Athletic Performance and Injury Prevention

At the Academy our unique sports-specific training focuses on increasing performance while preventing injury.  Programs are led by certified professionals with medical backgrounds and first-hand knowledge of injury prevention. 

Not sure where to start? Contact us to see what option fits your athletes needs the best. 

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Functional Athletic Strength Training (FAST)

Youth Strength & Agility Training.

The Academy for Sports and Wellness is offering small group training to enhance long-term athletic development for all athletes. This four week program will help your child improve athletic performance and decrease the risk of injury.

Instructors will strictly follow CDC guidelines. Participants will be screened prior to each session, and social distancing and strict cleaning protocols of equipment will be in place.

Areas of Focus

  • Proper technique and age appropriate strength training
  • Injury Prevention
  • A core foundation for future weight lifting
  • Increase Stability
  • Muscular Strength
  • Core Stability
  • Flexibility


Dates: February 1st – February 25th

Days: Mondays & Thursdays

Times: 3:30pm-4:15pm 

Cost: $120 (No drop-in rate)

Location: The Academy for Sports and Wellness–5060 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids
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Individual Sports Training

Individualize your athletes training!

With one-on-one sport specific training athletes get all the benefits of team training and conditioning, tailored to an athlete’s individual needs.  Our highly trained staff of Certified Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists and/or Strength and Conditioning Specialists have specialized training and extensive knowledge in each specific sport.  

Get the edge on your opponent by training both in-season and off-season.  Individual training focuses on:

  • Speed,
  • Agility
  • Strength 
  • Power
  • Pre and post testing to track gains
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Group & Team Sports Training

Designed to give your team the competitive edge.

The Academy offers sports specific training tailored to team needs. Reap the benefits of team conditioning with improved physical performance along with comradery and discipline.  Get the edge on your opponents by participating in off-season or in-season strength and conditioning sessions.

Our highly trained staff of Certified Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists and/or Strength and Conditioning Specialists have specialized training and extensive knowledge in each specific sport. Team training and conditioning includes pre and post testing to track improvements in:

  • Speed

  • Agility

  • Strength

  • Power 

  • Plyometrics

  • TRX suspension training

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Return to Play

Bridging the gap from rehab to competition.

Our Return to Play Program helps athletes transition from physical therapy after an injury to confident return to safe full participation in sports.  In order for an athlete to participate in the Return to Play Program they must be cleared by their physician to begin straight line running activities.

Learn more about our Return to Play program here

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Helping athletes return confidently to sport.

The Center utilizes Move2Perform, which is an injury prediction software utilizing an athlete’s score on function movement tests and compares it to national statistics. These scores allow The Center to assist in crucial return to play decisions, or pinpoint deficits where further work is needed. 

Learn more about Move2Perform testing here.

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Sports Performance Specialty Programs

Sports medicine programs to help improve your technique. 

Our Sports Performance Specialty Programs are designed to give you the competitive edge in your specific discipline. Whether you are over coming an injury related to your sport, or trying to correct form for optimal performance, our programs can help you succeed.

Analysis Programs:

  • Video Gait Analysis
  • Video Swim Analysis
  • Cycling Analysis
  • Tri-Athlete Program
  • Tennis & Pickleball Injury Assessment
  • TPI Fitness
  • TAP (Thrower’s Athletic Perfromance Program)

For more information about each individual program, please visit our Sports Medicine page. 

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