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July 10, 2014

By: Stacy Danczak, Athletics Communications Intern 

Anthony Glass has been the director of strength and conditioning for Olympic sports at Ohio State for 14 years and currently works directly with field hockey, men’s track, women’s gymnastics and women’s volleyball. In the summer, Glass is involved with many other athletes in a biweekly conditioning, agility and sprint workout called Speed School. Speed School is open to all Ohio State student-athletes and is only held during the summer semester. Glass has been running Speed School since 2000 and believes that summer is the most crucial time to prepare for any sports season.

“It’s the competition that really pushes everyone, the boys want to beat the girls the girls want to beat the boys,” Glass said. “One team wants to be faster than another. Summer workouts allow a higher intensity along with new training ideas to be implemented.”

Summer workouts also give athletes the advantage to work on injury prevention. At the end of the 2014 school year, every sport went through a Functional Movement Screening (FMS). The FMS showed athletic trainers and strength coach’s specific areas where certain athletes struggled doing simple movements such as stepping over a hurdle with squared hips or doing an overhead squat while holding a stick. The trainers took note of this, and instead of suggesting the athlete correctly do the movement, they helped strengthened the muscles in and around the bothered area to prevent future injuries.  

“In season workouts limit how much time we can spend with the athletes because of practice, training and being full time students,” Glass said. “Summer gives us a chance to work on things we can’t normally work on like hip mobility and core strength.”

Every Tuesday and Thursday there are two speed school sessions held at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, one at 6:50 a.m. and another at 5:30 p.m. The main focus of Tuesday workouts is linear movements, starting with an active dynamic warm-up followed by short sprints using the ladder and cone drills and finishing with sprint challenges and a cool down. Thursday workouts mirror the same format but focus on lateral movements and are finished with an anaerobic challenge.

The teams that have the highest attendance at speed school this year are the women’s soccer and the women’s volleyball teams. Both teams are required to stay in the summer due to the early start to their seasons. Other teams that participate are dance, cheerleading, field hockey, men’s lacrosse, men’s soccer and women’s ice hockey. Throughout the 14 years, Glass has been running speed school and has seen as many as 200 athletes participate from various sports.

“I have seen a direct correlation between the teams that stay and train in the summer and the success they have during the season,” said Glass.

According to Glass the competitiveness, speed and agility is what really translates to every sport and because it is against NCAA rules to use any sport apparatus while training with a coach in the summer, it is difficult to focus on one specific sport. However, Glass coaches the athletes to pay attention to sport specific details such as having a volleyball player shuffle with their hands up as if they’re about to block or having a hockey player start a sprint in more of a skating stance.

Speed school will continue until Aug. 7, at the time when some athletes will be returning for the school year and others will already be starting their seasons.