Performance Course Prepares Athletes for Upcoming Seasons
During Lovejoy ISD’s summer break, Lovejoy athletes were given the opportunity to attend Performance Course. “Our athletes are working on developing the energy systems needed to play their sport,” Performance Course director Evan Coachman said. “There are three main energy systems the body utilizes. All of them are used simultaneously, but some are more relied on than others.”
Hosting its third summer of programs at Lovejoy, Performance Course begins the summer working on strength development and then switches to repeating power outputs as athletes get closer to the start of the school year and to their seasons. Although some workouts are more intense than others, the goal is always safety and development. “We want to teach our young athletes how to control their body and move correctly and safely,” Coachman said. “This is done by starting with body weight movements (in the weight room) and then slowly adding external forces (weights) over an extended period of time,” Coachman said. Coachman was assisted by Colt Collins, Dalton Lindelof, Trejan Karoma, Adonis Martin and Khrus Shyebem. These coaches coached speed stations and weight room workouts while bringing in an elite level of expectation.
The last day of each program is an award ceremony in which coaches recognize athletes for their belief, attitude, leadership, consistency, effort, and desire. “Our program is built upon these words,” Coachman said. “They are simply words and awards, yet very hard to obtain, because they take a six-week commitment to earn.”