Physical Fitness Tests And Movement Screens...

For optimal sports performance programming, a specialized coach must use multiple assessments and movement screens to Determine the Specific Needs of Each Athlete



body 1 To develop a comprehensive performance training program, it is important to use more than simple physical fitness tests to determine each athlete's physical needs--which later need to be addressed.


Besides determining the sport specific training needs, an athletic performance coach will also perform a series of postural profiles, movement screens and athletic fitness assessments to determine any special athlete (individual) specific training needs.


These special athlete specific (physical) needs could be the result of a variety of conditions, such as:
  • Injury (past or present),

  • over-training (or over-reaching),

  • poor performance programming (training programs that were not balanced),

  • improper exercise technique (improper coaching),

  • poor/faulty movement patterns,

  • repetitive movement patterns (over-use without balance), and

  • improper preparation.



These needs could be comprised of serious and not-so-serious situations involving muscles, bones, joints, etc.



A few examples of special needs would be:
  • specific muscle imbalances that have resulted from compensatory movements from a previous injury (i.e. continuing to put more weight on the left leg when squatting after a leg injury to the right leg),

  • imbalances from repetitive sport-specific movements without training opposing muscle groups to retain balance and joint integrity (i.e. difference in torso rotation between the right and left, on a right handed javelin thrower), or

  • impairments in movement patterns from birth/growth deficiencies (i.e. internal rotation of the left tibia as a result of growth during adolescence).


By using advanced physical fitness tests, movement screens, and assessments to determine if there are any special needs to address, the coach can effectively design a program, which will ensure that, not only, will progress be made in strength, power, speed, etc., but that exercises can be selected that won't potentially injure or increase the athlete's risk of injury.


Specific Corrective Exercises should also be selected to help correct any detected dysfunctions/distortion patterns or additional special physical needs. Helping to correct these issues will also help reduce the athlete's risk of injury and help the athlete move more efficiently in sport (wasting less energy and producing a more effective result).




Begin with a Comprehensive Performance Evaluation

body map2At Finish First Sports Performance, every athlete begins with a mandatory performance evaluation. Again, more than just a physical fitness test, it is composed of a movement screens, postural profiles, and athletic fitness assessments (a series of additional tests used to determine baseline fitness levels and to assess performance variables such as speed, strength endurance, power, power endurance, etc.), to enable our coaches to design the most detailed and athlete specific program possible.




Use Balanced/Integrated Training Programs for Better Sports Movements, and Less Risk of Injury

Human performance and fitness is optimal when the body is in balance and it is functionally sound.


People who do not address functional limitations or imbalances will never reach their full potential, have increased risk of injury, and are more likely to reach a training plateau before achieving their desired results.


We use the latest front-line research, special assessments and movement screens, and testing apparatus to obtain the most accurate results.



We currently use a variety of specific movement screens and additional physical movement assessments (hand picked by expert performance advisory team of physical therapists, sports science professors, orthopedic specialists, chiropractors, strength and performance coaches, and movement science researchers).



FMS_imageThese assessments have been hand-picked by Finish First Sports Performance as the best in the industry for providing us the information we need to create the best program for our athletes-and at one time they were only offered to professional athletes--and they are excellent at measuring an athlete's movement abilities, impaired movement patterns, as well as evaluating for any mechanical imbalances (mobility, flexibility, and stability).


As a result, the customized performance program for each athlete will include specific corrective exercises to repair any detected imbalances and restore his/her body's natural functional balance.



These evaluations also serve as a great teaching tool with the coaches, athletes, and parents, so that they have a thorough understanding of any issues that need to be addressed specific to each athlete, and his/her sport.







