Pitt's strength and conditioning program is designed to improve athletic performance in all facets: strength and flexibility, speed and power, conditioning, agility, nutrition and mental toughness. Each individual student-athlete receives personal instruction, individual attention and a strength and conditioning program based on need. A strength and conditioning coordinator is on hand to provide personal instruction.
The University of Pittsburgh strength and conditioning program is designed to provide Panthers student-athletes with a coordinated step-by-step, year-round program with the goal of enhancing each student-athlete's athletic ability and achieving maximum results.
Weight Room and Equipment
Weight rooms are located in Fitzgerald Field House, Petersen Events Center and Duratz Athletic Complex. The weight rooms are conveniently located to provide easy access for student-athletes' use. The weight room is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including several power lift Olympic platforms custom made to fit people seven feet tall, York Barbell DB Racks, Body Master, Hammer Strength, Elite Fitness Systems, Free Motion Fitness, PreCore Treadmills, Step Mill, Schwinn Bikes, Versa Climber and Concept II Rower.
Program Design, Goals and Objectives
- Increase strength and flexibility
- Develop/increase speed and power
- Increase overall condition
- Improve agility
- Improve position-specific skills
- Increase mental toughness through discipline and competitiveness
- Balance nutrition
Working with the University of Pittsburgh student-athletes in the area of sports medicine is a team of athletic trainers and doctors at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex. They provide the University of Pittsburgh student-athletes the best in sports medicine and health care.
ATHLETIC TRAINING & SPORTS MEDICINE
Program and Objectives
The primary focus of the Athletic Training Services is injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. The sports medicine team utilizes a multidisciplinary approach including athletic training, strength and conditioning, orthopedics and nutrition, to name a few. The program at the University of Pittsburgh is dedicated to providing all the aspects of prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of all injuries and illnesses.
Student-athletes receive treatment in three athletic training facilities: The Petersen Events Center, Duratz Athletic Complex, and Fitzgerald Field House. The facilities feature a full-size whirlpool, X-Ray capabilities, physician examination room, therapeutic modalities and rehabilitation equipment and is staffed by professionals who provide health care to student-athletes.
UPMC Sports Performance Complex
University of Pittsburgh student-athletes also have access to the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine located on Pittsburgh's South Side. This clinic provides student-athletes the opportunity to be seen by various medical specialists who are able to combine the resources of a major academic institution and expert clinical services for professional and collegiate sports teams. Specialty areas include sports nutrition, physical therapy, neuromuscular research, as well as X-Ray and magnetic resonance imaging capabilities. The clinic is under the under the direction of the David Silver Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Freddie Fu.