Louisville
The Program

Mission

To deliver the finest collegiate sports performance program in the nation- professionally implemented- to reduce injury risk, optimize athlete development, and increase team success.

 

Philosophy

We are committed to building great athletes and preparing championship teams! Adhering to an holistic approach we address the entire anatomy of a championbody, mind and spirit. Our comprehensive training system and assessment-driven program design simultaneously impacts prevention and performance, and our creative and competitive methods challenge athletes mentally and physically. Our programs are built on a foundation of education, and are implemented using state-of-the art equipment and leading technology in a world-class facility.

High-Performance Training Principles

1. Character
Becoming a champion requires more than talent and training. A foundation of discipline, courage, perseverance and selflessness is essential for true success. These qualities must be emphasized, modeled, developed and rewarded in all team members.

2. Sport-Specific Training
To be effective a training program must prepare athletes to perform sport-specific movements safely, efficiently and explosively. It must develop energy systems appropriately and promote muscular adaptations that lead to superior sport performance.

3. Multiple Joint Movements
In sport, the entire body works synergistically to produce complex movements. Running, jumping, shooting, kicking and throwing all require multiple joint actions (musculoskeletal system) timed in synchronized recruitment patterns (nervous system). To improve movement quality and overall performance- while reducing injury riskintegrated movements (not individual muscles) must be trained. Louisville Sports Performance

4. Multiple Plane Movements
Sport- by nature- is multi-plane. Movements occurs in the sagittal (forward-backward), frontal (side-to-side) and transverse (rotational) planes- and combinations of the three. Resistance training and movement training (speed/agility) must incorporate exercises and drills that develop starting and stopping strength and overall efficiency all planes.

5. Ground-Based Movements
Most sport skills are initiated by applying force in to the ground, on one leg or two. The more force an athlete can apply against the ground, the faster they will accelerate, the higher they will jump and the more speed they will generate performing sport-specific movements- making them more effective in sport. Exercises must be selected that enhance this ability to generate force at high rates of speed.

6. Explosive Training

 

The ability to generate force at high rates of speed (power) is crucial in sport. Power output is the result of motor unit recruitment by the nervous system. There are two types of motor units- fast and slow- that vary greatly in their ability to generate force. Training explosively, using ground-based, multiple joint movements trains the body to preferentially recruit fast motor units at high rates of speed. This, in turn, improves performance potential.

7. Periodization/Planning
Short and long-term planning is critical for sport success. With elite athletes performance gains will quickly plateau (and even diminish) if the training prescription is not effectively planned and progressed. Non-linear periodization is a proven model that manipulates training variables (ie: volume, load, relative intensity, frequency, rest, tempo, exercise selection) to progressively overload the body at times, and unload the body at other times, to bring about specific adaptations.

8. Performance Nutrition & Regeneration No training program can be successful without a commitment to nutrition and recovery. This includes high performance eating, high quality sleeping, and the consistent use of regeneration tools and techniques (stretching, massage, ART, nutrient timing, hydrotherapy and vibration). Without question, the time and energy invested in nutrition and regeneration creates an inside "edge"- making these items a top priority for the LSP staff.

High-Performance Training System

  1. Comprehensive Athlete Assessment
    • a. Functional Movement Screen (biomechanical)
    • b. Sport-specific Performance Testing (physiological)
    • c. Biometrics (height, weight, body composition)
    • d. Diet and Lifestyle Screening
  2. Data Analysis & Goal Setting
  3. Individualized Program Prescription
    • a. Prevention/Corrective
      • a. LSP Corrective Exercise System
    • b. Performance Enhancement
      • a. Sport-specific
      • b. Position-specific
    • c. Regeneration/Recovery
    • d. Education
  4. Intensive Training & Performance Tracking

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