Please contact us if you would like more information about our evaluation services.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
Christian Hanson "Coach Jeremy Hoy and Finish First is one of if not the main reason I am where I am today. If it were not for his sport-specific training programs, I could only have dreamt of making it this far. Any athlete who has any aspirations of making it to the next level is foolish to not train with Finish First. Regardless of your current skill, going anywhere else to train is a waste of time, money and talent."
--Christian Hanson, NHL Boston Bruins/AHL Providence Bruins
Miss Pennsylvania America 2011, Juliann Sheldon "Training for the Miss America pageant included 6 weeks of intense training at Finish First Sports performance. Coach Jeremy Hoy put my physical endurance to the test and pushed me to my limit. In those intense weeks of physical preparation, I truly learned what It meant to be an athlete. Training at FFSP can help ANY pageant girl become an athlete - She will look and feel her very best. ..."
--Miss Pennsylvania America 2011, Juliann Sheldon
Matt Bartkowski with the Bruins "As you progress in hockey and aspire to get to higher levels, your off season training becomes increasingly important. Once I started training at Finish First I noticed a difference in my strength, speed, and power on and off the ice. There is no better place for a hockey player to train than Finish First. Where I am now in my career I can credit to Finish First, and I know continuing my training there will get me where I want to be."
--Matt Bartkowski, NHL Boston Bruins/AHL Providence Bruins
Miss Pennsylvania America 2010, Courtney Thomas "Working out at Finish First Sports Performance with Jeremy Hoy was by far the best workout experience I've ever had. I spent six weeks going to FFSP two and three times a day and each time I had a unique workout that helped me achieve the results I desired. Jeremy was always so encouraging and pushed me both physically and mentally to reach my full potential. I went to Miss America in the best shape of my life and felt so confident and prepared..."
--Miss Pennsylvania America 2010, Courtney Thomas
Brianne McLaughlin, Goaltender, USA Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team "Finish First has helped me to perform at my best and to be in the best shape possible in order to compete at the highest level. Jeremy's motivational attitude and custom workouts allow me to get the most out of my training - which is geared towards making me a better hockey player AND stronger athlete..."
--Brianne McLaughlin, Goaltender, USA Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team
Miss Pennsylvania America 2009, Shannon Doyle "I spent six weeks at Finish First Sports Performance working intensely with Coach Hoy to prepare for the Miss America pageant. I worked out three times a day, every day! Coach Hoy pushed me harder than I ever could have imagined possible. When I felt defeated, he always had an inspirational story or quote to re-inspire me, and then he would push me harder. Jeremy saw an inner-strength and confidence in me even when I struggled to see it in myself. ..."
--Miss Pennsylvania America 2009, Shannon Doyle
Chris Kushneriuk, Professional Hockey Player for the Bakersfield Condors "Prior to training with Jeremy Hoy and the team at Finish First, one of the biggest knocks I received from coaches was my endurance. I would slowly wear down as the season went on, which would make me lose a step in a game where every inch is so important. Since I began my off-season training with Jeremy's programs in the summer of 09' this has no longer been an issue. ...Jeremy has made me a much more explosive and confident power forward. ..."
--Chris Kushneriuk, Professional Hockey Player for the Bakersfield Condors
Brock Meadows, Professional Hockey Player, Texas Brahmas "Jeremy Hoy and Finish First Sports Performance has by far been the best sport-specific training I've ever experienced. I've played for many teams and have had countless different trainers and training programs, and they weren't even close. The program is designed for me as a hockey player, to improve my performance on the ice. Hoy's program allowed me to stand out in hockey and move on to the next level. ..."
--Brock Meadows, Professional Hockey Player, Texas Brahmas
Elyse Healy, Top 10 Miss PA 2010 "Having competed at the local, state and national levels before coming to Jeremy, I always knew how I wanted to look but never got precisely the results I was striving for. With FFSP, I was able to SURPASS my expectations and become the strongest competitor I could be. Combined with expertise in training, nutrition and overall health, I thank Jeremy and his staff for making me both mentally and physically STRONG! ..."
--Elyse Healy, Top 10 Miss PA 2010
Shauna Rice, 2009 & 2010 Preliminary Swimsuit Winner and Top 5 Finish "I trained under Jeremy Hoy at Finish First Sports Performance in preparations for the 2009 and 2010 Miss Pennsylvania pageants. I am proud to say that I was a preliminary swimsuit award winner both years! Jeremy gives his full attention to his clients and creates their routines and diet plans specifically for them. Jeremy trained me in ways I have never experienced before. New exercises, new muscles, and new pains! ..."
