Newest Sports Science Uses Athletic Profiling
By: David L. Parker Ph.D
The Institute uses both Performance Mapping and Athletic Profiling to achieve high levels of success in its athletes. Athletic mapping is the technique of utilizing knowledge of the performance characteristics of a given sport and position. Performance characteristics represent what athletes are asking their body to do in their chosen sport. The mapping and profiling involve kinesiological, biomechanical, metabolic and physiological considerations.
Before any training program is set up, each athlete is put through a comprehensive evaluation, assessing how they measure up against the performance mapping of the sport's requirements.
Athletes are tested for proprioceptive balance, agility, strength, power and flexibility in specific movements and muscle groups. Agonist and antagonist muscles (muscle groups that work with and against each other) are also measured. Ratios are determined for strength and range of movement. Deficits are determined which are addressed in the training protocols.
Each athlete is different. Age, gender, growth and development are considered, as well as history and treatment of injuries. Risk of injuries in sport are taken into account to lower this risk through proper training.
Once the Athletic Profile is complete, the training protocols are determined within core Acceleration Programs to maximize performance characteristics and to address deficiencies found in the athletic profiling and performance mapping process. The profiling of the professional athlete is more comprehensive than for the younger, developing athlete.
For additional information on Acceleration and Performance programs for athletes of all ages and skill levels call 425-820-2110.