Nemours' TeensHealth.org and “The Whistle” present fitness and nutrition segments taped at the Nemours Center for Sports Medicine.
Our comprehensive programs strive to help curb injuries and improve every young athletes' game — their flexibility, strength, balance, agility, endurance, coordination,
Next Step Training
Next Step Training is a personalized therapeutic exercise program that keeps you moving toward your fitness or athletic goals after discharge from therapy. A physical therapist or athletic trainer will develop your program and regularly review your progress. Programs, which incorporate flexibility, strength, and endurance training to maintain or elevate your level of fitness, are designed for you to complete on your own.
Next Step Training can help recently discharged therapy patients continue to progress beyond their therapy goals.
It’s an excellent exercise option for kids and young athletes who:
- have met their rehabilitation goals and want to continue a sport-specific exercise program
- need direction with a continued exercise plan in order to maintain a
- have disabilities and may be uncomfortable in a traditional gym environment
- need a structured environment to continue their rehabilitation exercises at home after discharge
Next Step Training is available to kids and teens ages 12 to 18.
- be independently mobile (including use of wheelchair, crutches, or walkers)
- be capable of independent exercise as determined by a referring
- have signed approval from their physician before the first visit
- have been through physical therapy within 2 months of beginning Next
- exercise sessions take place in the outpatient therapy gym or the Center for Sports Medicine, located at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
- exercise sessions last approximately 1 hour
- participants may use the facility up to three times per week
- appointments are required and are available Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A physical therapist or athletic trainer will review each participant’s progress every 4 to 6 weeks and make recommendations or modifications. Most participants are ready to move into an independent program in 1 to 3 months.
The Next Step Training program is a health and wellness program, not formal “therapy.” So it is, therefore, an out-of-pocket expense. Insurance companies cannot be billed for Next Step Training. Fees are charged on a monthly basis and are payable in advance. Participants can sign up for 1 month, 2 months, or 3 months for the following fees*:
- 1 month (8 to 12 sessions): $65
- 2 months (16 to 24 sessions): $125
- 3 months (24 to 36 sessions): $175
* Fees as of August 1, 2010; fees subject to change.
The Functional Athletic Screening Tool (FAST) is an individual functional assessment that includes the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and other static and dynamic measures of flexibility, strength, balance, agility, core stability, coordination, and body control. This assessment is followed by the development of a personal exercise program tailored to each athletes’ age, sport, and performance goals.
The Functional Athletic Screening Tool (FAST) is designed to help keep young athletes playing the sports they love. Recognizing the importance of not only addressing performance, but also health and wellness, FAST provides a one-on-one assessment of the young athlete. The goal: To determine where they could improve and address how to avoid injuries and strengthen their performance.
Unique features of FAST include:
- a one-on-one format that allows for better identification of individual
- individualized exercise programs (developed specifically for each athlete following assessment) that can be performed at the Center for Sports Medicine at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children or at home or a health club
- education about safe exercise techniques to ensure athlete safety
- assessments designed and performed by certified athletic trainers and physical therapists that are experts in the areas of exercise, fitness, injury prevention, and recognition of physical activity and sports related injuries in kids and teens
- Open to athletes 12 and older.
- Must have medical clearance from a physician to participate.
The program consists of a one-hour assessment and a second (separate) one-hour appointment to review results and the personalized exercise program.
Appointments are required and are available Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Following the second appointment, athletes may use the Center for Sports Medicine to complete their exercise programs under the guidance of an athletic trainer/physical therapist for an additional fee. All athletes will receive a copy of their evaluation and personalized exercise program.
The FAST program is a health and wellness program, not formal therapy. That means insurance companies can not be billed, so it's an out-of-pocket expense.
Total Cost: $225*
* The price covers the assessment and one follow-up visit. Additional sessions cost $20 for every 15-minute increment.
Fees, as of June 2011, are subject to change.
Our comprehensive clinics help young athletes (from Little League to the college-level) maximize their performance and enjoy a safe, injury-free season.
All of our group clinics:
- take place in our new 7,200-square-foot Center for Sports Medicine, located inside the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
- are eight sessions (lasting 4 weeks, with 1-hour classes meeting twice
- feature small, age-appropriate classes of four to 10 athletes that allow for individual attention to each athlete
- are developed and instructed by athletic trainers and physical therapists who are tuned in to the unique needs of athletes
- incorporate education for both athletes and their parents, including a take-home binder with information relevant to what was taught in class
$160 for Eight Sessions*
All of our group clinics are health and wellness programs, not formal therapy. Insurance companies cannot be billed for the injury prevention programs. All clinics are, therefore, an out-of-pocket expense.
* Fees, as of June 2012, are subject to change.
3-D Computerized Running Analysis
From Nemours’ Gait Lab
We use computerized technology to precisely evaluate a runner’s form and function with step-by-step, three-dimensional (3-D) analyses of joint angles and motions. We then use this information to pinpoint areas that need to be addressed to treat and prevent running-related injuries, as well as develop training programs to optimize performance.
- videotape analysis
- foot pressure analysis
- 3-D running motion analysis
- physical therapy evaluation for strength and flexibility
Please call (302) 651-4248 for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children’s Gait Analysis Lab for additional information.