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College Strength Profile of the Week: The University of Michigan

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College Strength Profile of the Week: The University of Michigan

The University of Michigan Strength and Conditioning Program

Website: http://www.mgoblue.com/football/article.aspx?id=111612
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Members: 22
Latest Activity: May 9, 2012

Program Specifics: The University of Michigan

Name: University of Michigan
Private or Public: Public University
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Mascot: Wolverine
Size: ~25,555 undergraduate students and 14,470 graduate students
Director of Strength and Conditioning: Mike Barwis
Program Overview: Click Here

Overview: With 12 men's athletic teams and 12 women's athletic teams, the University of Michigan is a perennial power in the Big 10 conference and on the national stage (Michigan finished the 2007-08 athletic season ranked 3rd in the Sports Academy Directors' Cup rankings of the nation's top collegiate athletic programs). Michigan has a rich history of both academics and athletics. In addition to a football team that continues to be mentioned in BCS talk, last year eight of Michigan's athletic programs finished first in the Big Ten Conference. The future is bright for Michigan athletics.

The 2008-09 season will be Mike Barwis' first as Michigan's Director of Strength and Conditioning. Barwis and several of his staff of five full-time assistants and one part-time assistant came to Michigan with Rich Rodriguez when Rich joined Michigan as the Head Football Coach. Mike and his staff take a holistic approach to strength and conditioning. In Mike's own words, this includes training/development in the areas of, "speed, agility, strength, power, force, acceleration, deceleration, mobility, top speed, explosiveness, reaction, conditioning, balance, core stability, confidence, mental toughness, good nutrition habits, kinesthetic awareness and proprioception." By leaving nothing to chance, it looks as though the Mike Barwis era at the University of Michigan will ensure that student-athletes choosing to hone their skills at Michigan will be given every opportunity to maximize their potential.

Click for an overview of the University of Michigan athletic program

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