", The team code of conduct is simple: technique, effort, attitude and mental discipline. Nebraska is known for its tough football, and the strength and conditioning program is how this team is so nasty. Football is blocking and tackling. Don’t be mistaken—Turley doesn't take it easy on a player because he has a pre-existing weakness from an injury, poor training or overuse on the field. Injury prevention is more subtle.”. “They want to go lift weights, but I’m not gonna let ‘em,” said Turley. Most teams use the weight room and even advanced tools like Alter-G treadmills, SwimEx pools and the like in a caveman fashion. Somebody is going to break; it’s inevitable.”. If there were a way to statistically quantify a team’s bully factor, it would be rushing yards and rushing yards allowed. 2. In the winter of 2006, on the heels of their fifth straight losing season and an embarrassing 1-11 record, belief that the Stanford Cardinal could put a competitive team on the field was wavering. For those who say numbers in the weight room are important measure of success on the field, Turley would counter with the example of Stanford’s 6’5”, 313-pound All-American guard David Yankey, who Turley says can barely bench his own body weight. ccsu department of athletics . He describes his program as “process-focused,” which means he sets effort and improvement goals for his players rather than chasing result-oriented goals. Allow the body to rest, recover and be restored to a good level of health. But when they arrive on The Farm, the pond expands, and the fish get bigger and stronger. "Four things you have complete and total control over, that take absolutely no talent and no ability. Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Carlisle reigns over Heritage Hall's concealed kingdom. It’s creating contact, avoiding contact and gaining separation if you are a skill guy on the perimeter. He firmly believes that what Stanford football players “learn first, they are going to learn best,” which makes a player’s buy-in during those trying first three weeks all the more important to his eventual success in the Stanford program. Turely explains that bench press and squat goals don’t even factor into his thinking when he designs a workout for a player. I can’t take it easy on him, per se, but we’ve got to do more mobility work to address his risk.”. Basically, the Stanford weight program doesn’t worry about having the "strongest" guys in college football. Stanford’s player development team focuses its efforts on injury prevention, athletic performance and mental discipline—in that order. The guiding principle is “do no harm,” and Stanford has been wildly successful in doing so. Here’s how Stanford did it. “The shock factor is an opportunity for you to impact their first learning,” Turley said. There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles on The Farm; the Stanford program focuses on simplicity and execution. Classic bully characteristics. “Each player has a function and certain movements and patterns that help him fulfill that function. The winter program is focused on recovery from the season, while the spring offseason program is the only time the Cardinal focus on speed and power development. They recognized that while Stanford could not lower its academic standards to broaden the talent pool, it could take advantage of the Stanford student-athlete's unique psychology and "inherent competitiveness," as current head coach David Shaw puts it, to build a winner. "I don’t care how much guys can bench squat or power clean," Turley said. Stanford is way ahead of the curve on this.”, “Our numbers are very unimpressive,” said Turley. “We are not training for a 40 because you don’t run a 40 in football,” he said. Of those weeks, 19 are spent exclusively in the weight room and on the track under Turley’s supervision. "When you are losing and you are 1-11, there are people that are frustrated," said Turley. STRENGTH & CONDITIONING PROGRAM (Players Manual) Roberta Anding R.D. They even climb rope “like old-school gym class,” said Turley. He is concerned only with a player’s ability to move as he needs to on the football field. As the players’ bodies mature throughout their careers, the workouts change. The mission and goals are very outcome-focused, and there are a ton of rules that might fall under the common sense umbrella. All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted; photos by author unless otherwise noted. Before that process could start on the football field in spring practice, it would be introduced by the Kissick Family Director of Football Sports Performance, Shannon Turley, in summer conditioning. “But isn’t the rate at which you strike more important than moving a bunch of weight around really slow?”