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Besides the Elite Athlete Funding & Support detailed on this page, the USATF High Performance division offers other support, in the form of training opportunities, blood screening, medical support, sports performance workshops and more. Please see information on these programs below.
Diamond League/NACAC/Domestic Meet Medical Support. Through the support of our medical partner, St. Vincent Sport Performance in Indianapolis, and the USOC, USATF will have medical staff coverage at all 2018 Diamond League meets and select meets in Europe, Asia, and North America. Tier athletes will be prioritized for services, with other US athletes seen on a space available basis. Information on providers’ schedule, location, and method of contact will be provided via the Teamworks app in advance of each meet.
European Training Base. Started as a pilot program in 2017, the USATF training base in Leuven, Belgium will continue in 2018. Qualified athletes (Tier, TPP, CVOTC residents) will have access to indoor and outdoor track & field facilities, strength training facilities, and a USATF/USOC staffed athletic training room. Athletes can also receive access to low cost dormitory and apartment facilities. Information will be sent to all qualified athletes in the spring, or contact Nick Polk at Nick.Polk@usatf.org for more information.
Routine Blood Screening. Blood testing for health and wellness is available on a quarterly basis for all Tier, TPP and CVOTC resident athletes at no cost. Athletes who opt-in will receive a blood test via email, with a link to schedule an appointment for the blood draw at a local laboratory. USATF/USOC physicians and nutrition staff will counsel athletes on the results. Information and instructions to enroll will be sent directly to athletes by Tyler Noble.
USOC Elite Athlete Health Profile. A select group of approximately 40-50 athletes is being identified by the USOC and will be offered a “complete athlete health profile’ from the USOC’s National Medical Network. This profile will provide a comprehensive analytical assessment of the athlete’s health and injury status, with a goal of identifying and mitigating future risks to healthy participation in training and competition. The Elite Athlete Health Profile will take place at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, with all costs associated with travel, lodging, meals, and medical care covered 100% by the USOC. The comprehensive health profile will include items such as: a full physical, blood testing, cardiac imaging, movement screening to evaluate injury risk, additional imaging as needed (e.g. MRI, CT, DEXA), nutritional and sport psychology profiling. Eligible athletes will be contacted by Tyler Noble.
Sport Performance Workshops. The Sport Performance Workshop model, with athletes and their coach will meet with biomechanics, nutrition, sport psychology and medical professionals in a stations format at a central location will continue in 2018. Tier and other eligible athletes will receive invitations to event specific workshops approximately 6 weeks prior.
Sport Science Interventions- Distance. A key performance-enhancing response to altitude is the increase in hemoglobin in the blood. Measuring the total amount of hemoglobin in the body requires a special blood test and equipment. USATF has set up blood testing stations to determine total body hemoglobin in Flagstaff, Park City, and Colorado Springs. In 2018, USATF backed research will try to determine if specific interventions can help increase the amount of hemoglobin an athlete makes at altitude, thereby enhancing performance even more. For additional information about this or other altitude related questions, contact Dr. Robert Chapman at Robert.Chapman@usatf.org.
Sport Science Interventions – Sprints/Hurdles. In 2018, specific programs are included in the High Performance Plan in an effort to help sprint/hurdle athletes improve rate of force development at ground contact. Additionally, a special mini-camp will be offered March 2018 focusing on the sprint start. These interventions are being coordinated by a team of sport scientists led by Dr. Ralph Mann, Dr. Ken Clark and Dr. Robert Chapman.
Sport Science Interventions – Throws. Successful programs from the 2013-2016 quad will continue. Pilot programs initiated in 2017 targeting development in the hammer throw and talent identification and talent transfer in the javelin will continue in 2018.
Questions or for more information, contact Nick Polk, Manager of Sports Science Program at Nick.Polk@usatf.org or (317) 713-4669 or Dr. Robert Chapman, USATF Associate Director of Sports Science and Medicine, Robert.Chapman@usatf.org or (812) 856-2452.