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Sports Specific Training

Sports Conditioning & Sports Specific Training

Velocity sport-specific conditioning (Sports Specific Training) programs entail a variety of flexibility, strength, power, speed and cardiovascular techniques in order to maximize your sports performance and minimize risk of injury.
Our team of training experts will help develop a training program that works with athletes of all ages engaged in sports ranging from tennis to hockey, soccer, golf, and football, to MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and figure skating. These programs are carefully tailored to obtain optimum potential based upon your strengths, weaknesses, goals, and demands of the sport.
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Special sport-specific drills are incorporated into the programs to enhance those muscle groups that are involved in specific movements related to your sport. You are carefully monitored during the program with special assessment of changes in your heart rate and your ability to perform increasingly difficult drills.
 
Depending upon your performance needs, the program includes agility drills, plyometrics (specialized exercises to increase power and speed), interval training, strength training, speed training, and prehab that can reduce the risk of injuries before they happen.
 
Many of the conditioning specialists are current or former elite athletes themselves and thus have a wealth of experience. Velocity offers some of the most advanced scientifically based Sports Specific Training in the GTA.
 
Some of the sports we have extensive experience working with include: 
  • Golfers
  • Endurance Runners
  • Sprinters
  • Hockey Players
  • Soccer Players
  • MMA Fighters
  • Traditional Martial Artists
  • Competitive Dancers
  • Tri-Atheletes 
  • CrossFit and Power lifters
  • Figure Competitor​s
  • Cyclists
  • Boxers
  • Baseball & Softball Players
  • Rowers
  • Kyakers
  • Padders
 And Many More!
 
Depending on the needs of the athlete or athletes our training techniques may include and are not limited to:
 
CORE STRENGTH TRAINING
Core is one of the most popular gym terms used today with more and more athletes understanding the importance of building core muscle strength and endurance. However, the gym science, and the real science often differ greatly. While it's popularity grows, fewer and fewer trainers are truly understanding what the core actually is composed of, and even fewer truly understand how to train it! Working hand in hand with the Sports Medicine team at Velocity, who have conducted studies on core muscle training and have lectured on the topic internationally, our strength and conditioning staff are up-to-date on the latest research, and techniques regarding core conditioning.
 
Importance of Core Strength Training
Improving core strength increases the individual's ability to transfer power through the trunk, whether it is from the legs, manifested through to the arms into an implement as seen with throwing a ball or trunk rotation beginning the movement of striking a soccer ball.

Decreases the risk of injury associated with low back pain and various muscular imbalances and hyper mobility.
 
Velocity's key training characteristics: 
Progression of exercises should be dictated by continued success of the technique rather than relying only on sets and reps.
Proper bracing techniques used to increase activation of proper musculature.

Power Training Exercises
Power Training can be loosely defined as the ability to produce great forces over a short period of time. Power Training for athletic performance is performed for various purposes including the development of speed and acceleration in locomotive sports. For instance, with any running activity Power Training increases sprint speed, maximum speed, and acceleration. Power Training is also employed with activities, sports, or techniques which require quick, explosive movements or to provide these movements upon an implement or person. For example: kicking a soccer ball, jumping to rebound a basketball, or hitting an opponent in football. Velocity uses various methods of power training based on the desired outcome and functional purpose including Power Band Training, plyometrics, specific resistance training, and Olympic Lifting Techniques.
 
Plyometrics
Plyometrics is a type of exercise training designed to produce fast, powerful movements, and improve the functions of the nervous system, generally for the purpose of improving performance in a specific sport. Plyometric movements, in which a muscle is loaded and then contracted in rapid sequence, uses the strength, elasticity and innervation of muscle and surrounding tissues to jump higher, run faster, throw farther, or hit harder, depending on the desired training goal. This type of exercise is often utilized by Velocity training specialists during the power component of the athlete's training cycle. This type of training can be very dangerous unless it is supervised by a conditioning specialist such as those found at Velocity.
 
