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August 22, 2013

Merrimack Strong

School gets new state-of-the-art weight room

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“That allows us to do our speed, agility, and conditioning right where we train,” Kamal said. “In the past, we struggled to gain access to the basketball court, turf field or any grass field and would fall back into the lobby to do so. The size of the weight room allows us to train as an entire team where before half of the teams here had to be broken up into multiple groups throughout the day.”

“On top of that, to support the athletic department, we view and foresee hosting recruiting visits, clinics, and presentations in the facility.”

Strength and Conditioning has become an integral part of an athlete’s performance and maintenance. It’s as much about building strength and endurance as it is preventing, and recovering, from injury.

If done right, the new equipment and training provided by coaches can help prevent major injuries.

“We stand by our mission statement,” Kamal said.

That statement reads: “The Mission of Merrimack Strength and Conditioning is to physically and mentally prepare the athletes for the rigors of collegiate athletics. This is done through the implementation of professionally designed, scientifically sound training programs to reduce injury and improve performance. The mission can be summed up using the following three goals: 1) Reduce the risk of injury; 2) Improve athletic performance; 3) Optimize team success.”

The program isn’t just about adding as much muscle mass as possible. It’s even more so about working an athlete’s joints along with making sure their balance and flexibility, along with nutrition, are all up to par.

There’s also no arguing Merrimack’s success since Kamal came on board. Now entering his seventh season with the Warriors, the entire program has been one of the most successful in all of Division 2 along with Division 1 hockey reaching its highest success as a D-1 program.

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