Sports Medicine

Hanover Hospital Rehab Centers at Hillside offers many opportunities for athletes needing rehabilitation or injury prevention. Some of these programs are designed specifically for athletes who are the on the road to recovery, but many are useful for all athletes wishing to improve their abilities.

If you are interested in any of our programs and would like additional information, please feel free to contact Jennifer Sherdel, ATC, CSCS, YFI-Coordinator of Sports Medicine, Hanover Hospital by phone at (717) 316-6817 or by email at sherdelj@hanoverhospital.org.

  • Click here to download our 2015 Sports Medicine Summer Programs Registration brochure.

Programs Available in Sports Medicine

Optimal Performance Training Program

Goal: To allow athletes the option to continue sport specific rehabilitation under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Program Description: An athlete or person who is physically active can choose to continue a prescribed exercise program with a certified athletic trainer.

To participate in the OPT program, the athlete must have the following:

  • A physician’s note of clearance
  • A pre-participation screening/assessment *
    • Includes a movement screening and biomechanical force plate assessment to address strength, balance and flexibility.
  • Membership to the Medical Fitness Center*
  • The participant may also choose additional personal training sessions*
  • The participant may also choose to have an additional force plate/biomechanical assessment to determine progress within the program or to determine return to full athletic participation.

*The OPT program is not billed to insurance. The participants agree to pay for services provided. Please contact us for additional information regarding rates/pricing of packages.

Golf Injury Management/Prevention Program

Goal: To allow physically active clients the option to continue golf-specific rehabilitation or injury prevention under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Program Description: An athlete or person who is physically active can choose to continue a prescribed exercise program with a Certified Athletic Trainer. The golf injury program will focus on the needs of the client to either functionally return to golf from an injury or to help prevent injuries by focusing on strength and flexibility needs of the client.

To participate in the Golf Injury Management/Prevention Program, the athlete must have the following:

  • A physician’s note of clearance
  • A pre-participation screening/assessment*
    • Includes a movement screening and biomechanical force plate assessment to address strength, balance and flexibility.
  • Membership to the Medical Fitness Center*
  • The participant may also choose additional personal training sessions*
  • The participant may also choose to have an additional force plate/biomechanical assessment to determine progress within the program or to determine return to full athletic participation.

*The Golf Injury Management/Prevention program is not billed to insurance. The participants agree to pay for services provided. Please contact us for additional information regarding rates/pricing of packages.

Golf Safety Resources:

  • Click here to view our Golf Safety, Fitness, and Performance Brochure.

  • Click here to view our Sports and Golf Sun Care Guide.

Pre-injury/Athletic Assessment

Recognizing that injury can be prevented by addressing biomechanical abnormalities, strength, and flexibility deficits, Hanover Hospital Sports Medicine has developed a screening process for athletes. The screening includes:

  • A bio-mechanical Force Plate Assessment
  • Flexibility and Strength Testing
  • Functional Movement Pattern Evaluation

Following the Screening, the athlete and Parents will be provided with:

  • A detailed report of deficits that may predispose the athlete to injuries
  • Examples of functional exercises that may help to strengthen specific muscle groups
  • Stretching activities to help enhance flexibility
  • Core/Functional strength exercises

The bio-mechanical force plate assessment can be used in conjunction with Impact testing to help determine RTP from mild traumatic brain injuries.
Following the screening, the parents and athlete may choose to enter the
OPT program. Please contact us for additional information regarding rates/pricing of packages.

Bio-mechanical Force Plate Assessment (Initial or Post Injury)

Athletes and parents may choose to have a bio-mechanical force plate assessment by a certified athletic trainer. The bio-mechanical force plate assessment will address the athlete’s muscle recruitment patterns and balance. The baseline test will provide the athletic trainers information that may be used at a further date to help determine return to play following injuries such as muscle/tendon strains, joint injuries (sprains) or mild traumatic brain injuries (concussions). The bio-mechanical force plate assessment can then be utilized in conjunction with a post injury force plate assessment to address any weaknesses or balance deficits. A detailed report will be provided to the parent to give to the physician for additional information that may allow the athlete to safely return to their sport.

Please contact us for additional information regarding rates/pricing of packages.

Yoga for Athletes

Studies have shown that the practice of Yoga may help to decrease sports related injuries by increasing strength and flexibility. In addition, Yoga may help the athlete develop a mind-body connection. The mind-body connection will help the athlete to increase athletic performance with the practice of overcoming mental and emotional blocks through meditation. Participants will be able to challenge their bodies by participating in this Yoga class designed specifically for athletes. Taught by a certified Yoga instructor, the participants will learn specific poses and movements to strengthen and increase flexibility.

Please contact us for additional information regarding class schedules or rates/pricing of packages.

Speed and Agility Training

Designed by Certified Athletic Trainers, participants will learn techniques and exercises to enhance speed, agility and strength. In addition, athletes will enable themselves to maintain or enhance their physical conditioning with sports-specific exercises. Prevention of sports injuries begins with a strong physical foundation. Furthermore, let our Certified Athletic Trainers safely teach you how to be a strong, fast athlete through education addressing nutrition and proper warm-up and cool-down programs.

*Pre-injury assessment required for participation.
Please contact us for additional information regarding class schedules or rates/pricing of packages. Team sessions are also available with special price options. They can be held at the Medical Fitness Center or at your own facility. Please call for more information.

Speed and Agility Camps (TBD)

Designed by Certified Athletic Trainers, participants will learn techniques and exercises to enhance speed, agility and strength. In addition, athletes will enable themselves to maintain or enhance their physical conditioning with sports specific exercises. Prevention of sports injuries begins with a strong physical foundation. Furthermore, let our Certified Athletic Trainers safely teach you how to be a strong, fast athlete through education addressing nutrition and proper warm-up and cool-down programs.

*Please reference flyers for upcoming information on special sessions/package information.

Student Athletic Training Workshops (TBD)

Designed by Certified Athletic Trainers, students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend this annual workshop. During the workshop, students interested in pursuing a career as an allied health professional will learn skills specific to athletic training. In addition, they may choose complete a certification in either AHA First Aid or AHA CPR.

*Please reference flyers for upcoming information on special sessions/package information.

Injury Prevention Workshops and Lectures

Please look for our upcoming special events sponsored by Hanover Hospital Rehab-Sports Medicine throughout the year. In addition, please feel free to contact us to schedule special in-services or presentations for coaches, parents and athletes. Certified Athletic Trainers will provide information based upon the needs of your organization.