UPMC Sports Medicine to Host First Motocross Training Mini-Camp

Team Makita Suzuki’s Broc Hepler will be a guest instructor at the March 6th event; curriculum will cover training, nutrition, mental preparation, riding tips and concussion management

Murrieta, Calif., (February 22, 2005) — UPMC Sports Medicine will host its first Motocross Training Mini-Camp on Sunday, March 6th. The mini-camp is one of several motocross-specific activation activities for Broc Hepler’s 2005 endorsement deal with the sports medicine and performance leader. 

The curriculum for the mini-camp will include motocross-specific training techniques, injury management and prevention, deconstructing current motocross training myths, nutrition, mental training, riding tips and techniques and concussion management. 

“I’m really excited to participate in this mini-camp, said Hepler.  “This is the first mini-camp of its kind for motocross, and I think people will definitely learn a lot from the professionals at UPMC Sports Medicine.  They run camps like this all the time for other sports.  I’m looking forward to being a guest instructor.

Details of the mini-camp:

When:
Sunday, March 6th    1 — 6 pm
Where:
UPMC Sports Medicine Complex
Center for Sports Medicine
3200 South Water Street
Pittsburgh, PA    15203
Skill Levels:
All riding skill levels welcome; participants must be 11-years of age or older to enroll
Attire:
Participants should come dressed in workout gear, as this is a hands-on camp
Refreshments:
Light refreshments will be provided
Cost:

$50 per person; a major credit card is required to reserve a spot
Additional training aids will also be offered for purchase

To Enroll:
Call 412-432-3720
Attendance is limited to 50 people, so call now!

Instructor Bios

Broc Hepler — Riding Tips and Techniques

Broc Hepler, an 18-year-old professional motocross/supercross athlete, is competing on the THQ/AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross circuits for the second year.  The Kittanning, Pennsylvania resident is a 125cc star on Team Makita Suzuki who finished second in both supercross and motocross in his first year of competition, earning him 2004 AMA Rookie of the Year honors.  More recently, Hepler logged his first professional supercross win at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix. 

Brian F. Hagen, MS, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT – Injury Prevention & Management, Motocross Training Myths

Brian Hagen is a physical therapist with an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology and a Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Slippery Rock University.  He also has an advanced Masters degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh.  Hagen is certified as an Orthopedic Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association. Currently, he serves as the Regional Director of CRS/ University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s North-Central Rehabilitation Division as well as the Director of Rehabilitation services at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine in Pittsburgh, PA. In this role he oversees operations for 15 outpatient centers and remains an active clinician several days per week. 

He also holds an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.  Hagen has guest lectured in a number of university and academic settings including Slippery Rock University.

Hagen has an impressive list of both journal and media publications.  He has been published in the Journal of Physical Therapy and Orthopaedic Clinics of North America. As an expert in sports medicine and on back pain, he has been quoted in USA Today and has been interviewed by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette , the Pittsburgh Tribune Review and the Pittsburgh News Herald .  He has also been interviewed about the NFL Combine Preparation Program on Pittsburgh’s KDKA TV.

Ron De Angelo, M.Ed., L/ATC, CSCS — Training Techniques

Ron De Angelo holds the title of Director of Sports Performance Training at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine.  A performance enhancement specialist, he has a wide range of experience and education in sports medicine and sports performance training.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from St. Bonaventure University and received his Certification in Athletic Training from the State University of New York at Cortland.  He also earned a Master of Education with a Sports Medicine concentration from the University of Central Florida. 

Additionally, De Angelo holds several certifications including Athletic Trainer — National Athletic Trainers Association, Health/Fitness Instructor — American College of Sports Medicine, Strength and Conditioning Specialist — National Strength and Conditioning Association, Club Coach — United States Weightlifting Federation and Performance Enhancement Specialist — National Academy of Sports Medicine. 

De Angelo started his career in 1984 as a Staff Athletic Trainer and Fitness Instructor for the Palm Beach Institute of Sports Medicine, Inc. (PBISM).  In 1986, Ron became the Director of Fitness and Athletic Training Services with PBISM and also made a financial investment with the company. 

In 1987, along with Cris Carter and Bill Welle, Ron founded Cris Carter’s FAST Program. This facility trains scholastic, collegiate and professional athletes in the areas of speed, agility, quickness, strength and power.  The program has trained hundreds of men and women for basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, football, baseball and softball.  Some of the more prominent athlete clients include Cris Carter, Randy Moss, Jake Reed, Dale Carter, Ki-jana Carter, Daunte Culpepper, Sedrick Irvin, Keith Byars, David Boston, Corey Fuller, Vince Carter, Antonio Davis, Tracey McGrady, Ivan Lendl and Steffi Graf.

