Colts launch OHL’s first Sports Science and Performance Department


Barrie, ON – The Barrie Colts have partnered with Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre, Mind to Muscle Strength & Conditioning Centre and Georgian College’s Exercise Physiology Lab to launch the first and only Sports Science and Performance Department in the OHL.

The goal of the new department is to optimize on-ice player performance as well as off-ice development. This will be achieved by employing various tests and player evaluations. Biomechanics, Physiology, Nutrition, Mental/Emotional and Performance analysis will give coaches and medical staff invaluable insight into individual needs, allowing us to push the developmental potential of every player.

“I am very excited for this launch and I could not have done it without our great partners Sports Med, M2M and Georgian College. I presented this idea to management months ago and they bought in right away; they believe in this program and believe in myself,” said Barrie Colts Head Athletic Therapist and Strength Coach, Jimmy McKnight. “I am grateful for this opportunity and hope it will help us win a championship. We are fortunate enough to compete in one of the world’s greatest developmental leagues and it is efforts like this that will keep us at the top,” he added. 

Sports Science departments have become very prevalent at the professional level, with teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs leading the way. The Colts believe that this program will help with player development and performance, and play a significant role in our ultimate goal of bringing a championship home to Barrie.

“This league is so incredibly competitive that you need to keep finding every advantage you can get. This program will allow us to find that ‘next level’ and hopefully give us a leg up on the rest of the teams in this league,” said Barrie Colts General Manager and Head Scout, Jason Ford.

The Barrie Colts are very pleased to partner with Sports Medicine and Mind to Muscle, with whom we’ve had a tremendous relationship with since our inception. The Colts have selected Sports Medicine and Mind to Muscle because they have been industry leaders in athletic performance and injury care for over 30 years. The Colts are excited to be leaders in a new Sports Science program that will enhance our players’ development and performance.

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