FOX RIVER GROVE – Cary Physical Therapy recently joined forces with Norge Ski Club of Fox River Grove to increase performance and improve safety of the club’s junior program members.
Norge is the oldest continuously open ski club in the U.S.
The club celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2005.
The junior ski jumpers are ranked nationally. Many hope to compete in the Olympics.
Cary Physical Therapy, which marked its 20th anniversary this year, devised a screening assessment for the athletes and is applying its expertise to create customized exercises for the jumpers.
The program includes pilates, stretching, strengthening exercises and balance and coordination activities to activate the correct muscles used in jumping.
“These kids are great to work with because they are highly motivated,” said Deb Gulbrandson, owner of Cary Physical Therapy. “Our job is not to teach technique, which is the coaches’ domain. Our job is to determine the physical limitations which are preventing the jumper from being the very best athlete that they can possibly be.”