Polk County to offer summer speed, strength program for female athletes

Polk County High School will offer a summer speed and strength program, Lady Wolverine Summer Speed and Strength Training, for female athletes in grades 8-12.

In order to participate, athletes must have a current physical and concussion form on file. This program is not specific to one sport but is geared toward increasing female athletes’ speed, strength, quickness, agility and flexibility. Besides improving athleticism, this program is also helpful for injury prevention. Head softball coach and assistant head football coach Jamie Thompson will lead the program.

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The weight training portion will focus on key lifts such as squats and power cleans and will also include auxiliary lifts to strength stabilizer muscles that support specific joints of the body. Speed drills will be directed at teaching correct running form and maximizing straight line speed and change of direction. Quickness drills will increase athletes’ overall foot speed and mobility.

The program will have two workout days a week, with the majority of those days being on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Workouts will begin at 1 p.m. and conclude at 2:30 p.m. The program will begin June 13 and will run through the summer until July 27. Workout dates will be as follows:

Tuesday, June 13
Thursday, June 15
Monday, June 19
Thursday, June 22 (12:30-2 p.m.)
Tuesday, June 27
Thursday, June 29
Tuesday, July 11
Wednesday, July 12
Tuesday, July 25
Thursday, July 27

If there is enough interest, the program will continue in August.