You may have a LeBron James or Sidney Crosby or Joe Mauer in your house and you don't even know it. Some stars-in-the-making are sweating it out in Aberdeen in hopes of making it big in their sport.
Running up hill in a dead sprint, surprisingly, is 12 year old Callie Jorgenson's cup of tea. She and her twin brother Trey from Aberdeen are hockey players and for the last two years have enrolled in Avera St. Luke's Junior Acceleration Program.
Avera St. Luke's Athletic Trainer and program supervisor Joe Dudley says, "What's interesting is because they pick up on things at this age so easily we are able to teach them correctly and the results happen really fast and stays with them, hopefully, for the rest of their lives."
Callie says, "I play hockey and it's affected by sport by teaching me to go fast and to stay balanced and to stay focused."
Trey says, "I learned how to get faster. To kick my knees and I've gotten good on the glide board for hockey."
Under the supervision of athletic trainer Joe Dudley, this program teaches kids between the ages of 9 and 12 the fundamentals of sport movements and bio-mechanics which boils down to proper posture, running and jumping.
Joe Dudley says, "They are running in front of a mirror too so if we tell them to correct something they have instant feedback. If they are running with the correct form and posture it changes their speed. They will be faster because they are running in the correct form."
Callie and Trey's Dad has already noticed a difference on the ice.
Steve Jorgenson says, "After the first year they jumped up in ability. They were more coordinated and faster. They feel more comfortable with their athletic challenges and they do better too."
Much like the "6 Million Dollar Man" and "The Bionic Woman" from my era, thanks to the Avera St. Luke's, the Jorgenson's will be better than they were before they enrolled in the acceleration program. Better. Stronger. Faster.
Avera St. Luke's is holding an Athletic Enhancement Clinic June 9th from 7:30am-5:00pm at the Presentation College Strode Center.