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  1. 1. NRG’s High Performance Program is designed with the main goal of improving the individual skill set of the athlete. On- ice sessions designed and ran by Doug Sinclair will focus on specialized skill development and technical breakdown of power skating. Off-ice components will be designed for the individual athlete, focusing upon sport specific work out programs, speed-agility-quickness training, power, pre- season conditioning and nutritional planning. NRG’s High Performance Program is designed with the main NRG SPRING / SUMMER HOCKEY CAMPS • Power Skating • Shooting • Puck Control • Goaltending Development • Learn to skate • Intro to hockey NRG offers Skill Specific programming year round including: • Shooting • Puck Control NRG offers Skill Specific programming year round including: • Initial skills and assessment with each athlete. • 3 trainer led, individually customized weight training programs per week. • 1 speed-agilityquickness sessions per week. Sessions performed weekly. • Nutritional guidance • NRG T-Shirt & preferred discounts • Unlimited access to RapidShots and Rapidhands SPRING: MAY 9th - JUNE 30th, 2016 Ages: Bantam, Midget, Junior, and Pro Cost: $500 the individual athlete, focusing upon sport specific work out programs, speed-agility-quickness training, power, pre- season conditioning and nutritional planning. NRG offers Skill Specific programming year round including: • 5x week off-ice sessions – trainer led,individually customized weight training programs and speed-agility-quickness sessions • 3x week on-ice sessions • Unlimited access to RapidShots and Rapidhands Training Systems • Nutritional Coaching adjusted quarterly through the program • NRG Uniform and Workout Gear • Opt-in Yoga and Boxing sessions at preferred client pricing • In-house physio and athletic therapy, massage and acupuncture is available, most cases direct billed to medical SUMMER: July 4th - August 26th, 2016 Ages: Bantam, Midget, Junior, and Pro ***Initial skills and assessment with each athlete via RISE Sport Testing. Cost: $1600 745 Kingsbury Ave. in the Seven Oaks Sportsplex Call: 204-783-9578
  2. 2. When Scott Miller was a Kinesiology student at the University of Winnipeg, he’d dream about the day when he had his own athletic therapy business. Today, Miller’s NRG Athletes. Therapy. Fitness. is a state-of-the- art one stop shop for the best in physiotherapy, athletic therapy, weight training, massage, nutrition and diet, strength and conditioning and injury prevention. And it’s almost in his own backyard, between the two rinks at the Seven Oaks SportsPlex. ScottMiller’s VisionHas CometoLife atNRG 38 GAME ON PLAYOFF EDITION hen Scott Miller was a Grade 12 student at Maples Col- legiate, he suffered a serous leg injury while playing City Midget Triple A hockey for the Hawks. He was out longer than he expected and while his complete recovery took six long weeks, it did give him a big idea. “I sustained a high ankle sprain, which put me on the bench for about six weeks,” he recalled. “During an extensive rehab with a physiotherapist in my area, I realized that this was a good way to stay involved with high-level hockey and help injured athletes re- turn to the sport and play. “So within that six-week window, I decided that this was some- BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT By Scott Taylor Photos by Jeff Miller and James Carey Lauder W The NRG Staff working with Dominic Swenarchuk of the MMJHL’s St. Boniface Riels Scott Miller with Brendan Kochanski and Dominic Swenarchuk of the Winnipeg Thrashers
  3. 3. thing I wanted to pursue.” Miller was born and raised in Garden City and played Double A for the Seven Oaks Raiders (now the Rebels). When he got to bantam, he played for the Triple A Hawks and stayed with the Hawks organization through City Midget. He was a leftwinger and called himself, “a second- or third-line grinder.” By the time he got to Grade 12, he knew that a career as professional hockey player was probably unlikely, but a career as an athletic therapist was well within his grasp. “As soon as I entered university, this was the direction I was going,” Miller said. “I put my head into the books because this was my vision. I knew in my first year of university I wanted to be in a hockey facility offering services like athletic therapy and strength and conditioning. Today at NRG, we offer all of that and more.” Miller started his business when he was still a university student. When he certified as an athletic therapist, he was employed by the university, working in the basement of the Duckworth Centre. He had a number of student working for him in a mentorship program and he spent much of his free time helping out the MJHL’s Selkirk Steelers with strength and conditioning. “We were very small,” he recalled. “I start- ed the business as a one-man show. I did that for about four years and had sole proprietor- ship of my own company. The business grew as demand grew with it, I started hiring as- sistants to help me with my journey and now we have 11 employees and contractors who work here.” NRG is located between the rinks at the new Seven Oaks SportsPlex (745 Kingsbury in Garden City). It’s a state-of-the-art training centre that also provides a complete