Mayo unveils world-class training center

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Mayo Clinic is home to a lot of things; world-class surgeons, researchers and more. Now, thanks to an expansion, they are bringing forward even more with the new Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center.

On the sixth floor, it is all about peace and tranquility and ways to improve your mind and body. Three floors down they are working on improving their mind and body too, it is just not as peaceful.

“It just helps me know what I need to do better, like I know I need to squat more and not glide to the sides as much,” said Century High School hockey player Maddie Eischen.

Eischen’s using a state-of-the-art skating treadmill. It may not be authentic ice, but she is finding ways to improve her game.

“The video stuff makes it really easy so you can see what you need to improve and get the mechanics right so then when you go on the ice it’s all good to go,” Eischen said.

That is just one of the things athletes can use to work on their techniques. The new facility also includes a hardwood court, workout room and turf area for multiple sports.

“Say if you’re a baseball pitcher, we can video you, break down your mechanics of how you’re pitching and point out any flaws that may contribute to injury,” said Dr. Ed Laskowski, Co-Director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center.

The facility is for more than improving your game. It is also a place to recover from injuries.

“We have x-ray on site, we have our physical therapists, our athletic trainers, our orthopedic and physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians on site,’ Laskowski said.

This place is not just for local or high profile athletes.

“We love to train the elite athlete. We have the technology, the personnel, we have the equipment here to do that, but we also want to make a difference in everybody’s life and improve quality of life for everybody,” Laskowski said.

Not to mention, gaining that competitive advantage.

“It’s a great tool to just work on things in the summer because a lot of kids, they don’t know how to get better when they’re not playing all the time but this is a great thing if you have your whole summer, you can always come here and skate on the synthetic ice too, it’s awesome,” Eischen said.

If you want to check out the new facility for yourself and even sample some of the drills, there is an open house this Saturday.

It will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes looking at what is taking place on both the third floor with sports and the sixth floor with the spa-like activities.

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