--Shauna Rice, 2009 & 2010 Preliminary Swimsuit Winner and Top 5 Finish
Denny Urban, Professional Hockey Player, Reading Royals "Each and every year you need to make sure that you are in your top shape when heading into the season. With the customized training that Jeremy Hoy and Finish First gives you, you get into your top shape so you have that edge over the other people. I can credit Finish First and Jeremy Hoy for where I am now in my career and where I want to be. If you are serious about making it to the next level and want to gain that edge over the others then I recommend training with Jeremy Hoy and Finish First."
--Denny Urban, Professional Hockey Player, Reading Royals
Michael Houser, Goaltender, London Knights (OHL) "Jeremy and the coaches at Finish First Sports Performance have helped me prepare for each hockey season through intense hockey specific training. With the rigorous schedule of major junior hockey, my training experience at Finish First has helped me to stay strong and not wear down through the long season, and helped me to finish the year as strong and explosive as I started it."
--Michael Houser, Goaltender, London Knights (OHL)
OHL Player of the year 2011-12
CHL Goaltender of the year 2011-12
Andrew Lister, RMU Men's ACHA D1 Ice Hockey "Training is a great way for an athlete to separate themselves from their competition. Finish First Sports Performance offers a unique training program that is tailored to your personal goals. As a hockey player, I quickly recognized the importance of lower body strength. My goal, when coming into Finish First, was to increase my leg strength. Coach Jeremy Hoy and his workouts have pushed me to reach my goal..."
--Andrew Lister, RMU Men's ACHA D1 Ice Hockey
Matt White, Professional Ice Hockey Player "I have been training with Coach Hoy for over five years and without his help and expertise I know that it would never have been possible for me to be where I am today. In training with Coach Hoy and the hockey specific training regimen he has designed, I have seen significant improvements each summer in my explosion, quickness, agility, strength, and endurance..."
--Matt White, Professional Ice Hockey Player
Parker Milner, Professional Ice Hockey Goalie "I have been working with Jeremy Hoy and Finish First since I was 12 years old, and he was the first person who taught me the importance of off-ice training. The unique, athlete specific training tailored to your particular sport is what makes Finish First so special. When you walk into Finish First, you know that you are stepping into an environment that will challenge and bring out the best in you..."
--Parker Milner, Professional Ice Hockey Goalie (2xNCAA D1 Champ)
Nick Jones, Professional Ice Hockey Player "When it comes to finding the perfect athletic performance training in Pittsburgh, the search starts and ends at Coach Hoy’s Finish First Sports Performance. As my hockey career has progressed, my off-season workouts have only gotten more and more essential. The sport-specific workouts put together by Coach Hoy and his staff has helped me add strength, speed, and endurance to my game that I did not possess before..."
--Nick Jones, Professional Ice Hockey Player
Noah Zamagias, Collegiate Golfer "Finish First Sports Performance and Jeremy Hoy are a true testament of passion and drive in personal health and fitness. With Coach Hoy and Finish First, I've found the same drive and discipline that is needed in finding and maintaining personal success and growth. Jeremy's principles and work ethic have pushed me to finding more inside and outside of the gym. Finish First breeds success and guarantees results..."
--Noah Zamagias, Collegiate Golfer
Drew Bohn, PGA Professional "I would highly recommend Finish First Sports to anyone who is looking to improve their sport specific performance and overall physical conditioning. I was looking to make my golf swing more efficient and was extremely satisfied with the workout programs and results. My core strength, flexibility and kinesthetic movements all improved which has positively affected my ball striking, balance and endurance..."
--Drew Bohn, PGA Professional



UPCOMING EVENTS/PROGRAMS
Summer Hockey Training - Complete off-season customized summer training plans for maximum results. Includes a series of initial movement screens and performance assessments. Corrective exercises, speed, strength, power, agility, quickness, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, mobility, nutrition, and other components needed to prepare for your best season.

Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Golf Fitness Programs
Utilizing our TPI Golf Fitness Certified Coaches, these programs include advance movement screens and analysis specific to golf and your golf swing. Get stronger, more flexible, more powerful, and play consistently without pain or risk of injury. Ask us how we can help you.


WHERE'S COACH HOY??
July 27-28, 2015 - USHL Combine, Chicago
Coach Hoy will be speaking about maximizing athletic development for ice hockey.



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