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For release: January 17, 2013

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Akron General Sports Performance Offers Winning Formula
Area athletes thrive in Akron General’s new Green location

Akron General Health System’s Sports Performance Program in Green teaches area athletes how to be faster, stronger and more powerful.

Located inside Akron General’s newest Health and Wellness Center off Massillon Road in the heart of Green, the Sports Performance Program, has trained hundreds of athletes in the Greater Akron area since its inception in 2007and is now even more accessible to athletes in Akron-Canton region. The newest facility houses all the tools necessary to take an athlete’s game to the next level.

“Regardless of the age or sport, athletes need to be fast, strong, and powerful. We teach these skills on a daily basis at Akron General Sports Performance,” says Coach Anthony Colarusso, Head Performance Coach at Akron General in Green.

Prior to his coaching position at Akron General Sports Performance, Colarusso was a Division One Speed, Strength and Conditioning Coach at The University of Akron.

“We teach our athletes the same skills being taught at the Division One level,” he says. “Linear speed, lateral speed, strength and power development are all learnable skills that can help athletes take their game to the next level.”

The Sports Performance Program, which Akron General initiated because of the increasing number of young athletes being treated for overuse sports injuries, offers a year-round program with sessions available every day after school. The sessions are 90-minutes long and strengthen all major muscle groups, while also reducing the likelihood of injury during competition.

The program is built around teaching the proper biomechanics of speed and strength exercises. All training methods used have been scientifically shown to enhance strength and power production. This science-based approach yields great gains in athletes’ 10-yard sprint, vertical jump, broad jump, and 5-10-5 Pro Agility tests, which they routinely test once a month.

Coach Anthony notes that the best compliment the Sports Performance department receives, “besides parents saying how much improvement they see in their athletes’ speed, strength and power, is that our athletes have fun and look forward to coming in each day. Some find they enjoy training more than their actual sport!”

For more information about the Sports Performance program call 330-896-9829 or visit Twitter handle is @AkronGeneralSPS. Athletes who mention they saw a news report on the Sports Performance Program at Akron General will receive a complimentary training session.

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the seventh best hospital in Ohio and Becker’s Hospital Review named Akron General Medical Center one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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