Sports Performance
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Football demands intense physical performance from players, requiring bursts of energy, strength, power, speed and agility to excel. 

The strength and conditioning coaches at Indiana University Health Sports Performance understand the short, intense season and explosive nature of football play during a game, and we will help you develop your skills to perform your best. We are experienced in training players at the high school and college level, as well as preparing elite players for NFL combine.

IU Health Sports Performance can give you the best foundation for success by helping you develop key skills for football.

Training Program

Before your training begins, one of our certified strength and conditioning coaches will assess your specific level and needs using the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), a tool to identify your specific strengths and weaknesses performing a variety of tests. We will develop an individual training program based on the results of your FMS and your goals for your sport.

Some of the primary areas of focus in your football performance-training plan include:

  • Speed: Learn proper acceleration techniques to cover more of the field faster.
  • Strength and flexibility: Improve the power of your impact.
  • Agility: Increase your ability to make quick transitions and change directions.
  • Coordination and balance: Gain better control of your movement on the field with techniques that improve your dexterity and stability.

The recommended schedule for pre-season training is two sessions per week, eventually decreasing to once a week during the season. Either group classes or individual training sessions may be arranged.

In addition, special programs are offered for quarterbacks ready to take their performance to the next level.

Preventing Football Injuries

Football players are vulnerable to ankle and knee injuries, upper leg strains and concussions. With the prevalence of artificial turf and lighter cleats, ankle injuries are especially on the rise. Learning and practicing proper movement mechanics and strengthening at-risk areas can play a major role in reducing injuries among football players.

To schedule your free Functional Movement Screen and find out how performance training can improve your football strength and skills, call 317.848.JUMP (5867).