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The Salisbury University Sports Performance Program supports the missions of both the Athletic Department and the University. In addition, Salisbury’s Sports Performance Program is committed to the development of student-athletes with the intention of maximizing their athletic potential while reducing their risk of injury. It is our belief that creating a lasting experience focus around the core values of Attitude, Enthusiasm, Energy, and Effort will develop an intrinsic motivation that enables the implementation of a functional, sport-specific program. This program will provide our student-athletes the underlying structure required to perform at their optimal level of play and be successfull on and off the field.

The Sports Performance Program is also committed to the development our coaching staff.  We strive to provide quality educational and practical opportunities for our graduate assistants and student volunteer. It is our intent to enhance the knowledge base of our staff members to adequatly prepare them for internships and/or full time employment in the field of Sports Performance.  


The Salisbury University Sports Performance Program utilizes a periodized yearly plan that transcends all aspects of physiological and psychological development. The student athletes are trained through various measures designed to enhance performance while reducing the risk of injury. Each aspect of the student-athletes training progresses in a systematic order to maximize potential through each mesocycle of training. From a psychological standpoint we strive to instill concepts that will enhance the athletes competitive play in game situations.  These concepts include, attitude selection, confidence, handling pressure, intrinisic motivation,mental focus, self-talk, and visualization. By implementing these aspects along with a functional, sport-specific training program we can adequately prepare our student-athletes to compete at a high level within the Division III system.

Athletic Performance Enhancement

Our first goal is to increase the athlete's chances of having success on the field or court. Some of the general skill development areas addressed include:

v  Dynamic Flexibility and Mobility Drills including specific warm-up routines

v  Linear Speed Enhancement including Starting Acceleration and Running Mechanic Improvement Drills

v  Lateral Speed Development including Deceleration Mechanics and Change of Direction Drills

v  Reactive Method Training including Plyometrics

v  Force and Rate of Force Production Enhancement including Maximal Strength, Speed-Strength, Strength Endurance, High Load Power, High Velocity Power and Power Endurance Development

v  Energy System Specific Conditioning 

v  Educate Athletes on Training & Recovery Parameters

v  Educate Athletes on Nutritional Parameters

v  Mental Skill Development

Injury Prevention

Our second goal is to decrease the risk of injury with the athlete. Specific ways we'll try to accomplish this goal includes:

v  Assessment of the athletes to identify poor mobility/stability patterning

v  Addressing specific muscle imbalances throughout the annual plan

v  Enhance their core stability and joint stability through appropriately designed programming

v  Develop the overall relative strength of the athlete

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