. “I think the more specialized you can be, the more things you can influence in the physical and mental development of your players,” said Turley. ", To begin, Turley said the Stanford Player Development team enlisted the aid of upperclassmen who were "borderline obsessed" with change. It’s been working for a long time.”. They don’t get to touch the weights, at least for the first three weeks. This is a “very predictable” situation for a right tackle, according to Turley. The work ethic of the Nebraska student-athletes is remarkable. The first summer is all about getting the newbies “to invest in the process and develop the right habits” in football, training, diet and lifestyle. “But we’re not chasing numbers. His challenge is to find a way to offset that weakness to allow the player to reach optimal performance on the field. That’s where we want to invest ourselves," Turley explained. He was, and still is, responsible for planting the seeds of belief in Cardinal freshmen and getting the upperclassmen to buy into the philosophy the Harbaugh regime was selling and Shaw continues to sell. We get done with the first 15 minutes of warm-ups some days and these kids are already spent. Things heat up in the summer when conditioning is the main focus. “But with that comes a certain overdeveloped musculature and firing pattern [in his hip and leg]. "It’s secondary or worse. We are going to build a bully.”—Jim Harbaugh. Cue the fiery Jim Harbaugh and his young staff. Stanford football is a year-long commitment. The 2012 team covenant only lists one goal: Win the Pac-12 championship. Get strong at all these exercises and hit that conditioning hard and you will be the best version of yourself you can be. “I don’t have a lot of secrets or gimmicks,” said Turley. What they are doing is building one of the most comprehensive and successful player development programs in the country through highly specialized training, personalized by position and player. A bully was born. It focuses on football strength, technique and making sure the best Cardinal players stay on the field all season. Fleming plants and drives off his right leg on virtually every rep he takes in practice or a game. "I care about their ability to improve it. For an offensive lineman like Yankey, this means the mobility and stability of his shoulder, the stability of his core and the mobility of his lower body. For Stanford players, investment in the process means consistently making choices that align with a player’s goals for himself and the team. They take ownership of the covenant and self-police the underclassmen. “The initial shock is the productivity and the amount of work we are going to compress into a run,” said Turley. Anyone who’s been in a weight room has done 'negative reps' or 'slo-mo reps,' but this kind of program built around those things is unique.". This is basically a simplified version of a few different D1 college football off-season strength and conditioning programs mixed with some conditioning the Houston Texans use so it will work well if you put in the effort. "Then we empowered them so they could impose their own expectations on the roster, which is so much more effective than any coach talking.". "In every situation they are in with us, they have complete and total control over that.". An 18-year-old’s first few weeks on a college campus are tough enough without the pressure that comes with playing football at a Division I school, so Turley is careful to ease his new players into the program. But it’s part of the mental discipline. Turley starts all the players—upperclassmen and freshmen alike—with body weight movements or accentuated eccentrics (the lowering phase of a pull-up) and isometrics (holding a push-up or squat in position for an extended period of time). There is a saying: “A good athlete is a healthy athlete.” These exercises teach players how to control their bodies and learn how to have the endurance to do it correctly when they get fatigued. “I guess we should expect that from Stanford. STRENGTH &CONDITIONING VOLUNTARY INDIVIDUAL TRAINING INDIVIDUAL TRAINING PERIOD: December 31, 2012 — Aprii 12, 2013 Jerry Palmieri —Strength and Conditioning Coach Markus Paul —Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach SUGGESTED INDIVIDUAL TRAINING GOALS 1. It is extremely important for football players to have detailed strength and conditioning program. ‘‘He’s got to have some pop, I get it,” said Turley. That’s football.". 1615 stanley street new britain, ct 06050 (860) 832-blue privacy policy Turley calls this buy-in “fundamentally important.”, Turley uses accountability and personal challenges as the major tools of mental development. "It has nothing to do with playing football. "While some programs do similar things, it’s seldom the focus," explained Carroll. The stated goal of Turley’s strength program is to “develop lean, athletic players that can play with low pads and leverage and exert force in the direction that they intend to move.” Turley builds football players, not weightlifters or track athletes.