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Sports performance

Stronger. Faster. Better. Strength and conditioning training to increase athletic performance is a must for all athletes. Each athlete has different areas to address. Working in small groups will give you the individualized attention you need to help you reach your athletic performance goals.

Advanced strength and conditioning program

Our advanced athletic performance program is perfect for advanced high school athletes looking to increase their athletic performance, while reducing the risk of injury. Every session/week will include:

  • Movement preparation, muscle activation and dynamic flexibility.
  • Plyometrics and medicine ball training.
  • Linear and lateral speed, acceleration and change of direction.
  • Strength training.
  • General conditioning.
  • Flexibility training.

Hours

Monday through Friday, 3:45 to 5 p.m.

Cost

$150/month for an unlimited number of sessions

Developmental strength and conditioning program

Middle school athletes (ages 12 to 15) are at a pivotal point in their athletic development. Focus and drive toward developing a solid work ethic via strength and conditioning training is a must. This program concentrates on developing a solid athletic foundation to help avoid physical limitations or injuries and teach good habits and technique early. Each session will include:

  • Movement preparation, muscle activation and dynamic flexibility.
  • Plyometrics and medicine ball training.
  • Instructional linear and lateral speed, acceleration and change of direction.
  • Body weight strength training.
  • Introduction to barbell strength training.
  • General conditioning.
  • Flexibility training.

Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.

Cost

$150/month for an unlimited number of sessions

Team strength and conditioning programs

Sport-specific strength, speed and agility training for teams. Contact Adam Long at 816.407.2323 to inquire about your team.

Running/gait analysis

Take the opportunity to improve your distance-running mechanics by utilizing a state of the art gait analysis system, Medical Motion. A physical therapist will evaluate and identify your running stride and help correct any concerns that are diagnosed.

Why do I need a gait analysis?

Having a comprehensive gait analysis can help to identify areas of weakness to avoid overuse injuries. Understanding running form can also help you to be a more efficient runner. Whether you are training for a 5K or marathon, it is important to work on your running form in order to stay healthy and compete at your best.

How is your gait analysis different from a running store?

Our gait analysis is performed by a licensed physical therapist and includes detailed examination of not only the foot and ankle, but hips, back and upper body as well. Breakdown of gait can result from weakness anywhere in the body, so simply looking at the foot and ankle does not give a complete picture. Our analysis also includes a physical assessment so you know how to improve your form and perform exercises for best results.

The Medical Motion system allows the therapists to measure the patient’s body movements, body mechanics and muscle activity. As the patient walks or runs on a treadmill, three synchronized video cameras will be used to identify mechanical imperfections and make corrections to minimize stress on the individual's body.

What is included in a gait analysis?

  • Review of pertinent medical history.
  • Postural assessment.
  • Gait analysis with education on running form both barefoot and with shoes.
  • Physical evaluation for strength and mobility.
  • Education on footwear.
  • Personalized exercises to improve performance and prevent injury.

How long does it take and what should I bring?

The assessment takes 1.5 hours but will only require running for a total of one to two minutes. Wear tight-fitting clothing of light color, including socks, so your movements can be easily observed on camera. Also, bring your current running shoes and an old pair to compare wear patterns. If you have long hair, please tie it back.

What does it cost?

If you do not have a current injury, you can schedule an appointment for $150. You may also want to schedule a follow-up to see if your gait has improved or to progress your exercises. The follow-up costs $80 for a 45-minute session. If you have an injury, we recommend seeing your doctor first, then coming to physical therapy with a referral. We will bill your insurance and include the gait analysis in your treatment.

Call 816.407.2315 to learn more.

Specialized training for the overhead athlete

Strength and conditioning programs designed specifically for the overhead athlete (baseball/softball/swimming/volleyball/tennis/track and field). Each session/week will include:

  • Scapular control and strength training.
  • Hip and shoulder separation training.
  • Core training.
  • Explosive power training.
  • Generalized strength training.
  • Conditioning.
  • Mobility and flexibility.

Hours

Monday through Friday, 3:45 to 5 p.m.
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 to 6 p.m.

Cost

2x/week = $120/month (8 sessions)
3x/week = $180/month (12 sessions)

8-athlete maximum in each group

Throwing program

Liberty Hospital provides overhand throwing athletes with a unique opportunity to improve their throwing performance and decrease their potential for injury. Part one of our program starts with a full body physical limitation checklist to identify range of motion, strength, posture and balance deficits that may be hindering an athlete's ability to reach his/her maximum potential. Part two utilizes the experience of former collegiate baseball players to analyze throwing mechanics using motion analysis software.

Addressing both the physical and mechanical faults can provide a throwing athlete with a more efficient throwing pattern. This allows the thrower to utilize core muscles more effectively to produce velocity when throwing with less strain to the thrower's arm and body.

Initial visit (90-minute session for $150)

  • Identification of muscle weakness, ROM restriction and postural deficits, which can impact throwing.
  • Throwing analysis using motion analysis software to identify throwing faults.
  • Instruction in an individualized home exercise program.
  • Instruction in an interval-throwing program.

Individual throwing sessions (60-minute session for $80 after completing evaluation)

Many throwing athletes wish to return for additional visits as their individualized programs progress. Follow-up visits will provide:

  • Monitoring of current home exercise program for proper performance.
  • Progression of an athlete's exercises to include more advanced exercises if necessary and appropriate, once initial exercises are mastered.
  • Continued education and correction of mechanical throwing faults to create muscle memory.

Am I or is my child appropriate for this program?

Providing a throwing athlete with efficient and proper throwing mechanics can help anyone at any age avoid potential injury and maximize throwing performance. Correction of mechanical faults can help build a foundation by developing muscle memory, which can help a throwing athlete for years to come.

If an athlete currently has an injury related to throwing, it is recommended that they see a physician first before proceeding with a throwing program. A physician may wish to pursue physical therapy or other appropriate treatments prior to starting a throwing program.

Will insurance cover this?

No, this is a sports performance program that is for throwing athletes who do not have a current throwing injury and are looking to optimize their performance.

If an athlete has a throwing injury, they will need to pursue a physician order to start physical therapy, which is generally covered by most insurance plans.

Contact us

For additional questions or to schedule an appointment, call 816.407.2315 or email Sports Medicine Coordinator B.J. Maloney, P.T.