ARC by Pivotal offers services that are focused on helping athletes achieve better sports performance. Whether you’re a pro, an elite athlete or a weekend warrior simply looking to increase your sport performance naturally, we can help you.
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING (S&C)
S&C coaches create both team and individual training programs with the goal of improving sporting performance in areas such as; speed, strength, power and endurance with appropriate weight management strategies if required. These programs will incorporate baseline and frequent testing so that progress can be tracked after each cycle of training.
Coaching provides the athlete with an hour of one-on one-time with a certified S&C coach which will allow for appropriate assessment of movement, baseline testing, program development and weekly workouts. A coach will have a planned and periodized session ready for the athlete to take on at a time that suits.
Strength and conditioning programming allows the athlete to follow a periodized training program when not directly working with the S&C coach. Programming will tailor exercise and rest with varying degrees of volume and intensity depending on athletic requirement. These sessions are done independently by the athlete but will be reviewed by the S&C coach on a weekly basis to help track progress and create the following weeks program.
SPORT PSYCHOLOGY / MENTAL TRAINING
With all the time people spend working on their physical health, we often neglect how big of a role the mind plays in peak performance. Mental conditioning is designed with the science of sport & performance psychology to help athletes enhance confidence, maintain focus, deal with setbacks, overcome performance anxiety, and more. Sport psychology is done both at the individual and team level. While improving athletic performance is an important priority, our objective is to also nurture individual mental health and well-being.
MENTAL PERFORMANCE TRAINING (MPT)
For those who desire the tools needed to enhance their mental performance. 5 sessions covers the basics to train your mind for peak performance.
● Consultation and assessment session
● Five (5) Sessions– Aimed at improving mental skills, well-being, and performance
● Mental Performance Profile- psychometric data to assess cognitive strengths & weaknesses
● Use of neuroscience modalities: Halo and/or Muse
● Access to worksheets and resources to help you continue training on your own
● Continued support via e-mail, call, or text
● After the 5 sessions are completed, single sessions can be added on at a reduced rate
● No expiry date on sessions
*Note: Marek does not treat or diagnose any mental illness. In such a case, a referral will be made, but work can still continue in regards to performance enhancement.
At ARC by Pivotal, we use the FITLIGHT Trainer™ for speed and agility training. The system uses wireless powered lights controlled by a tablet. The lighted discs are used as targets and can be adapted and configured for all sports and physical training regimes.
● Enhanced reaction & response time
● Improved speed, agility, stamina, conditioning, coordination and visual cognitive processing
● Sport specific high performance training
● Sport performance analysis to track and monitor athlete’s development and provide real-time feedback
● Easy to analyze data for the coach or trainer
Info taken from www.fitlighttraining.com
BLOOD FLOW RESTRICTION EXERCISE (BFR)
BFR exercise is the newest hype in performance and rehab worlds. With the BFR technique, an athlete who has sustained an injury; and therefore, lifting lower loads, will still be able to build muscle strength. This is possible because the BFR cuffs are placed proximally on the leg or arm to restrict the blood flow to the muscle being exercised. With the restriction of blood flow, less muscle protein is broken down; and because of this, there is still room to build muscle strength. At ARC, we use the BFR technique with along with sport injury exercise prescription.
ARC professionals are educated in BFR exercise through Owen’s Recovery Science www.owensrecoveryscience.com
ATHLETE MOVEMENT SCREENING AND PERFORMANCE PROGRAMMING
● Y-BALANCE TEST
The way we provide movement screening tests at our facility is unique to ARC. First, an entry level movement screen called a Y-balance test is conducted by a physiotherapist or kinesiologist to understand an athlete’s movement baseline. This test will identify deficits in mobility and stability of an athlete.
● MOVEMENT SCREENING/FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN
We then use the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) method to assess fundamental movements such as deep squat, inline lunge, shoulder mobility, and trunk stability. The results are then entered into the FMS software where the athlete’s “numbers/grades” are compared to other athletes of the same age and functional level.
● SELECTIVE FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT ASSESSMENT (SFMA)
Lastly, a Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is conducted to diagnose why an athlete would receive certain “numbers/grades” on their movement patterns. At ARC, the diagnosis is then given to the S&C coach for strength and conditioning programming. Thus, here at ARC, we take a multidisciplinary approach of movement screening and performance programming.
CONCUSSION BASELINE TESTING
The biggest concern surrounding concussions comes from the energy deficit that occurs in the brain following injury. When the brain is in this low energy state, it has been well established that the brain is extremely vulnerable to additional trauma, where even smaller impacts can lead to another concussion; and these second concussions can cause severe brain injuries with potentially permanent or fatal outcomes.
The problem is that symptoms (meaning how someone feels) do not coincide with brain recovery. The only way to know when the brain has fully recovered and out of this “vulnerable period” is to compare current brain function to when the individual was healthy; this is what is known as a “baseline test”.
A baseline test is a battery of tests that measures every area of brain function that could potentially become affected following a concussion (you need more than computer tests!!). The reason that the test is termed a “baseline” is because it is done BEFORE the athlete gets injured. In order to know when an athlete has fully recovered, we first have to know where they were when they were healthy. Without having this information, there is no way to truly know when an athlete has fully recovered and is safe to return to their sport.
Baseline testing is the most important thing to get done prior to beginning your sports season on a yearly basis.
How to treat a concussion has become an important point of discussion for both amateur and professional athletes around the world. Concussion recovery is best managed by professionals who have received research-proven training and have the adequate skills to treat concussions. Here at ARC by Pivotal, our physiotherapists have received the specialized training needed and are competent, qualified and capable of treating concussions.