HGB’s AcCeLerate program to enhance athletic performance training returns

AcCeLerate, a performance training program through Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital's rehabilitation services, develops a young athlete’s physical foundation. It returns to AL!VE for a fifth year.

The program improves form, technique, flexibility, coordination, quickness and strength – all critical factors for reducing lower extremity injuries, especially anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, and enhancing athletic performance. AcCeLerate is broken into five key areas: dynamic warm-up, plyometrics (exercise without weights or machines), speed and agility, body resistance training and flexibility.

“Injury rates for middle- and high-schoolers continue to rise because of increased sports participation and the young athlete’s inability to counteract the forces put on them during competition,” said Derek Sanders, program founder and licensed certified athletic trainer. “Programs like AcCeLerate can decrease those risks. This is important because more major knee reconstructions, especially ACL repairs, are performed on high school athletes than on any other age group.”

The AcCeLerate program:

  • Is effective for athletes in any sport at any level.
  • Targets 7th to 12th graders, both male and female.
  • Helps increase speed, agility, strength, balance, coordination and vertical leap.
  • Helps prevent lower extremity injuries.

What makes AcCeLerate stand out from other programs is that a pre- and post-athletic performance assessment is conducted to evaluate each participant and determine if there are any predispositions to injury, such as muscle imbalances and poor flexibility, Sanders said.

AcCeLerate begins Monday, June 23, and takes place at AL!VE, located at 800 W. Lawrence Ave., in Charlotte, Mich. The program is designed to be flexible to accommodate busy summer schedules. Participants have the option to attend six, 12 or 18 sessions up to three days a week during the seven-week period that ends July 31.

Contact HGB rehabilitation services in EMPOWER at AL!VE at 541-5800, ext. 2, for more information or to register. Space is limited. View AcCeLerate online at: www.myalive.com/AcCeLerate.