NEW YORK - Beginning the
2012-13 academic year, Columbia Athletics will launch a groundbreaking program,
The Championship Performance Initiative, designed to help Columbia's
varsity teams and more than 700 student-athletes win individual and team
championships, Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and
Physical Education announced today.
Created to maximize and
unlock the potential of Columbia student-athletes, The Championship
Performance Initiative integrates all components of athletics performance,
beyond traditional coaching, sports medicine, strength training and
conditioning. The Championship Performance Initiative utilizes
best practices in sports psychology (with an emphasis on goal-setting,
attention control and relaxation techniques) and nutrition education to
encourage and deliver championship performances.
"Columbia Athletics is
committed to excellence in all we do. The Championship Performance
Initiative is an important step toward our goal of building a winning athletics
program," Murphy said. "The Championship Performance Initiative
will combine three core components of mental preparation, nutrition and
leadership. This initiative will give our varsity teams and
student-athletes the confidence, mental toughness, physical readiness and
leadership skills that foster championship performances."
The new Associate Athletics
Director for Championship Performance, a certified and registered sports
psychologist, will direct The Championship Performance Initiative.
The mental preparation aspect will focus on sophisticated training techniques
to help Columbia varsity teams and student-athletes master concepts such as
attention control, goal setting, creative visualization and stress management
to enhance athletic performance. The principal goal is to maximize
student-athletes' performances by developing confidence, improving the ability
to maintain calmness and control in stressful situations, and reinforcing focus
Performance Initiative provides nutrition education to our
student-athletes. The registered nutritionist who works with our varsity teams
and student-athletes will provide information on how to ensure optimal
consumption and retention of macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbohydrates)
and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) necessary for peak performance.
The leadership component of The
Championship Performance Initiative includes one of Columbia's most
successful student-athlete programs, The Leaders for Life Program, and
the new First-Year Transition Program.
The Leaders for Life Program is Columbia's unique year-long leadership program for
upperclass student-athletes. The Leaders for Life Program is designed
to cultivate leaders in our athletics program by fostering and promoting
qualities and competencies of strong leadership.
To ensure that all of our
student-athletes make a successful leap to NCAA Division I athletics, all
first-year and new transfer student-athletes will participate in the First-Year
Transition Program. Comprising eight learning sessions over the course of
the academic year, The First-Year Transition Program will focus
on academic, social and team-related concepts.
"Columbia Athletics is serious
about winning," Murphy said. "Our Championship Performance Initiative
will provide our student-athletes and teams with the tools necessary to be the