Modern soccer players must be strong technically, tactically and dynamic athletically. The Strength and Speed Academy enhances general athletic attributes such as power, speed, strength and mobility through age appropriate energy system training. These attributes greatly translate to the game of soccer and the means by which these attributes are developed are constantly evolving. The strength and speed program is innovative and aggressive at adding to the total development experience.
In addition to weekly technical skills training sessions, players will participate in strength and speed sessions operated by D1 Sports Training, one of the top performance training systems in the country amongst current NFL, MLB, NHL, MLS, and U.S. National Team athletes. Strength and speed sessions will include age-appropriate workouts aimed at developing balance, coordination, core/ relative/absolute strength, and proper speed mechanics. All players will be tracked accordingly to identify and address weaknesses, determine growth, and chart progression for future scouting opportunities.
Mike Whiteman, Director of Sport Science for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and his performance training staff will assess each player throughout a set of tests designed to determine athleticism. Known as the “Continuous Evaluation Process”, the program will serve to streamline the evaluation protocol that began with the inception of The Strength and Speed Academy in the summer of 2011. Data will be compiled from each session with the objective of holding players accountable to the high standards established by The Riverhounds Academy and The Strength and Speed Academy.
Strength and Speed Program Contact
Director of Sports Science