DALLAS TWP. — Pro Rehabilitation’s new Back Mountain facility can help those recovering from an injury as well as athletes wanting to improve their abilities, Chief Operating Officer Lynn Distasio said.
The Plains Township-based company opened a facility at 220 E. Center Hill Road to provide its signature physical therapy program and an innovative sports performance training franchise called Athletic Republic.
Athletic Republic is designed to help athletes improve their skills, Distasio said.
“It is not about the elite athlete, either,” she said. “We focus a lot on speed, agility and mobility; it is all about power and movement techniques.”
Athletic Republic offers a variety of sports training equipment, including a ‘Super Treadmill’ to help athletes target areas in need of improvement, Distasio said.
The treadmill measures a runner’s gait and pace through consistent motion recorded by video cameras and analyzed by a computer, Distasio said. The information is discussed with the client on how to better efficiently use their strength to improve speed, she said.
“The treadmill can incline to 40 degrees,” Eric Paczewski, the manager of the Back Mountain facility said. “It is designed for NFL linemen.”
Distasio said Pro Rehabilitation opened an Athletic Republic in Moosic a year ago.
“We have gotten some really great results from our local athletes,” she said.
The combination of Pro Rehabilitation physical therapy program and the sports training program gives clients the ability to reach their fullest potential, Paczewski said.
If an athlete is recovering from an injury and they are not ready to train hard, they can enter ‘The Bridge Program,” which consists of physical protocols to get them ready to enter Athletic Republic, Distasio said.
Many female athletes frequently sustain ACL injuries and health insurance programs are not allowing enough physical therapy visits for them to reach their fullest potential, Distasio said.
The Bridge Program allows those athletes to continue increasing physical therapy to reach that goal, she said.
“Athletic Republic model is similar to our physical therapy model,” Paczewski said. “We evaluate and use objective measures to set goals.”
Distasio said plans for an open house are on hold due to the ongoing road construction to East Center Hill Road and Route 309 due to the Upper Demunds Road realignment project.