Olympic athletic trainers host clinic for Bobcats

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

BERRYVILLE -- A performance clinic, sponsored by St. John's Hospital--Berryville, and taught by members of St. John's Clinic--Sports Medicine and HealthTracks Sports Training Center of Springfield, Mo., introduced an estimated 150 Bobcat junior and senior high athletes to ways to improve their athletic performances through nutrition and other modern techniques.

BHS Athletic Director Doug Scheel praised the clinic afterwards, saying, "In my 32 years of coaching, this is the finest clinic I've seen."

The athletes were broken into groups in Bobcat gym, then were taught two techniques, including one on nutrition for a lifetime skill of how and what to eat. Athletes were warned about the dangers of steroid use, how to keep fluids up, and proper nutrition.

Then they were taught a dynamic warm-up that emphasized mobility and flexibility.

There were three break-out sessions that followed, including lateral speed and agility, Olympic lifts, and sprint techniques. And when the mandatory sessions ended around 6:30 p.m., the Bobcat Booster Club fed everyone hot dogs and hamburgers and topped it off with banana splits.

Leading the sessions were the following, most of whom have been involved with Olympic training :

Brandon Ezzell, strength and conditioning specialist at HealthTracks; Scott Johnson, former specialist coach for the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, now at HealthTracks; Ronald Boyce, Missouri State track coach; Jim Raynor, administrative director of St. John's Health System's Sport Medicine; Joe Schmitz, certified athletic trainer and clinical director/manager; Mitch Hauschildt, certified athletic trainer, injury rehabilitation, high-speed treadmill training. Photos Page B-2

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