Texas Health HEB Launches North Texas’ Only Hospital-Based Sports Performance Program
06/07/2010

BEDFORD, Texas — A full athletic scholarship is every high school athlete’s dream. Leading the team in sacks is the culmination of hard work and excellent training.

As a mother, Tracie Martin knows firsthand the impact that a sports conditioning specialist can have on improving a teenage athlete’s game. Her sons trained with Mike Moore, B.S., C.S.C.S., a fitness specialist who focuses on improving athletes’ performances.

Martin’s oldest son, Michael, spent more than three years working on speed, agility and overall performance. As a result, he earned a full scholarship to Fordham University. In his freshman year he played linebacker on the football team and lead the team in sacks. Her youngest son, William, jumped from freshman to varsity football after improving his techniques through conditioning.

“It is amazing the differences I’ve seen in our sons’ performances after training with Mike,” said Tracie Martin. “Because they’ve learned how to care properly for their bodies and stretch both boys have avoided major injuries. The training helps you move without thinking and approach life and sports with a solid game plan and a focus on preparation.”

As sports continue to become more and more competitive, simply tweaking how they run or jump makes a big difference for many teenagers like the Martin boys. Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford’s new 13,000-square-foot sports performance facility is designed for the athlete who wants to compete safely at higher level. The program also provides individual instruction for athletes of all ages.

“Many people think athletes are born with perfect form and skills, and if natural ability isn’t there, then nothing can be done about it,” said Moore, developer of the Texas Health Sports Performance HEB program. “But really, there are many things athletes and young adults can do to improve their performance. Teens and their parents are often shocked at how much of a difference a speed or jumping training program can make in their game.”

Moore is one of 11 trainers in Texas certified by Nike’s SPARQ criteria and the only one in North Texas who works within a health system. SPARQ’s national training system provides tools, testing, protocols, and ratings to help athletes monitor and improve their performance. This information can also be used to develop a pipeline of athletes for schools and professional sports teams.

Programs offered at Texas Health Sports Performance HEB include:

  • One-on-One Sports Performance: Trainers meet individually with athletes to develop personalized programs to correct improper techniques and improve performance.
  • Game Speed Recovery Program: Designed for individuals recovering from a sports injury, the staff works with the participant’s physician and physical therapy team to develop a program to get athletes back to “game speed.”
  • Performance Training: Coached in a group environment and applicable to a variety of sports, performance training develops first step quickness, lateral agility, proper running mechanics and overall speed.
  • Run Right: This program teaches children ages 7 to 12 proper running form and technique while building self-confidence in a fun environment.
  • Youth Select Team Training: Sports performance training session for the entire team designed around the specific sport.
  • Speed/Jump Clinic: Through step-by-step instructions, athletes gain a valuable edge and develop a personal mindset on how to perform better vertical leaps or increase their speed in an educational and hands-on environment.

The Texas Health Sports Performance HEB facility features a turf practice area, which allows participants to practice in true game situations. All classes and training sessions are held at 251 Westpark Way, Suite 212, in Euless. The program is located adjacent to the Texas Health HEB campus and offers convenient parking and highway access.

In addition to training for competitive sports, the sports performance program also offers morning and evening advanced boot camp classes for adults.

“Adding sports performance services really gives us a chance to help improve the health of entire families,” said Mike Lofland, director of the Texas Health Fitness Center HEB. “Our program is unique because it offers a higher level of training to improve sports performance with an overall focus on improving an individual’s overall health and wellbeing.”

For more information, call 817-267-9191 or send an e-mail to Moore. You can also learn more at TexasHealth.org/SportsPerformanceHEB.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford is a 296-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. The hospital’s services include outpatient surgery, women’s services, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, cardiac rehabilitation and psychiatric and addiction treatment. Texas Health HEB is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/HEB.

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. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.