Laurel is one of few schools in the state of Ohio that has a comprehensive Sports Medicine Team (two athletic trainers and one strength coach) working together to safely develop, analyze, and rehabilitate its student athletes. We have developed and implemented a step-by-step progression including movement analysis, speed mechanics, compound strength exercises, and Olympic Lifts.

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  • Strength Training

    When you properly train and execute bio-motor skills you are working on injury prevention. Some injuries cannot be prevented, such as from playing on uneven surfaces or an injury by collision; however, most injuries can be prevented by consistently working on movement efficiency. This is why it is more important to train movements, than it is to do isolated training of muscles. Our student athletes also follow specific programs for ACL injury prevention, ankle and knee stability/mobility, shoulder and rotator cuff stability/mobility, ice baths and heat therapy.

    As a leader in speed development, our focus is on developing movement efficiency through basic bio-motor skills: mobility, balance, relative strength, speed and flexibility.

    Speed and quickness are the ultimate goals for most athletes as they give them the advantage in today’s sports. At Laurel, we stick to the basics when we develop our youth athletes. We focus on improving running mechanics, learning to activate and use weaker muscles and the development of the posterior chain muscles. This coupled with the development of bio-motor skills are the proven ways to dramatically improve speed, agility and quickness.

    Dan Dvorak, Laurel's Director of Strength and Conditioning, is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace's Sports Management and Exercise Science program. Dan has earned the following certifications and memberships: the AFAA (Aerobic Fitness Association of America), CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), the National Strength and Conditioning Association, IYCA (International Youth Conditioning Association) and Certified Speed and Agility Specialist. Dan is currently completing his certification as a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach.
  • Sports Medicine

    Laurel School is fortunate to have two Certified Athletic Trainers on staff and a Pediatric Orthopedic Team Physician.

    Certified Athletic Trainers are medical professionals who are experts in injury prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, particularly in the orthopedic and musculoskeletal disciplines. Laurel’s Athletic Trainers are also Certified American Red Cross Instructors of First Aid, CPR and AED.

    Julie Swartz is the Head Athletic Trainer at Laurel School. During the fall season she works at the Butler Campus with Upper School cross country, field hockey, soccer and tennis. In the winter, she covers the Lyman Campus with Upper School/Middle School basketball and in the spring she is back at the Butler Campus with Upper School lacrosse, softball, and track and field.

    Rachel Holloman is the Assistant Athletic Trainer. During the fall season Rachel covers the Lyman Campus with Upper School/Middle School volleyball, Middle School field hockey and soccer, and Upper School cross country. During the winter season she covers Middle School swimming at Lower University School and Upper School swimming at Upper University School. In the spring she is at Lyman with Upper School/Middle School softball and Middle School lacrosse and track and field.

    Dr. Amanda Weiss-Kelly is Laurel’s Team Physician. Dr. Weiss-Kelly is a Pediatric Sports Medicine specialist in the University Hospital System. She tries to be present at as many of our games as her schedule allows.
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