Sanford POWER to open facility in Minnesota

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Sanford Health is partnering with the Bemidji Community Arena Corporation (BCAC) to provide year-round Sanford POWER services at the Bemidji Community Arena (BCA) beginning Fall 2020/Winter 2021.  In addition, the second sheet of ice will officially be named the Sanford POWER Rink.

“The completion of the addition at the BCA has presented us with a unique chance to make our Sanford POWER services more readily available in the community,” said Susan Jarvis, president and CEO of Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota. “We couldn’t be more pleased that the BCAC reached out to us with this opportunity and look forward to what this new partnership will bring for our organizations and for Bemidji.”

Sanford Health has partnered with Bemidji High School and other local schools for the past eight years to offer summer POWER strength and conditioning programs for student athletes.

“We’ve seen great success with our middle school and high school summer POWER programs. Unfortunately, without a permanent, designated space, we’ve only been able to offer these programs during the summer up to this point,” said Brad Neis, executive director for orthopedics & sports medicine  services, including Sanford POWER, for Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota. “This facility will allow us to better meet the training needs of our community.”

In the Sanford Health Sioux Falls, Fargo and Bismarck regions, there are dedicated facilities to offer Sanford POWER services to athletes of all ages and athletic abilities year-round. Sanford POWER uses training methods supported by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the American College of Sports Medicine and USA Weightlifting to prioritize safe and efficient training.

With this partnership, Sanford Health will be able to offer something similar in Bemidji. Within the BCA’s practice rink, the Sanford POWER team will provide training services and facilities for athletes as well as community members wanting to condition with Sanford POWER strength coaches to be healthier or stronger.

Sanford will be leasing dedicated space in the BCA facility for year-round POWER services. The space will be divided into two areas. One will offer year-round training specifically for hockey athletes of all ages. The second space will be for all athletes and community members to access Sanford POWER training. The BCA’s second sheet of ice will officially be named the Sanford POWER rink.

Specific forms of training that will be offered include, but are not limited to:

  • Athletic performance training for groups, teams and individuals
  • Mental performance coaching
  • Return to performance programs
  • Running services
  • Sports nutrition

“No matter what a person is training for, we will be able to offer accessible sports- and activity-based POWER programs that can help improve physical performance, analyze risk or prevent musculoskeletal injuries in our community’s athletes,” said Neis.