7/25/17

Not all athletic-training programs are equal. Neither are all athletes.

Camden Coleman, 17, a senior at University Laboratory High School in Urbana, is determined, disciplined, strong and musical. As a young child, he began exploring his keys to success—playing piano and running.

“It takes a tremendous amount of focus to push through when you have no teammates around,” said Camden, an individual event sprinter.

The 22 seconds Coleman is alone on the track in the 200-meter can seem like an eternity. But he’s powered by support from his family.

“We are elated to have access to such elite training and care for Camden and other athletes beyond the capacity of our local high school program,” said Barrington Coleman, Camden’s father.

While nursing a hamstring injury at Carle Sports Medicine, Camden learned about the Athletic Republic™ training program and entrusted his care to Kevin Harbour, the manager of performance enhancement programs at Carle.

While his first love is track, Camden plans a return to basketball with teammates from eighth grade.

“It’s a reunion of sorts. All of us will be coming back this year to finish out,” he said. “My main goal is to use basketball to stay in shape for track and have a little fun my senior year.”

Capitalizing on the perfect mix of medical knowledge and state-of-the-art Olympic style facilities and equipment, Camden is poised to improve his overall strength, speed and endurance to prepare him for a full-court-press return.

Athletes who train with Harbour’s trainers expect to see a host of improvements.

  • 0.2 - 0.4 seconds in 40 yards which equals 6 - 10 feet of separation;
  • 2 - 4 inches of vertical jump height;
  • 5 - 8 inches in standing long jump distance;
  • 5 mph in throwing velocity;
  • 50 percent improvement in recovery ability;
  • 20 percent gain in peak force and power;
  • 33 percent increase in foot speed; and
  • Significant improvements in running and efficiency.

Camden often sees classmates and competitors training in the facility. He admires the inviting and supportive environment.

“There are amazing athletes training alongside me here but we’re competing against ourselves and not each other. We all concentrate on pushing ourselves to our limits,” Camden said.

Nearly 100 local athletes train in the program each year, many of them prepping for football, cross country, soccer, baseball and volleyball.

Athletes of all ages and abilities are seeking enhancements to achieve their goals, big or small.

 

“Dream big,” Harbour said. “Whether you want to run a mile or get a Nike contract, we help athletes achieve.”

Even the average person can benefit from the science-based programs that help improve overall fitness and reaching wellness goals. Opportunities exist for adults who live an active lifestyle who enjoy playing tennis or golfing.

The most common training request is increasing speed and agility, which translates to many sports. With athletes as early as fifth grade, trainers will focus on educating and teaching them proper form and techniques to improve their skills and reduce injuries. As athletes get older, their focus often shifts to power, strength and preparing for the next steps.

“I want to see what I’m made of, find out if I’ve got what it takes and help me decide if this is what I want to do at the next level,” said Camden, who after graduation intends to study kinesiology and become a physical therapist. His sights are set high to follow in his parents’ footsteps at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Carle's Sports Medicine team offers the finest in clinical treatment to prevent injury, recover from injury or find a method of training best suited to develop your skill set. Training sessions are available now by contacting (217) 383-9500.