There are two things that 21-year old Cole Tesar of Huntersville, North Carolina has been passionate about since he can remember: playing soccer and BMX racing. Tesar’s athletic pursuits have resulted in more than his share of injuries, including broken bones, torn muscles, neck and hamstring injuries, a concussion and a lacerated kidney. Both Tesar and his parents credit the experts at Novant Health for keeping him on field and on the track.

When Tesar’s dad connected him with Novant Health Sports & Performance Medicine powered by EXOS , they found a team that would not only help him continue to rehabilitate previous injuries, but also prevent future ones.

“The EXOS facility and my strength coach have been a game-changer for me,” said Tesar, now a professional bicycle dirt-track racer with three world championships under his belt and aspirations of making the 2020 Olympic BMX team. “My whole body moves properly and I feel stronger and more confident.”   

Novant Health Sports & Performance Medicine powered by EXOS is an innovative sports and fitness training facility in Huntersville formed through a partnership between Novant Health and EXOS, a global leader in the health and wellness space. The EXOS system uses an integrated approach that combines mindset, nutrition, movement and recovery – and approach that has helped support some of the best athletes in the world, including Olympic champions.

Novant Health Sports & Performance Medicine powered by EXOS offers:

·         Athletic trainers, performance specialists, performance dieticians and physical therapists who design and deliver performance game plans.

·         Tools and education needed to improve performance, reduce risk of injury and better fuel the body with proper nutrition.

·         Programs for athletes of all ages and experience levels, as well as fitness-minded individuals.    

·         The opportunity to train in a professional atmosphere with top fitness equipment.

·         The full continuum of care – from fitness to injury to rehabilitation. The experts are able to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and return to sport.  

A south Charlotte location is planned to open February 2018.      

The competitive edge

Through her education and career as a performance athletic trainer, Leyna Hebert has been exposed to BMX world-class facilities, coaches and training systems, so she was the perfect fit for Tesar’s unique needs as a BMX professional. “Cole’s sports performance training improves his functional movement to support the unique physical demands of his competitive BMX racing,” said Hebert. “I help him and other athletes identify weaknesses and restrictions, and help build strength and stability to reduce risk of injury.”     

Tesar has also worked with sports performance dietitian, Mary Glenn Yort, MS, RD, who developed a nutrition program to meet Tesar’s needs. “Nutrition provides the foundational support to fuel the mind and body and maximize performance,” said Yort. “The way that we fuel our bodies – in sports and in life – can make or break our performance.” 

   The journey to the U.S. BMX Olympic team is a competitive one – only four BMX racers will compete on the team in 2020. Tesar said, “The love of BMX racing keeps me going, and I will continue to give it everything I’ve got to make it to the Olympics.”  

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Photo:  performance athletic trainer, Leyna Hebert MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS, XPS, CES, has worked closely with Cole Tesar to achieve peak performance and avoid injuries.