An Interview with University of Tulsa’s Men’s Soccer Coach, Tom McIntosh
by Colby Schreckengost, Owner/Director of Training
Next Level Fitness & Performance
Not too long ago I had the opportunity to interview my friend Tom McIntosh, Division 1 soccer coach at the University of Tulsa, regarding the importance of strength and conditioning for the high school-aged elite athlete that wants to play at a higher level.
What’s the “state of the game” these days?
“As you know, our sport has changed dramatically over the years. A large part of that change has been in the improved athletic development in our soccer players. It is crucial that players who want to go on to college put an emphasis on physical development.”
What’s the number one limitation you see in athletes trying to earn a coveted spot on an elite team?
“Although high school players are clearly playing at a higher level today than 10-15 years ago, I also see more kids with horrible hip mobility and functional movement than ever before. A major contributor to this is the early sport specialization we see today. This leads to more injuries, less flexibility and a lower ability to adapt to the rigors of the collegiate level game. The solution is to work with a professional trainer to identify the weaknesses and improve in those areas.”
What’s the most basic skill many athletes lack today?
“That’s easy to answer: proper running form! High school players need to develop their running form to improve their running speed. Our game has become much more about the ability to sprint and explode repeatedly and that needs specific training that nearly all high school players are not receiving with their respective teams.”
What’s the best recommendation you can give a high school player hoping to play at the next level?
“At no time in the history of collegiate sports has this been more important: High School players need to be trained by sports performance coaches for functional strength, and only trainers like yourself can give them that instruction. In summary, training with a sports performance coach is more important today for high school players than every before.“
Thanks Coach McIntosh!
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Motivated by a promising college football career cut short from improper weight training, Colby set out to make sure future athletes, and adults, were trained the right way.
Next Level Fitness & Performance was originally established in Warrenton, Virginia in 2003. In May 2010, Colby established his permanent facility here in Haymarket, Virginia. As a result of his innovative approach to helping athletes and adults, he has become one of the top trainers in the Washington, DC metro area.