The Bobcats Sports Performance Program is designed around Three Pillars: Assessment, Programming, and Monitoring. The goal of our program is to consider the long term development (2-4 years) of our 190-200 varsity student athletes on the Georgia College Campus. Our Sports Performance Team is led by PhD Performance Physiologists, Dr. Mike Martino and Dr. Jake Grazer. The program directors are in charge of overseeing 11 varsity programs. The primary emphasis of the Bobcats Sports Performance Program is to enhance overall athletic performance and reduce injury risk via proper assessment of flexibility, mobility, asymmetries, maximal strength, power, explosiveness, speed and agility. Our program is a collaborative effort between the Georgia College Athletic Department and the School of Health and Human Performance. Drs. Martino and Grazer foster a unique applied learning experience for our student athletes and the integration of undergraduate Exercise Science and graduate Human Performance students into the design and administration of the sports performance program.
Athlete assessment is the first pillar of the Bobcats Sports Performance Program. With initial assessment of the athlete, the sport performance staff is able to identify strengths and weaknesses of the athlete and begin implementing appropriate corrective exercises and proper movement progressions within the resistance training and conditioning programs.
The second pillar of the Bobcats Sports Performance Program is programming. The programming is the sets, reps, and exercises as well as conditioning work the athlete is prescribed based on the initial assessment of the athlete as well as the specific demands of the individual related to their sport. Depending on the assessment, individuals are likely to be designated into specific groups and prescribed specific work to improve their overall movement quality, strength, speed, and power.
The third and final pillar of the Bobcats Sports Performance Program is athlete monitoring. This is related to measuring the overall training stress placed on the athlete whether it is in the weight room, during conditioning sessions, team practices, competitions or everyday stresses of being a student-athlete and the manner in which they respond to that overall stress. This can be done via many different ways such using session RPE, heart rate monitoring, force plate assessment during vertical jumps, speed assessments, and wellness questionnaires. Using a variety of these measurements in conjunction with one another allow for the sport performance staff and sport coaches to identify how the athletes are responding to the overall stress and make the appropriate training decisions on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.