sum- mer hockey skills and conditioning program. Whether you’re an injured athlete trying to come back or a healthy athlete looking to get stronger and learn more about your nutri- tional requirements, NRG is the place to be. “We own the north,” said Miller with a grin. “We’re a north Winnipeg community driven training centre. My goal is for us to be the high-performance that can take care of everyone’s needs. From training to Phys- iotherapy to on-ice conditioning and not just hockey. Hockey is just one of the sports we cater to. We also do soccer, football, lacrosse and we work with the Winnipeg Waves Swim Club. We do all sports. “However, we do have a great tradition of working closely with hockey players. In years past, we’ve worked with Adam Brooks (the leading scorer in the WHL this year), Ryley Lindgren (Lethbridge Hurricanes), Chris Driedger (Ottawa Senators), Brett Stovin (Bisons), Hudson Friesen (Bisons) and Cody Glass (Portland Winterhawks). And we have a great relationship with the MMJHL’s Seven Oaks Raiders.” There is little doubt that Miller has creat- ed a truly remarkable training centre in the north end of the city. “This place is my dream,” he said. “When I close my eyes and think back, I know this is what I’ve been striving for ever since Grade 12. This was the direction I wanted to go and thanks to our incredible staff, we’ve made it. “It’s funny, but back in Grade 12, if I was forced to chose a path, this or the NHL, I’d have chosen this path. Nothing is more re- warding or satisfying.” n
  4. 4. The Most Common Hockey Injuries NRG Athletes Therapy Fitness Inc, is the pinnacle for high performance training and injury rehabilitation located at the Seven Oaks Sports-Plex. The services provided at NRG include Physiotherapy, Athletic Therapy, Massage Therapy and Acupuncture. Scott Miller is the head Athletic Therapist and president at NRG. Scott has worked with rehabbing hockey players within Winnipeg and surrounding areas for the past 9 years. NRG has a partnership with the University of Winnipeg Athletic Therapy program. Over the course of the 2015-2016 hockey season these are the three most common injuries we have treated at NRG’s medical clinic: AC Joint Sprains AC joint sprains (shoulder separation) are one of the most commonly seen injuries in hockey. AC joint sprains are characterized by the tearing of connective tissue and ligaments that surround the acromioclavicular joint. AC joint sprains are generally categorized into three categories corresponding to their severity. Grade 1 AC joint sprains result in a stretch or slight tear of the acromioclavicular ligament and are the most common. Grade 2 AC joint sprains are characterized by a complete rupture of the acromioclavicular ligament, while the coracoclavicular ligaments remain intact. Finally, a Grade 3 AC joint sprain occurs when both the acromioclavicular and the coracoclavicular ligaments become ruptured. AC joint sprains are most commonly caused by a direct impact to the point of the shoulder and can sideline an athlete for two-to-eight weeks depending on the severity of the injury. – Colton Doersam (U of W Student) High Ankle Sprain One of the most common injuries in hockey is what is known as a high ankle sprain. Although the name suggests it’s an injury to the ankle, a high ankle sprain does not involve the ankle joint (talocrural joint) at all. A high ankle sprain is in fact an injury to the inferior tibiofibular ligament. The recovery time for a high ankle sprain is much longer than an average inversion ankle sprain, taking approximately eight weeks to recover. Also unlike a normal sprained ankle there will be minimal swelling, however, a greater amount of pain and a longer recovery time. An injury such as this can occur when the athlete gets his/her skate caught along the boards during a collision, resulting in a twist of the ankle. This twisting motion of will cause stress to the inferior tibiofibular ligament, causing a micro- tearing. – Ryan Kolly (U of W Student) Adductor Strain Hip adductor strain is a familiar injury among hockey players and is often called a pulled groin injury. This injury is especially common among goalies, regardless of age and level of competition. Even though hockey is considered to be a contact sport and requires a lot of pushing and blocking, hip adductor strain is considered a non-contact injury. It most likely occurs due to acceleration and deceleration when quick muscle movements are made, causing partial muscle tear. Due to the nature of the sport many hockey players develop muscular misbalance around the hip joint, which makes them more susceptible to groin injuries. The medical research that was done regarding the treatment of hip adductor strain shows that proper preseason and off season strength training are the biggest prevention factors. Once a player gets injured the initial treatment is critical in order to enhance recovery and must be followed by an adequate rehabilitation process which must include proper proprioception, agility and strength exercises. – Oleg Andrushchyshyn, NRG NRG’s therapists understand the game of hockey and want to help you. If you suffer an injury and need our services, contact NRG at 204-783-9578. Our clinic is open 7 days a week and offer direct billing to most insurance companies.
