Sports science is the application of scientific principles to exercise and sport.
La Salle has a team of professionals available to educate students on the physical and psychological elements of sports, recreation, health, and wellness.
Dedicated staff at Beacon Orthopedics monitor our Student Athletes. They closely supervise therapy progress and weight training. Members of the Athletic Training Staff attend every sporting event at La Salle.
La Salle encourages all students to be as healthy in their lifestyle choices. The Strength and Conditioning coaches in collaboration with Sports Medicine professionals developed a Nutrition Manual for all La Salle students. Student Athletes are strongly encouraged to follow the manual.
Click here to download at .pdf version of the manual.
Strength & Conditioning
Coach: Steve Schreck
The mission of La Salle High School’s Strength and Conditioning Program is two-fold: 1) enhancement of athletic performance, and 2) reduction of injuries. This will be accomplished through a comprehensive program design and implementation with special attention to developing a balanced athlete that will include linear speed, agility, range of movement, absolute and functional strength and sport specific power. Through this our athletes will reach their highest potential. The year-round strength and conditioning program is based upon 11 performance enhancement principles:
- Three-Dimensional Movements
- Ground Based Movements
- Rate of Force Development
- Multi-Joint Exercises
- Posterior Chain Development
- Core Development
- Injury Reduction
- Speed and Agility
- Energy System Development
- Student Athlete Relationships
Athletes in sport will move in all three planes of motion. Therefore, they must be trained in all three planes of motion in order to stabilize and produce force. Athletes will train frontal (side to side), sagital (front to back), and transverse (rotational) in the strength and conditioning program.
Sports require balance, stabilization, strength and power. We will train and enhance these qualities by the utilization of ground based movements, which are simply any movement where the athlete is in contact with the ground. These will increase the preparedness of each athlete in their respective sport.
The ability to produce force is that which sets one athlete apart from the next. This is an essential quality to an individuals' performance in sport. We will emphasize rate of force development, or explosive training, in all movements, especially through triple extension (ankle, knee, and hip) based movements.
Utilizing multi-joint exercises will provide the greatest training effect for the athlete. These compound movements, such as the squat, power clean and dead lift will be staples of the program design. Such exercises will utilize the greatest amount of muscle mass and therefore be the foundation of the program.
The posterior chain consists of the muscles on the backside of the body, namely the lower back, glutes, and hamstrings. These muscles are an essential link to performance enhancement and the reduction of injuries. A strong and powerful posterior chain will increase the ability to generate power and strength in an athlete.
Thorough and comprehensive programming of the core will be our goal. Focus will be on training movements and not individual muscles in this area. The core makes up the entire area between the chest and knees. A weak or under developed core will be an in-effective one. A properly trained core will help display strength and power in an athlete.
Being the best at what you do means not only possessing great strength, power, and speed, but also requires that you have the energy system development (ESD) to sustain a workload during competition and practice. Each athlete will go through comprehensive energy system conditioning specific to sport.