New strength and conditioning program on the rise for high school athletes

Published: Mar. 31, 2019 at 10:42 PM MDT
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The Black Hills Orthopedic and Spine Center has offered athletic training and sports medicine to the Rapid City Area School District for more than 20 years.

Recently, the center told the Rapid City Area School Board they wanted to expand the program to offer strength and conditioning sports performance services.

'We've been looking to find a partner that can truly excel at the one particular piece of sports performance," said Kyle Weise, CEO of the Black Hills Orthopedic and Spine Center.

They have decided to incorporate Physio Performance, a sports and orthopedic physical therapy company that is committed to improving the health and performance of area youth athletes.

"Our hope is to be additive and elevating and empowering student athletes to perform better both on and off the court," said Daniel Jensen, owner of Physio Performance.

Kyleigh Devine, a senior at Stevens High School, has been going to Physio for three years and said her progress is just an example of what others throughout the district can look like.

"With all the athletes at Stevens and Central, I think it's going to help them a lot and bring them way farther with the state tournaments and the athletes themselves," Devine said.

Devine said Physio has taken her own performance to a whole new level.

"They know so many more training and activities to do and I think everyone's just going to learn and they'll see their growth throughout weeks and months and it's just going to be really exciting," Devine added.

Kaitlin Smith, an athletic trainer at Central High School sees 10-20 students a day with aches and pains to serious injuries.

"It kind of puts a lot of pressure off of the athletic trainers too because you want to be able to help the coaches with all of those strength and conditions things because sometimes there's not enough time," Smith said.

Smith said the new program will be useful to everyone.

"I think that would be a huge benefit to all the athletes so that they don't have to worry about trying to go somewhere or parents don't have to schedule times outside of the high school and outside of practice times," she added.

The revised sports medicine team is currently meeting with coaches.

They will be hosting informational sessions to provide parents with a tentative plan moving forward.

The cost of the new program at the schools will be $120 for the summer, but that will also include the entire school year as well.

The program is set to begin at Stevens and Central on June 3.

Registration opens Saturday, April 6.

More information can be found here.