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Game Changers

A solid foundation of sound character is the basis for being the best student-athlete you can be. The most significant parts of the foundation are the cornerstones of belief and unity.

Most programs fail because athletes don’t believe in them. They feel that something else will work better. The same is true with this strength and conditioning protocol. If the athlete doesn’t believe in our system they will not be motivation to put their full effort into the workout.

To have resolve, you must first develop a vision of what you want to achieve. It is based on correct principles that are fundamental guidelines of how you conduct and govern yourself. Resolve entails the process of preparation and properly conditioning yourself. The process incorporates objectives, procedures, timetables, daily practices, and training schedules.

Discipline means following through on your commitments to the vision and plan. Discipline is doing the right thing at the right time.

Courage enables one to face a difficult situation or problem head on. You must do what you believe is right and not give in to what is the popular view of others.

Often success doesn’t go to the swiftest, but rather to the one who is most persistent and determined.

Unity is putting your teammates first and yourself second. The success of the team depends on you doing your part. Each student-athlete has a role to play that contributes to the overall success of the team. A team that has good unity has synergy or the belief that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In order to have a conditioning program that is comprehensive you must include the following: lifting, running, stretching, proper nutrition and ample rest. The proper application of specific exercises and drills is crucial to maximize the effectiveness of your training protocol. This enables you to achieve your potential as an athlete. Regardless of the athlete’s natural abilities of speed and strength, they can become better through a comprehensive conditioning protocol.

The basis for a sports conditioning program is strength training. The purpose of strength training is not to look like a bodybuilder or to become brute strong like a powerlifter, but to become a better athlete. To become a better athlete, you must become powerful and improve your agility.

A running protocol should be designed in accordance to the demands of the sport. Basically, a basketball player needs to be able to change directions, start, stop and jump, The practice of building and aerobic for basketball players is no longer necessary. Scientific research has proven that it is counterproductive to the development of powerful, explosive powerful muscle contractions. The running program must include short distances with maximum intensity efforts followed by complete recovery.

We have developed mobility drills or functional stretching drills that take the joints of the body through full range of movements.

Having enough energy to workout and practice is a primary concern of any athlete who is looking to get better. Usually a decrease in performance can be traced to improper nutrition. Therefore, what you eat determines how you supply energy to the body before workouts and practices. Afteryour workouts and practices you want to replenish all the nutrients that you have utilized to help speed up recovery.

The body can’t recover between workouts without enough rest. Eventually, if you don’t get enough rest, it can lead to overtraining injuries, and not attaining goals that were set. Resting should be high on your priority list, especially during periods of physical and mental stress.

The primary concern of every coach and athlete is to develop the maximum of speed possible. Coaches, often take the wrong approach to speed development, they train their athletes as if they were sprinters, focusing on straight line speed instead of agility.

Agility is the ability to change directions quickly while maintaining good balance. Regardless of what sport you play, being able to change direction and accelerate is a primary aspect.

Power refers to an athlete’s ability to apply maximum force in the shortest amount of time possible. Skills are most effective when they executed with as much power as possible. Some skills require a higher degree of speed, while other skills require a higher level of strength. Both speed and strength should be developed to the highest degree possible.

Endurance is the ability to sustain maximum power on each play for the entire game. Coaches become concerned with the athlete’s endurance levels and sometimes take the wrong approach. Some coaches require their athletes to run long distances to build stamina; Dynamic sports are played in short intervals of high intensity activity and with a rest interval in between.

Each time an athlete takes the court the must have no doubt in their mind that they are going to compete. This confidence comes from believing in their preparation, having conditioned themselves to give 100% effort on each and every play and knowing that you are better conditioned than your opponent.

Make the Play:
The apex of athletic performance is the ability to make the play. It is the culmination of an athlete’s character, conditioning, athletic ability, practice habits, skill level and efforts. If you can’t make the play your future in athletics is not too promising.

The primary mission of GameChangers is to show how to improve athletic ability hanger.through strength and conditioning. If you can get quicker, faster, more dynamic you will become a better athlete. Prepare yourself well and be ready so when you are given your opportunity you too will be a GameChanger!