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2017 Summer Session
June 5th – July 27th, 2017


$150 for Program 1 (No weight training, first hour gym workout only)
$225 for Program 2 (Full 2 hour program, gym plus individualized weights program)

*Multiple child discount – 1st child is full price, all other kids $25 off each on their registration fee.
*Early Registration Discount: Program 1-$25 off / Program 2- $50 off if registered by May 22, 2017.

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Please call 785-623-5900 to complete enrollment!

Meet Shawn

Shawn Landers

Shawn Landers

Athletic Training, Personal Training, Sports Medicine

As a unique performance enhancement program, Athletic Edge is designed to deliver a positive training experience that improves speed, strength, and enhances athletic ability regardless of ability level.

The first day of the program each participant is given a performance evaluation. The results help staff develop a customized workout designed specifically to determine areas for improvement in any one of the individual programs.

Who is a candidate?
From athletes 10 years old all the way up through college, the Athletic Edge has allowed athletes to improve their athletic performance and develop a higher level of self-confidence.

If you are willing to dedicate time and energy to get faster, jump higher, or build strength, then the Athletic Edge is Western Kansas’ number one choice to get you there

Beginning with 2 athletes in 2002, Athletic Edge programs have grown to year-round training for area athletes. In eight years, Athletic Edge enhancement programs have grown to offer year-round sessions and over 300 participants. A large number of those athletes used their improvements to earn varsity playing time, starting roles, or an appreciation for regular exercise. More than 25 athletes have gone on to compete collegiately, even at the Division 1 level, in a variety of sports including football, basketball, track, and soccer. Last year, over 60 athletes benefited from the hands on, individualized programs that HaysMed Sports Medicine offers.

Performance Evaluation

Until an athlete knows his or her current level of ability, it is impossible to realistically create goals and monitor progress.

The performance evaluation is critical to every athlete in our program in order to:

Assess the current level of an athlete’s ability
Identify limitations or weaknesses that need developed
Allows proper exercise prescription based on individual needs
Establishes a record to determine progress in our program
During the evaluation, athletes will be taught our dynamic warm up, be examined during our functional movement screens, and tested in a variety of speed and strength tests. After the evaluation, every athlete and parent will get an individualized report to review the results.

Tests Include:

Seated Shot Put
Vertical Jump
Standing Broad Jump
Pro Agility Test
10 Yard Dash
40 Yard Dash
Functional Movement Assessment
Running Mechanics Assessment

Sample Workouts

Each workout is designed with a variety of activities and equipment to keep athletes interested and challenge their ability levels. The items listed below are included in EACH action-packed session of Athletic Edge.
Active Dynamic Warm Up
10-15 minutes of exercises to warm up the muscles, improve flexibility, and reinforce proper postures/running mechanics.
Agility Ladder
Designed to improve footwork, coordination, and over-speed training for a quick first step and dynamic turnover when sprinting.
Explosive Upper Body Training
A combination of medicine ball, body weight, and plyometrics to train shoulder stability, strength, and power.
Lower Body Plyometrics
There is a close relationship between jumping and sprinting. Drills will include 2 leg and single leg jumps, repetitive jumping, and work on landing mechanics to decrease the risk of injury.
Core Stability & Balance
The midsection is often forgotten about in training. These exercises are designed to challenge the core muscles in more functional standing positions. In addition, balance exercises will challenge the stability of multiple joints including the ankle, knee, hip, and shoulder.
Speed and Agility
A variety of cutting, pivoting, and sprinting. Technique is a main focus in the beginning and can help reduce athlete’s risk of injury. Speed sessions begin with technique drills to improve leg and arm mechanics, progressing to longer sprinting.
Alternating days of sprinting, medium distance, and long distance runs with game days designed to enhance conditioning.

Participant Feedback

What did you like about the Athletic Edge?
“I liked everything because it made me a better athlete.”
“We got faster”
“Works you hard and improves my talents.”
“Pushes me to be my best.”
“I liked the personalized attention.”
“Helps me with my form and starts, which are two areas I need the most improvement.”
“It was always a challenge, yet was fun.”
“Jamie and Shawn were fun and I learned as well.”
“The competitions in the agility / running.”
“I saw improvement in my speed and strength.”
“Pretty much all of it, it makes me enjoy working out.”
“I liked the trainers and workout program; liked how they specifically made my workout for me.”
“The variety of different things we did and lifting weights.”
“I liked that we got to work on stuff that we aren’t good at.”
“I liked learning how to run the right way.”
“I liked working on the mechanics and getting better.”
“I learned a lot of things about sprinting that I didn’t know and I can use them in all sports.”
“It was very challenging. It focused me on what I needed to do to get better at my sport”
“The Athletic Edge challenges athletes in every way.”

Other comments, suggestions, and/or concerns
“I love Edge.”
“Thank you”
“Thank you for the summer.”
“Edge was a lot of fun.”
“Keep up the good work.”
“Thanks for the past 3 years, and everything.”
“Thanks for an awesome summer.”
“Thank you so much for working with me this summer, I had a great time; you guys made me look forward to working out.”

Parent feedback and comments
“I liked the feeling of accomplishment my son felt.”
“I felt the boys received more direction with appropriate weight lifting and running techniques. I know my son felt that you both took the time to answer questions he had.”

Youth Weight Training Information

Misconceptions about training Youth

There has been considerable debate among the public, educators, coaches, physicians, and scientists as to when it is appropriate to begin weight training in children and adolescents. click to learn more…..Misconceptions about training Youth

National Strength & Conditioning Association Position Statement

The National Strength and Conditioning Association is the world leader in delivering scientific, peer-reviewed research about strength and conditioning. click to learn more…..National Strength & Conditioning Association Position Statement

American Academy of Pediatrics “Strength Training by Children and Adolescents”

Pediatricians are often asked to give advice on the safety and efficacy of strength training programs for children and adolescents. click to learn more…..American Academy of Pediatrics “Strength Training by Children and Adolescents”

American College of Sports Medicine “Youth Strength Training”

Fitness training has traditionally emphasized aerobic exercise such as running and cycling. More recently, the importance of strength training for both younger and older populations has received increased attention, and a growing number of children and adolescents are experiencing the benefits of strength training. click to learn more…..American College of Sports Medicine “Youth Strength Training”

President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports “Youth Resistance Training”

Although boys and girls have traditionally been encouraged to participate in aerobic activities such as bicycling and swimming, they have not always been encouraged to participate in resistance training. In recent years a growing body of evidence has accumulated to indicate that resistance training can be a safe, effective, and beneficial method of conditioning for youth. click to learn more…..President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports “Youth Resistance Training”

Mayo Clinic “Strength Training: OK for kids?”

During childhood, kids improve their body awareness, control and balance through active play. As early as age 7 or 8, however, strength training can become a valuable part of an overall fitness plan. click to learn more…..Mayo Clinic “Strength Training: OK for kids?”


StrongKid.com supplies resources to enhance the health, fitness and sport performance of children and teenagers. click to learn more…..StrongKid