2019 National Conference

Julie Martin

"The Performance Team" Bridging the Gap Between the Weight Room and the Training Room

The performance team is a concept being employed by a number of universities in the last couple of years. Essentially this system is a department that is based around all the important entities of the heath and performance of the student athlete (strength and conditioning, athletic training, sports psychology, and nutrition). While all of these parts in the past have been important independent segments of the development and success of the student athlete it has become increasingly apparent that the willingness and ability of all of these departments to work closely and cohesively is increasingly significant. The strengths and weaknesses of the culture of today's millennial athlete pose particular challenges for coach's and support staff and therefore we believe requires a new more cohesive approach to the health and performance of the student athlete. This presentation will highlight the observations, goals, relationship, and philosophies of the strength and conditioning and athletic training departments of the Mississippi state women's basketball team. The ability of the two areas to understand and respect the necessities of both areas for a student athlete's success and how this is accomplished within our program.

Julie Martin currently serves as the Associate Athletic Trainer for women's basketball at Mississippi State University while also overseeing the Graduate Assistants for men's and women's tennis. Prior to working with the basketball program, Julie was the Athletic Trainer for women's volleyball for two seasons. Julie is responsible for planning and implementing continuing education opportunities for the Graduate Assistants and staff of the Sports Medicine team.

Prior to joining the Mississippi State staff, Julie received her Master's in Education from the University of Arkansas (2015). At Arkansas Julie was a Graduate Assistant covering women's tennis, spirit squads and assisting with the razorback basketball programs. While pursuing her Masters, Julie graduated from the Edge School of Massage. Prior to Arkansas, Julie received a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Middle Tennessee State University (2013). While at Middle Tennessee, Julie worked with football, men's and women's tennis, and the Vanderbilt Women's Basketball programs.

Prior to pursuing her career in Athletic Training, Julie played basketball for Lipscomb University while pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing (2007).