"Absolute strength and speed are the two components essential to
competitive athletes, but explosive lower body reactive power is
what creates superior athletes," says Joe Santillo, certified
athletic trainer and performance enhancement specialist at ALMH
SportsCare. "That is just what the new VertiMax equipment focuses
He and Missy Aper, A.T.C., P.E.S., specialize in this
approach to speed training. Both believe it will give area athletes
an edge on the competition.
"The minimum age for VertiMax is 13 because most youth have not
hit their growth spurt yet," says Santillo.
One local athlete has already witnessed great results from the
training system. A three-sport male athlete "improved agility with a
1- to 3-second gain in foot speed as measured by a three-box hop
test," says Aper. "He also gained power as measured by a 15.5-inch
improvement in his long-jump distance."
According to the manufacturer's information on the Web, VertiMax
equipment is in use all over the country by most of the nation's top
Division 1 schools and many professional sports teams. Super Bowl
champions and top-25 ranked collegiate programs are training with
this type of light-load, high-speed work.
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ALMH SportsCare is offering VertiMax training sessions at $125
for 18 sessions.
Call 732-5065 for appointment times. For more information on the
VertiMax training system, talk to the performance enhancement
specialists at ALMH or visit
ALMH SportsCare is an educational and outreach program that
teaches athletes and active kids in the community how to exercise,
stretch and treat their bodies in order to enhance performance and
prevent injuries. SportsCare athletic training offered through ALMH
is available at Lincoln College, Lincoln Community High School, and
local elementary and middle schools.
[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital]