Old School Physical Fitness Tests Don't Cut It Anymore...

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 assessments, movement assessments (including gait assessment) and athletic fitness assessments to determine any special athlete 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, 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 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 assessments, postural assessments, 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 the Functional Movement Screen™ and additional physical movement assessments (created by physical therapists, expert sports science professors, orthopedic specialists, chiropractors, 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.

We currently offer 5 different performance evaluations to gather the data we need about each athlete. They are the Individual Eval (1.5 hour)(Recommended for most),the Individual Elite Eval (2 - 2.5 hours)(More advanced tests, similar to elite/professional sports combines), the Individual Quick Eval (30 min)(For current athletes to check progress), the Team Individual Eval (15 min)(Individual testing for a team of athletes), and the Team Eval (length varies)(Testing for the entire team at the same time).

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.

Finish First Sports Performance Evaluations

(so much more than old school physical fitness tests :-))

Individual Eval

The Individual Eval is the most commonly used evaluation at our training center, and it typically lasts about 1.5 hours. This eval includes an introduction to our full traditional warm-up sequence, followed by postural assessments, movement screening, and additional performance tests, then concluded with our traditional stretching sequence.

Information is collected, notes are taken from observation, and scores are recorded for tests used during the eval--this info is used when designing the training program, and used to help chart progress when the athlete is re-tested.

Individual Elite Eval

The Individual Elite Eval is a specific evaluation that includes many of the same tests used in professional sports combines, in addition to everything included in the standard Individual Eval.

For example, for elite hockey players, tests would be administered similar to the NHL combine, and for elite football players, tests would administered similar to the NFL combine.

Individual Quick Eval

The Individual Quick Eval is the evaluation that is used as another way for current athletes to check their progress with their training program. This evaluation only takes about 30 minutes, and focuses on the specific tests used in the athlete’s previous evaluation.

Team Individual Eval

The Team Individual Eval is used for groups or teams (4+ athletes), and each athlete is scheduled individually for his/her evaluation session. The traditional warm-up is taught, an abbreviated version of the individual eval is used (less tests), and then traditional stretches are taught. This evaluation lasts 15-30 minutes.

Team Eval

The Team Eval is best suited for an entire team at once. Our training center has enough testing equipment to test an entire team in one session, including an introductory teaching of the warm-up sequence and cool down stretching sequence. Local college and high school teams have contracted our services because our team eval is efficient, accurate, and extremely beneficial to customized programming. Our services are also available to perform the team eval at your facility, using our testing equipment.

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

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. His specialized drills and exercises for goalies, and for improving my dynamic vision, have had an immediate transfer to what I need on the ice. ..."
--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

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Hosted at Pure Hockey, Pittsburgh (Neville Island), this clinic will cover such topics as Skating mechanics--Skating Conditioning--Using a skating treadmill--Olympic mindset--Elite level goaltending—Dynamic Vision Training—Specific Nutrition tips for ice hockey--Sleep and Performance--Flexibility Training—Muscle Imbalances--In-season Strength & Conditioning; $45 to attend, limit to first 75 entrants. Sign up today. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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