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Athletic Training

Athletic training is more than working with athletes. The service covers the prevention, evaluation and management of sudden and ongoing conditions that can impair your movement and abilities.

Train Smart / Recover Faster

Our certified athletic trainers (ATs) are highly skilled health professionals who work under a physician’s direction to provide optimal healthcare for athletes. They know how to help you reduce the risk of injuries, provide care for a sudden injury and guide the entire course of your recovery. All of our ATs are licensed professionals whose education includes specialized training in human anatomy and physiology. Based on these qualifications, as well as the specific regulations to practice athletic training in many states, the AT is the most qualified individual, other than a physician, to manage high school and youth athletes’ injuries on a daily basis.

Recover Faster

By working with our ATs, everyone involved in the continuum of care of student-athletes, from physicians to coaches to administrators and parents, can feel confident that a professional is caring for the health and safety of young women and men. Having a licensed AT available for emergency situations ensures athletes receive the highest standards of care when they need it.

In addition to their degree, our licensed ATs have fulfilled the requirements for certification (including passing certification examinations) established by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC).

Our ATs are required to have the following proficiencies:


  • Injury/illness prevention and wellness protection
  • Clinical evaluation and diagnosis
  • Immediate and emergency care
  • Treatment and rehabilitation
  • Organizational and professional health and well-being

Evaluations/ Rehabilitation

Our assessments are not just for athletes but for weekend warriors as well. Our staff is trained to evaluate and effectively assess areas of concern and also identify areas that could be causing the over all issues. With your evaluation you will go through a full assessment to determine the cause of the problem and also treatment if necessary to address immediate issues. Our staff will ensure when you arrive and leave that you have a full understanding of what is happening and how we aim to address that issue. Our staff is also training rehabilitation plans and can aid in from beginning to end rather it be for an injury or post-surgery. 

Our staff also works with various doctors and orthopedic surgeons as well. If assessment is deemed further evaluation by a physician, we can work with you to have you seen as soon as possible and get the further care needed outside of our expertise.

Postural restoration Institute is the multidisciplinary integration of pulling everything together to help balance out the asymmetries of the human body. It is a unique science that incorporates multiple medical disciplines in order to achieve injury prevention treatment rehabilitation and performance enhancement. It uses the natural imbalance between organs inside the body to better explain and correct overuse patterns toward the surface of the body. At SPI, we use PRI techniques in order to focus on the other many hours of the day that we do not train and use sport specific muscles. Resting muscles used for a specific sport allow those same muscles to be more primed and more capable of exerting their highest levels when performing the necessary tasks of a sport.


Normatec compression works by compressing the limbs to mobilize fluids that build up in the body. 


Normatec compression is a great tool to be used before, during or after activity to aid in reducing soreness, decrease inflammation and speeding up recovery. 


Normatec Compression is typically used for 30 min sessions but can be as little as 10 minutes.

Massage gun therapy uses high frequency percussions to help loosen up soft tissues and myofascial trigger points (muscle knots). This device can be very helpful in increasing lymphatic flow and aiding in reducing lactic acid build up and aid in quicker muscle recovery,

Powerplay Cold Compression uses compression and ice to help decrease inflammation for various injuries. Cold compression is used to aid in recovery from acute/chronic injury and or post-surgical. Powerplay Cold Compression can be used on ankle, wrist, thigh knee, shoulder, and hip. 

Powerplay Cold Compression can be used at 20-minute increments and can have multiple people on one device.

Kinesio Taping is putting strips of tape on the area of your body that is hurting to improve circulation, increase mobility and support muscle, tendons, and joints. 

Kinesio Taping can help with blocking pain receptors that are being sent to the affected area. If pain receptors are blocked, then the area is able to move with decreased restrictions and increased blood flow. 

Kinesio Taping can help in a variety of different ways: help with scar tissue, aid in joint stability/ mobility, decrease swelling, increase circulation, and aid in relieving pain.

Graston Technique or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, often referred to as IASTM, is a non-invasive technique utilizing ergonomically designed instruments to assess tissue dysfunction and treat areas of fibrosis, chronic inflammation or degeneration. Certified clinicians provide the appropriate amount of pressure to stimulate a healing response in localized tissue.

  • IASTM is used in conjunction with other manual therapy techniques, such as joint mobilization, and a stretching and exercise program specifically designed for you by your practitioner. IASTM techniques are intended to be part of a complete rehabilitation program and are complements to other therapy interventions. 
  • Acute Tendinitis/Chronic Tendinosis (rotator cuff, biceps, medial/lateral epicondyle – also known as tennis elbow/golfers elbow, patellar, tibialis posterior, Achilles, plantar fascia)
  • Musculoskeletal Imbalances (postural dysfunctions, shin splints, patellofemoral pain syndrome, IT band syndrome, chronic ankle sprains)
  • Myofascial Pain (neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, elbow/wrist pain, back pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, heel pain)
  • Bursitis/Capsulitis
  • Chronic Joint Swelling
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Muscle Strains
  • Scars/ Scar Tissue

 Manual therapy uses no devices or machines. Instead, therapists use only their hands while performing skilled, specific hands-on techniques. In general, manual therapy includes soft tissue work mobilization/manipulation and stretching.

When performing soft tissue work, therapists apply pressure to the soft tissues of the body, such as the muscles. This pressure can help relax muscles, increase circulation, break up scar tissue, and reduce or eliminate soft tissue inflammation.

With manual therapy, clinicians also commonly mobilize and manipulate joints. Mobilization/manipulation techniques assist to reduce pain, correct joint mechanics, and allow for early return to exercises and daily function.


Manual Therapy can be helpful treatment in a wide range of issues, including but not limited to: Muscle Spasms, Muscle tension, Upper and Lower Body problems and Injuries.

Cupping is used to ease pain, relieve inflammation build up, increase blood flow and promote healing. Cupping is often defined as dark bruises after use but those dark circles are a result of toxins being pulled to the surface to allow new blood flow to the migrate to the area. 

This treatment can be modified to help with inflammation build up, lymphatic drainage and relieving muscle trigger points. 

Dry needling can help decrease muscle trigger points, increase blood flow, reduce muscle/ joint pain, and increase mobility/flexibility. 

Dry needling is focused on treating the affected area which helps the healing process and decreasing trigger point pain. This treatment is different from acupuncture which focuses on balancing inner body balance (Qi). 

Treatment method is performed by licensed individuals which involves putting sterile needles into the muscle, ligaments, and tendons. 

Dry needling can aid in speeding up recovery and can also be utilized before or after daily lift or work outs.

Respiration therapy is just the tip of the iceberg. When we incorporate conscious breathing through the diaphragm (not belly breathing) it incorporates a way to use the body’s breath to stabilize the rib cage. When we use the breathing muscles as stabilizers correctly, it allows the rest of the muscles in the body to work efficiently as movers and accessory muscles to benefit performance. When we’re not on a good diaphragmatic position, we maintain a hyper-inflated position forcing the ribs up and makes the body use neck muscles for breathing, and that’s just not what their primary responsibility. When we do that, the back muscles extend more and more, and puts us in a perpetual state of extension, forcing us to tilt our pelvis forward, flatten our backs, and crick our necks into a forward head posture which only increases all of the problems previously described. Breathing is the first way to correct the human body’s first line of compensatory defense. At SPI, you will learn how to breathe yourself into the best position for recovery. That way we can attack recovery in the other 22 hours of the day we’re not training or playing.


Want to come into the gym for a free training session to see what SPI is all about?

Schedule a time with Coach Sean Barger for a free 1 hour session.