Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Named June Spirit of Sport Honoree


In a sport where just half a second can mean the difference between a win and a loss, teams are constantly looking for that extra edge. For Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM), that means focusing on improving all areas of performance — at the track, in the garage and in the weight room. Employing the expertise of coaches, nutritionists and sports psychologists at St.Vincent Sports Performance, the SPM team works tirelessly to train their bodies, improve their diets, and prepare their minds for the challenge of each race.

Despite a five-month-long season, SPM works for each tenth of a second seven days a week, 358 days a year. (They do reward themselves with one week off after the season). During a race week, the team will typically log between 60-80 hours a week, but no one complains — they’re all working toward a common goal. It’s that dedication and competitive drive that has brought the team two wins, one pole and eight Top 5 finishes so far this year. Undeterred by being a small and young team in the Verizon IndyCar Series, SPM remains in the hunt for the 2014 championship.

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Get to Know Dr. Oiness

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Kacey Oiness, Ph.D., was named a sport & performance psychologist at St.Vincent Sports Performance in June. Dr. Oiness grew up as a gymnast and competed collegiately at Iowa State. It was there when she fully realized her passion for psychology and began following that career path. She was the Big 12 Conference Floor Champion, a three-time NACGW Academic All-American and was named to ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-District VII list.


After finishing up at Iowa State, Dr. Oiness attended  Colorado State, where she earned a Master’s and Ph.D. in counseling psychology. The program didn’t have a sport psychology focus, so she took extra classes and sought out other experts in that field to build her experience. In psychology, budding doctors go through an internship matching process and Dr. Oiness landed at the Oklahoma Health Consortium. There, she spent half her time in the Oklahoma University (OU) athletics department and half in the school’s counseling center, gaining valuable experience in and out of athletics. She stayed on at OU during the next year as a post-doctoral fellow before being hired as assistant director of psychological resources for the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department.


During her time at OU, she worked with the Sooner athletes, coaches, trainers and other staff. “The atmosphere was great as was working with athletes who have such a high level skill, but are still willing to come in and do whatever they can to make themselves better.”

She’s really looking forward to working with clients of all ages in a variety of sports as she begins her time at St.Vincent Sports Performance. Additionally, Dr. Oiness will work with the athletes, personnel and teams at Purdue University Athletic Department on a regular basis.


Dr. Oiness also dove in high school before moving her focus to gymnastics. These days, Dr. Oiness has a love for running and has completed multiple half-marathons. She’s got an eye out for her next race soon!


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Where Did they Go?

Nine athletes prepared for the 2014 NBA draft at St.Vincent Sports Performance. The off-court training was led by Greg Moore, CSCS and the basketball training was under the guise of Chris Thomas, a Nike Elite Basketball trainer. Three athletes were drafted and six others signed on to play in the NBA Summer League – either in Orlando from July 5-11 or Las Vegas from July 11-21.  So, where did everyone go?


Gary Harris, Michigan State G

Denver Nuggets – drafted No. 19 by Chicago Bulls, traded to Denver


Glenn Robinson III, Michigan G

Minnesota Timberwolves – drafted No. 40


Semaj Christon, Xavier G

Oklahoma City Thunder – drafted No. 55 by Miami Heat, traded to Oklahoma City


Luke Hancock, Louisville G

Orlando Magic – on the Orlando Summer League team


Jake Odum, Indiana State G

Sacramento Kings – on the Las Vegas Summer League team


Trevor Releford, Alabama G

Atlanta Hawks – on the Las Vegas Summer League team


Eric Atkins, Notre Dame G

Indiana Pacers – on the Orlando Summer League team


Niels Giffey, UConn F

Memphis Grizzlies – on the Orlando Summer League team


Asauhn Dixon-Tatum, Auburn C

Orlando Magic – on the Orlando Summer League Team


Additionally, 2013 SVSP class alum DeShaun Thomas, Ohio State F, joined the San Antonio Spurs’ Las Vegas Summer League team. Good luck to all the #SVSPfam following their dream. Keep up with the players on their summer league journeys here:

Four Steps from Planks to Pull-Ups

Pull-ups are a classic strengthening exercise you can do at your gym, the hotel fitness room or even at home. This USA Gymnastics Sports Performance Tip of the Month teaches you how to progress from a plank to a perfect pull-up (or chin-up) in four steps. Take a look at the progression model from Jeff Richter, Performance Specialist at St.Vincent Sports Performance.

