“High Performance brings everyone together on one page. We’re all working together. There is no separation from what happens in the weight room to what happens on the field.”
– Erik Korem
EVERY COLLEGE FOOTBALL PROGRAM puts a premium on developing student-athletes, but the High Performance program is unique to Kentucky. From strength and conditioning to practice plans to nutrition to sleep patterns, the program brings all aspects of performance under one umbrella.
When Mark Stoops took over at UK, he moved immediately to implement the High Performance program, the first of its kind at the collegiate level. Stoops tabbed Erik Korem – who has experience working with world-class track and field sprinters – to lead it. Drawing inspiration from abroad – where the application of sports science is both more widespread and advanced – High Performance uses the latest in athlete-tracking technology to help student-athletes reach and even enhance their potential.
Aspects of the program were implemented by Korem at Florida State, helping to improve overall team speed and prevent injuries, but High Performance is about much more than 40-yard dash times. UK football players are educated in the principles sports psychology and learn to apply them to help manage in-game stress and decision-making processes.
High Performance may use advanced concepts and unprecedented data collection, but the underlying goal is simple: to position student-athletes for success both during and after their time as Wildcats.
Erik Korem talks about how the high performance model may seem unconventional but really is the way to build a stronger, faster, and all around more productive athlete. For more on the high perfomance program.
The High Performance program Erik Korem and head coach Mark Stoops have brought to Kentucky football uses sports science in the development of student-athletes in a way teams from the NFL are only now beginning to do.
Director of High Performance Erik Korem is Mic'd up in this segment as he works with the skill position players.
Strength training and high performance conditioning for offensive and defensive lineman with Director of High Performance Erik Korem.