Strength Coach Focuses On Female Injuries

In the early 1980s, Tim Taylor was a Staples High School football player.

After graduating from Springfield College with a degree in exercise science, he spent time as a strength and conditioning coach at West Point.

As the longtime owner of Southport Racquet Club, Taylor noticed an increasing number of injuries among female athletes. His daughter is a field hockey, basketball and lacrosse player at Staples, so Taylor’s interest is extremely personal.

His dream was to create a place where athletes — particularly girls — could not just train as a team, but learn how to prevent injuries.

Tim Taylor

Tim Taylor

The result is Athletic Performance Center — a new space in the Swim Seventy building on Norwalk’s Willard Avenue, just over the Westport line. Taylor spent a year building it out.

There’s a weight room with a killer sound system of course, and a rowing room, but also a meeting space where Taylor explains the goals of each workout. A big screen TV can show a photo of Jackie Joyner Kersee — and zoom in on her hamstring. (That’s one key to speed — but also the frequent site of injuries.)

Taylor has a video system, to film athletes as they work out and run. There’s a basketball court in back too, for fun.

After all, workouts should not be all “work.”

And injuries need not be a part of sports.

(For more information, click here or call 203-803-5486.)

2 responses to “Strength Coach Focuses On Female Injuries

  1. Daniel Souza

    Go for it, Tim! Good luck and all the best!

  2. Phil Perlah

    Is Tim leaving the Southport Racquet Club?