Get a Free Taste of Performance Enhancement Camp

May 21, 2008

Rochester area athletes have the opportunity to get a sneak peak at a Performance Enhancement Camp designed by physicians and athletic trainers at University Sports Medicine (USM) to help increase power and flexibility, as well as decrease their risk of injury, especially ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears. Two sample sessions will be held in early June to introduce athletes to drills that build strength, agility, speed, flexibility, and core stability, as well as review several injury prevention techniques proven to reduce incidence of ACL tears. The sample sessions will be held:
• Friday, June 6: 6 – 7:30 p.m., Fauver Stadium, University of Rochester
• Saturday, June 7: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Barnard Fitness Facility, 71 Maiden Lane, Greece

The Performance Enhancement Camp is not a sport-specific camp. It is designed to improve athletes’ readiness for the fall or winter season, reduce risk of injury, and provide a competitive edge, regardless of their particular sports concentration. The full camp swings into session July 7 -31. Three sessions will be held each week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 -7:30 p.m.; all sessions will take place at Fauver Stadium at the University of Rochester.

According to John Bernfield, A.T.C., director of performance enhancement at University Sports Medicine, as participation in high school and college athletics becomes more competitive and the level of play more intense, athletes need to look beyond sport-specific skills.

“Today, success in sports is not solely about how accomplished you are in a particular sport, because it’s assumed you have mastered those particular skills,” Bernfield said. “Athletes in top physical condition – those that are strong, flexible with good movement skills – are less likely to be injured. Bottom line: You need skills AND athleticism to be a top level athlete.”

The camp came about after USM athletic trainers, physical therapists and sports medicine strength and conditioning specialists reviewed scientific literature and determined which exercises and strengthening movements could increase power, flexibility and reduce injuries. The result was the creation of a series of specific drills proven to increase an athletes’ overall conditioning by building strength, agility, quickness, power, speed, flexibility, core stability and balance. Trainers also coach athletes in correct biomechanics for basic movement efficiency, and injury prevention.

The Performance Enhancement Camp is recommended for athletes 12 or older. Cost is $150 per person. For more information or to register, call University Sports Medicine at 341-9150, or visit and click on special events.

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