Student-AthleteHealth and Welfare
Student-athletes aren’t running those extra stairs, swimming those extra laps, or lifting those extra pounds to be just another student-athlete. They’re giving it everything they’ve got, every single day, because they’re elite — because they want to compete like a champion. We know how much hard work it takes to elevate their performance to the next level, both physically and mentally — and as a part of their team during their time as a student-athlete, we won’t compromise when it comes to helping them get there. With the best in athletic medicine, sports nutrition, and strength and conditioning supporting them each day, they’ll be able to meet — and even exceed — their performance goals.
The Athletic Medicine department at Michigan provides first-class, state-of-the-art, and holistic healthcare, performance, and lifetime wellness services for University of Michigan student-athletes. Certified athletic trainers and board-certified sports medicine physicians collaborate on a daily basis with strength and conditioning professionals, athletic counseling professionals, sports dieticians, and coaches to form a comprehensive performance team focused on the health and safety of the student-athlete. Through the use of proven and innovative methods to educate and train elite student-athletes and partnerships with world-leading experts across a variety of disciplines, Athletic Medicine works to improve a student-athlete’s performance on and off of the field or court.
Performance Science at the University of Michigan has been developed to optimize athletic performance for every student-athlete by utilizing the latest sports science technology and research. Applied athlete performance science strategies have been expertly designed to individually assess strengths, weakness and progress of athletes in our programs, and use ongoing athlete monitoring systems designed to decrease the likelihood of athlete fatigue and injury. Through partnerships with the U-M School of Kinesiology, School of Engineering, U-M Health Systems, the U-M Data Science Initiative, and the U-M Exercise and Sports Science Institute, student-athletes have access to top professionals, state-of-the-art facilities, and a “Center of Excellence” that is Leaders and Best.
The Performance Nutrition program at Michigan provides an evidence-based and sport-specific approach to fueling student-athletes for optimal health and performance. Our program offers a daily performance breakfast, team fueling stations for pre- and post-workout, team meals for at home and on the road, and performance lab screening as well as both team-based and individualized sports nutrition education. Our performance dietitians work closely with coaches, strength & conditioning, and athletic medicine as part of a comprehensive performance team to ensure the health and welfare of all Michigan student-athletes.
Performance Nutrition Goals:
- Fuel strength, power and endurance for optimal performance
- Meet sport-specific energy, nutrient and hydration requirements
- Enhance adaptation and recovery between training sessions and competitions
- Provide individualized nutrition recommendations
- Educate about the safe and legal use of supplements
- Reduce risk of illness and injury
- Achieve and maintain optimal health
- Development of healthy eating habits for a lifetime
Strength and Conditioning
The University of Michigan emphasizes the importance of a well-rounded and effective strength and conditioning program in developing elite student-athletes. Our mission is to maximize their athletic performance by utilizing scientifically supported methodologies in order to help them succeed at the highest levels of NCAA Division I competition. Training revolves around the use of ground-based multi-joint movement patterns during the weight training portion of the program and addresses the specific metabolic demands of each sport. All aspects of the performance enhancement programs adhere strictly to industry accepted, scientifically-supported methodologies. With nine full-time coaches, four part-time coaches, and four weight-training facilities located on the athletic campus, the U-M Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning team is well-equipped to help them reach their performance goals in their sport of choice.
Strength and Conditioning Goals:
- Maximize strength, power, speed, agility and work capacity
- Provide individualized sport-specific training programs based on needs analyses
- Properly prepare each student-athlete to perform to his or her highest potential
- Prevent injury through coaching proper technique and addressing inherent risks associated with each individual sport
The Performance Psychology Center at Michigan provides an evidence based and sport specific approach to mental training. The center focuses on eliminating distractions and maximizing performance. We improve focus, increase confidence, develop pre-performance routines, and manage the stress and rigors of being a student-athlete. Additionally, we use some of the newest technology to optimize your athletic performance. We are committed to helping student-athletes achieve their goals on and off the playing surface.
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As a senior in high school, I had a tough choice to make. I had to make a choice of whether to sign a professional contract or go to college. I chose college for many reasons, but the ones that convinced me the most were the quality of education, facilities and friendliness of the people at the University of Michigan. Many things in my life have shaped me into the person that I am. Attending the University of Michigan was probably the most important decision I made. The quality of education and level of baseball instruction was pivotal in laying the foundation for a successful professional playing career. More importantly, some of the people I met while at Michigan are still some of my best friends for over 20 years. I am so proud that I attended the University of Michigan and as I have traveled the world, I have met many alumni who are just as proud. The level of respect for the University of Michigan and what it stands for is incredible.
Academics are important because ultimately that is the reason we are at Michigan: to earn a college degree. Academics help us fine-tune our skills to be the best well-rounded person we can be. Not only do we want to be great athletes, but we want to succeed after we hang up our suit and goggles.
My experiences on the men's soccer team had a tremendous impact on my personal development. The University and athletic department place a priority on ensuring that its athletes embody both parts of the term student-athlete. I had access to numerous resources (tutors, advisors, etc.) that helped me to balance school and athletics on my way to graduating a semester early along with a few teammates. After exhausting my eligibility, I now understand how many doors a degree from the University of Michigan can open in my professional career. I have since been back on campus annually, recruiting for my current employer along with many of the other top engineering companies in the country.
Michigan softball isn't just about playing softball. Through the program, you grow as an individual -- mentally, physically and emotionally. Every day as a Wolverine, I was pushed in all three of these aspects, making me into the athlete I am today. A saying that Jen Brundage used during games often was, 'Your best can beat their best on any day of the week.' I take that saying with me every time I go out on the mound, sometimes facing the best hitters in the world.