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Creating The College-Ready Athlete

At Bridgton Academy, we have been preparing students for academic and athletic success for over 200 years. How do we do it better than others?

Joseph Sawicki

on 23 April 2010

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Transcript of Creating The College-Ready Athlete

Developing The College-Ready Athlete Acknowledgments Joseph Z. Sawicki, M.Ed., ATC, CSCS The nation's only postgraduate school for young men. Approximately 175 new students each year. 95% of our students participate in competitive athletics.
Athletic teams play against college JV teams, JuCo’s, and larger prep schools.
Strength vs. Strong Trends Functional Flexibility Athletic Coordination Balance So what's next? Strength vs. Strong
Functional Flexibility
Athletic Coordination
What do these guys want? S&C coaches polled stated the following:

Although most don’t formally test freshmen, they expect that
these athletes can do the following:
Bench:1.25-1.5 x BW
Squat: 1.5-2.0 x BW
Pullups: At least 10 regardless of BW
Pushups (Basketball): At least 50 until failure
But most of all: HOW TO LIFT!!

Thanks to Umass, St. John’s, Ohio State, UNH
1. Specific needs
2. Best athlete available
What is BA? High School athletes love the weight room. Which is okay, but... We have athletes who lift all the time but don’t make any gains.
We have athletes who lift a ton of weight but can’t move their bodies.
We have athletes who look like fitness models but are hurt all the time.
Problem #1: Problem #2: Misinformation Our Solution: De-emphasize the importance of the weight room.
Open up the mind to different training ideology.
In a round-about way, show them that maybe they aren’t as strong as they thought they were.
The ability to maintain posture in a given athletic situation.

Achieved in many instances by lowering the center of gravity.

Need to work on proprioception.

How, you ask?
What about unstable surfaces? The ability to operate athletically within the full range of motion of a given joint.
Problem Areas Joint Effects Ankle


Inefficient lower body mechanics

Hamstring pulls, low back pain

Tendonitis, poor energy transfer
Fixing the problem The old reliables:

Static stretching
Dynamic stretching
Foam rolling
The BA solution:

In addition to static stretching, we perform submaximal exercise at increased ROM.

And technique is the key!
What is it? Ability for the body to move in synchronicity while participating in athletic endeavor.
It’s more than just being able to play the game.

It’s being able to fire muscles in order.

It’s being able to move the body efficiently.
How did it become such a problem? Decreased activity
Kids can’t be “kids”
Video games have become the new crosstraining.
“Lack of time”
Specificity of training
Before: Now: Test Case Football player

Defensive back

Relatively new to football-2-3 years

Track background

Chronic hamstring strains
How to correct? How to prevent it A success story Before: Fall 2005-6’2” 215 lbs.

Barely on the radar at Maine

After: Fall 2006-6’2” 230 lbs. 11 games played as freshman-Thurlow Cooper Defensive Rookie of the Year Jordan Stevens BA Class of 2006
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