Athletics

Our Program

Philosophy

The University of the Pacific Athlete Performance is dedicated to helping our student-athletes improve speed, strength, and conditioning as related to each sport.  We are committed to creating a safe and positive training environment in which athletes want to work hard and improve not only their physical development, but also their mental development. 

The University of the Pacific Athlete Performance staff is committed to principles of ethical conduct, integrity, and excellence, which will prepare the student-athlete for personal growth both during and beyond the competitive years of collegiate athletics.  We will prepare a safe and comprehensive training environment to include, but not limited to, increasing sports performance, reducing the potential risk of injury, and education about proper nutritional lifestyle

Strength and Power

Ground-based, multi-joint, free weights, machine based exercises are used to improve strength and power. We utilize scientifically proven methods to develop training programs throughout the year, drawing from weightlifting, powerlifting, calisthenics, and other disciplines to construct a program that most benefits each sport and athlete individually.


Energy System

Duration of play, work to rest ratios, and movement intensity are assessed to create a comprehensive conditioning plan most suitable to the demands of each sport.  Various means, including footwork and agility drills, speed work; interval training, tempo runs, and other sport specific modalities are incorporated to be preparing athletes for competition.

           
Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

Through analysis of the sport and athlete, the strength and conditioning coach inputs specific “prehab” exercises in the training program.   These exercises focus on strengthening areas of the body that are commonly injured in a specific sport.  By improving strength or flexibility in muscle that are weak, tight, or overused many injuries can be avoided before they happen.

Should an athlete suffer an injury the strength and conditioning staff will coordinate with the sports medicine staff to develop a plan to maintain strength, power, and conditioning levels as much as possible while working around the injured area.

Punishment

The University of Pacific Athletic Performance staff will never take part in or take and athlete through a “Punishment” based workout.  A student athlete will never be asked to take part in a workout that is designed to have them fail or work to a level that is unsafe.  Every workout that is undertaken by a staff member of University of the Pacific Athletic Performance Staff must be calculated.  All workouts performed by student athletes are held to a proper intensity, volume, time, and specificity towards the athletes increased performance of that student athlete’s sport.   

Nutrition Supplements

University of the Pacific believes in a food first culture to maximize the athletic potential and wellbeing of student athletes. While some athletes may need specific dietary supplements to meet nutrient needs, most athletes consume more than adequate nutrients from a balanced diet.

Athletes interested in dietary supplements need to be aware that the risk of contamination and poor manufacturing practices increase the chance of inadvertently consuming banned substances, putting eligibility at risk.

In accordance with NCAA Division I rules and regulations, Pacific does not provide supplements that are impermissible per NCAA Bylaw 16.5.2 (g) or that contain substances from the NCAA Banned Drug List. Athletes should be informed that eating real food, training responsibly and getting enough rest leads to success without the potential consequences of taking dietary supplements.

Athletes are responsible for what they put into their body and must consult with Athletics Department Staff prior to consuming any supplement.