CHAPTER 2 PART 2: Physical Assessment

The idea is, “What movements can I have this athlete perform that are going to make the most immediate impact on their performance in their SPORT?” The true goal of the assessment is not to find out every area that this athlete needs work (this will happen throughout the course of the training process), it is simply to find our starting place in training.

CHAPTER 2 PART 1: Assessing the Needs of an Athlete

In 1977 George Engel coined the term “biopsychosocial” as it pertained to medicine and psychiatry1. This, in his mind, was an upgrade from the biomedical model that had been used for years prior. The biomedical model looked at each human as being broken in some way, and that the exam and treatment should be designed around finding and remedying that one abnormal physical finding. For example, a runner with a stress fracture in their foot. This model would treat by simply putting the foot in a boot and giving it time to rest (i.e. treating the symptoms).

CHAPTER 1: Methodology, Environment, and Culture: The foundation of a training methodology begins with the platform is it performed upon.

Located in Pleasantville, NY, Athletes Warehouse is a 17,500 square foot athlete oasis. The design of this facility is based around the idea that it could provide an athlete with everything they could possibly need to reach their performance goals. Speciality services here include strength and conditioning, baseball and softball skills, nutrition, chiropractic service, massage therapy, rehab and return to sport, and mental skills. Each team member who brings forth their respective services and expertise is a full-time member of Team Athletes Warehouse. Collaboratively we make up the Performance staff. Our inevitable goal through everything we provide is to drive top level performance coaching to our athletes.

Athlete Spotlight: John Kowalski

John Kowalski is a senior standout soccer player out of Fox Lane High School. During his time at Fox Lane he was a 2-time Varsity Captain and a three year starter. He was also 3-time FC Westchester Captain. He received section 1 AA all-league honors in both the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons. In 2017 he and his team won the NY State Cup Championship. John’s current training is dedicated in preparation for his upcoming career as a Division 1 Soccer player. He is set to attend Holy Cross this coming fall of 2020.

3 Factors That Go Into In-Season Training Programs

As the strength and conditioning coach we are only one factor in this athletes overall volume. We allow our workout to be flexible, moldable, and as adaptive as possible in regard to all the other factors that are going into the overall volume of the athlete. So this is where our programming becomes very specific and individualized to that athlete. Here are some of the major implications to how an athlete’s in season training program is formed.

Three Ways We Utilize Isometrics at Athletes Warehouse

When a new athlete enters our doors, regardless of previous training experience, they can find themselves executing Isometric exercise variations to some extent. In turn, this allows the athlete to spend time in very specific positions of a movement. We also utilize isometrics (in a somewhat different, but similar way) with some of our most elite athletes for a wide variety of benefits that they provide. Here is an article defining an isometric contraction as well as details of the many benefits we find by utilizing these exercises for every athlete, no matter of training experience.