FITS INTEGRATED ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM
PRE FLIGHT SCHOOL
Sports Medicine & Athlete RESTORE
12 -14 | 13 - 15
Sport Specific Injury
SPORTS INJURIES CAN BE PREVENTED
Develop complete Physical Literacy for Life and Sport
BASIC MOTOR CONTROL EVALUATION
INTEGRATED SPORT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
PROFILE – ACCELERATION
– CHANGE IN DIRECTION
FULL SPECTRUM TRAINING
RESTORE Evaluations & Strategies
INTEGRATED SYSTEM – SENSOR BASED TRAINING + ADVANCED METRICS to ACHIEVE KEY LIFTING AND SPEED STANDARDS
HIGH PERFORMANCE & ELITE SPORT DEVELOPMENT
15+ | 16+
GIRLS | BOYS
GIRLS | BOYS
8 - 12 | 9 - 13
GIRLS | BOYS
FITS Integrated Athletic Development System Builds Better Athletes by integrating expertise in the domains: 1) of Sports Medicine and Recovery and Regeneration; 2) Athletic Development or motor skill acquisition; and 3) FITS Metrics or motor control testing. This system is organized into three sub-systems which are based on clear standards and a data-driven individualized pedagogy: 1) The Physical Literacy and Injury Prevention System (PLIP System); 2) Pre-Flight School; and 3) FLIGHT SCHOOL System. The PLIP System aims to develop Physical Literacy for Life and Sport and Flight School aims to develop World Leading Sport Success.
In many cases the cause of an injury is related to motor control. Once we take care of the symptoms we need to fix the underlying cause. Our Integrated team (PT, Chiropractors) are trained to resolve the symptoms and through an integrated approach build better motor control to not only address the injury but to prevent future injuries throughout the body.
You’ll notice the general age range within each program for each gender. Each athlete has a unique starting point and unique development rate. The program is highly dynamic and flexible based on motor control standards NOT age.
The program is delivered through an app (iOS and Android) and a support website. All reporting, medical records, administration and communication (coach, parent, athlete, IST) is done through FITS Athlete Portal. See our simple onboarding process.
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Integrated Injury Management
Injuries happen, especially as the athlete is pushing their limits. FITS Sports Medicine Team is here to help resolve symptoms and to address the underlying cause while making sure there is as little interruption to your development and competition as possible. This is only possible with an integrated sport science and skill development team.
Integrated Athlete RESTORE
Recovery and Regeneration are just as important as training. Failure to address these factors is planning to fail. Key domains of recovery and regeneration include but are not limited to: 1) Neuromuscular readiness vs. fatigue; 2) Sleep; 3) tissue and body health status; 4) Nutrition and supplementation; 5) mental focus and stress; 6) emotional and social well-being; 7) resilience and motivation #championhabits
As described in Full Spectrum Training with Key Lift and Speed Standards, our aim is to build an individualized approach to build an athlete’s athleticism, utilizing methods to build strength, speed, power in multiple direction and the ability to utilize method. In Flight School no stone is unturned. Training modalities we develop for each athlete can be seen in the link. Individualized data is how we develop your program through a process of 1) assessment and key quality monitoring; 2) data-driven program design; 3) program execution and coaching; and 4) integration.
Facilities and Technology
FITS believes that when you have the best you can achieve your best. FITS provide the best training environments by integrated technology, coaching, and equipment to bring out your best. We combine real-time metrics, detailed analysis and reporting, and an athlete portal to make sure you know exactly where you are and for program transparency.
The world’s first Physical Literacy and Injury Prevention System (PLIP System) is made up of 5 integrated components:
1) The Athletic Development Framework;
2) PLIP Courseware,
3) Athletic Development Sessions;
4) PLIP Reporting;
5) Home Training.
These components help the athlete to achieve our Physical Literacy Standards.
Basic Motor Control Evaluation
To start the PLIP program, we evaluate the athlete through key movement qualities that make up the AD Framework. These qualities are constantly being monitored and whenever an athlete achieves the standard for the respective challenge their challenge status is updated. Additional testing and evaluation may be necessary if the athlete is symptomatic.