In 1998, De Angelo became the strength coach for the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club while continuing to be an owner and consultant for the FAST Program. 

De Angelo also has experience in the academic arena.  He taught sports medicine at Florida Atlantic University for three years and has been a guest lecturer at the National Strength and Conditioning Association Convention, speaking on functional training for basketball.  He presented a similar lecture at the Italian Strength and Conditioning Conference in Rimini, Italy. 

Michael (Micky) Collins, Ph.D — Concussion Management

Michael (Micky) Collins, Ph.D., a nationally renowned sports concussion clinician and researcher, joined the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program as assistant director when the program was established in September, 2000, under the direction of Dr. Mark Lovell.

Dr. Collins administers and oversees clinical programs for concussion management for sports teams at several major colleges, universities, and high schools throughout the country.  He is a clinical consultant to Major League Baseball, the New Zealand Rugby Union, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and to several amateur and professional sports organizations both nationally and internationally. 

In 1999, Dr. Collins was the author of two major multi-site studies involving the effects of concussion and return-to-play evaluation methods.  These studies were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). 

Dr. Collins is a co-developer of ImPACT, a computerized neuropsychological testing system that evaluates the severity of concussion in athletes and provides a more accurate determination of when an athlete can safely return to sports following a concussion.  He assists Dr. Lovell in overseeing the concussion testing programs for both the National Hockey League and National Football League.

Dr. Collins received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology at the University of Southern Maine in 1991, his master’s degree in psychology at Michigan State University in 1995, and his doctorate degree in clinical psychology at Michigan State in 1998.  He subsequently completed a clinical neuropsychology internship at the University of Florida and a neuropsychology residency at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

He has published numerous articles in sports medicine and other medical journals and is a frequently invited presenter on the topic of sports concussions at national and international meetings.  He has co-authored a sports concussion textbook and is a reviewer for JAMA.

A two-year winner of the New England Pepsi-Cola Scholar/Athlete of the Year Award, Dr. Collins played for the University of Southern Maine in the 1989 NCAA Baseball College World Series.

Leslie J. Bonci, M.P.H., R.D. – Nutrition

Leslie Bonci holds the title of Director, Sports Medicine Nutrition, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Center for Sports Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. 

Bonci serves as the nutritionist for the Pittsburgh Steelers, a position she has held for the past 12 years, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates the Riverhounds, The University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Reds and Toronto Blue Jays.  She also consults to local and national schools and universities, including The University of Notre Dame and the University of Texas on topics such as eating disorders and sports nutrition and is a consultant to the NCAA. She is also the consulting nutritionist for the US Olympics Canoe and Kayak team.

Bonci is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh where she is now an adjunct assistant professor of nutrition. She works with clients on an individual basis for any nutrition-related concerns, including digestive disorders, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and eating disorders.

She is a contributing author to the sports nutrition manual by the American Dietetic Association and has co-authored a chapter in the Dental Clinics of North America on dental implications of nutritional factors in young athletes. Bonci has written chapters for other textbooks including DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, the IOC Basketball Handbook, and Integrated Women’s Health: Holistic Approaches for Comprehensive Care. She co-authored Total Fitness for Women and is the author of the American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion.&nbspd researcher, joined the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program as assistant director when the program was established in September, 2000, under the direction of Dr. Mark Lovell.

Dr. Collins administers and oversees clinical programs for concussion management for sports teams at several major colleges, universities, and high schools throughout the country.  He is a clinical consultant to Major League Baseball, the New Zealand Rugby Union, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and to several amateur and professional sports organizations both nationally and internationally. 

In 1999, Dr. Collins was the author of two major multi-site studies involving the effects of concussion and return-to-play evaluation methods.  These studies were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). 

Dr. Collins is a co-developer of ImPACT, a computerized neuropsychological testing system that evaluates the severity of concussion in athletes and provides a more accurate determination of when an athlete can safely return to sports following a concussion.  He assists Dr. Lovell in overseeing the concussion testing programs for both the National Hockey League and National Football League.

Dr. Collins received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology at the University of Southern Maine in 1991, his master’s degree in psychology at Michigan State University in 1995, and his doctorate degree in clinical psychology at Michigan State in 1998.  He subsequently completed a clinical neuropsychology internship at the University of Florida and a neuropsychology residency at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

He has published numerous articles in sports medicine and other medical journals and is a frequently invited presenter on the topic of sports concussions at national and international meetings.  He has co-authored a sports concussion textbook and is a reviewer for JAMA.

A two-year winner of the New England Pepsi-Cola Scholar/Athlete of the Year Award, Dr. Collins played for the University of Southern Maine in the 1989 NCAA Baseball College World Series.

