Strength & Conditioning
The goals of the strength and conditioning program:
- To continually develop a scientifically sound program that will maximize strength, power, and explosiveness in order to allow the athlete to get the most out of their genetic potential and to reduce the chance of injury. This will primarily be accomplished through the use of ground based free weight exercises and the progressive incorporation of plyometrics.
- To establish a culture that will develop the discipline, character, and mental toughness within each student-athlete and team as a whole so that they are able to make sacrifices in their training, leave their comfort zone, and develop a championship attitude. This will encourage them to make the most out of every situation and opportunity given to them in athletics and academics, so that they might know what it is to be fully committed to something.
The importance of a strong strength and conditioning program at Harpeth Hall:
- To prevent injury: Injury prevention is the most important reason to have a strength and conditioning program in place. An athlete who consistently follows a well-designed program will prevent or eliminate muscle imbalances as well as strengthen tendons and ligaments, which will lead to fewer injuries.
- To address flexibility issues, which will decrease injuries.
- To encourage sound nutritional advice within the framework of a strength and conditioning program, which helps prevent ailments that can have a major effect on an athlete's performance.