Return to Play & Return to Sport
Mission: Heartland Orthopedic Specialists strives to provide your son or daughter with a fun learning environment where junior athletes perform age-appropriate skill acquisition through our Kindle, Fire, and Ignite levels to maximize athletic potential, and reduce the chance of injury.
Vision: Creating athletes by kindling their athletic development, lighting the fire as they develop sports skills, Igniting the fuel to develop strength, and watching them explode as they reach their full potential.
This program is based on the model of Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD). The LTAD guide - or framework - is meant to serve as a systemic approach to maximize a participant's potential and involvement, as they evolve through sport. This framework is based on scientifically proven growth and development principles which define key benchmarks that every participant needs to achieve at each level. Tailoring a child's sports development program to suit basic principles of growth and maturation, especially during the "critical" early years of their development, enables him or her to fully reach their full potential.
Our program includes Functional Movement Screens (FMS) and Sportsmetrics training. The FMS is used to evaluate each individual's functional limitations and asymmetries, while also providing a way to track their progress. Sportsmetrics is used to encourage proper form for jumping and landing drills, and neuromuscular retraining. By incorporating these into our PEAK Performance program, we are able to identify and counteract these limitations in order to enhance an individuals' ability to maximize their athletic potential and decrease the risk for injury.
***Great Article from ESPN that promotes kids playing multiple sports - "Miracle on Ice"
***"More Sports = Better Development" article for your young athlete, while its focused on the sport of golf it can apply to all sports / athletes!