The Louisville Sports Performance (LSP) program is responsible for all aspects of athlete development, regeneration, and performance nutrition.
The LSP staff is focused on delivering the finest training program to reduce injury risk, enhance athletic performance and increase competitive success.
The primary goal of the LSP program is to minimize risk of injury by preparing athletes for the specific demands of competition. It is well established that effective training improves joint mobility and stability, increases muscular strength and power, enhances movement efficiency, and improves sport-specific conditioning. The end result is a heightened ability to manage the physical stress of competition.
The second goal of the program is to elevate sport-specific athleticism. This is accomplished through consistent, well-planned, sport-specific training that challenges athletes mentally and physically, preparing them to perform optimally during competition.
Philosophically, the LSP program adopts a movement-based approach to training. In sport, the body produces explosive movements at high rates of speed. For training to be effective, it must prepare the body to execute these movements safely, effectively and explosively. As a result, ground-based, multi-joint and multi-plane movements are the foundation of the LSP program. Sport-specific movement training and conditioning, and well-planned active and passive regeneration are also critical components of building the best athletes.
LSP coaches, who all carry (or are working toward) graduate degrees in exercise physiology and are certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, implement performance testing at regular intervals during the year to evaluate training progress and identify strengths and weaknesses. Using the LSP Performance Index, each athlete is able to monitor their personal progress over time, and compete with their teammates and other U of L athletes.
As part of their prevention program, LSP coaches also conduct biomechanical movement assessments to identify movement deficiencies that may predispose athletes to injury. This screening tool allows coaches to implement individualized corrective training to address limitations.
Finally, building the best athletes and increasing competitive success extends beyond the physical. Desire, work ethic, attitude, mental toughness, leadership and character are intangibles that must be developed off the field. Through creative and competitive training the LSP staff take pride in developing the anatomy of a champion- body, mind and spirit!