INDIANAPOLIS – USA Track & Field (USATF) and St.Vincent Sports Performance (SVSP) on Thursday announced they have renewed and expanded their partnership to extend through 2016.
The partnership between the two prominent Indianapolis-based businesses has since 2009 provided Team USA athletes with medical services at St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital with their "no-barriers" program. At the 2012 Olympic Games alone, 21 Team USA Track & Field medal winners had received services from SVSP prior to London. Across all U.S. Olympic sports in 2012, SVSP assisted 63 medal-winning athletes in track & field, gymnastics, diving and basketball to bring home 32 medals.
In coming years, USATF and SVSP will join forces on expanded social media promotions and will develop co-branded events and products in Athlete Injury Consultation (AIC) Events, biomechanical Functional Movement Screening tests and a certification system based on AIC principles.
“In recent years, few programs have had as direct effect on athlete performance as our partnership with St.Vincent,” said USATF CEO Max Siegel. “They have identified potential injuries before they happened, provided a wide range of medical services and helped athletes in their recoveries from injury or surgery. We are very pleased to expand the depth and breadth of our relationship through the 2016 Olympic Games.”
“We have a strong history supporting USATF,” said Ralph Reiff, executive director of SVSP. “Together we are ‘defining sports performance’ and paving the way in the industry. We look ahead to much opportunity.”
Serving as the Official Sports Medicine Partner and Official Sports Performance Services Partner of USATF, SVSP provides access to physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists for Team USA athletes, as well as injury evaluation, diagnostics, X-Ray and MRI services, surgery, physiology and recovery plans.
SVSP staff also travel the country to provide services at USATF’s Sport Performance Workshops, which provide on-side sport science, biomechanical, coaching, sports psychology, nutrition and sports medicine services to Team USA’s most successful athletes.
At the 2012 Olympic Games, USATF athletes had their most successful Olympics in a generation, winning 29 medals and dominating team scoring, tallying 304 points, 127 points more than Russia in second (177) and Jamaica third (107). Team USA next competes at the IAAF World Outdoor Championships, August 10-18 in Moscow, Russia.
About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org .
About St.Vincent Sports Performance
A worldwide destination for elite athlete training, the St.Vincent Sports Performance staff has been supporting world-class athletes since 1987. The first and largest hospital-based program of its kind in the United States, St.Vincent Sports Performance employs 70 nationally certified athletic trainers, 19 physicians, 12 certified strength and conditioning specialists, two licensed sports psychologists and a registered sports dietitian. Together they have trained athletes at every level from Olympians to the NFL and NBA, to Motorsports and NCAA athletes. Learn more at definingsportsperformance.com.