy of Sports Medicine. Many of us have advanced degrees in addition to holding certifications in specific areas of interest.


The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is the only medical center in Ohio that offers sports performance training programs to academic institutions.

Our Goals

Our Sports Performance training programs are focused on three goals:

  1. Injury Prevention: To condition the energy systems for an athlete’s particular sport and prevent injuries, core strength is our focus. Strength and power exercises are sport-specific, mirroring the balance, stability, movement patterns, agilities and flexibility of your activity.
  2. Performance Enhancement: To prepare for the demands of competition, we use an evaluation and movement screen to pinpoint our training focus, to safely progress you to the next level of explosive jumping, powerful speed, quick directional changes and body control.
  3. Education: To foster motivation and the self-esteem necessary for success, we don’t just make you breathe and sweat hard. We educate you on why we train the way we do, connecting the training methods to the results you will see on the field and in your game.

Our Techniques

Our Techniques

Since most sports are played in the standing position with force applied to the ground, athletes must use muscles, tendons and joints throughout the body in multiple directions and in a coordinated and explosive manner to reach their potential. We design our Sports Performance training accordingly, which may include a variety of techniques:
  • Athletic evaluation/movement screen
  • Conditioning (energy system development, work capacity)
  • Injury prevention/prehab
  • Joint stability/balance/posture
  • Linear speed (start, first step quickness, acceleration, absolute speed)
  • Mobility/flexibility
  • Multidirectional speed (footwork, direction change, agility)
  • Plyometrics/elasticity
  • Reaction
  • Reconditioning/return from injury
  • Recovery/regeneration
  • Strength/power (focusing on the core)

Functional Movement Screen

Functional Movement Screen

To determine your risk for athletic injury, we offer the Functional Movement ScreenTM (FMS), a standardized assessment that evaluates functional movement and determines structural limitations and asymmetries (imbalances). The Functional Movement Screen can identify and resolve weak links that may be negatively affecting the way you move and jeopardizing your body. Based on your FMS score, personalized corrective exercises can be implemented to target your specific limitations.

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In-Line Lunge

The in-line lunge challenges the body’s alignment and resistance to rotation while positioned in rotational, decelerating and lateral-type movements.


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Hurdle Step

The hurdle step challenges your body’s stride mechanics during a stepping motion and assesses the mobility and stability of the hips, knees and ankles.

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Active Straight Leg Raise

Active straight-leg tests flexibility and stability of the hips, pelvis, lower extremity and torso.

Specialty Training

Youth (ages 8-11)

To provide a foundation for developing overall athleticism, we work on instruction and training in balance, neuromuscular coordination, running technique, movement patterns, bodyweight strength, posture and flexibility. By introducing these techniques at this early stage in life, we can help develop motor pathways for athletic movements, reduce the risk for injuries and increase the chances for long-term enjoyment of athletics.

Middle school (ages 11-14)

During this critical growth period, we emphasize the importance of developing neuromuscular coordination and the correct movement patterns to increase joint integrity and help prevent injury. We focus on the fundamentals of speed development, change of direction technique, athletic movements, stability, balance and mobility. Weightlifting can safely be introduced with a focus on technique, not the amount of weight lifted.

High school (ages 14-18)

Training at this level continues to focus on the fundamentals of overall athleticism and the mastery of athletic movement. As athletes progress, more advanced training methods are applied with more difficult speed, acceleration, strength and power movements. With greater intensity comes the need for regeneration techniques and a continued focus on injury prevention.

Collegiate or professional athletes

At the elite level, a premium is placed on fine-tuning movement, regeneration and prehabilitation and on improving performance on the field. For athletes looking for training to supplement their team’s strength and conditioning program, our staff can help devise a plan to improve upon any areas of weakness.

Recreational

Whether you want to improve your golf score, prepare for the physical demands of your job, compete in recreational league sports or just be healthier, we can develop a training plan to help you accomplish your goals. You may learn about an effective warm-up before practice, new agility drills, the basics of speed development, Olympic weightlifting, injury prevention exercises and more.
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