Weightlifting a year round proposition for prep athletes

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The motto linked to Whiteland Community High School’s approach to conditioning its athletes might lack flair, but the message is charmingly no-nonsense.

“Basically, we’re trying to get them to run faster, jump higher and throw farther,” said Whiteland strength coach Dameion Smith, who has held his title the past four years. “If I can do that, I’m giving our coaches a better athlete.”

Preparing one’s body and mind for the sports season or seasons ahead has evolved into a year-round practice at the high school level, one that in the mind of the teenage athlete proceeds to shrink summer break even more.

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