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Speed Clinic at H•E•B Fitness Center Boosts Youth Confidence On and Off Field
06/20/2008

BEDFORD, Texas — When Jim Gnacinski enrolled his two sons in a local youth running clinic, he witnessed their performance gains in soccer, football, basketball and baseball — and unexpectedly — in the classroom.

“I have seen their performance and confidence grow because of the clinic, and not just in sports,” said the Keller resident. “It has carried over into their schoolwork and other areas of their lives. The program has taught them to be leaders.”

Gnacinski's sons, 12-year-old Jacob and 7-year-old Noah, have reaped the benefits of a speed clinic run for the past year by Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital’s fitness center supervisor Mike Moore.

For the first time, Moore is hosting the clinic at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital’s fitness center on June 21 to help kids and teens build speed, confidence and agility, and fare well in today’s highly competitive youth sports arena. The sooner kids receive Moore’s speed and agility training, the better they will perform in sports down the line, he said.

“There is a need for kids and teens in competitive sports to start off on the right foot — literally,” Moore said. “This program helps build a good foundation for speed and proper running form that will benefit them through high school years and beyond.”

The clinic — not just for athletes — can help kids and teens of all fitness levels perform better in gym class and improve overall health. When kids gain confidence in their athletic ability early, they’re more likely to stay active and spend less time doing sedentary activities like playing video games, Moore said.

“Games and sports are a lot more fun when you’re fast,” Moore said. “No one likes to be picked last for a team.”

About the clinic
Moore’s clinic is based on his 23 years of combined experience in sport-specific personal training and rehabilitation. Participants will learn to:

  • Develop speed safely, step by step
  • Run with proper form
  • Avoid the biggest running mistakes most athletes make
  • Have confidence

Moore has a degree in exercise sports science from Texas Tech University and became a certified strength conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 1995. For more information about the clinic or to register, call 817-267-9191 or e-mail MikeMoore@TexasHealth.org.

About Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital
Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital, a member of Texas Health Resources, is a 284-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. Services provided at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital include outpatient surgery, women’s services, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery and a dedicated cardiac care unit, cardiac rehabilitation, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatric and addiction treatment, and pediatrics.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR’s family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

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