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Tahoe therapy service supports local schools

Tahoe Forest Therapy Services initiated two grants for new fitness equipment for Truckee and North Tahoe high schools and middle schools.

The project will enable students at all four schools to engage in balance and stability fitness training with an emphasis on basic technique to encourage long-term fitness skills.

“We actually went to them (Truckee High School) and discussed with them some of the training techniques they were using with their athletes,” said Larry Larson, business manager at TFTS. “They had some safety concerns, and they wanted to improve their programs in general.”

In response to those concerns, four “Power Stations,” which are all-in-one weightlifting machines, have been purchased, two for Truckee High School and two for North Tahoe High School. The machines can be used for a variety of exercises, including squats, Olympic bench and incline bench.

Therapeutic Foam Rollers and Wobble Discs will also be made available to students to learn balance and stability techniques that are known to prevent injuries.

Physical Therapists from the Truckee and Tahoe City offices of TFTS are volunteering their time to train school coaches, physical education teachers and interested parents on the equipment. The program was started to teach students the importance of proper technique and injury prevention.

Scott Williams, a physical therapist and clinical director at TFTS in Truckee, is one of the therapists that will oversee a training program involving Truckee High School staff as soon as the Power Stations are delivered to Truckee High School.

“After talking with coach (and Athletic Director Bob) Shaffer, through grants, we were able to order these products that will ensure safety for students in weightlifting classes and athletics,” Williams said. “Basically, it is a racks system that cannot crush someone (like freeweights).”

Made possible by grant funding through the Excellence in Education Foundation, TFTS and John Foley, M.D., the equipment cost was just under $10,000.

“These products are going to help students with their posture and balance and decrease the rate of injury,” Williams said. “These are pretty large pieces of equipment, and they were specially made with the school colors in mind.

“The rollers and disks allow for a wide variety of exercises. Basically, it works your whole body and targets the postural and balance muscles.”

Williams said the rollers, balance disks and Power Stations should be available to Truckee students when they return from winter break.

TFTS offers services that include complete physical and occupational hand therapy programs, focusing on evaluation, treatment, education and home exercise programs.

Page Nebeker, vice president at Creative Concepts, contributed to this article.

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