Visiting The Worlds Leading Sports Performance Center Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center
Earlier this week I found myself in the perfectly executed, right place at the right time moment. After being introduced to a friend of a friend and mentioning my obsession with the University of Oregon’s football facilities in conversation, I had somehow landed myself a private tour of U of O’s latest addition to the football facilities, the Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center.
In the process of developing this facility, performance director Andrew Murray and his team of sport scientists traveled across the pond to visit the best sports facilities in Europe before heading down to Australia. Now with a full understanding of where the bar is set, they decided not to match it but rather mix together the best components of each and re-set the bar to an unimaginable level.
Enter door number one…
One of the most common conditioning tools found in Australia was boxing. Take out the physical contact aspect of it and you have the perfect functional training tool.
Massage is a regular recovery tool with the additional option to kick the legs up in the lazy-boy whilst wearing compression boots.
As student athletes time is precious. So a wing dedicated to sleep was added in to maximize the amount of z’s each athlete can squeeze into a day.
Athletes are generally a stubborn bunch. So instead of coaches yelling in their ear with each rep, each power rack contains a camera which records and plays back their movements whilst identifying imbalances or poor form.
Filled with hundreds of sensors and camera’s, athletes can perform functional movements and agility drills with real time feedback provided to the coach behind the screens for an immediate, detailed kinematic analysis.
With over 20 lifting platforms, the general S&C room is designed for nothing but hard work.
One of the most sophisticated rooms in the facility, here athletes are required to visit at least once daily to complete a serious of functional movements in-front of a camera and ipad. Each movement is recorded and corrections to the athletes form are made. Once completed perfectly, the athlete is free to go. All the data is saved onto the athletes profile for the coach to review and analysis both short and long term progression.
A room dedicated to flattering potential draft athletes, every sized shoe, glove, jersey and casual gear is stored here to be tried on before taking home.
Rows after rows, each players old and new gear is stored here.
Nike only ever made 4 of these, and 2 are sitting in the Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center. A machine dedicated to wearing new shoes in so you don’t have too.
Simply, a thousand photos could never do the Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center justice. This is a moment of my life that I will never forget and one that will leave me a Ducks fan for eternity. To the University of Oregon, thank you for giving me a rare glance into your program, more importantly, thank you forever raising the game of sports performance.