Leslie J. Bonci, M.P.H., R.D. – Nutrition

Leslie Bonci holds the title of Director, Sports Medicine Nutrition, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Center for Sports Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. 

Bonci serves as the nutritionist for the Pittsburgh Steelers, a position she has held for the past 12 years, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates the Riverhounds, The University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Reds and Toronto Blue Jays.  She also consults to local and national schools and universities, including The University of Notre Dame and the University of Texas on topics such as eating disorders and sports nutrition and is a consultant to the NCAA. She is also the consulting nutritionist for the US Olympics Canoe and Kayak team.

Bonci is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh where she is now an adjunct assistant professor of nutrition. She works with clients on an individual basis for any nutrition-related concerns, including digestive disorders, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and eating disorders.

She is a contributing author to the sports nutrition manual by the American Dietetic Association and has co-authored a chapter in the Dental Clinics of North America on dental implications of nutritional factors in young athletes. Bonci has written chapters for other textbooks including DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, the IOC Basketball Handbook, and Integrated Women’s Health: Holistic Approaches for Comprehensive Care. She co-authored Total Fitness for Women and is the author of the American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion.  She also writes regularly for Training and Conditioning Journal and sits on the editorial board of the Journal for Athletic Training.

Aimee C. Kimball, Ph.D. — Mental Training

Aimee C. Kimball, Ph.D., is director of mental training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) Center for Sports Medicine, a position newly created in September 2004.

While physical training focuses on teaching the body how to execute the skills needed to excel in sport, mental training focuses on teaching the mind the skills needed to ensure consistent peak performances. Dr. Kimball teaches athletes and teams how to consistently perform at their best mentally and teaches coaches and parents how to enhance young athletes’ sport experience.

Athletes do their best when they are mentally focused to withstand the pressures of athletic competition and can remove mental barriers that may hinder their performance, according to Dr. Kimball. Developing strong mental skills gives athletes an additional competitive advantage. Through mental training athletes, can enhance their ability to control their thinking, their emotions, and in turn, their performance.

Dr. Kimball works with individual athletes of all levels to identify and recreate their ideal mindset during games and practices. Individual mental training not only addresses performance problems, but it is used to prevent problems from occurring and to help athletes reach higher levels of competition. Dr. Kimball also works with teams in creating mental training programs to meet their specific needs. Team training includes enhancing group cohesion through team building, leadership development, improved communication and goal setting. Additionally, she works with groups of parents and coaches’ educating them on ways they can help young athletes enjoy a positive sport experience.

She also assists athletes outside of their sport in developing life skills, balancing sport with other priorities, working through major life decisions, and transitioning out of sport.

Another aspect of Dr. Kimball’s valuable role with the sports medicine team is her work with injured athletes. For a high-performance athlete, experiencing an injury can be an emotionally stressful, mentally demanding experience. She helps injured athletes stay mentally focused and confident throughout the treatment and rehabilitation process as they prepare to return to their sport.

Dr. Kimball earned a doctorate degree from the College of Education at the University of Tennessee, specializing in mental training, a master’s degree in sports studies from Miami University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in movement science from the Pennsylvania State University.

Her mental training experience has included service with the University of Tennessee’s student athlete support program, where she assisted in the creation and implementation of a support group for injured athletes. She also has served as a mental training consultant or formal instructor to numerous collegiate, elite, youth, recreational and professional athletes, teams and athletic organizations. She has delivered dozens of professional presentations throughout the country and has authored numerous published articles.

Dr. Kimball’s research projects have involved evaluating collegiate student-athletes’ mental training needs, their experiences with stress, and the influence of teammates and coaches on their decisions. She has worked in two Division I athletic departments helping athletes in their personal and career development and creating various service programs and workshops for student athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and athletic department personnel.

She recently has earned formal certification as a mental training consultant from the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, an organization in which she is an active member. Currently she is working with athletes from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as from area high schools and middle schools.

About The UPMC Center for Sports Medicine

The UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, located within the UPMC Sports Performance Complex on Pittsburgh’s South Side, employs the region’s largest staff of certified athletic trainers, physical therapists and physicians who attend to the daily sports medicine needs of athletes at 42 local high schools, 10 local colleges, the Pittsburgh Panthers, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as professional dancers in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. In addition to professional, elite, scholastic and amateur athletes, the center’s staff also treats many non-athletes who have musculoskeletal injuries related to physical activity.  For more information, log on to The UPMC Center for Sports Medicine’s website at www.sportsmedicine.upmc.com

About Traction Enterprises

Traction Enterprises is a sports marketing agency, offering marketing, public relations and market research services to motorsports athletes and companies involved in motorsports.  For more information, contact Denise Conroy-Galley at 951-461-8935/412-585-5536 or at tractionent@comcast.net .    

