Champion Fitness helps return a champion to form
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[November 15, 2008]
Ashlyn Schleder couldn't wait to
show the staff at Champion Fitness her medals. Ashlyn, a swimmer on
the Lincoln Community High School's girls' team, had won first place
in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle competition at the Central
State Eight conference finals Nov. 1.
It was just six weeks ago that Ashlyn had doubts if she would be
able to bring home the gold that she now proudly displayed. She had
been having problems with her left leg, causing her enough
difficulty when walking, let alone when swimming competitively, and
Ashlyn is a very successful swimmer in the running for the CS8
swimmer of the year.
It was explained that Ashlyn had a weakness in her hip muscles, and
as her therapist Kelli Bryant explained, her knee cap "wasn't
tracking properly." Ashlyn was diagnosed with "patellofemoral
syndrome," often known as runner's knee. Ashlyn's hips needed
strengthening along with the ligaments in her knee. With that
information, a regimen was developed by Champion to get Ashlyn back
into the pool.
It was Ashlyn's local doctor who referred her to
Champion in early September as a means of correcting the problem
through therapy rather than through an operation. The alternative to
the surgery was something Ashlyn took seriously. "Otherwise I would
have had to have an MRI and maybe surgery, and that would have taken
me out of the competition for months," she said.
In effect, Champion and this swimming champion worked to
strengthen and tighten her ligaments and muscles so that she could
continue to be competitive in the pool. Ashlyn beamed when she
agreed that the therapy sessions were much less intrusive and
season-threatening than the alternative of possible surgery.
The Champion staff stated that Ashlyn was a very hardworking
student who never complained and took her exercises and therapy
seriously. Therapy included warm-ups, stretching exercises and some
weight training, including leg presses as well as exercises wearing
Although Ashlyn has had an extremely successful swimming career,
the junior didn't know if she would be in peak form by the time the
conference finals came around. For the first five weeks she only
worked on making her leg stronger, and she was in the pool to train
for only one week before the meet.
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Now, a renewed champion looks eagerly to the sectionals this
weekend. Ashlyn is ranked third in the 200-yard with a time of 2:03
and second in the 100-yard with a time of 56.0.
The sectionals will be on Saturday, with state qualifier
competition on Sunday at Champaign Centennial.
Ashlyn is the daughter of Jeff Schleder and Stephanie Hopp.
Champion Fitness is located at 2201 Woodlawn Road. Champion has
been in their new, modern location for 11 months and has been in
Lincoln now for four years. The new, ultramodern facility offers
therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, therapeutic modalities,
strength training and education.
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