What measures will be taken to keep athletes and clients safe?
First and foremost a complete movement assessment will be conducted prior to training in any program. This is to determine if there are any physical limitations that may 1) prevent participation or 2) increase the likelihood of injury. If there are any limitations discovered, further medical clearance may be required to which we will request physician recommendations and use them to alter the training of the athlete or client.
Supervision by a certified strength coach is vital and no one will go unsupervised or pushed beyond their limitations. In sport and fitness the ego can be relentless, so we strive to maintain that all clients think of their health first and leave their ego at the door.
Lastly, communication is encouraged and all athletes and clients are asked to voice any pain, soreness , fatigue or any other stressor that may impede performance prior, during and after training sessions.
What sport does KŪL Strength & Performance specialize in?
At KŪL Strength & Performance, we focus on athletic development through movement and strength and conditioning. There is no one particular sport but instead we focus on building a strong, powerful and healthy body.
At an early age general strength is required before progression to power and explosiveness. Therefore the main focus for young athletes is with getting them stronger, no matter the sport.
What are the benefits of strength training and when can I expect results?
True industry professionals understand that what makes an athlete special is their talent. Our job is to ensure that the athlete can withstand the physical demands of ever increasing competition. Our programs aren't a matter of simply "lifting weights". The training is for strength, power and speed, that at the same time challenge the athletes coordination, reaction time and balance. The combined result... An improvement in athleticism... that secret ingredient that most professional athletes have in common.
Strength training also provides significant mental health benefits by enhancing ones overall confidence and lowering the risk of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and ADHD.
Results are individual specific and vary with experience level. When training is started at an early age, benefits such as increased cross sectional muscle can be noticed within weeks. If training age is greater, then results might take longer and are fully dependent on personal goals. We track progress by implementing testing protocols to monitor the strength gains of our athletes and use them to motivate. The testing results can be shared with parents upon request.
The head coach of the team is also in charge of strength training. Why is it necessary for me to use an independent strength coach?
Most high school coaches, and many sport coaches, although experienced and educated, do not provide accurate nor technical instruction of exercises. Therefore most of the time spent training with non certified strength coaches increases the risk of injury and wastes time due to insufficient training regimes. Through the use of social media many coaches have opted to take the easy route and show an exercise video or demonstrate what they learned from the internet to their athletes. Neither of which provide enough or sufficient information on technique or injury preventative measures. They may not even be the proper exercises for the athlete in the first place!
If an athlete is seeking to become the best in his or her sport.Then training specific to his or her needs and goals must be taken into consideration and be coached in a safe, controlled manner. This can save time, money and health.
My son suffered an ACL tear 7 months ago but has been cleared to train, can he participate in the same program as his team mate?
At KŪL Strength and Performance it is mandatory that we conduct a preliminary functional movement screening. During the tests we determine the level of strength in major body parts and identify imbalances. If your son suffered an ACL tear, we would have to accommodate his limitation by using corrective training. This is to balance out his body first, then with slow progression we continue with regular strength training. This being said, it is mandatory that a physician recommendation be issued and provided to us with clearance to participate...
Short answer is "no they cannot".
Will resistance training stunt my child's growth?
This is a common misconception and is a myth. By working with a trained professional in strength and conditioning, children as young a 6 years old can begin some form of resistance training. Scientific evidence has shown that resistance training aids physical motor growth and development.
It is noteworthy to mention that there are delicate times such as right after growth spurts where the strength coach should be careful when administering structural exercises (i.e. squats). That being said strength training helps to increase bone density and decrease the risk of diseases such as osteoperosis.