MeritCare Sports Medicine to Offer Speed Strength Camps

MeritCare Sports Medicine will be offering its 9th annual winter Speed Strength camps for track and field athletes in January and February. Each camp will lay the foundation for the competitive season. These camps have proven to be very successful because of their correct timing and application of training exercises, their training intensity and the accountability they require. Athletes get out of the camp what they put in to it.

MeritCare Sports Medicine will be offering its 9th annual winter Speed Strength camps for track and field athletes in January and February. Each camp will lay the foundation for the competitive season. These camps have proven to be very successful because of their correct timing and application of training exercises, their training intensity and the accountability they require. Athletes get out of the camp what they put in to it.

MeritCare's program has staff trained as Level II USA Track & Field (USATF) coaches and it follows the USATF Elite Development camp model. Camps will meet at MeritCare Sports Medicine, 2400 32nd Ave. S., Fargo.

Camp instruction and training content:
  • Olympic style weightlifting (including power clean, snatch and jerk exercises).
  • Event specific power and strength training
  • Acceleration and maximum speed development.
  • Running/sprinting mechanics.
  • Dartfish biomechanical analysis (same system as used in the Olympics).
  • Endurance training to improve running economy, aerobic capacity and anaerobic endurance.
  • Nutrient Timing System.


Past camp participants have broken state records in the 100m hurdles, long jump (3 times) and 4 x 100m relay (all members) and have won state titles in the 800m, 1600m, 100m, 200m, 400m, triple jump and 300m hurdles. Many have improved significantly on their personal bests.

Sprints

These camps are for those competing in the jumps, hurdles and sprints up to 400m. You will develop the power, speed and technical skills necessary to improve. Camps start January 2 or 3rd and end February 23rd or 24th . There will be an optional conditioning session for all sprint and throw camp participants Fridays from 3-4 p.m.

Boys I

Camp meets Monday and Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at MeritCare and Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at Concordia's indoor track.

Boys II

Camp meets Monday from 7-9 p.m. at Concordia's indoor track and Tuesday and Thursday from 3-5 p.m. at MeritCare (Full).

Girls I

Camp meets Monday from 7-9 p.m. at Concordia's indoor track and Tuesday and Thursday from 3-5 p.m. at MeritCare (Full).

Girls II

Camp meets Monday and Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. at MeritCare and Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at Concordia's indoor track.

Endurance

This camp is for those competing primarily at distances of 800m or more. The goal of this camp is to improve running economy, aerobic capacity and anaerobic endurance. Be prepared to go outside. Training sessions at an indoor track will be arranged. It meets Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5:30 p.m. and Friday from 4-5 p.m.

Throws

For those wanting to heave, chuck, put and throw farther. Strength, explosive power and technical development will be the focus. It meets Monday from 7-9 p.m. at Concordia's indoor track, Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6 p.m. at MeritCare. Monday's session will be a technical throwing session with coach Talia Merritt.