SOMC programs offer local athletes a leg up on the competition

Through the Life Center and Sports Motion, Southern Ohio Medical Center has long been committed to helping individuals improve theiroverall health and athleticism. They recently took that commitment to the field at the Gerald Cadogan Football Camp.

 SOMC Life Center and Sports Motion representatives provided athletic training services at the camp. They helped participants warm up, stay hydrated and avoid injuries. Cadogan, a former Portsmouth Trojan and Penn State Nittany Lion, said he reached out to SOMC for help soon after deciding to host the camp and was thrilled to have their support.

 “It’s just an amazing contribution from the Life Center and SOMC,” Cadogan said. “If it wasn’t for the help we received from the community, this camp would have been a lot harder to put together.”

Brad Zieber, a certified performance enhancement specialist, served as a representative for SOMC’s Performance Enhancement Program – a program Cadogan was already familiar with, having gone through it prior to joining the Penn State football team.

 “PEC is a program offered through the SOMC Life Center that utilizes the same training tools and techniques used by professional athletes,” Zieber said. “PEC can be used to improve the performance of athletes in any sport.”

 The PEC program helps athletes improve strength, power, endurance and speed. It also features athletic assessments to test progress and ongoing evaluations to make sure the athlete stays on track to achieve the results they want.

 “Much like Gerald’s camp, PEC is an excellent way for athletes to better fulfill their potential, no matter what sport they may choose to play,” Zieber said.

 In addition to representatives from SOMC, the Gerald Cadogan Football Camp also featured guest coaches such as Oakland Raiders guard Stephen Wisniewski and Tennesee Titans linebacker Tim Shaw. Buoyed by the success of this year’s event, Cadogan said he would like to host additional camps in the future.

 “I’ve always wanted to do a camp like this in Portsmouth,” Cadogan said. “I had the opportunity to do it for the first time this year, and I hope to be able to do it every year.”

 In the meantime, however, Zieber encourages anyone interested in improving their performance to take advantage of the tools and techniques available through the SOMC Life Center and Sports Motion.

 For more information about SOMC’s Performance Enhancement Center, call 740-356-7572 or send an email to ZieberB@somc.org. The Life Center can be reached at 740-356-7650, and questions about Sports Motion should be directed to 740-356-7438.