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Oct. 11, 2007
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The USC Upstate Athletics Department and the Acceleration Sport Institute (ASI) have joined together in a partnership that is expected to provide Upstate's student-athletes with the highest quality strength and conditioning program available, announces the University.
"With ASI being a new company in the Spartanburg area and with USC Upstate making the move to Division I, everyone in the company realizes this is a great opprotunity to validate who we are as a company while we see the results on the fields and courts at USC Upstate," said Matthew Rollins, who is the Director of Operations for the Spartanburg office of ASI and who oversees the strength and conditioning programs of USC Upstate's student-athletes. "With what we have to offer, we feel like the student-athletes will be able to compete, in strength and conditioning, with anyone in the country."
Housed in the new Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas building at the Mary Black Hospital, ASI offers expertise in strength and conditioning to athletic teams and individual clients in the Spartanburg area. The partnership between Upstate Athletics and ASI is expected to bring forth successful results for Spartan student-athletes with ASI serving as the primary strength and conditioning service provider for the Athletic Department.
"We will benefit from their expertise in having certified strength and conditioning specialists, who are Hall of Fame members in their profession, write the programs that our student-athletes will utilize," said Upstate head athletic trainer and associate athletic director Michael "Sandy" Sandago. "Their (ASI's) success will not only better prepare us for competition, but should also aid in injury reduction."
The partnership between Upstate and ASI also brings forth the ability to house all external sports medicine operations inside the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas building. The Spartans already have a partnership with Steadman-Hawkins to serve as the department's team orthopedic group and the department also utilizes Proaxis Therapy, also housed in the Steadman-Hawkins building, as its primary rehabilitation center. The addition of ASI into the partnership helps in the continuity of the external sports medicine operation.
"Having the ability, at any point, to utilize any of the three areas of the sports medicine operation is truly going to revolutionize how sports medicine and athletic training have been viewed," said Rollins.
"The progression from physician to physical therapist to sport specific return is a big part of their (ASI's) clientele," said Sandago. "ASI offers sport specific and position specific programming which should help our athletes accomplish the goals we set forth in our strength and conditioning program. The relationship should allow our student-athletes to perform at a higher level."
While ASI will provide each team a general approach to strength and conditioning, what sets the organization apart is the extra step it takes in preparing each student-athlete on an individual basis. Specialized strength and conditioning programs will be written and worked on the individual student-athlete to maximize performance.
"Each athlete is different," said Rollins. "A lot of places just don't have the capability, whether it is staffing or funding, to go the extra step to individualize the strength and conditioning programs. We have that capability and are able to offer personalized strength and conditioning programs for the athletes."