Our service has everything to do with athlete performance including being able to refer the most appropriate Biokineticist, Physiotherapist, Sports Medicine Physician, Dietician, Psychologist and academic tutors.
HELPING YOU REACH YOUR FULL POTENTIAL
We assist the athlete and translate advice given by our medical professionals and manage the athlete’s everyday challenges to ensure that you make progress and reach your full potential on the sporting field and in the classroom.
APM aims to manage and mentor athletes while assisting them to achieve a holistic balance between academics, sport, and training.
What makes APM different?
Our priorities are driven by key drivers of superior athletic performance…
APM aims to develop a personalized, trusting, and safe relationship with each athlete. Once this is established we want each athlete to feel they have someone on their side, teaching them the ropes, guiding them, giving them the hard truth, and pushing them to their limits because we know the athlete can do it when even the athlete is unsure;
An essential tenet of the APM programme is one-on-one time with APM mentors. Chris Ekron, founder of APM, is a hard-working, disciplined, and goal orientated mentor with a great sense of empathy but also unwavering focus on achieving excellence. He is young enough to understand the challenges faced by modern day high school students yet has a value system, mental toughness and work ethic which is old school; To ensure APM is best able to mentor each athlete, the APM programme begins with a thorough understanding of each persons background and circumstance.
TAILORED EXERCISE REGIME
In youth sport, age is the general method of dividing children into age-related training and competitive groups;
However, between individuals in the same age group this can differ by as much as four years from skeletal age;
APM works with specialists in the field of biomechanics and biokinetics to develop a tailor-made exercise and training regime for each of its athletes after taking in to account the results of a science-based assessment of the athlete’s skeletal structure and age;
Also, APM works with the athlete, his/her parents/guardians, and relevant sports coaches to ensure the athlete’s workload is logged and managed to prevent injury or accelerate recovery.
TAILORED NUTRITION PROGRAMME
Young athletes lack nutritional knowledge. Hence their diet may be unhealthy or inappropriate for participation in sport;
Many are pressured by coaches, their peers or parents to increase muscle mass; Coaches and non-dietetic medical practitioners primarily recommend supplements. Many athletes take supplements on the advice of a store salesperson or representative;
APM provides athletes with tailor-made nutrition programmes with a strong education component to improve players’ nutritional knowledge, as well as access to registered dieticians working in sport to advise on supplements, (if considered necessary), and diet plan.
LIFE SKILLS TRAINING
In young athletes, raw talent tends to be based on measurable events on the field only; What separates a talented athlete from a great athlete is their approach to the competition, practices, and after hours of skill training and conditioning. This often comes down to the mental strength and work ethic of the athlete;
APM pre-selects athletes based on their passion, unwavering commitment to change their way of life and the continuous search for excellence; APM believes mental toughness comes from self-belief, motivation, focus and composure/handling pressure;
APM believes it is vital for athletes to have realistic expectations in their development life cycle and be able to cope with inevitable disappointments along the way; APM believes essential life skills training can aid in the student athlete’s success, not only in school and on the playing field, but in life.
Demands on our time never end. Our obligations and interests continue to vie for our attention and our time throughout our lives. APM introduces and implements time- saving tips and techniques early in a student athlete’s career including: Creating with the athlete a schedule to get organised and stay organised; Helping the athlete manage time and workload;
Assisting the athlete plan their week
Teaching the importance of judicious use of screen time;
Teaching the importance of using weekends wisely; and
Teaching the importance of prioritization and not to procrastinate.
MONITORING ACADEMIC PROGRESS
With an emphasis on children specializing in 1/2 sports, year round, the stress of doing
well in a sport can easily override the necessity to do well in school;
APM identifies the need for balance between academics and sport and offers the student-athlete a means to achieve success both in school and on the sports field. Our interventions include:
- Monitoring school results from the outset;
- Liaising where necessary with school teachers, tutors etc.
- Teaching athletes to use their travel time to and from school, practices, and games
wisely, not to get behind, to take advantage of free periods and where available, take
advantage of school resources like tutors;