NBA Pre-Draft Program GIFs

It’s NBA Draft week! Here are some of our NBA Pre-Draft Program participants

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SVSP Science Study: Multidisciplinary training beneficial for elite athletes

Athletes looking to improve performance should consider a comprehensive approach that extends beyond just strength and conditioning training, according to a new study.



The study, presented this week at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, found that multidisciplinary training, which incorporates sports medicine, nutrition and psychology along with strength and conditioning training, is successful in increasing muscle mass, speed and agility in elite football athletes.



“These athletes don’t necessarily have a lot of room left for improvement, so even small increases in skills can be difficult to achieve,” said Vincent Nittoli, author and lead researcher at St.Vincent Sports Performance (SVSP). “That’s why it’s essential to train the total athlete – not just the body – in order to get results.”



Read the full study – including details on how the athletes improved in body composition, strength and power, linear speed and agility – here:  Multidisciplinary Training Study.

May Spirit of Sport Honoree – Fishers High School Girls’ Basketball



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When Michael Gaines was named coach of the girls’ basketball team at the newly-established Fishers High School in 2006, he knew that his role would extend far beyond the court. With that in mind, he established the team with a focus on spiritual and mental strength, citizenship and character.



Today, the team develops and practices those values through a strong commitment to community service, participating in a different activity each month of the basketball season. This past season alone, the girls read to elementary school students, adopted a family in need during the holidays, practiced with the local Special Olympics girls’ basketball teams, and hosted a silent auction to raise awareness and funds for multiple cancer-focused foundations.



Through these various projects, Coach Gaines sees his players grow personally, bond as a team and develop a true sense of self, community and gratitude — all while giving back and helping others.

One Major Rule for Eating Frozen Foods

As a general rule, you want most of your meals to be made with fresh, local ingredients. However, we know lives can be busy and sometimes we have to rely on frozen foods. The freezer section can be our friends, but not all frozen foods are created equal. An important rule of thumb to keep in mind when you’re walking down that chilly aisle is a 2-to-1 protein to fat ratio. Look for foods have twice the protein as they do fat, for a viable, healthy option at mealtime. Check out our Sports Dietician Lindsay Langford, MS, RD, CSSD as she offers several options that fit that rule and taste great!

USA Gymnastics Performance Tip of the Month – Glute Bridges

Jeff Richter, CSCS, USAW, performance specialist at St.Vincent Sports Performance, demonstrates a pair of glute bridge exercises in this month’s USA Gymnastics Performance Tip of the Month. These exercises can help you reduce injury risk and build strength in your hips. What can strong hips do for you? Help you run faster and jump higher.


April Spirit of Sport Honoree – Madison Barker

Guerin Catholic senior Madison Barker was named the April St.Vincent Spirit of Sport Honoree for her contribution in the classroom, on the field and in the community. Read on for her story below and watch her talk about her busy and fulfilling  life in the video below.

Madison Barker is a triple threat — she carries a 4.0 GPA, plays two sports and spends several hours a week volunteering in a number of ways. On the field, Madison has played varsity soccer all four years, including a run to the state semi-finals as a freshman and was named to the All-State Academic team back-to-back years. She played JV basketball for two years and joined the varsity swim team her senior year. Madison’s volunteer efforts are as diverse as her athletics as she helps out at the local humane society, serves the hungry at various soup kitchens and tutors several of her fellow students.

The Guerin Catholic student will wrap up a successful high school career and head to Hanover College fall 2014 to study biology and play soccer for the Panthers.

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