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Athlete Experience (What can I expect)
The following paragraphs will depict what happens when someone decides to enroll in an Athletic Republic program in Toledo.
Most instances will involve a parent or the athlete checking out Athletic Republic online at athleticrepublictoledo.com or checking out our Facebook page at Athletic Republic Toledo. Next, either the athlete or the parent will call Athletic Republic at 419-882-0661 and talk to Jeff Seemann to initiate the process. After the athlete/parent talks to Jeff, and is ready to begin the training process, we will set up an appointment to schedule a pre-test.
Upon arriving at the facility (with the athlete in training clothes), the athlete and parent will meet with Jeff to discuss the athlete’s goals as well as his or her limitations. After the discussion, the athlete will warm up for 5-10 minutes and when ready, Jeff and the athlete will begin the testing process.
The test will include demographic as well as performance assessments. We will start with the athlete’s height and weight assessment. We will then test the athlete’s jumping ability with the standing broad jump, triple jump and vertical jumping ability.
Next, we will then assess the athlete’s running power. The athlete will run up to four 10 yard dashes that are electronically timed. Several pro-agility or shuttle runs will then take place. These too are electronically timed. We will usually film the running tests to determine the athlete’s running efficiency. Next, the athlete’s hamstring flexibility is assessed.
Finally, we will then check the isometric leg strength of the athlete’s right and left leg. On this test we look for absolute strength values as well as the disparity of leg strength between the two legs. Finally, with high school athletes and older, we will assess the athlete’s dynamic leg strength of both legs with the 3PQ test. This test is 30 seconds long and is somewhat challenging.
Upon completion of the test, athlete/parents and Jeff will meet to discuss the athletes training calendar. When scheduling the training program, the best way is to train three days a week. A Monday, Wednesday, and Friday is one way of scheduling. Two days in a row is ok, but three days in a row is not recommended because the training sessions are tiring. A Monday, Tuesday, and Friday schedule or a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday schedule can work as well. The training sessions will last for 60-90 minutes, depending on how much resistance training the athlete is doing. If an athlete is weight training at the high school, he or she can continue to do so, as we can have our program work to complement their high school training program. If the athlete is training at their school, we will usually give the athlete a core strength program as many programs do not prescribe appropriate core strength development.
Athletes will perform plyometric exercises one session and then run on the treadmill the next session. This pattern will continue throughout the training session. All training sessions will include a resistance training program that is individualized based on the athlete and the sport in which they are participating. Upon completing the individual training session, the athlete will schedule their next training session.
Upon completion of the whole (4, 6, 8 week) training session, the athlete will schedule a post test. This post test should be scheduled 7-10 days following the training session to allow time for the body to adequately recover from the stresses demanded upon it. This is often an overlooked area, because if the trained body is still tired, it will not respond as well as it could if it were sufficiently rested.
Typical gains for the 21 session program include 2-4” increase on vertical jump as well as a 0.2 second drop in 40 yard dash time. This translates into an 8 foot lead from the pre-test 40 yard dash score. The athlete will also have a quicker recovery time from exercise stress. The best part of the post test is when the athlete says he or she is doing much better on the court or in the field.
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