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FITS SOCCER ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Who is this program for?

At this stage we concentrate on improving the athletes Physical Literacy by improving their movement awareness, posture, mobility, system stability (CORE), and fundamental movement patterns aerobic conditioning. This key period is key to develop movement qualities to prevent injuries (such as Jumper’s Knee and ACL ruptures) and to improve future performance.
We first focus on ensuring these athletes meet our Physical Literacy or our Movement Standards. Many of these athletes have early symptoms of chronic overuse injuries or development pain in the knees which are associated to how they move. Once these athletes have cleared our standards they are prepared for our Expression Development Programs.

Key Features of the Program

  • Long Term Athletic Development featuring the Movement Development System
  • Leading Injury Prevention Strategies based on Sport Science
  • Win the Battle: Conditioning and Power
  • Speed is a Skill – FITS Elite Athletic Development
  • Training the Brain for Agility and Decision Making
  • System Stability –more than just the “CORE”
  • Intelligent Conditioning
  • Industry Leading Program Support
  • Integration with Sport Medicine Services
  • Advanced Athlete Monitoring and Individual Recovery and Regeneration Strategies
  • Expert Sport Scientists
  • World Class Results

1. Movement is the Answer: Physical Literacy and Long Term Athletic Development

Athletes often over-estimate what they can accomplish during one off season, but underestimate what they can do over years. Systematic long term athletic development is the number one secret to developing elite levels of athleticism and sport performance. There are no short-cuts. In fact, if you don`t develop your Physical Literacy or your foundation, you`ll forever be paying the cost. Just like learning your 3R`s, learning body awareness, fundamental movement control, speed control, and developing your energy system will determine your future success. To accomplish this goal requires an in-depth understanding of Sport Science, which encompasses knowledge of neurophysiological development, biomechanics, injury prevention, injury management, nutrition, and rest and recovery to name a few. At FITS we’ve developed the Movement Development System to systematically develop athletes to world class results.

2. Injury Prevention – Don’t be a Statistic

You’ve probably seen or know of someone what who has suffered a torn ACL. The recovery process takes a minimum of 6 months, but likely a year to fully return. You probably also know many people with knee pain, particular during their adolescents who have been diagnosed with Osgoode Schlaters or patellar Tendinopathy. While we can’t completely prevent these injuries we can do a lot. You’re probably asking: “How do I reduce my chances of ACL ruptures and other common soccer related injuries” – Movement is the answer. We can say this because we’ve tested over 3,500 athletes and tracked their injury rates and the factors that impact injury risk.  As we analyze the results we publish our work in scientific journals and we share our database with an international group of sport scientists and leading health care professionals. This global network helps ensure we remain state-of-the art and that our Movement Development System is constantly improving.

3. Win the Battle: Conditioning and Power

Do you want to beat your opponent to the ball every single time? Then you a need balance between great conditioning, world class speed, and pattern recognition. You need speed to beat your opponent and conditioning so that your speed lasts the entire game, particularly at the end of the game when other athletes are tired. We’ll talk about pattern recognition when we address the brain. Now to develop both speed and endurance at the same time would be AMAZING, neurophysiology dictates that each quality pulls your body to adapt indifferent directions. Properly sequencing the development of both follows a periodized system where you first develop conditioning followed by speed. Concurrent training isn’t the best solution – that’s like spinning your tires. At FITS, we’ve been developing athletes from the grassroots stages into elite athletes through our Movement Development System. This process is built on developing physical literacy and aerobic conditioning prior to more advance training methods to enhance power and explosiveness. This system is scientifically proven and it represents the long term athletic development model. If you are looking to gain great conditioning with become more powerful and explosive there is no better place.

4. Speed is a Skill

Do you believe that speed is genetic? If so why do the fastest athletes train? They train to become faster. They work on their technique and train factors that increase speed. At FITS, we’re constantly researching methods to enhance speed and we have the technology to analyze force and biomechanics. We`ve also develop a speed assessment process that helps us identify key athletic factors that contribute to speed. This means we understand how to make you faster. In this process you`ll also improve your change in direction ability and your acceleration. In sport speed kills. Speed is also a skill that can be developed. Change the game by how you train.

5. Training the Brain for Agility and Decision Making

Being able to react and make split second decisions requires sensorimotor training. Sensorimotor means you sense (usually through your eyes a stimulus), process that information, and then formulating a movement strategy. The time it takes to accomplish this process determines success in sport. Addressing each component of this process is the evolution of athletic development, which is largely based on how the brain processes and creates movement strategies. At FITS we use various strategies and technology like FIT LIGHT to help evaluate and develop an athletes’ ability to process information and their movement strategies.

How to Register

The first step is to be tested with our proprietary Injury Proof Screen and Performance Profile, in which the athlete is taken through a complete medical physical, a battery of physical performance tests, and a functional movement screen. A report will be developed that the athlete can take home. Results will be compared to normative data that is age and sport specific. When necessary, more advanced testing procedures may be required. These will be conducted in-house or the appropriate referral will be made to another professional. Based on the results, we’ll determine the most appropriate training group and we’ll make recommendations based on your test results, your aspirations, current strengths, weaknesses and risk of injury. Recommendations will pertain to:

  • frequency of training
  • type of training
  • homework
  • additional testing if necessary

To make an appointment call or email us: FITS TORONTO E: info@fitstoronto.com T: 416.628.4333

By analyzing the results from the Injury Proof Screen and Performance Profile, we develop a customized periodized program that will improve your sport performance while helping you prevent injuries. Specific outcome measures and a timeline to achieve your specific goals are developed and explained. When appropriate, your coach and primary health care practitioner will receive your Performance Profile report and the copy of the program.
Now it’s time to train. Our athletic development team are prepared to guide you through every aspect of training. Emphasizing technique, and through a combination of Foundation Training and Performance Lifting through FULL SPECTRUM loading, we’re confident you’ll achieve your goals. To add to the process, we have a dedicated staff of health care professionals specializing in sport medicine to help you with injuries, regeneration, recovery, and nutrition.

Track and analyze. We have developed proprietary methods to monitor and track your performance. We’ll analyze and evaluate the effectiveness with which you are adapting to your program, which will help us refine it and reduce over-training and injuries, enabling consistent improvement.
Team-Training

Initial Consultation with Sport Science

$90
  • FITS Metrics
  • Report of Findings

Athletic Development for 1 - 2 times / week

$35
  • per session
  • Homework Modules

Athletic Development 3+ / week

$33
  • per session
  • Homework Modules