We as a society are more fitness-minded than ever before with gym memberships at all-time highs. Every time we turn around, it seems like we’re hearing about sports drinks, special diets and new exercise groups. Sports performance programs are also becoming very popular. What is their goal or purpose? Learn more here.
What is a Sports Performance Program?
A sports performance program is a type of training aimed at improving not only your performance in a specific sport but improving your condition overall. The program takes into consideration the sport, its demands, any injuries you may have, your energy systems and your activity level.
Keeping these factors in mind, a program is designed to allow you to meet your goals using the correct duration, intensities and frequencies. In other words, your training will take place X number of days for X hours per day for X number of months, based on the above factors and your goals.
Although sports performance programs generally have the same goals in mind, which is to condition your body to be the best in its ability for the sport you play, there are certain accomplishments and goals they aim to meet. The main goal of sports performance program is to improve efficiency, whether it’s for an individual or as a team effort.
The overall goal is to reach maximum efficiency, and this is done by working on improving both the motor abilities and motor skills most important for a specific sport. Motor abilities are inner genetic presuppositions we need to perform the sport such as endurance, speed, coordination, force and flexibility. To develop motor skills, the training helps the individual increase his or her motivation, which is a necessary component for any sport.
Characteristics of Sports Performance Programs
Sports performance programs consist of a variety of training methods but generally consist of the following four components.
- Physical Component – This is the part of the sports training that works on building the motor abilities. It works on areas like speed, strength, agility, endurance coordination, reaction and flexibility.
- Technical Component – This part of the sports performance training helps the candidate develop, enhance, keep and transfer motor skills needed for their specific sports and activities. The technical skills the students develop during technical training generally stays with them most of their lives.
- Tactical Component – The tactical part of the performance training focuses on teaching the students two things: strategy and tactics. During the strategy part, they design a specific strategy on how to win. The tactic part teaches them how to execute and complete the strategy.
- Psychological Component – This part of the performance training is almost the most important part, and it’s also one that will stay with the students all their lives. It focuses on each student’s individual personality, while working on the student’s temperament, motivation, qualities and attitude.
Because each person has his or her own personality, the performance training is designed around keeping each individual’s personality in mind and working the training into a way that results with positive results.
At the Advanced Health Performance Institute in Orlando and Winter Park, we can help you achieve physical results through psychological training using neurofeedback. Contact AHPI today to schedule your appointment and to find out more about neurofeedback training for athletes.