Sports Medicine and Performance
Norfolk Academy empowers students to increase their overall fitness level, athleticism, and durability while developing their character, work ethic, and mental toughness through intelligent physical training. We provide a fun, challenging, encouraging, and safe environment for our students. We provide instruction and training plans founded on scientifically based principles.
Norfolk Academy Athletic Performance
- Performance Principles
- Strength and Conditioning Staff
- Training Goals
- Performance Center
Our mission is to empower Norfolk Academy students to increase their overall fitness level, athleticism and durability while developing their character, work ethic and mental toughness through intelligent physical training.
We provide a fun, challenging, encouraging and safe environment for our students. We provide competent instruction and well thought out training plans that are founded on scientifically based principles. Following in line with our school and athletic philosophies, we believe that the continued development of physical fitness and athleticism will greatly benefit each student’s ability to mature emotionally as well as physically. Regardless of fitness level or experience, we are committed to assisting students to reach their full athletic potential.
“We help our Bulldogs be their best.”
Our strength and conditioning program begins with our middle school physical education curriculum. During these years, we teach foundational fitness principles and techniques at an intentionally methodical pace. As our students and athletes improve within our program, we give them more and more opportunities to grow and improve. During the school year, we will offer both in-season team workouts and out-of-season individual workouts for our student-athletes. In the summer months, student-athletes can take advantage of our afternoon and early evening training offerings geared specifically for improved sports performance.
- · Progressive Overload – Over time, our athletes will increase training stimuli (load, volume, intensity, etc.) in a consistent and methodical way.
- · Ground Based Exercises – Our athletes will perform exercises where force is applied through their feet to the ground.
- · 3 Dimensional Movements – Our athletes will train functionally on all three planes (up-down, side-side, forward-backward),
- · Multi Joint Actions – Our athletes will utilize multi-joint exercises that require proper neuromuscular recruitment and will efficiently improve functional strength.
- · Explosive Movements – Our athletes will become more powerful by utilizing explosive exercises that emphasizes the rate of speed in which force is applied.
Strength and Conditioning Staff
M.S., Peru State College
Concordia University Chicago
A native of the Philadelphia area, Mr. Carrezola graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication. While at Rutgers, he appeared in over 50 games at tight end for the football team. During his collegiate football career, he helped win a Big East championship and participated in four post-season bowl games. Following graduation, Mr. Carrezola participated in mini camp with the Oakland Raiders. He began his coaching career at Rutgers, serving as both a professional intern and graduate assistant in the strength and conditioning department. He went on to serve as the athletic transition liaison, strength and conditioning coach, and physical education teacher at New Egypt High School and Central Regional High School in New Jersey. He has also coached football, boys basketball, boys lacrosse, and girls track and field. Mr. Carrezola earned a Master of Science degree in Applied Exercise Science with a focus in Strength and Conditioning from Concordia University Chicago. He is a member of both the National High School Strength and Conditioning Association and NSCA. Mr. Carrezola is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA, a Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F) through the NSCA, and possesses a United States Weightlifting Level 1 certification (USAW-L1).
- 3800 square feet with rubber gym flooring
- 4 Olympic Platforms with Half Racks
- 2 Stand Alone Squat Racks
- 3 Flat Bench Press
- 2 Incline and 1 Decline Bench Press
- 1 Hammer Jammer
- 1 Stand Alone Olympic Platform
- 6 Hex Bars with Olympic Bumpers
- Deluxe Tower with Cable Pulley Stations
- Dumbbells (2.5 lb – 100 lb) and Kettlebells (9 lb – 45 lb)
- TRX Trainers, Stability Balls, Core Balls, Medicine Balls, Bosu Domes, Training Bands
- Plyo Boxes, Hurdles, Speed Ladders, Jump Ropes
- Life Fitness Aerobic equipment: 4 Treadmills, 2 Elyptical Trainers, 2 Upright Bikes, 2 Spin Bikes
Athletic Training Program
- National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School
- Position Statements
- Athletic Training Staff
It is the mission of the Norfolk Academy Athletic Training Program to provide the highest quality of medical care while working in conjunction with the overall philosophy and objectives of the school. This will be accomplished by supporting all athletic teams through the prevention, recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Additionally, the Norfolk Academy Athletic Training Program seeks to provide educational enhancement to students interested in the sports medicine field through practical experience and opportunities for observed learning.
National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School
Norfolk Academy is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that have met the recommended standards to improve safety in sports. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment. To achieve Safe Sports School status, our program must:
- Create a positive athletic health care administrative system
- Provide or coordinate pre-participation physical examinations
- Promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities
- Plan for selection, fit function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment
- Provide a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes
- Develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions
- Provide or facilitate injury intervention
- Create and rehearse a venue-specific Emergency Action Plan
- Provide or facilitate psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education
- Be sure athletes and parents are educated about the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities