Strength & Conditioning

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Mission Statement

The mission of the strength and conditioning staff is to provide a well-designed, collaborative training program based on sound physiological principles. Sport specific focus, experimentally proven methods, safe and productive physical training by means of a periodic plan will be our primary emphasis while maximizing the genetic potential of the student athlete population. Our goal is to provide the student athlete with the best “hands on” strength and conditioning program in the country. In all our endeavors, we are committed to the principles of ethical conduct, integrity and excellence.

Strength and Conditioning at Notre Dame

To improve our athletes’ performance, as strength coaches, we make critical observations that help shape the way we train them. Most sports are played where force needs to be applied to the ground and that athletes must master triple extension (hips, knees, and ankles). An athlete must also coordinate and utilize every muscle, tendon, ligament and joint throughout the body in a full range of motion and explosive manner.

Within our Sports performance model, the strength and conditioning program may include any and all of the following protocols:

  • Athletic Evaluation / Movement Screen
  • Mobility / Flexibility
  • Linear Speed (start, first step quickness, acceleration, absolute speed)
  • Multi-Directional Speed (footwork, change of direction, agility)
  • Plyometrics
  • Reaction training
  • Joint Stability / Balance / Posture
  • Injury Prevention / Pre-hab
  • Reconditioning / Return from Injury
  • Strength / Power (focusing on the core)
  • Conditioning (energy system development, work capacity)
  • Recovery / Regeneration

Key Result Areas

Strength and Conditioning Program

  • Increase work capacity in all aspects of physical training
  • Increase strength and power of student athletes
  • Increase speed and agility of student athletes
  • Increase physical endurance and functional flexibility of student athletes
  • Develop an objective based goal program with student athletes
  • Develop a work ethic in student athletes in terms of physical preparation
  • Develop specific conditioning programs for all Olympic sports
  • Program recognized as a leader in the field

Training Objectives

  • Develop programs based on advanced physiological principles as applied to each individual sport and student athlete
  • Determine the training needs of each sport
  • Determine the particular training seasons for each sport
  • Determine the frequency and mode of training for each sport
  • Determine the method of progress reporting and student athlete recording
  • Develop a troubleshooting plan of attack
  • Develop innovative procedures to add training variety