Benefits of Performance Training for Student Athletes [Video]

Ask the Expert: Performance Video Series

About the video: What can I expect my student athlete to gain from performance training?

Listen to Summit Orthopedics Performance Specialists Heidi Corbett and Jeff Cassellius share some of the physical, mental, and emotional benefits that student athletes can receive from a performance training program.

Meet Heidi Corbett

Heidi’s approach: “I truly believe exercise is medicine, and everyone can benefit from physical activity. My goal is to help support individuals in leading healthy lifestyles by improving their overall well being. It’s never too late to make positive changes.”

Heidi’s education and special interests: After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Physiology from the University of Minnesota, Heidi completed her graduate studies with a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology degree at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. Her special areas of interest include lifestyle and behavior change, exercise as preventative care, and strength training as a life-long activity.

Meet Jeff Cassellius

Jeff’s approach: “High school and college athletics played a very central role in my life; they are what inspired me to pursue a career in the health and wellness field. It is my goal to share my passion with others, to teach others to live healthy and active lifestyles, and to motivate others to pursue health throughout their lifetime.”

Jeff’s education and special interests: Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science degree as well as a Secondary Education Minor in Health and Coaching from the University of Wisconsin in River Falls, WI. His performance interests include Olympic lifting, strength training principles, developing programs for athletes, and speed & agility training.

Summit Orthopedics offers proactive wellness services

At Summit Orthopedics, we are committed to providing the resources, tools, and expertise you need to achieve your personal fitness goals. Our Summit wellness center is home to proactive wellness classes and training services for you and the whole family. Wellness experts can work with you or your physician to design an exercise program that supports lifelong health through exercise.

Start your journey to a more active self through our wellness services offered at the HealthEast Sports Center. Schedule a free wellness consultation online or call (651) 968-5766. Find the group fitness class that works with your schedule. Visit our Facebook page to learn all about the wellness events we offer to safely promote good health throughout your life.

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Video transcript

Heidi:  Student athletes are a great population to work with as far as strength and conditioning goes. It’s really great for off season training especially to help increase strength, speed, power, agility, endurance. It helps you prevent injury, it helps you just stay active when you’re training for your sport. It’s also great when teams can do it together, so it helps with that team building aspect, so teammates can encourage and play off each other, build each other’s confidence up, and that’s huge. Also, any team building activity’s going to help you on the court, on the field, so it’s great when teams of athletes can come and train. Even individual athletes, it’ll increase their confidence, it’ll help them stay in shape for their sport, so they really can bump up to the next level and be extra competitive that next season.

Jeff:  When you work with youth athletes or any athlete, your expectations should be your son or daughter’s going to get stronger and they’re going to get faster. We’re also going to work on their core, and we’re going to work on their balance. On top of that, the biggest thing we really want them to take away from is lifting is fun. It’s exciting and we want to take that into a life beyond just the playing field.

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  • Heidi Corbett, M.S., C.S.C.S.

    “I truly believe exercise is medicine, and everyone can benefit from physical activity. My goal is to help support individuals in leading healthy lifestyles by improving their overall well being. It’s never too late to make positive changes.”

    More about this expert

  • Jeffrey Cassellius

    “High school and college athletics played a very central role in my life; they are what inspired me to pursue a career in the health and wellness field. It is my goal to share my passion with others, to teach others to live healthy and active lifestyles, and to motivate others to pursue health throughout their lifetime.”

    More about this expert

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