Sterling Presents High School Students with Strength and Conditioning Awards

Sterling Physical Therapy recently announced its first class of high school strength and conditioning students of the year. The new program encourages and rewards area high school students for participation and performance in their school’s strength and conditioning program.

This award program is geared toward all students at participating high schools and is open to both athletes and non-athletes. A male and female student is chosen at each participating school based on three criteria: leadership, passion, and performance in the strength and conditioning program.

Coaches and strength and conditioning staff selected a strong class of inaugural winners. Travis Sterling, owner of Sterling Physical Therapy, presented the awards at Pella High School, Pekin High School, and PCM High School. All winners received a personalized challenge coin, certificate, and their picture featured on Sterling’s website.

Matt Meyers
Pella High School
Annie Jones
Pekin High School

Members of this year’s class of students of the year are:

Travis Sterling spoke to the importance of the program for local schools and the clinic’s patients:

“We want to be a one-stop-shop for coaches, parents, and athletes when it comes to sports and orthopaedic services. This awards program encourages students to live healthy lives, which needs to be a stronger priority in the community.”

Bill Van Horn, Pella High School’s athletic director said:

“It’s a great incentive for our kids to engage in physical activity. The concept is good because it’s inclusive – it’s for boys and girls, athletes and non-athletes. We’re incorporating it into our personal fitness classes in the physical education program as a motivational tool.”

Participating schools receive educational information from Sterling on nutrition, injury care, strength and conditioning, and general health that the school can use in its curriculum.

A new company, Sterling Centre of Sports Performance, provides students from participating schools with discounts on strength and conditioning-related products and services.

Would you like to see your school participate in Sterling’s Strength and Conditioning Awards program? Contact Travis at the clinic for more information about how to get your school involved.

Win an iPod Touch from Sterling at the Central College Health Fair

On April 8th, Sterling Physical Therapy will be at the Central College Health Fair, held in the Maytag Student Center from 9:00am-2:00pm.  The Central College Health Fair is an annual event that area businesses participate in to promote wellness topics aimed at the Central College student body.

We are very excited to announce that individuals who stop by Sterling Physical Therapy’s display will be eligible to win an iPod Touch, so mark your calendars to stop by! Our display is going to be composed of physical therapy-based information and success stories, with staff members Kitty Tysseling and Megan Swingen on hand to answer any questions.  In addition, our ever-popular SOLE foot beds will be on display.

We would like to thank Central College Health Services, particularly Marge Zondervan, RN, for her assistance and including us in this year’s health fair.

We are looking forward to coming on campus to spend the day at Central College and to visit with everyone. Don’t forget about the iPod Touch giveaway!

If you happen to miss us this Thursday, check back for photo updates of the health fair.  For additional information: call 641.621.1401, email, or stop by in Pella.

Area Teens Participate in Pella’s Amazing Race Challenge

Sterling Physical Therapy sponsored the Amazing Race event on March 18—the Pella version for area teens, similar to the nationally syndicated reality television game show.

Organized by the Pella Aquatic Center, the Pella Art Center, and the Pella Public Library, ten teams of two teens swam, danced, ran, and crafted their way through the various race events.

“We feel it is important for kids to participate in physical activity and to make it fun,” said Katie Dreyer, youth services librarian at the Pella Public Library. “The Amazing Race was a way for us to incorporate a lot of different challenges into one program and highlight fun physical activity as some of those challenges.”

Given the clinic’s previous triathlon sponsorship and healthy living goals, sponsoring the event was an easy choice for Sterling Physical Therapy.

“[We are] committed to the community, and particularly interested in any activities that promote good health. When we were contacted to be part of this event it was a no brainer,” shared Travis Sterling, owner of Sterling Physical Therapy.

Teams had five different challenges to complete—beginning at the indoor pool. There, teams had to find a total of five dollars in coins, while pulling their teammate around in an inner tube. Then, after being transported to the Community Center, teams performed a Dutch Dance in wooden shoes, for which Mayor Dobernecker was a judge. After the dance, teams ran an obstacle race in the gym and made tulips at the Art Center. Finally, teams rushed to the library to complete a library skills challenge.

Research from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion shows that nearly half of all young people aged 12-21 are not vigorously active on a regular basis, and that physical activity declines dramatically with age during adolescence.

“[The challenge] was for physical activity for the teens and to offer a fun and exciting program for teens during Spring Break,” said Dreyer.

Sterling works with patients of all ages, including teenagers. Learn how the clinic’s therapists help Knoxville athletes overcome injuries by watching the video at left.

Join the Amazing Race in Pella

Sterling Physical Therapy is excited to announce our sponsorship of the Amazing Race event happening March 18 in Pella. This challenge for area teens (6th grade to high school) is being organized by the Pella Aquatic Center, the Pella Art Center, and the Pella Public Library.

Bringing the Amazing Race to Pella

The Pella edition of the Amazing Race is similar to the nationally syndicated reality television game show, with Pella Pella teens participate in challenges involving swimming, an obstacle course, art, Dutch Dancing, and the public library. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, 2010.

The race will host ten teams of two, with registration being accepted at the Community Services Office. The office can be reached at 641-628-4571 on Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An entrance fee of $5 per team will be required and a permission slip must be signed before participating in the race.

Supporting well-being in the community

Given our previous sponsorships and promotion of triathlons, races, and overall healthy living, getting involved with this event was an easy choice for the clinic.

“Sterling Physical Therapy is committed to the community, and particularly interested in any activities that promote good health. When we were contacted to be part of this event, promoting good health with young people, it was a no brainer,” shared Travis Sterling, owner of Sterling Physical Therapy.

Katie Dreyer, Youth Services Librarian at Pella Public Library, shared her excitement about having Sterling Physical Therapy as a sponsor.

“We are very happy that Sterling has agreed [to] be a sponsor.  Physical therapy is associated with getting up, moving and staying active,” said Dreyer. “By joining forces with the Aquatic Center, Art Center and Library, we are able to bring a fun, challenging program to Pella middle school and high school students during Spring Break.”

If you’d like to get involved with this event, contact the Community Services Office in Pella.