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.
We Are MichiganMore Stories
The tradition of Michigan Athletics runs deeper than the 4-5 years you put in. The strong tradition of excellence has banded us as the leaders and the best. In my eyes tradition was an important component to the overall experience of being a student-athlete. It was embedded in us right from the start that we were fortunate to have nice facilities, great equipment and an amazing support system because of the players who came before us. The foundation was laid well before we had the privilege to wear the block M on our chest and call ourselves a Michigan student-athlete.
The opportunity this university provides its students is unlike any other. Being a part of the Michigan softball team has not only created lifelong friendships, but also skills I will use in my future as well. I've learned the meaning of being relentless in all aspects of life, the definition of hard work and what it takes to get what you want, all of which will help me succeed in the near future. Michigan has prepared me for all areas of life.
Michigan is everything. The support system that we have here is amazing. The Michigan tradition is unbelievable. It is so awesome to be able to go back to your alma mater and not just run into teammates, but run into all the people that have been behind you during your four years of college. And you know all those people are still behind you. From my coaches to the entire athletic department to other teams, Michigan is my family.
The people in the Michigan community are what have made my time at the University of Michigan unforgettable. Not only do your professors, coaches, counselors and peers help you to succeed, but the alumni do as well. Everyone is proud to be a Wolverine. You have an instant connection with so many people across the globe and it all starts in Ann Arbor.