Our Train to Win℠ philosophy is more than just the latest research and training principles. We dedicate ourselves to motivating athletes to not only excel as athletes, but to realize their personal potential and develop the skills they'll need to succeed in life; skills such as discipline, confidence, preparation, self-motivation and leadership.
The Role of a Certified Sports Performance Coach
The Sports Performance Coach is responsible for improving an athlete's athletic performance and preventing sport-related injury. By determining the strengths and weaknesses of an athlete, a performance training program is created and implemented to improve performance and correct structural imbalances and deficiencies that lead to injury.
Athletic Skill vs. Sport-Specific Skill
Participation in sports requires both sport-specific and athletic skills. The exact amount of each is dependent on the sport and level of competition. Sport-specific skills, such as throwing for the baseball player or shooting for the lacrosse player, are required explicitly by each sport. Between tournaments, leagues, games and practices, technical skills are, at times, practiced 5-6 days per week for the greater part of the calendar year. Athletic skills such as strength, flexibility, balance, speed and agility are required by all sports but their role and level of importance in each sport will vary. Sports Performance training focused on the development of specific athletic skills will enhance the execution of sport-specific skills, increase sport performance and prevent injury.
Stability & Mobility
The athlete's body is made of an alternating pattern of joint-specific stability and mobility movement patterns. Stability is the ability of the athletic body to remain unchanged or aligned in the presence of change or outside forces while mobility allows for the generation of elastic energy between muscles and therefore, establishes a base for efficient power production.
The maximal force that a muscle or group of muscles can generate at a specified velocity. API utilizes ground-based and multi-joint movements with an emphasis on the posterior chain (hamstring group, gluteus complex, spinal erectors and quadrates lumborum) to develop muscular strength and structural balance.
Power is defined as Force x Distance / Time. In other words, the athlete who can produce a maximum amount of force in the shortest amount of time will have greater success in their sport. By training the athlete's Central Nervous System (CNS), the athlete will be able to recruit motor units at higher rates of speed, which will ultimately improve their performance potential.