• Sports Performance Training (SPT) Program

    At Cincinnati Children’s, the Division of Sports Medicine offers young athletes a state-of-the-art resource for sports injury care, sports injury prevention, performance training, research and education. Cincinnati Children’s Sports Medicine Sports Performance Training (SPT) specializes to the needs of young athletes to optimize physical performance for sport and reduce the risk of sports-related injuries. SPT includes 3 tiers of customized performance training and education services to cater to the needs of our diverse athletic community. All three tiers comprise different session and pricing models.

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    Box Drop Vertical Jump: The athlete drops down from a box and lands on both feet simultaneously in the athletic position. Upon landing, the athlete immediately performs a maximal, vertical countermovement jump and lands again in the athletic position.

    Watch an exercise video demonstrating the box drop vertical jump.

    Tuck Jumps: The athlete starts in the athletic position with their feet shoulder width apart. The athlete initiates a vertical jump as they simultaneously pull their knees up as high as possible. At the highest point of the jump, the athlete should be positioned in the air with their thighs parallel to the ground. When landing, the athlete should land softly and immediately begin the next tuck jump.

    Watch an exercise video demonstrating tuck jumps.

    Back Squat: The athlete positions a dowel rod on retracted shoulder musculature just below C7. The athlete stands with feet slightly greater than shoulder width apart with the hips and knees in an extended neutral position. The athlete flexes the hips, knees and ankles until the thigh is at least parallel with the ground. The heels should remain on the floor and the torso should be parallel to the lower leg. The athlete returns to the starting position by extending the ankles, knees, and hips, with the shoulders and hips rising at the same pace.

    Watch an exercise video demonstrating the back squat.

    Single Leg Romanian Deadlift (RDL): The athlete stands on one leg with the knee slightly bent. Slowly flex the torso downward to attempt to touch the foot, while simultaneously lifting the non-stance leg. Slowly return to the starting position. Repeat exercise on the opposite leg.

    Watch an exercise video demonstrating the Single Leg Russian Deadlift.

  • Tiers of Customized Performance Training

    Tier 1: D.N.A. (Dynamic Neuromuscular Analysis)


    From football players to figure skaters, the Tier 1 D.N.A. program offers a highly individualized and customizable program for the aspiring, young athlete. D.N.A. is targeted at athletes who are looking to optimize physical performance to meet athletic goals. Additionally, D.N.A. caters to athletes who are looking for additional performance enhancement and injury prevention training prior to returning to sport after an injury and rehabilitation. Athletes are paired with a certified strength and conditioning specialist who are able to identify and correct performance deficits, design individualized training protocols and instruct training technique, and provide mentorship for a successful athletic career A comprehensive biomechanical assessment that incorporates cutting edge technology is conducted prior to the training program to identify functional and strength deficits. From this assessment and consultation with the athlete and their families, a personalized training program is tailored to assist the athlete to meet their athletic goals and reduce the risk of sports related injuries. D.N.A. utilizes fundamental movement training, plyometrics, strength and power training, speed training balance and core stability training, agility training, and sport-specific skill training. Training sessions are purchased in packages and athletes can work with their trainers to develop a training regimen that best fits their schedule and maximizes their athletic potential for competition. Training sessions typically run for 60-90 minutes. Mid-training assessments as well as post-training assessments are conducted to track progress and enhance program development. All of the D.N.A. training sessions and assessments are held at the Sports Medicine Biodynamic Center and Human Performance Laboratory at the Cincinnati Children’s Oak Campus.

    Tier 2: S.P.O.T. (Sports Performance On-Site Training)


    S.P.O.T. is an injury prevention education and training program for teams looking to reduce the risk of sports-related injuries that can lead to lost playing time. On-field training at the teams’ location of choice will be provided by certified physical therapists, athletic trainers, and strength and conditioning professionals. Coaches have the option to sign up for 1-3 sessions per week for 8 weeks or more. Each session is approximately 60 minutes. Within each session, teams will have the opportunity to train in small groups with a low trainer-to-player ratio.

    In addition to a reduction in the number of severe sports-related injuries, S.P.T. has been shown to improve athletic performance on the field or court. Athletes who have participated in injury prevention training have also seen benefits such as improved speed, agility, strength, and power. Teams will learn correct sport-specific functional movement patterns to reduce injury risk during competitive play while optimizing performance enhancement benefits. Education for injury prevention will be provided to coaches, players, and parents. Teams will also have access to sports medicine professionals for injury prevention consultation following completion of the program.

    Training includes:

    • Fundamental Movement Training
    • Plyometrics
    • Core Stability Training
    • Agility Training
    • Injury Prevention Education

    Tier 3: W.I.S.E. (Workshop for Injury Prevention and Sports Performance Education)


    W.I.S.E. aims to increase the awareness of sports-related injury risks, preventive and corrective training interventions, and treatment among coaches, parents, and players. Topics discussed will cover the broad spectrum of issues faced by young athletes from increasing sedentary trends to overtraining syndrome. Teams will learn what it takes for young athletes to improve sports performance, reduce injury risk, and optimize health for competitive play.

    WISE includes both classroom and hands-on training demonstrations led by physical therapists, athletic trainers, and sport biomechanists. Teams will be educated on the fundamentals of basic strength and conditioning, with emphasis placed on the importance of preparatory training prior to participating in organized, competitive physical activity. Demonstrations of Integrative Neuromuscular Training (I.N.T.) techniques will be provided, with a special focus on proper functional mechanics and identification of injury risk red flags. Coaches will learn how to incorporate fundamental movement and injury prevention exercises into practices, ensuring early integration of safe, sport-specific preparatory training. Attendees will have the opportunity to trial these techniques, receiving feedback from the experts.

    For more information on our Sports Performance Training programs contact Adam Kushner (513-636-1243) or adam.kushner@cchmc.org.

    Groups of all sizes are encouraged. Opportunity for in-season consultation with sports medicine professionals is also offered.

  • An athlete during DNA sports performance training at Cincinnati Children's.

    An athlete during training at Cincinnati Children's.

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