Sports Performance






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 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.


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 the concepts of stress management, teamwork, respect, dedication, mental toughness, and hard work through our training programs.  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

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





Matthew Nein, MS, CSCS    •   •   410.543.6345

Salisbury University   •   1101 Camden Ave.   •   Salisbury, MD 21801