With our total athlete assessments kicking off this week, we wanted to take some time to discuss the importance of these assessments. Our total athlete assessments will include a Functional Movement Screening and an assessment of the following physical attributes needed for on-the-field success – lower body explosiveness, lower body power, upper body strength, and multi-directional speed and agility.
The Functional Movement Screen is a widely used and researched screening tool that provides information specific to each athlete such as asymmetries from one side of the body to the other, mobility and stability. Other tests included in our total athlete assessment will provide our coaches with data that can be used to track and measure progress as an athlete continues down their training path with the Bon Secours Sports Performance Team.
Tests such as the vertical and broad jump are extremely accurate and easily repeatable tests that give a snapshot of where an athlete currently stands in terms of lower body explosiveness. Improvements in these areas will directly translate into additional improvements such as throwing velocity and exit velocity when in the batter’s box.
Having these baseline numbers allow our coaches to not only see indicators of performance but they also provide insight to an athlete’s risk of injury. Furthermore, these tests provide the appropriate information needed for our coaching staff to develop successful training programs – programs designed to minimize injury risk while improving an athlete’s performance on the field.
Taking the time to participate in the initial athlete assessment is a great first step in the off-season training process.
Keep an eye out for the next round of total athlete assessments near the end of 2022!