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“Sports psychology is not sitting on the couch and telling me how you feel. It's about decision- making, how to handle stress.”

Erik Korem

AN ATHLETE AT PEAK PHYSICAL FITNESS cannot perform without being mentally ready, so the High Performance program treats the mind with the same care and attention to detail as it does with the body.

All Kentucky football players are schooled in the tenets of sports psychology, benefiting from the knowledge of some of the world's leaders in the area. Dr. Gershon Tenenbaum - a world-renowned psychologist and professor at Florida State who has served as an adviser for multiple Olympic teams - has developed the sports psychology program for UK football. The program not only teaches basic sports psychological skills, but he has developed programs for developing perceptual cognitive skills, game reading skill, and advanced techniques using biofeedback to improve stress management.

The goal, however, isn’t to overload student-athletes who have to balance football, school and social lives with information. Instead, the Wildcats learn basic skills like stress management, relaxation, visualization, self-talk and imagery that are readily translatable on the field, in the classroom and in their daily lives both during and after college.

At UK, student-athletes become better, smarter football players through training that helps enhance their game-reading skills and improve decision-making.

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The New Era of High Performance

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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.

High Performance Coach Erik Korem Profile

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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.

Mic'd Up w/ Erik Korem

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Director of High Performance Erik Korem is Mic'd up in this segment as he works with the skill position players.

Football Lineman - Winter Conditioning

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Strength training and high performance conditioning for offensive and defensive lineman with Director of High Performance Erik Korem.


High Performance Staff

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  • Read Bio Erik Korem ERIK KOREM
    High Performance Coach

    Twitter@ErikKorem
  • Read Bio Corey Edmond COREY EDMOND
    Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Read Bio Chris Ronald CHRIS RONALD
    Director of
    Sports Sciences
  • Read Bio Donald Horton DONALD HORTON
    Asst. Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Read Bio Rafael Horton RAFAEL HORTON
    Asst. Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Read Bio Monica Fowler MONICA FOWLER
    Registered Dietician