"Athletic performance plays a critical role in the physical preparation for all Redbird student-athletes. Utilizing sport science based equipment into our daily training will allow us to better evaluate the qualities that transfer to and elevate athletic performance. With this information, training decisions can be made based on a sport, a position, and an individual basis to ensure we are providing the most optimal stimulus for each student-athlete’s development."
Ryan Swenson, Director of Athletic Performance
"Modernizing the weight room would be very helpful for ISU Athletics. Strength and conditioning has a great impact on gymnastics because it improves our performance and keeps us safe throughout a long season. I feel better prepared for the intensity I put my body through every week because of our strength and conditioning program."
Savannah Remkus, Gymnastics
Force Plate Benefits
- Identifies Strengths and Weaknesses
- Highlights Biomechanical Deficiencies
- Monitors Training Outcomes
- Screening/Return-to-Performance Rules
- Training Readiness
According to ISU Athletic Trainers and the Sport Performance staff...
"Force plates can be used to aid in the student-athlete return-to-performance protocols. Baseline testing can be utilized in a screening manner to identify areas needing attention early in an athletes’ preparation process, potentially mitigating injury likelihood in later stages. Limb asymmetries in force application and absorption are critical pieces of information that can be identified and addressed using this approach."
The Force Plates Costs $11,000
"Strength and conditioning has had a significant impact on my performance as a student-athlete and led to many successes in my events. Last year, I had a season ending injury with my foot. Had I had access to updated equipment, it could have sped up my recovery. Modernizing the weight room would better allow the entire team to complete the workout programs and improve recovery time if injured. Effective strength and conditioning equipment is critical to the entire track team, especially the throwers with the weight they are lifting."
Logan Calvin, Track & Field
Time Gate System Benefits
- Collects Valuable Athlete-Driven Data
- Implements Speed Training Sessions
- Monitors and Designs Agility Training
- Athlete Readiness Tool
Training can be streamlined with instant feedback to encourage competition and intent. Efficient timing gates will streamline the training prescription for our Redbird student-athletes.
Time Gate System Costs $4,000
"Softball is a huge strength sport. It is important for us as softball players to develop strength throughout the year to perform at our best. I've increased my velocity as a pitcher and increased the strength behind the balls I hit at bat. The strength I gain in the weight room also helps to prevent future injuries, which is important to me!"