Columbia’s staff members are performance coaches and train student-athletes to improve in their sport, not to be power lifters or body builders. Extensive training with bands to reduce stress on the joints is paired with use of free weights.
“The program makes use of functional multi-joint movements,” says Director of Strength & Conditioning Tommy Sheehan. “Columbia student-athletes train on their feet just as they play sports on their feet.”
Student-athletes receive instruction in movement training. Initially, strength, reaction and timing are emphasized in the feet. The body is then trained to respond in synchronized motion. The student-athletes gain balance, explosiveness, quickness and efficiency in the execution of sport-specific drills. Balance is the key component to improving performance.
Columbia uses a system that has researched human movement and athletic performance for the last seven years by specialists located in Denver, Colo. This system develops the movement patterns to create an on-balanced condition every player must have in order to reach his potential.
The staff also has a sophisticated means of determining each student-athlete’s nutrition needs based on VO2 maximum testing that determines exactly what is being burned (fats, carbohydrates, proteins) during a workout or game.
Aldo T. "Buff" Donelli Strength & Conditioning Room
In 1995, Columbia opened the state-of-the-art Aldo T. “Buff” Donelli Intercollegiate Strength & Conditioning Room, which serves all of Columbia’s intercollegiate athletes. The 6,000 square-foot facility, a $2.5 million project, includes 20,000 pounds of free weights, 65 multi-faceted exercise stations, and 10 self-contained power areas (SCPAs).
Strength and Conditioning Staff 2006-07