Sacred Heart University launches life and sport analysis clinic

Sacred Heart University has officially opened a Life and Sport Analysis Clinic (LSAC) in Trumbull. The clinic was founded in 2009 in a condensed form, but now it is running at capacity with a full-time staff.

“The idea was born a few years ago when a couple of the faculty on campus noticed that there was a missing link within the healthcare system,” says Brendan Rickert, clinical exercise scientist at LSAC. “So we created something that does not exist in many other places in the area or in the country.”

In the future, Rickert said, “our services will complement physical therapy clinics, so we’re trying to stay ahead of the curve by offering the best client-based exercise information and services.”

Exercise, nutrition, wellness

The clinic works with clients and patients to investigate each individual’s goals and needs. It offers exercise advice and programming, nutritional advice, and other health-related services.

State-of-the art laboratory equipment is used for analysis, including three-dimensional motion analysis and a Bod Pod, which is a body composition measuring device.

Many of the technologies being utilized at LSAC are not yet used in franchise gyms or commercial rehabilitation practices, according to SHU officials.

Community outreach

As part of the clinic’s community outreach efforts, staff members have run senior classes focusing on balance and strengthening exercises at nearby retirement centers.

“We have people who are 5K runners as well as 70-year-olds who just want to lose some weight,” Rickert said. “Not many places have such a wide range of diversity when it comes to services.”

The LSAC staff includes SHU faculty from the university’s exercise science, athletic training and physical therapy departments. Undergraduate and graduate students have employment opportunities at the clinic.