Strength & Conditioning
Director: Terry Sauerbry
Assistant Director: Jeremiah Frey
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach: Brian Burton
Our passion within the Missouri State Strength and Conditioning department is overall development of our young student-athletes concentrating on preventing injuries and increasing athletic potential on their respective field of play. Through identifying our student-athletes weaknesses, strengths, and biomechanical limitations we set a foundation through which success can be built upon. We strive to provide not only our student-athletes but sports programs as well with the tools they need to succeed at the highest level including winning conference and NCAA Division I championships and bringing home the Missouri Valley All-Sports Trophy.
As a coach our philosophy is to provide the opportunity for our student-athletes to reach their highest potential in all aspects of life, including sport. Our goal is to cultivate an atmosphere that is conducive to their training success.
The coach/athlete relationship must be built upon a respect for one another. The athlete must respect and believe in the system that the coach has put in place in order for optimal progress and development to occur. The environment must be positive but demanding, and enjoyable in order for the athlete to reach the level of success desired. Additionally, our role as a strength coaches is to reflect the mission and goals of the head coaches of each sport program.
Discipline, consistency, honesty, trust, and a strong work ethic are essential criteria for us as coaches and for the student-athletes to derive the level of success we need in program implementation and success that is developed from believing in one another's abilities to establish that success together.
It is imperative to recognize that a strength and conditioning program is in place to develop athletes and not Olympic weightlifters, power lifters, or bodybuilders. Developing athletes and a higher level of athleticism is the number one goal of our programming. This is accomplished through injury prevention, kinesthetic awareness and increasing the athletes performance levels. Injury prevention is accomplished through the teaching of proper technique, constant evaluation, and testing measures while increasing performance level is reached through proper training techniques and protocols. Utilization the following principals are harnessed to accomplish these goals:
Ground Base Movements: Most athletes compete with their feet in contact with a solid ground surface therefore training must be done in the same manner. Force production is the key to athletic performance and the more force an athlete can apply against the ground the faster they can run and the higher they can jump. All joints must be developed cohesively and then learn to operate as one during physical activity.
Multiple Joint Movements: During athletic competition an athlete very rarely if ever utilizes one single joint to perform a specific task. The athlete must learn to coordinate those joints in a fluid movement pattern in order to succeed. Multiple joint movements (squat, single leg squats, Olympic lifts) allow the athlete to train more muscle mass at one time in comparison to single joint activities (leg curl and extension) allowing more work to be done in a shorter amount of time.
Three Dimensional Movements: Training programs will emulate the movements that occur during athletic activity. The athletes must learn to control and stabilize their body in all three planes of movement (sagittal, frontal and transverse). Stability is accomplished by training with free weights. Muscles are targeted synergistically and called into play to reduce the susceptibility of injury.
The goal of our strength & conditioning programs are to improve power and strength of the hips, legs, back, trunk, and shoulders for the purpose of improving athletic performance and preventing injuries.
Plaster Sports Complex Strength Center
Jim D. Morris Family Strength & Conditioning Center
Missouri State University Strength & Conditioning Internships are an excellent opportunity for students to develop the skills needed to start a successful career as a strength & conditioning coach, sports performance specialist, or personal trainer. The student will gain valuable knowledge, hands on experience, and valuable skills such as exercise technique, program design, performance testing, building a rapport with student-athletes, and facility scheduling. For more information about an internship opportunity, please contact Terry Sauerbry, Director of Strength and Conditioning, Missouri State University, 901 South National Ave, Springfield, MO 65897, or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. No Phone Calls Please!