Performance Lab

At Sanford POWER we provide access to comprehensive functional, physiological and biomechanical evaluations. These evaluations are for anyone who is looking to improve his/her physical performance, or for musculoskeletal injuries. Our experts work one-on-one with the athlete to develop an individualized program to help achieve his/her specific performance goals.

Please note that some services are not yet available at certain POWER locations.

All sports require dynamic movement and our bodies are willing – but not always able – to perform. That’s why proper recovery is essential to improve performance. We want to help you recover faster and perform at your best while decreasing muscle fatigue and soreness. Services include:

  • Movement and Mobility Therapy
  • Dry Needling
  • Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)
  • Recovery Nutrition
  • Normatec Recovery System
  • Taping
  • Vibration Foam Rolling

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It starts with our experts at Sanford POWER Sports Physical Therapy. We help athletes of all ages get back in the action as quickly and safely as possible following a sports-related injury, surgery, or overuse.

Our experienced team includes board-certified physical therapists, exercise physiologists, and a biomechanist. To improve treatments and access for athletes, we use a team approach and offer our services in the state-of-the-art facilities.

Our innovative programs and facilities unite to give athletes an unparalleled experience. We use the latest scientific evidence and research with functional outcome assessments and return to play guidelines, performed with innovative equipment and technology to help athletes be better than they thought possible.

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Designed specifically to diagnose, treat and prevent running injuries. Our expert team of professionals, which includes sports medicine physicians, physical therapists, exercise physiologists and clinical biomechanists, work one-on-one with you to develop an individualized program to help you reach your specific running goals.

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This innovative treadmill is a game changer in both training and physical therapy rehabilitation. It helps a broad spectrum of people – top athletes, orthopedic and neurologic patients, pediatric, geriatric, and those looking to lose weight – to achieve their personal health, wellness, or performance goals.

The lessened gravitational forces allow people all ages and experience levels to:

  • Train without pain and reduce stress to joints and muscles
  • Rehabilitate lower extremity injuries with less pain and less impact
  • Maintain fitness while rehabilitating from injury or surgery
  • Lose weight safely and exercise more intensively
  • Push training sessions further and longer with less risk of injury
  • Recover effectively and with less pain after training or competition

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Sport-specific nutrition interventions can help an athlete maximize power and endurance, as well as overall health and performance. Interventions, often times, include an assessment of daily eating patterns, 3-day dietary analysis, and an assessment of nutrition tactics used during training and competition, including preparation and recovery.

Through a one-on-one consultation with a sports dietitian, individualized strategies to maximize training and performance are developed. The dietitian also helps the athlete accommodate any specific allergies or chronic health conditions he/she may have. The goal is to help each athlete effectively fuel his/her body for optimal performance and health.

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When prominent athletes tell the world they’re struggling with their mental health, it serves as a reminder that athletic success can have little bearing on how one feels.

Research suggests that anxiety or depression in current elite athletes is 34% according to a report from the British Journal of Sports Medicine. In contrast, the prevalence of any mental illness for adults in the U.S in a given year is 20%.

Andy Gillham, Ph.D., is a senior sports performance specialist with Sanford POWER who advises athletes and coaches on developing and maintaining strong mental approaches to the sports they’re involved in.


Sioux Falls
(605) 312-7800
Grand Forks
(701) 757-8900