Strength & Conditioning

UTEP Miners

  Strength & Conditioning  
  General Philosophy  
  "A Year Round Program"  

Basic Tenets of the UTEP Strength and Conditioning Program
  • Founded on the basis of sound principles, practical application, and great expectations.
  • Designed to address improved performance on the court and enhance injury prevention.
  • Integrates with the specific sports program philosophy.
  • Must be developmental. Recognize who you are working with.
  • Strength training is the foundation of the program.
  • Build upon foundation through plyometric, speed and agility training, and sport specific conditioning to develop athleticism and improved sports performance.
  • Utilize accurate, valid, and reliable testing protocols to assess progress, provide effective feedback, and serve as an adjunct to the athletes training experience.
  • Most importantly, place interaction with the athlete at the heart of the program. Success in sport is about enabling the athlete. We will provide great coaching via effective and thorough technique instruction, motivation, and communication.
  • Employ the K.I.S.S. principle. (Keep It Simple Stupid)
Achieving Strength & Conditioning Goals UTEP Logo
Philosophy: What are we trying to accomplish?
  • Performance enhancement
  • Injury prevention
Performance enhancement: How do we accomplish it?
  • Study the sport - Sports are ground based, mutli-directional, and multi-joint actions over a prescribed period of time.
Mimic the sport
  • Apply the information - Implement programs that work on sport specifics. Utilize Olympic lifts, squats, push and pull exercises, plyometric, agility, speed, and endurance training. Use closed versus opened chained exercises. Train the proper energy system required for the sport.
Injury prevention: How do we prevent injuries?
  • Study what type of injuries and at what rate these injuries are occurring in each sport.
  • What are the most common injuries and what is the latest rash of injuries.
  • Flexibility training.
  • Joint stability exercises.
  • Stronger, faster, more agile, and flexible athletes produces fewer injuries.
How do we accomplish these goals?
  • All workouts are scheduled as team sessions.
  • All workouts are monitored by a coach.
  • Combine the proper prescription of speed, strength, agility, plyometric, and endurance training.
  • All workouts are computer generated and based on individual one-rep maximums.
  • Communication between athlete, coach and athletic training staff.
  • Athletes and coaches understanding their role on the team.
  • Athletes and coaches sticking together to achieve success.
A Year in the Life of a Miner Athlete UTEP Logo
  • Reestablish the training foundation needed to get stronger and more powerful.
  • Evaluate the athlete and set goals for off-season training.
  • Develop a strong foundation of strength which can be enhanced during the pre-season training.
  • The strength base will enable other abilities (speed, agility, and power) to be better developed and maintained during pre-season and in-season training.
  • Increase strength, power, and agility.
  • Evaluate the athlete to measure the progress of the athlete's training.
  • Continue to increase strength while optimizing power and speed.
  • Conditioning moved to the forefront of training.
  • Evaluate the athlete to measure the progress of the athlete's training.
  • Lift 1-2 days per week.
  • Maintain abilities developed in the off- and pre-seasons.
General Order of Training UTEP Logo
While this is the general order of training, there will be some differences due to the specific team involved, as well as the time of year.
Warm-up & Stretch
  • Dynamic, movement-based warm-up.
  • Static Stretching
Speed & Agility Training
  • Speed Training
Work on improving sprinting technique, stride length, and stride frequency through the use of sprinting drills, assisted and resisted sprinting, and plyometrics.
  • Agility
  • Work on improving agility, balance, and body awareness using sport specific and general drills.
    Strength & Power Training
    • Core Training

    Exercises to strengthen at the low back and abdominal muscles.
    • Explosive or Power Training
    Explosive lifts (i.e. clean, snatch, jerk) and plyometrics to target the nervous system using lighter weights in a dynamic manner and getting maximum fast twitch muscle fiber recruitment.
    • Strength Training (Core Exercises)
    Exercises (i.e. squat, bench press, deadlift) to target major muscle groups using heavier weights in a controlled manner and getting maximum muscle fiber recruitment.
    • Strength Training (Assistance Exercises)
    Using exercises (i.e. pull ups, single-leg exercises, biceps, triceps) to target minor muscle groups using free weights or machines.
    • Abdominal Training
    Exercises to strengthen the abdominal muscles.
    • Upper and lower body static stretching (i.e. partner, band, PNF stretches).
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