Named in honor of one of the most decorated defensive players in NCAA history, the Ndamukong Suh Strength and Conditioning Center is one of the nation’s finest facilities. Built in 2006, the weight room is one of the largest in the country. Widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of strength and conditioning and the premiere collegiate strength and conditioning program, Nebraska’s strength and conditioning center is 50 percent larger than its previous weight room. The strength and conditioning staff consists of 12 people, including eight full-time staff members who work with all Husker student-athletes teaching proper strength and conditioning techniques, allowing them to reach their maximum potential.
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The Athletic Medicine Center opened in 2006. It is one of the most technologically advanced medical care and rehab facilities in the country. The spacious facility is four times larger than Nebraska’s previous facility and includes a hydrotherapy area that features a three-level laned pool and a treadmill pool with two underwater cameras for evaluation and assessment. The center also includes hot and cold tanks for student-athletes, in addition to extensive rehab equipment. The X-ray room gives Nebraska’s doctors and athletic medicine staff the ability to accurately evaluate injuries on site and includes hospital-quality equipment, while the facility also includes a licensed pharmacy. The Athletic Medicine Center was also designed with a student-athlete’s privacy in mind, with private areas designated for X-rays, physical exams and other medical and rehabilitation needs. Nebraska also features one of the most well-trained and highly skilled staffs in the country. The staff consists of five doctors, two therapist/athletic trainers, five athletic trainers and seven graduate assistant athletic trainers. The staff also includes a licensed massage therapist, as well as counseling and psychological services.
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Sports Nutrition is a vital piece of the puzzle for optimum sports performances and Nebraska has world-class facilities dedicated to giving student-athletes a competitive advantage. Nebraska has two full-time sports nutritionists and is one of only three universities nation-wide to have more than one full-time sports nutritionist. The goal of the sports nutrition staff is to teach student-athletes how to fuel their bodies correctly before and after workouts and throughout the day to enhance the body’s ability to recover from training and maximize physical development. To help reach this goal, the staff has the facilities and equipment necessary to set up individualized meal plans, competition fueling and educational instruction. One of the highlights of the sports nutrition facilities is the Landing located next to the weight room, which opened in 2006 and serves as the primary fueling point for all athletes before, during and after training. The Landing provides several recovery shakes, energy bars, fruits and trail mix, along with multi-vitamins. The staff also has access to an in-house Bod Pod machine and skinfold calipers to test body composition.
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The Lewis Training Table was completely redesigned in 2010 and serves as the main student-athlete dining facility for lunch and dinner. Nebraska was one of the first universities in the country to provide a training table for student-athletes. The Lewis Training Table features a Performance Buffet every day where student-athletes can choose foods to meet their individualized meal plans. All foods served in the Training Table are labeled with a specialized food labeling system that helps student-athletes understand what foods they need to consume and the appropriate quantities to meet their individual needs. The Training Table features its own full-time staff, including an executive chef.
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