The University of Manitoba Bison Strength & Conditioning Program has announced details on its year round physical training program for athletes between the ages of 13 and 18 that is consistent with the key principles of Long Term Athlete Development.  The program takes place in the University of Manitoba’s BRAND NEW State of the Art Bison Strength and Conditioning room in the new Active Living Center.

This program is open to ANY athlete, male or female between the ages of 13 and 18.  You do not need to be on a Junior Bison team to be a part of this program.  This age specific program will increase performance by developing competency of key movement skills like sprinting and jumping, decrease injuries by incorporating injury prevention training, and increase performance by developing strength and power. Athletes competing in volleyball, basketball, hockey, football, rugby, soccer as well any other sport that requires high levels of athleticism for success would greatly benefit from this program.

What is special about this program?

  • Expert Bison Sport Strength and Conditioning coaches working with the athletes.
  • No more than a 1 to 12 coach to athlete ratio.
  • A program that will progress each athlete to more challenging and effective exercises as they become physically capable of it.
  • A portion of each athlete’s program will be individualized to their sport and individual needs.
  • Regular testing to track progress with reports and debriefs available to participants and their parents.
  • The program is set up that the athlete will participate in four month blocks but athletes are encouraged to train year round in order to get maximum benefit.

When does the program run?  

This is a year round program that will be broken down into 3 Blocks:
            Block 1                        January 5- May 2, 2015                       17 weeks
            Block 2                        May 3-August 29, 2015                       17 weeks
            Block 3                        August 30-Dec 23, 2015                      17 weeks

This program runs 2 or 3 times per week with the following 7 options:

  • Session A-     Volleyball Only               Monday,Wednesday, Friday – 6:30 to 7:30pm
  • Session B-     Football & Rugby Only   Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 7:30 to 8:30pm
  • Session C-     Multi-Sport Session         Monday & Wednesday – 8:30 to 9:30pm
  • Session D-     Football & Rugby Only   Tue, Thu – 6:30 to 7:30pm, Sat 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Session E       Volleyball Only               Tue, Thu – 7:30 to 8:30pm, Sat 12:00-1:00pm
  • Session F       Hockey Only                    Tue, Thu – 8:30 to 9:30pm, Sat 1:00-2:00pm
  • Session G       Multi-Sport Session         Tue & Thu - 8:30-9:30pm

 *There are only 12 spots available per session so sign up early to ensure your spot.                             
All sport specific athletes are also welcome to sign up in the multi-sport sessions if it fits their schedule better.

Why is it important to be involved in long term physical training programs?
Fitness must be worked at all the times otherwise an athlete will detrain and lose all previous hard earned improvements.  Short term physical training programs are beneficial for temporarily improving performance but when training stops, performance begins to decline and worse yet; risk of injury goes back up.

Who will be training the athletes?
This program will be developed and administered by University of Manitoba Bison Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Matt Barr and his Assistant Coach Shawn Preston.  Matt came to the University of Manitoba from the Canadian Sport Institute in Vancouver where he worked with Rugby Canada and oversaw the training of all of their national team athletes.  While working for the Canadian Sport Institute and Rugby Canada he helped develop the physical training model for the Canadian Sport School and Rugby Canada’s academies.  He holds sport science degrees from Edith Cowan University, the University of Manitoba and the University of Western Ontario respectively.  Matt is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Shawn Preston has nearly 10 years of experience dealing with the Long Term Athlete Development process, and preparation of Elite International athletes. This list includes athletes that have competed in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics as members of the Canadian Snowboard team, Canadian Alpine Ski team, 2011 Rugby World Cup, 2014 Youth Olympics and Rugby Junior World Cup, as well preparing athletes with LTAD principles or for their professional competitive seasons in the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, UFC, International combative sports seasons, and numerous NCAA division 1 and CIS scholarship athletes.

Recently Shawn has returned to Canada from his second visit to China where he was contracted to deliver strength and conditioning services to a group of selected high medal potential Chinese National Team athletes. The athletes he supported where competitive in the sports of Tae-Kwon-Do, Judo, and Boxing where he has had the opportunity to prepare 4 Chinese National Games Champions, and most recently the 6th ranked Taekwondo athlete in the world in her weight class.  Between contracts in China Shawn spent a year at the Canadian Sport Institute in Calgary contracting with the development of elite sport programs for U19 National team members of Rugby Canada Women’s National Team, carded members of Gymnastics Canada, as well as the Hockey Canada development program, and elite lacrosse clubs.

Shawn received his Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training at the University of Maine-Presque Isle and a Masters in Science Education with a focus of Athletic Training at Old Dominion University.  At ODU his research emphasis was focused on the use of functional movement and strength performance testing within Sports Medicine assessment. While studying at ODU he served as a Sports Medicine Graduate Assistant with Christopher Newport University working with the football, basketball, lacrosse, tennis and various other athletic teams and was a part of 6 Conference Championships and numerous trips to the NCAA Championships.

What is the cost of the program?
Block 2-  May 3rd- August 29th, 2015 
Multi-Sport Sessions (2x per week)  
Early bird sign up-Before March 15th$410
Regular Sign up-after March 15th$460
Block 2-  May 3rd- August 29th 2015 
Volleyball, Football, Rugby and Hockey Sessions (3x per week) 
Early bird sign up-Before March 15th$542
Regular Sign up-after March 15th$608

How do I register?
Registration and payment is available online only.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (Then click on Bison Sports on the left menu)

What if I have questions about the program or registration?

Shawn Preston, MSEd, CSCS, ATC
Strength and Conditioning Coach
University of Manitoba Bisons
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