Staff

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach – Brian Hess
•  Email: bhess@shsu.edu
•  Phone
: 936-294-1728

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach – Trevor Williams
•  Email: tce025@shsu.edu          
•  Phone: 936-294-4428


Facility

•  Ron Randleman Strength and Fitness Center:
•  Built in 2006
• 
11,000 Square Feet
• 
12 Platforms
• 
12 Full Racks with Adjustable Bench
    
Each rack has bands, chains, a weighted vest and a stability ball.


Dumbbell Area
•  2 Sets of Dumbbells ranging from 5lbs to 150lbs.(5-100lbs in 2.5 increments)
• 
10 Adjustable Benches
• 
10 Adjustable Step Up Boxes


Hammer Strength Machine Area
•  Horizontal Press, Vertical Press, Horizontal Row, Vertical Row, Leg Press, Leg Curl & Deadlift.


Cardio Area
• 
Treadmill, Elliptical, Stationary Bike.


Other Equipment
• 
10 Glute Ham Raise Machines
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5 Landmine Attachments
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4 Complete Sets of Foam Plyo Boxes
• 
Med Balls
• 
Mini Bands


Six Flat Screen HD TVs

Sam Houston Speed/Conditioning Equipment
•  5 Prowlers
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8 Speed Sleds
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4 Battling Ropes
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Tires
• 
Hurdles
• 
Mini Hurdles
• 
Agility Ladders

 

Program Philosophy

Mission Statement
• 
We will continuously strive to cultivate the highest-level training environment for our student-athletes.

•  Our program will be based on proven principles of physiology and periodization to maximize athletic potential and protect the health and safety of our athletes.

•  To produce an environment that is enthusiastic about dedication, discipline and hard work, providing the platform for leaders to emerge and be developed. 

 

Strength & Conditioning

 

Strength:

To maximize the transfer of our training we utilize:
   • 
Ground Based Movements- Movements performed on your feet. The more force put into the ground the higher you jump and the faster you run.

   • Multi Joint Movements- Movements that require the transfer of force through multiple joints of the body. 

   •   3 Dimensional Movements- Movements requiring stability in all three planes, up and down, side to side and forward and back.  This is accomplished through the use of free weights.


Progressive Overload

   •  Overload happens when the body responds to training loads greater than normal. Overload causes muscle tissue to breakdown, go into a catabolic state. The body then adapts with proper rest and nutrition. By compensating repeatedly, the muscles develop strength or endurance depending on the stimulus. Progressive application of the training load (volume + intensity) is a fundamental component in program design which will maximize performance while preventing injuries.


Periodization

   •  Periodization is the progressive variation of training regulated by the period of the year and the maturity of the athlete. When the neuromuscular system becomes accustomed to a training stimulus over a period of time it will cease to progress. Periodization promotes continued training progress throughout an athlete’s career.

Torso Development:

   •  Bracing locks the torso into neutral position creating stability for the spine, hips and shoulders. Stability is achieved from the co-contraction of the anterior, lateral and posterior musculature of the torso.

   •  “A stable, well organized spine is the key to moving safely and effectively and maximizing power output and force production”

       ♦  Three Reason for Bracing:
               • 
1. Dramatically decreases risk of injuring CNS
               • 
2. Disorganized spine leads to mechanical compensations
               • 
3. When spinal position is lost there is a decrease in force production and a loss of stability in the hips and shoulders.
                                                  
(Dr. Kelly Starrett)

        ♦  Athletes must develop the coordination to hold the spine in a neutral position and avoid:
               • 
Hyperextension- Gaining stability by arching the back, this will compromise the spine.
               • 
Flexion- Rounding forward of the lower back, this will compromise the spine.


Speed Philosophy

   •  Increase Stride Length
          ♦  
Increase the force applied into the ground.
                 • 
This is why we squat, single leg squat, Olympic lift, perform plyos and various sprint protocols.


  •  Stride Frequency
          ♦ Increase the number of steps taken without decreasing stride length
                
Mechanics

 
  •  Mass Specific Force
          ♦ The amount of force needed to move a mass
               
This is why we increase strength and decrease non-functional body weight (relative strength).


  •  Speed must be trained with max effort and full recovery.

 

Acceleration

  • The ability to reach maximum speed in the shortest amount of time.

  •When teaching acceleration we will use the acronym P.A.L.
      ♦ P.- Posture: Torso is set and hips are through. Lean from the ground at 45-60 degrees. Shin angle matches torso angle.
 
      ♦ A.- Arm Action: Arm rotates from the shoulder with the elbow at a 90 degree angle bring the hand from the chin to the hip pocket. Arms stay close to body not allowing any wasted side to side movement. Arm action dictates leg action.
     ♦ L.- Leg Action: Knee up, toe up and strike under the hip. Focus on driving the ground behind you.

Lateral Movement

  •  The ability to decelerate, change direction and re-accelerate in the shortest amount of time.

  • 
When teaching change of direction we will use the acronym P.A.L.
       
P.- Push to Move: The muscle that push are stronger than those that pull.
       ♦ 
A.- Athletic Base: We never want our feet in a position where we cannot react and change direction. Do not click heels together.
       ♦
L.- Low Center of Gravity: All movement requires the management of the relationship of your center of gravity to your base of support. Maintaining a low center of gravity will allow an athlete to create the angles needed to push to move.


Speed/Agility Progression

  • Programmed: Athlete knows the direction and how far they are going. This allows for technique to be developed in a controlled setting.  (Example: Cone Drills)

  • Competitive: Athlete is now racing an opponent through a programmed drill. This will increase the intensity of the drill and challenge the athlete to maintain technique.

  • Reactive: Athlete will now be challenged to react to the movement of an opponent in a tag or chase scenario or reacting off of the direction of a coach.