Updated: June 18, 2020 10:35 PM
Created: June 18, 2020 09:12 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Olmsted Medical Center's Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance team will begin their summer training program with Triton and Stewartville athletes Monday amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
OMC has contracted athletic performance coaches to train student-athletes in the area. Stewartville Athletic Director Tim Malone says now, more than ever, having trained professionals work with his athletes gives him peace of mind.
"Certainly as you move forward in a pandemic, and then having the close ties to OMC and their recommendations as far as health, it makes me feel a little more at peace when we unveil these opportunities to our athletes," Malone said.
Even though the schools will be following the guidelines set in place by the state of Minnesota, such as no more than 25 people training together outside at one time, there are concerns of the athletes gathering.
"The best way to stay safe in this pandemic is to stay home. But if we're going to have fall sports that start in 50 something days, we need to get to work," Stewartville strength and conditioning coach Eric Pohl said.
Not only is the partnership between the schools and OMC about getting the best out of the athletes, it's also about making sure they stay healthy. Now that sports have been missing for several months, these training programs will be important in preventing injuries.
"I think that's just what the most important thing is and that's what we're really trying to do. Not saying we're not going to make them faster, powerful, explosive; all the things that we love to hear about. But it's just not the most important thing, it's the by-product," Triton strength and conditioning coach Gunnar Mach said.
The training program will look different this year with limited numbers of people allowed at one time and limited equipment available. Even the weight rooms are off the table for the time being.
Spots are still available for both Stewartville and Triton athletes to partake in the training program.
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