Integrated Injury Prevention Strategies
Constantly evolving, our PLIP System integrates methods from injury prevention research with real world coaching experience, home training, and the PLIP Courseware to deliver our PLIP curriculum. There is no need to do a separate program because our PLIP programs are all encompassing.
Key injury prevention strategies we target include:
- ACL Injury Prevention
- The Sport Triad - FAI [CLICK HERE]
- Jumpers Knee Project
Force-Velocity-Power Profile + Acceleration
Physical Literacy aims at developing motor control. FLIGHT SCHOOL targets expression – stronger, faster, higher, and more explosive. To evaluate these expression qualities requires a different evaluation to understand how the athlete produces force in multiple directions, accelerates and changes direction. A profile is created based on this evaluation that determines exactly how the athlete needs to train. Appreciate that the ability to produce force is direction specific – just because you can jump high doesn’t mean you sprint. #datadrivenapproach.
Full Spectrum Training with Key Lift and Speed Standards
Athleticism requires strength, speed, power in multiple-directions and the ability to utilize momentum. Training each of these qualities, must occur with a systematic individualized approach that centres on data. At FITS we incorporate velocity-based training, neuromuscular force and reactive evaluations, and key lift and speed analysis to the determine the proportion of strength, speed, power in multiple directions and the ability to utilize momentum that make up your program. We don’t guess, we evaluate how the athlete adapts to known profiles to optimize their athleticism. #buildbetterathletes
SPORT AND SKILL DEVELOPMENT INTEGRATION
FITS has developed integrated sport programs for hockey, basketball, and volleyball. A better athlete has more sport skill potential. By integrating sport skill development with athletic development, a powerful curriculum can be created to align complete development to produce world leading results. The better the integration the better the results. Key elements of integration include:
- Motor control Competence. Making sure the athlete is capable of performing the athletic quality before adding a skill. For example
- Consistent LAW enforcement. The LAWS of motor control MUST be maintain during skill development sessions. Breaking a LAW is never ideal.
- Load management. Making sure the loads applied during the individual skill development and athletic development sessions are well aligned and within an athletes’ load tolerance.
- Fatigue and symptom adjustments. Motor control is impacted by fatigue. Determining what an athlete can tolerate is not guess work, but based on simple to administer measurements and a deep understanding of the training readiness of the athlete.
- Communication and Documentation between coaches, IST, Parents, Skill Development, and key stakeholders of athletic development, injury communication – report of findings, and development correspondence.
Integrated Sport Science
A 1% gain can easily determine the difference between winning and losing. In addition to Athlete RESTORE strategies to enhance recovery and regeneration, stacking marginal gains efforts can make a huge difference. Our Sport Science team aims at identifying leading edge strategies to incorporate into an athlete's routine. Examples include:
- Travel On-road sleep hygiene
- Methods to avoid illness and boost immune function
- Methods to enhance calmness, stress, breathing, and mindfulness
- Methods to handle
BECOME A PLIP HERO
When an athlete has completed all the motor control challenges from the AD Framework and the answered all the questions from the PLIP Course they are officially considered a PLIP HERO. Now they are ready to embark on the next stage of the journey – PRE-FLIGHT SCHOOL. At this stage the athlete has achieved all the motor control pre-requisites (Foundation and Speed) that make up our Physical Literacy standards.
Early Injury Detection and Training Readiness. Injury development follows the following progression – signs, symptoms, and damage. Signs are something that can be observed that leads to symptoms. Symptoms is the pain the athlete feels. Damage is when there is irreversible damage. Early injury detection focuses on looking for known signs that progress to symptoms. Dynamic knee valgus is the most common sign that leads to a series of sport injuries such as: patellar femoral pain, ACL ruptures, jumper’s knee, low back pain, hip pain.
#CHAMPIONSHIP HABITS. Elite athletic habits are forged by identifying that you are an elite habit. Key principles of atomic habits are taught vs a result focused strategy. The goal isn’t to win a championship but to become a champion. We do not rise to our aspirations, we fall to the level of our systems.