My thanks to our physical therapist Doctoral intern from the University of Montana, Katlin “Kat” Anderson, for providing us with this vital update. Having interned at Alpine PT for the past 14 weeks under the auspices of Bob Botkin, PT, ATC, Kat is fast approaching the completion of her internship. Although she will be missed by our Alpine team, we are confident that Kat will be a stellar PT as she readies herself to enter the PT job market. Thanks and best to you, Kat!
Alpine’s first Coaches’ Clinic took place on March 11th. Thirty-five coaches from Missoula and surrounding communities came to participate and learn about sport specific training techniques, athletic testing at the high school level, shoulder anatomy, as well as injury assessment and prevention for spring sport athletes. We plan on having another clinic for Fall & Winter sports later this year.
Introducing the Alpine Edge: SPRINTT
SPRINTT stands for Speed, Power, Reaction, Intensity, Neuromuscular Testing and Training.
The SPRINTT program is a testing and training program developed by Alpine’s sport specialists for Montana high school students who are athletic participants.
The focus of the program is two-fold: testing and training. The testing aspect includes four main tests (The Big 4) which include 20 yard dash, 3-cone agility drill, standing long jump distance, and push ups. Other tests that we are doing in addition to the Big 4 are the 40 yard dash, T-test agility drill, vertical jump, and chest ball pass.
SPRINTT is designed to test the main aspects of all sports; speed, quickness changing direction, leg power & explosiveness, and arm power & explosiveness.
The training aspect of the SPRINTT program is designed to improve the aspects of sports mentioned above. Incorporation of training techniques that focus on power, speed, reaction & agility training, and intensity will improve athletes’ ability during the testing portion of the program. More importantly, it will improve their performance on the field during the sport of their choice.
Currently we are working on the training aspect of SPRINTT. Our goal is to collect data for western Montana athletes and their abilities during the Big 4 tests mentioned above in order to create “norms” specific to Montana.
For more information, check out the Alpine Edge programs by clicking here.