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The primary objective of the strength and conditioning program at Southern Illinois University is to achieve the maximum level of performance of each athlete through an aggressive approach to comprehensive training. Training prescriptions will be determined by giving significant consideration to areas susceptible to injury, muscle groups involved, and energy systems stressed by each sport.
Linear speed, agility, range of motion, strength and work threshold will be developed in every athlete. Not only are these components important to the athletic success of each athlete, but also are determination and mental toughness. The ability to maintain athletic form and execution in a state of fatigue, therefore, demands a strong conditioning background. Thus, work threshold training will be a foundation of every athlete's preparation.
A year-round commitment is required to compete at the highest level. Program design is based on three phases of training. These phases include off-season, pre-season, and in-season training periods. Various training methods, applications of the concept of periodization and a wide variety of lifting techniques will be used to accommodate specific needs. Within the framework of a general program, individual programs will be used when it is determined to be more beneficial to the athlete.
Drive, determination, and dedication are cornerstones of athletic success. These traits, as well as mental toughness, accountability and integrity, will be developed over the course of the athletes' career. Improvement will be expected not only physically, but also within the drive to succeed.