Sports Performance2018-09-13T15:37:36+00:00


Where an athlete becomes a champion


At Oxford Sports Performance our experienced staff creates athletic success by providing the programming and coaching needed. Each athlete begins with a full assessment with an extremely thorough process, including an orthopedic evaluation, movement screen, and performance measures. The coaches then use proven, research-based modalities to create programs that optimize movement, build strength, increase explosiveness, and condition the athlete by taking into account the metabolic demands of the sport. All programs train the entire body (unless not appropriate) and include each of strength and conditioning’s components.



James Lederach

Sports Performance Manager

After completing his undergraduate degree in political theory and becoming a teacher at Central Catholic High School, James Lederach quickly found his way into the athletic department at Central Catholic. He became a volunteer strength coach and quickly realized that this allowed him to combine both his passion for teaching and passion for sports and fitness. James became CSCS certified through the NSCA and then took a position at UPMC Sports Medicine working with all types of athletes including hockey players, football players, and swimmers. He then decided to pursue his master’s degree in Exercise Science and make the transition to Oxford Athletic Club. With his athletic background and undeniable passion, James hopes to make Oxford Athletic Club the premier facility for athletes to train in the Western PA region. We are lucky to have a such a passionate and dedicated sports performance coach here at OAC and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

What is sport-specific training?

Specificity isn’t about simulating or recreating on-the-field movements in the gym. Instead, it means analyzing the biomechanics of a particular activity, strengthening the affected areas, and training relevant energy systems. Our programs start by establishing base levels of acceptable movement and general strength. Once general strength is sufficient athletes move into more “specific” training. Sport-specific training often resembles a sport’s biomechanics more closely. Most importantly, it addresses parts of the body that must be strong in addition to those that are susceptible to injury. 

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