SPORT PERFORMANCE

Science Serving the Athlete

Our Sports Performance Technologies division offers sport organizations and athletes cutting Évaluation-préparationedge services related to physical fitness evaluation, skills development, mental training and personalized physical training programs.

Depending on the needs of the team, important objectives can be followed :

  • To elaborate a mental training program adapted to the athlete’s needs;
  • To develop a specific fitness evaluation protocol;
  • To develop and implement a physical training program adapted to the needs and physical status of the athlete;
  • To improve coping skills under pressure;
  • To improve performance;
  • To elaborate a process that will bring the player to progress toward specific goals related to performance;
  • To prevent overtraining;
  • To help the athlete control his emotions and to teach him to stay in an ideal mental state;
  • To bring and to maintain the athlete at the performance level expected from him;
  • To improve team cohesion;
  • To improve rehabilitation after an injury;
  • To teach pain coping skills.


VO2max

Take advantage of the best physical fitness evaluation system on the market today. Our modern Évaluation hockeylaboratory of the exercise physiology is at your service. Our specialists will take the time to sit with you to design a personalized evaluation protocol adapted to the sport you practice. Sophisticated apparatus, such as gas analyser, electrocardiograph, lactate analyser give you an accurate reading of your current physical fitness (VO2max).

To get your cardiovascular system examined, design a personalized physical fitness program that is adapted to you, or simply to evaluate the progress of the athletes on your team, our VO2max - Physical Fitness Evaluation is the most sophisticated and efficient program you can find.

With our portable laboratory we do "on the field" fitness evaluation for all kinds of disciplines, as for exemples : hockey, running, cross country skiing, etc.


Sport psychology/Performance psychology

Once an athlete is in top physical condition, his/her mental state is the key element that will make him/her a winner in competition. Scientific studies have demonstrated that psychological pressure affects the aerobic capacity, the time reaction, the mechanical efficiency, pain and fatigue perception, and the chance of being injured.

Sports psychology usually treats the athlete when a problem appears and it’s positive influence on performance is sometimes quite vague. However, performance psychology as we define it brings specific strategies to the athletes and the team in order to reach higher performance level and to understand what leads to it.

To allow the athlete and the team to use all their mental and psychological resources, a range of cutting edge strategies in behavioural psychology and psycho-physiological techniques are used :

  • Physical skill acquisition training through mental preparation;

  • Attention development;

  • Stress management and emotional control;

  • Pain management;

  • Personal motivation;

  • Imagery, visualisation, self-hynosis;

  • Group dynamics and team cohesion training;

  • Personal psychological skills training program.

Our mental training program evaluates the manner in which the athlete goes after its objectives. Three elements are essential for one to progress toward and reach one’s goals. First, one has to create a mental structure, with its own attitude and language, that allows one to overcome fears and difficulties so one’s progress is the only focus. Second, one must set one’s goals in positive and progressive terms, so even failure (real or perceived) plays a supportive role and serves an educational purpose and will not hinder progress toward the goals. Third, one must identify, develop and use strategies that will allow one to reach one’s goals, while discarding strategies that proved useless in that regard.

To succeed, the athlete needs to train its mind to use all the resources at its disposal to develop a positive mental attitude where its schemes of thought, the mental visualisation of the pursuit of the objectives, and the strategies used to reach them, so that the athlete always remains in a training atmosphere that allows for maximum progress.

To better serve the needs of the individual athlete or the team, our interventions are personalized. The interview, or first contact, allows our counsellor to better know the athlete, his or her personality, needs, objectives, as well as the potential character weaknesses that may impede progress in training or competition. Following that evaluation, our counsellor can determine the best intervention plan. Thus several steps are taken with the athlete with respect to the work to be done: first evaluation, setting intervention objectives, designing the intervention plan, applying it, and evaluating the results of the intervention.

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