Latest "Mic'd Up" feature shows KU's Andrea Hudy as builder of minds as much as muscle
If you’ve paid much attention to Kansas basketball over the past decade and a half, you’re more than familiar with the role Andrea Hudy plays in keeping the Jayhawks strong, healthy and on top of their game.
Hudy, officially listed as KU’s assistant athletics director for sports performance, has been a big part of the Jayhawks’ extreme success during the Bill Self era, using equal parts strength coach and scientist to help prepare and motivate the Jayhawks to achieve everything they have accomplished during Self’s first 15 seasons in Lawrence.
But she hasn’t done it alone. In addition to a terrific staff and support from the coaches — not to mention the work put in by the players — Hudy has teamed up with technology to help keep the Kansas players in top condition before, during and after each season.
In its latest “Mic’d Up” video, featuring Hudy, you can get a pretty decent glimpse at how Hudy uses technology to aid her training.
There’s not an exercise or movement the Jayhawks do in the weight room or during training sessions that is without a reason behind it. And all of their efforts and output is tracked by technology, both in real time and over time, so the players can see, in black and white numbers, where they need to put their efforts and track the improvement they have made.
Using the latest training technology is something Hudy has made a staple of her program for years now. And it has always been important to her to stay in tune with the best equipment and software for training college athletes.
In the summer of 2012, Kansas became a signature school for the EliteForm training system, which integrates technology into workout sessions. KU was also the first to use the SpartaTrac™ system to optimize players’ individual strength programs to improve performance and decrease chance of injury.
While many view Hudy as the one who helps the Jayhawks pump iron and build muscle, it’s worth noting that an equally huge part of her job is helping them read and comprehend the data produced by these systems so they, themselves, can start to utilize technology to reach their goals.
Again, this latest video shows glimpses of that and it’s a cool look at one of the somewhat hidden factors in the success of Kansas basketball.