Strength & Conditioning
Our passion within the Bishop Watterson Strength and Conditioning department is overall development of our young student athletes, concentrating on reducing injuries and increasing athletic potential on the field of play. Through identifying our student athletes’ strengths, weaknesses, and biomechanical limitations we set a foundation through which success can be built upon. We strive to provide for our student athletes and sports programs with the tools they need to succeed at the highest level including winning the CCL.
“Pray as though everything depends on God, and work as though everything depends on you.”
Our coaching philosophy is to provide the opportunity for our student-athletes to reach their highest potential in all aspects of life, including sport. Our goal is to cultivate an atmosphere that is conducive to their training success.
The coach/athlete relationship must be built upon a respect for one another. The athlete must respect and believe in the system that the coach has put in place in order for optimal progress and development to occur. The environment must be positive but demanding, and enjoyable in order for the athlete to reach the level of success desired. Additionally, our role as strength coaches is to reflect the mission and goals of the head coaches of each sport program.
Discipline, consistency, honesty, trust, and a strong work ethic are essential criteria for us as coaches and for the student athletes to derive the level of success we need in program implementation and success that is developed from believing in one another’s abilities to establish that success together.
It is imperative to recognize that a strength and conditioning program is in place to develop athletes and not Olympic weightlifters, power lifters, or bodybuilders. Developing a higher level of athleticism is the number one goal of our programming. This is accomplished through injury prevention, kinesthetic awareness and increasing the athletes’ performance levels. Injury prevention is accomplished through the teaching of proper technique, constant evaluation, and testing measures while increasing performance level is reached through proper training techniques and protocols. Utilization of the following principals are harnessed to accomplish these goals:
Ground Base Movements: Most athletes compete with their feet in contact with a solid ground surface; therefore, training must be done in the same manner. Force production is the key to athletic performance and the more force an athlete can apply against the ground the faster they can run and the higher they can jump. All joints must be developed cohesively to operate as one during physical activity.
Multiple Joint Movements: During athletic competition an athlete very rarely if ever utilizes one single joint to perform a specific task. The athlete must learn to coordinate those joints in a fluid movement pattern in order to succeed. Multiple joint movements (squat, single leg squats, Olympic lifts) allow the athlete to train more muscle mass at one time in comparison to single joint activities (leg curl and extension), allowing more work to be done in a shorter amount of time.
Three Dimensional Movements: Training programs will emulate the movements that occur during athletic activity. The athletes must learn to control and stabilize their body in all three planes of movement (sagittal, frontal and transverse). Stability is accomplished by training with free weights. Muscles are targeted synergistically and called into play to reduce the susceptibility of injury.