ST GEORGE — In today's competitive world elite athletes are always looking for the winning edge. Dixie Regional Medical Center's Sports Performance Center in St. George can help anyone perform their very best while being active. You'd better move quick when Dayna Player Robinson is your trainer— no matter who you are.
"We mostly focus on speed, agility and explosive power," Robinson said. "Kids as young as the age of eight. And we go up to, my oldest one last year has been 81 years old."
In St. George, pickleball is pretty big and kids there wanted to get better at the sport.
"They wanted to increase their hand-eye coordination for their pickleball game," Robinson said. "And they found that it also increased a lot of other things in their life.
"They wanted to increase their hand-eye coordination for their pickleball game. And they found that it also increased a lot of other things in their life. -Dayna Player Robinson, trainer
And while we may or may not want to know just what those things are, Tanner Webster knows that six or eight grueling seconds at a time, his personalized Acceleration Sports training program is helping him score as a receiver for the state champion Dixie Flyers.
"When I first started the program I ran seventeen miles an hour and after four years of training I got up to 23.3 miles an hour," Webster said.
The Center has a high-speed treadmill, called the super treadmill, that goes up to 28 mph at a 40 percent incline. Webster says he runs on it two or three times a week in the summer.
"When our kids graduate from their program, they're jumping into their season...and they start their season at their peak," Robinson said.
But 9-year-old Jayz Estridge aspires to play many seasons ahead at the highest level.
"Professional athlete. Baseball," Jayz Estridge said.
For kids this young, Robinson uses science to develop lasting strengths.
"When our kids graduate from their program, they're jumping into their season...and they start their season at their peak."
"Doing this type of training before puberty does help them in the long run," Robinson said.
Dixie State College shooting guard Landon Clegg is using the center to fully rehab a torn up knee and learning important lessons he can run with for a lifetime.
"Just the hard work. Everything you learn from sports, you definitely learn here at this program. You learn dedication, hard work, pushing yourself, seeing improvement," Clegg said.
To learn more about the program, visit theIntermountain Move Well website.