 

he also writes regularly for Training and Conditioning Journal and sits on the editorial board of the Journal for Athletic Training.

Aimee C. Kimball, Ph.D. — Mental Training

Aimee C. Kimball, Ph.D., is director of mental training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) Center for Sports Medicine, a position newly created in September 2004.

While physical training focuses on teaching the body how to execute the skills needed to excel in sport, mental training focuses on teaching the mind the skills needed to ensure consistent peak performances. Dr. Kimball teaches athletes and teams how to consistently perform at their best mentally and teaches coaches and parents how to enhance young athletes’ sport experience.

Athletes do their best when they are mentally focused to withstand the pressures of athletic competition and can remove mental barriers that may hinder their performance, according to Dr. Kimball. Developing strong mental skills gives athletes an additional competitive advantage. Through mental training athletes, can enhance their ability to control their thinking, their emotions, and in turn, their performance.

Dr. Kimball works with individual athletes of all levels to identify and recreate their ideal mindset during games and practices. Individual mental training not only addresses performance problems, but it is used to prevent problems from occurring and to help athletes reach higher levels of competition. Dr. Kimball also works with teams in creating mental training programs to meet their specific needs. Team training includes enhancing group cohesion through team building, leadership development, improved communication and goal setting. Additionally, she works with groups of parents and coaches’ educating them on ways they can help young athletes enjoy a positive sport experience.

She also assists athletes outside of their sport in developing life skills, balancing sport with other priorities, working through major life decisions, and transitioning out of sport.

Another aspect of Dr. Kimball’s valuable role with the sports medicine team is her work with injured athletes. For a high-performance athlete, experiencing an injury can be an emotionally stressful, mentally demanding experience. She helps injured athletes stay mentally focused and confident throughout the treatment and rehabilitation process as they prepare to return to their sport.

Dr. Kimball earned a doctorate degree from the College of Education at the University of Tennessee, specializing in mental training, a master’s degree in sports studies from Miami University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in movement science from the Pennsylvania State University.

Her mental training experience has included service with the University of Tennessee’s student athlete support program, where she assisted in the creation and implementation of a support group for injured athletes. She also has served as a mental training consultant or formal instructor to numerous collegiate, elite, youth, recreational and professional athletes, teams and athletic organizations. She has delivered dozens of professional presentations throughout the country and has authored numerous published articles.

Dr. Kimball’s research projects have involved evaluating collegiate student-athletes’ mental training needs, their experiences with stress, and the influence of teammates and coaches on their decisions. She has worked in two Division I athletic departments helping athletes in their personal and career development and creating various service programs and workshops for student athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and athletic department personnel.

She recently has earned formal certification as a mental training consultant from the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, an organization in which she is an active member. Currently she is working with athletes from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as from area high schools and middle schools.

About The UPMC Center for Sports Medicine

The UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, located within the UPMC Sports Performance Complex on Pittsburgh’s South Side, employs the region’s largest staff of certified athletic trainers, physical therapists and physicians who attend to the daily sports medicine needs of athletes at 42 local high schools, 10 local colleges, the Pittsburgh Panthers, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as professional dancers in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. In addition to professional, elite, scholastic and amateur athletes, the center’s staff also treats many non-athletes who have musculoskeletal injuries related to physical activity.  For more information, log on to The UPMC Center for Sports Medicine’s website at www.sportsmedicine.upmc.com

About Traction Enterprises

Traction Enterprises is a sports marketing agency, offering marketing, public relations and market research services to motorsports athletes and companies involved in motorsports.  For more information, contact Denise Conroy-Galley at 951-461-8935/412-585-5536 or at tractionent@comcast.net .    

 

n which she is an active member. Currently she is working with athletes from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as from area high schools and middle schools.

About The UPMC Center for Sports Medicine

The UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, located within the UPMC Sports Performance Complex on Pittsburgh’s South Side, employs the region’s largest staff of certified athletic trainers, physical therapists and physicians who attend to the daily sports medicine needs of athletes at 42 local high schools, 10 local colleges, the Pittsburgh Panthers, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as professional dancers in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. In addition to professional, elite, scholastic and amateur athletes, the center’s staff also treats many non-athletes who have musculoskeletal injuries related to physical activity.  For more information, log on to The UPMC Center for Sports Medicine’s website at www.sportsmedicine.upmc.com

About Traction Enterprises

Traction Enterprises is a sports marketing agency, offering marketing, public relations and market research services to motorsports athletes and companies involved in motorsports.  For more information, contact Denise Conroy-Galley at 951-461-8935/412-585-5536 or at tractionent@comcast.net .