Agnesian Bone & Joint Health is preparing for its annual Sports Performance Enhancement & Explosive Development (SPEED) program this summer for area youth athletes.
Sports medicine team professionals will host the program from June 9 to July 31; it is open to boys and girls in grades six through 12. The middle school sessions are separate from the high school, and focus on running form and body weight exercises.
SPEED offers team-oriented sessions that incorporate team building and sport-specific skills. Sessions also include dynamic stretching, multi-directional strength training exercises, core strengthening and balance training. Teams will meet two days per week for 1.5 hours. There is pre- and post-testing performed at the first and last sessions that measure some of the following: 10-yard dash, 40-yard dash, broad jump, vertical jump and agility.
Results from the past show that boys groups saw increases in their vertical jump by 1.2 inches as well as increases in their broad jump. The 40-yard dash and pro-agility both had a decrease of about .10 seconds; if the pre-test was 4.3 seconds, the post-test was 4.2 seconds.
The girls’ group had a decrease in the 40-yard dash of .10 seconds as well as a decrease of almost .30 seconds in the pro-agility. The girls had a similar increase of about 1.3 inches in vertical jump and an increase of over 5 inches in broad jump.
The Agnesian Bone & Joint Health Sports Medicine Team utilizes a digital timing system, similar to the National Football League (NFL), called Sparq, to obtain the most accurate times for the 10- and 40-yard dashes and the pro-agility. The Sparq equipment is a set of cones that emits a laser beam. The timing is triggered when the first beam is crossed and ceases when the second beam is crossed by the athlete. Digital timing eliminates the human error that often occurs with hand timing.
“Our electronic timing has helped many athletes show high school and college coaches exactly how fast they really are, without any questions of who was doing the timing and just how accurate it really is,” says Chris Schattschneider, a licensed athletic trainer with Agnesian Bone & Joint Health. “This timing system is similar to what they use for high school and college combines.”
The SPEED program is available to all local high school and middle school athletes – Campbellsport, Fond du Lac, Laconia, Lomira, Mayville, North Fond du Lac, Oakfield, St. Mary’s Springs Academy, Waupun, and Winnebago Lutheran Academy. Coaches interested in team sessions should call immediately to reserve a session time and days. There are a minimum number of athletes needed per session.
The SPEED brochure and registration form are available by visiting http://www.agnesian.com/sportsperformance. The cost of the program is $100 for the seven weeks. A SPEED T-shirt is included in the registration fee.