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Athletic Training

Momentum Program

Momentum is an injury-prevention and sports enhancement program for athletes of all ages. It was developed by licensed Horizon Health rehab staff.

The goal of the program is to identify movement faults that may lead to injury during an athlete’s sport. Performance enhancement is an additional benefit of correcting biomechanics. Poor biomechanics can break down healthy tissue and result in long-term injury.

A referral is not required for the Momentum program.

How does it work?

A research-based Functional Movement Screen is used to score each athlete and compare it against established standards. The screen includes familiar movements taken to extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable.

After identifying problematic areas, an individualized program is developed to work specifically on each athlete’s needs and goals for performance. A running analysis is also incorporated into the program when appropriate for the athlete.

Note that free Functional Movement Screens are available to local athletes. This includes school athletes [Edgar County and nearby], travel team participants, adult athletes, runners, and more.

Program specifics

Individual Momentum sessions are $30 for 30 minutes to address areas of weakness and movement compensation found during the screen. Sessions are customized to each athlete’s needs. The number of sessions is determined on a case-by-case basis.

For an appointment or free assessment, call the rehab department at (217) 466-4244.

Running Analysis

Looking for ways to improve your running technique? The running analysis program at Horizon Health pairs athletes with physical therapists who help them elevate their technique.

A licensed physical therapist will record, and subsequently analyze, a patient's biomechanics while running on a treadmill. Video is assessed frame-by-frame to determine abnormalities, which can then be addressed through skilled physical therapy sessions and individualized home exercise programs.

Things we look for in the running analysis include:

  • Technique
  • Foot placement
  • Muscle tightness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Footwear efficiency

Modifications to some or all of these components can drastically improve your running technique. Proper running form will help you increase your performance and prevent injuries.

School/Community Partnerships

We believe that investing in our children’s health will lead to a better future. We provide athletic trainers to schools and community groups within the Edgar County area, including:

  • Paris High School
  • Chrisman Schools
  • Tri-County Co-Op (Oakland, Kansas & Shiloh)
  • Paris Junior Football League
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