Importance of Plyometric Training
Minimizing the time between eccentric and concentric contractions improves the efficiency of energy transfer that creates powerful movements. This transition is essential to creating explosive athletes. Plyometric exercises are designed to improve this phase of activity.
 
Velocity's key training characteristics:
Technique is essential to maximize the effectiveness of plyometrics. If used incorrectly, this high intensity training method can cause injury.
Velocity minimizes this risk by ensuring individual specific exercises are employed characterized by specific intensities, degree of difficulty, and duration.
 
Athlete Agility Training
Agility as it pertains to sport is the ability of an athlete to recognize a stimulus and react accordingly at high speeds. Agility Training incorporates acceleration, deceleration, and reaction time protocols in order to improve ones proficiency. In addition, agility is also a function of the brains ability to coordinate movement patterns efficiently. Velocity trains agility protocols through coordination training, neurological movement training and acceleration and deceleration training.
 
Acceleration Training
Acceleration is the ability to increase ones speed whether from a static position or from a moving state. As important as acceleration is the ability to decelerate (or the ability to slow or come to a stop). Velocity has developed protocols to improve both of these fundamental skills for sports. Acceleration is a function of stride length and stride frequency. In order to effectively improve both components, several combinations of sprint, strength/resistance running techniques and overspeed training methods are utilized. This combination allows for improvement of the nervous system and the musculature which is necessary to improve speed.
 
Off-field Conditioning and Team Training
Today's athletes have to spend as much time off the field (or ice) as they do on it to be competitive. Popularized in Europe, Off-field conditioning (or Off-ice Conditioning) refers to training that occurs away from the event setting in the gym where the athlete improves on strength, speed, agility, power, balance, and cardiovascular conditioning which then translates to improved performance during competition. The sports conditioning team at Velocity conduct some of the most advanced, science based off-field training in the GTA. Offered in both individual, and team training sessions, the conditioning specialists at Velocity will be sure to have the athlete(s) ready for game play.
 
Bodyweight Training
Bodyweight Exercises or Gravity Training is a method of resistance training that doesn't require free weights rather the individual modifies their position and uses their own body weight to provide the resistance for the movement. Movements such as the push-up, the pull-up, and the sit-up are some of the most common bodyweight exercises. These types of exercises are extremely underutilized in current training programs despite several known physiological benefits. Traditional weight lifting exercises focus on teaching the body to control external weights such as the opposing player. Bodyweight exercises are important in that they teach the body how to control itself which translates into better nervous system activation and coordination, in addition to building strength. Bodyweight exercises are always an important component in conditioning routines at Velocity.
 
Acceleration Training
Acceleration is the ability to increase ones speed whether from a static position or from a moving state. As important as acceleration is the ability to decelerate (or the ability to slow or come to a stop). Velocity has developed protocols to improve both of these fundamental skills for sports. Acceleration is a function of stride length and stride frequency. In order to effectively improve both components, several combinations of sprint, strength/resistance running techniques and overspeed training methods are utilized. This combination allows for improvement of the nervous system and the musculature which is necessary to improve speed.
 
Power Band Training Exercises
Power Band Training utilizes the additional resistance of thick, heavy-duty rubber bands or bungee cords, to traditional weight training or bodyweight training exercises. This form of training has been shown to increase the athletes overall power. When performing weight training exercises, the bodies strength curve often does not match the gravitational weight curve of the dumbell or barbell; thus the exercise is only effective for a portion of the movement. Utilizing the constant, added resistance of the bands, the weight curve matches the strength curve for the entire exercise. This means that the muscle has to work through the entire repetition. The training experts at Velocity utilize this form of training to improve the athletes power output.
 
Importance of the Power Bands
Research has shown that by utilizing approximately 80% of the total resistance from weight and the remaining 20% from a band resistance increases total power output at a faster rate than just using traditional weight resistance for the same exercise.
 
Velocity's key training characteristics:
Modifying traditional exercises to improve efficiency is a talent and art of strength and conditioning practices. Velocity specialists have the biomechanical knowledge to modify traditional exercises so that they are effective and efficient.
 
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