Grant Stewart
Thank you for reading the first installment of the Mullen Sports Performance monthly blog. The goal is to provide more information about training, nutrition, and recovery to students, parents and educators of Mullen High School.

This month is going to explain some details of the program and our philosophy of how we train high school athletes.
Mission Statement: the Mullen Sports Performance purpose through training is to maximize athletic potential, build character, grow faith and instill the five Lasallian Core Principles in our students.  
Program Objectives:  
  1. Keep Student Athletes Safe and Healthy
  • Our goal is 0% injuries in the weight room. This is accomplished by emphasizing exercise techniques, following proper exercise progressions and using appropriate weight.
  1. Increase Resilience of Our Athletes
  • A well rounded, scientifically sound program will decrease the prevalence of injuries on the field/ court, but cannot prevent all injuries.  
  1. Increase Total Body Strength and Power to Improve On-Field Performance
  • Utilize total body movements that have been proven to improve on-field performance and decrease the chance of injury.  
  1. Maximize Athletic Potential Emphasizing Quality Movement
  • Emphasize movement quality, over weight used for exercises.
When training adolescent high school athletes the important factor to consider is our athletes are 14-19 years old and still growing and maturing. Training is usually a new activity for high school students and must be conducted in a teaching environment. Since high schooler’s bodies are still growing, it is unreasonable to have high school students do workouts designed for college or professional athletes. Mullen Sports Performance teaches and coaches all our athletes through all sets and reps of their workout, always striving for perfection with technique.  
Our program is a four-year plan where each year builds on the previous year. Our freshmen and seniors programs look completely different factoring in chronological age, training age, relative strength and maturity. Similar to how a student advances to different math classes through their high school career (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus) students advance to different levels/groups over their training career with Sports Performance. The advancement occurs with the increased complexity of lifts, periodization schemes and intensities used.  
The overall objective is to improve the athletic ability of our student-athletes. The goal of Sports Performance is not to create bodybuilders, weightlifters, powerlifters, or weight room all-stars, but rather use tried and true scientific training principles to improve athleticism. The stronger, faster, injury resilient athlete will usually have the advantage during competition. Training in a safe, progressive, effective manner with the end in mind (senior year) ensures our students are continuously making progress and performing well in their sports.  
Next month will discuss the importance of year-round training for all athletes including multi-sport athletes