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Sports Science & Performance

Our Sports Science and Performance system will use qualified professionals, research, technology, and resources to build a comprehensive, school-based approach to physical education, health education, strength/conditioning programs, athletic evaluation and treatment to the BCS athletic department with an emphasis on the prevention of injuries.

Universal Movement Patterns: This is a system wide, universal movement pattern program in elementary, middle, and high schools that uses specific movements to test, teach, and develop athletes. All of our athletic teams and  PE classes will utilize this movement pattern system in an age appropriate way. These movement patterns will be the basis of our dynamic warm-up before practice as well as the primary tool to diagnose potential problems that may be pre-existent in the athlete.

Functional Testing: Our Director of Sports Science and Performance, Mr. Kyle Southall, will coordinate with BCS strength coaches to develop functional tests for proper weight room placement and exercises. It is our desire that no athlete will perform a load bearing, olympic style lift before they pass a functional test and get proper training on the techniques. These tests will also enhance the decision to return to normal lifting after an injury.

Strength and Conditioning Programs: Coordinating with BCS strength coaches to monitor and develop research based cycles and programs to best enhance both male and female athletes.

Education in Nutrition, Hydration, Rest, and Flexibility: Coordination between BCS health and PE teachers to develop the core concepts needed to be taught to students to embrace a lifestyle of healthy eating and proper care of the body.

Care of “Throwing” Athletes and Sport Specific Needs:  Our Director will work with BCS coaches who work with throwing athletes (pitchers, baseball players, softball players, quarterbacks, javelin, shot, and discus) to keep ‘arm care’ as a high priority of development and conditioning. He will also will ensure that workouts maximize all unique sports needs.

Long-term Health and Fitness: While the short term goal is to minimize time loss injuries and maximize competitive performance, the ultimate goal of this program is to introduce, educate, and inspire BCS students to adopt a lifestyle of health and fitness which glorifies God in the teaching of our body as the temple of God’s Spirit even when the years of competitive athletics come to an end.

Research Opportunities:  Kyle will continue his robust teaching and research schedule. His schedule will allow him to perform research at UAB that is not feasible at Briarwood and to continue consulting and working/traveling with USA Wrestling and Team USA Sports Medicine. Kyle will also still be employed as a Certified Athletic Trainer by ATI Physical Therapy.

Classes: He is planning to teach stand alone units in science and health classes with content related to  movement science, health and wellbeing, first aid/CPR, sports analytics, and evidence based practice/objective decision making.

Accountability and Evaluation: Kyle will meet with the BCS Athletic Director to give reports in the following areas: 
1. Performance evaluation of the program and director
2. Updating goals of the program
3. Evaluating essential needs to meet goals
4. Budgeting resources required to meet goals

Developing a Model for All Schools In a period of 3-5 years, Briarwood and ATI hope to showcase a model school-based program for other school systems to investigate and adopt. We believe that this effort will provide information and practices to help school-aged athletes and athletic programs develop and remain as healthy as possible in the rigors of competition.

“This is very exciting news! Working with over 3200 teams in 40 sports in 139 countries, Catapult engineers the most advanced technology in sport to help mitigate injury, prepare for competition, and improve individual and team performance for all levels of play.” 


Meet the Director

Mr. Kyle Southall, PhD(c), LAT, ATC, PES, CSCS
Kyle has a unique background in athletic training, research, and clinical experience. He is the current president of the Alabama Athletic Trainer’s Association and has been the Briarwood Athletic Trainer since August 2020.
Briarwood will expand his role according to his unique skill set to better serve all BCS athletes throughout the school. Kyle has taught Kinesiology at Samford and Birmingham Southern and serves as the sports medicine provider for Team USA Wrestling. He has submitted and published many accepted and peer-reviewed articles in industry journals. He is already loved by coaches, students, and families from Briarwood.
Congratulations to Kyle for receiving the Chris King Award of Merit for the State of Alabama. 

“Kyle has been a home run addition to our ATI Sports Medicine Team. Kyle has worked as an Athletic Trainer at several levels, and it doesn't take long to realize the vast experience and knowledge. He uses this to provide the best experience for his athletes, parents, and coaches at Briarwood. I am confident there will be a positive impact from this performance program he is implementing at Briarwood.”

Kyle has a broad background and clinical experience with the tools that Briarwood has been using in the area of athletic monitoring and development.

Two of these specifically are the TeamBuildr App, used by coaches to individually apply specific workouts to athletes on their mobile devices including the auxiliary exercises that have been prescribed based on functional deficiencies, as well as the PlayerTek by Catapult GPS performance trackers that capture real time data in practice and competition. This allows Kyle to provide our coaches with immediate information on player load and performance.

For more information please contact:

Jay Mathews, Briarwood Christian School Athletic Director:
Kyle Southall, Director of Sports Science and Performance:

"TeamBuildr is proud to work with Briarwood and Kyle Southall as he retains industry-standard certifications and qualifications, and represents the ideal sports performance professional that TeamBuildr aims to work with."