  5. 5. NRG HELPS FRIESEN COME BACK, COMMIT TO BISONS By Scott Taylor Photos courtesy Selkirk Steelers t’s been a long, sometimes painful road for Hudson Friesen, but by this fall, he’ll be back on the ice with the University of Manitoba Bisons. Friesen, 22, a former star with the Manito- ba Junior Hockey League’s Selkirk Steelers spent two seasons with the NCAA Division 1 University of Alaska-Anchorage Sea Wolves. Then his body fell apart. “I had to go through two hip surgeries,” Friesen explained as he worked out at NRG Athletes Fitness Therapy at the new Seven Oaks SportsPlex. “I had one surgery on each hip. Two years ago I had some damage to some cartilage and a labral tear on either side, so I had to go through two surgeries to repair it all. I went through my first in May of last year and my second one in September. “Since then, I’ve been here at NRG just re- habbing and trying to get back.” Originally from the Dugald/Oakbank area, Friesen grew up in East St. Paul and played his minor hockey for the Hazelridge Hawks and the Springfield Ice Hawks. He then made the jump to the AAA level with the Eastman Selects, both City Midget and Provincial Midget, and while there, he developed into an extremely skilled player. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound leftwinger played for the Selkirk Steelers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for three seasons (2010-2013) before being awarded an NCAA Division 1 scholarship to the University of Alaska-Anchorage. He had a terrific MJHL career. He joined the Steelers as a 17-year-old in 2010 after playing defense for most of his career. For- mer Steelers coach Ryan Smith, moved Fri- esen from defense to the wing and while it took some time to adjust, he eventually be- came a second team MJHL all-star as a lef- twinger. In 2011-12, he scored 36 goals and 81 points in 61 games with the Steelers. “Obviously, I’d rather be a forward than a defenseman,” Friesen said back in 2013. “I’m in the action a lot more at forward. I handle the puck a lot more and it’s just a lot more fun. And it’s definitely nice to score goals.” After two injury-riddled years at Anchor- age, he’s glad to be back home. After sitting out all of the 2015-16 season, he’ll be eligible to play for the Bisons in the fall. And, natu- rally, he’s expecting big things at the U of M. “He worked hard to come back,” said NRG’s Scott Miller. “We’re excited about his future at the U of M.” Friesen certainly appreciated the help he got at NRG. “I started out working with Scott (Miller) and (athletic therapist) Jami (Boyd) and I was just doing everyday things to start with,” he said. “Now I’m getting back into the hock- ey stuff. I’m back on the ice and I’ve skated about a dozen times. Things are beginning to go really well. “It’s been awesome at NRG. Jami helped me with the physiotherapy and that side of things and Scott was always around to help me with whatever I needed. Everyone here at NRG has been great. They’ve all accom- modated me and my needs and I’m excited to get back on the ice playing again.” n I I had to go through two hip surgeries PLAYOFF EDITION GAME ON 41