The Hardin-Simmons strength and conditioning program strives to coach the whole person, not just the athlete. Teaching the student-athlete what to do with the other 23 hours in the day, by educating them in proper nutrition, hydration and sleep habits. The strength and conditioning program has a list of goals to achieve this holistic style of training:
- To have the most organized strength program
- To have the most supervised strength program
- To have the most injury-free athletic teams
- To have the most physically developed student-athletes
- To have the most mentally prepared student-athletes
- To have the most informed student-athletes
- To provide every student-athlete with a successful experience
- To enhance the gifts that every student-athlete is blessed with
A big part of how this is made a reality is through the internship program. Volunteer and student interns are given specific roles in training and teaching that allow increased development of the student-athlete. To achieve all of these goals, the strength staff holds responsibility in preparing the student-athletes in proper movement, strength, injury prevention, teamwork, discipline, leadership in training, as well as mental toughness, in conjunction with the athletic training staff and the coaches for each team.
The athletic weight room houses sixteen racks platforms with over 15,000 pounds of free weight to facilitate more than 500 student-athletes, through various styles and levels of training that best fits each team dynamic, schedule and style of play.