Tuomey athletic trainers will host 6-week camp for student athletes


Would you like to increase your athletic ability? Improve your balance, speed and overall fitness?

Join Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital's athletic trainers for a six-week summer camp and learn how you can take your performance to the next level.

This camp is for any student athlete in middle or high school - regardless of age, sport or performance level.

Campers will receive one-on-one time with a master certified athletic trainer and three assistant trainers during four sessions per week. Camp sessions are limited to 12 students per trainer, which offers each athlete more time with a teacher.

The trainers will concentrate on foot work, balance, core, speed, vertical jumps and overall fitness. Students will learn exercises they can continue to do on their own after camp is over. Instruction will also include body weight exercises - especially good for younger students because of the risks of introducing heavy weights too early - performance enhancement training and ACL tear prevention.

Better. Faster. Stronger. will run from June 10-July 25 at USC Sumter in the gym and on the soccer fields. Campers can choose between two 1.5-hour sessions each day, Monday through Thursday: from 7:30-9 a.m. or 9:30-11 a.m.

Students are expected to attend at least three out of the four sessions each week in order to have an optimum experience.

"One of the biggest reasons for attending these sessions is for young athletes to learn how to prevent injuries," said T.C. White, an athletic trainer at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital Rehabilitative Services. "It's based on SportsMetrics, an ACL injury-prevention program created by a knee specialist." White, who has been an athletic trainer for 20 years, is the only master certified SportsMetrics trainer in the Midlands region.

The Sports Medicine team includes physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists and athletic trainers. Ty Collier, manager of Rehab Services, said that during the past year, Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital has focused on expanding community-based services, including the Athletic Trainer Program.

"Our Sports Medicine team serves as the official medical team for the University of South Carolina-Sumter, Thomas Sumter Academy and Wilson Hall as well as 34 high schools and seven colleges outside of the Sumter region," Collier said. "Our goal is to create a culture of safety with all student athletes and provide the best available medical services. Wellness, performance enhancement and injury prevention are a big part of our care plan, and this is the focus of the Better. Faster. Stronger. camp."

Join the Tuomey team and get Better. Faster. Stronger. this summer!