Athletes of all ages geared up for the OTC Speed Clinic at Howard Field (off Dunlap Road) in Milledgeville Tuesday.
Directed by Tim Thomas, clinic founder, and his son, Brandon Thomas, current OTC trainer, the clinic incorporates different drills and exercises to help improve an athlete’s performance.
“We do a lot of lateral drills,” Brandon said. “We do a lot of hip flexor work.”
Brandon says that the skills learned at the speed clinic are crucial for young athletes because they do not come naturally.
“They’re very important because a lot of stuff we teach them isn’t natural,” Brandon said. “We teach them moves and skills that most people can’t do.”
The clinic runs all summer, as the athletes have been working with Brandon since June 7 and will not complete the full program until July 28. This gives the coaches an opportunity to see vast improvements in the athletes.
“A lot of beginners have moved up in skill levels,” Brandon said. “Now I can use the more advanced drills to test their skills.
To split up the different fitness levels and ages, Brandon and his staff host two sessions on Tuesday and Thursday nights, the first being at 5:30 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m.
“They all improve at various levels,” Brandon said. “When they improve we just put them in the later group.”
Following in his father’s steps, Brandon enjoys working with the kids and helping them reach their full potential.
“I like working with the kids,” he said. “All the other years I’ve been assistant to my dad, but I love working with kids, period.”
For more information, call Brandon or Tim Thomas at (478) 452-8903.