13 Feb 2013 FAST Sports Performance plans Movement Skills Program
Conway Regional Therapy’s FAST Sports Performance is preparing a program that is designed to use a young athlete’s body weight to teach movement control and efficiency.
Specifically designed for beginning athletes, third through sixth grades, the program also emphasizes speed and agility improvements, according to Devrett Wade, Director of FAST.
The next Movement Skills Program will be offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Feb. 18 through March 14, at the Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center gym.
In addition, Wade and JJ Meadors, a former Arkansas Razorback wide receiver who is now with Salt County Sports Performance, are teaming up to host a combine for high school football players who want to go on to play at the next level.
The combine will be held at Conway High School’s football field on Saturday, April 13. In addition to the standard combine testing in vertical jump, standing broad jump, 20 and 40-yard dash, Pro Agility and 165/185/225 bench press, they will also have a brief ACT prep course and former NFL and college players will share what they wish they would have known when they were in high school.
“Back in high school my only focus was on playing ball,” Wade said. “I didn’t take school serious enough until it was too late. Today, coaches place so much emphasis on ACT scores and an athlete’s GPA. Athletes have to handle their business in the classroom."
Following the combine in April, FAST will provide a myriad of summer programs, including FAST Total Athlete, FAST Movement Skills, FAST for Football, and a special two-week program during the AAA’s dead week period where athletes can get a jumpstart on training before summer workouts begin. This new program will be offered for only $25 per athlete. The dead week workouts will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“In the world of sports there are no off days. Athletes can jump into our Dead Week Program without missing a beat and gain an edge over their opponents."
While many athletes participate in FAST programs through their group programs, one-on-one training is also a passion of Wade’s. Many of Faulkner County’s star athletes have trained with Wade, including Neal Burcham and Summar Roachell.
Wade has been the director of FAST Sports Performance since March 2012. He is a certified personal trainer and performance enhancement specialist. He developed his passion for sports performance during his time training for the NFL combine. He was a standout middle linebacker for Arkansas State University.
For more information about FAST, call 501.269.4041 or visit conwayregional.org/FAST.