On December 1st, 26 of BC’s best young athletes came together at Fortius Sport and Health in Burnaby, BC, to undergo a battery of strength and conditioning assessments. The athletes completed anthropometric, FMS screening, power and strength index tests. The results of these test identified their strengths, areas of improvement and flagged potential injuries in the future.
Following the assessment session, athletes will be assigned a customized strength program targeted on improving their overall function and injury prevention. The athletes and coaches will work these programs into the daily training environment to enhance the athletes’ robustness, ultimately creating a faster, more competent athlete, with a reduced occurrence of injury.
“It is really great to see the level of athletes that are in our sport. Watching the athletes complete the testing, I am impressed with their general level of athleticism! The athletes are incredibly engaged; joking and laughing is a good sign of the strength of our triathlon community in BC,” said Kelly Guest, Triathlon BC’s Provincial Coach.
As in previous years, Triathlon BC will host a second, follow up strength and conditioning assessment in 2019, which will allow these same athletes to see the gains made and have their training programs adjusted based on new gains as they move into the final stages of preparation for the 2020 race season.
“This is a really exciting program. We initiated this testing several years ago under the direction of the Canadian Sport Institute (CI). In triathlon, time away from training due to preventable injuries is unacceptable. We need to be doing everything we can to be better prepared, exclaimed Kelly Guest, Provincial Coach. “Programs like this help identify an athlete’s functional movement gaps and improves on them. This is critical in the process of keeping our athletes healthy, happy and plays a key role in improving their performance envelope. ”