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 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

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

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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