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Triple threat for training at True Sports Performance

From rehabbing an injury to yoga and off-season training, True Sports Performance in Detroit Lakes showcased a wide range of training options during its open house on April 30.

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Lydia Johnson, 6, catches a weighted training ball from Linnae Truedson, 8, during an open house at True Sports Performance at its Washington Avenue location on April 30, 2022.
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During its open house on April 30, True Sports Performance showcased a diverse training model that includes everyone from off-season athletes to patients continuing physical therapy following injury.

The one-stop-training shop is located north of the railroad tracks on Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes and Tom Truedson, owner and operator of TSP, said a common misconception about their facility is that it's only for athletes. The definition of an athlete is pretty loose, he added.

"If you golf once per week, technically, you're an athlete. If you do yoga, you're an athlete. If you do cross fit, you're an athlete," said Truedson. "If you are a physically active person, whatever your goals are, we can help you achieve them."

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Event attendees check out the information table during an open house at True Sports Performance at their Washington Avenue location on April 30, 2022.
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TSP has also started a Total Joint Workshop on every fourth Tuesday of the month from 5:30-6:15 p.m., he said. The focus of the program will be restoring muscle strength, promoting joint stability, improving balance and creating exercises tailored to a specific joint replacement surgery.

"What the research shows is that when you get done with those four to six weeks with your physical therapist, but you're coming out of a joint (surgery), strength deficits are still present well past that," he said. "So this is kind of like a bridge program for those types of people to continue their strength training and continue to get back to fully-functional."

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Truedson has over 14 years of sports training experience, including six seasons as an athletic trainer with the New York Mets baseball team, and said he initially got into sports training because he was an athlete growing up and just fell in love with it.

"Suffering an injury in the middle of your season ... can be devastating physically and mentally, it's tough on people" he said. "To help them through that process, and the recovery process, and to see them go through that and all the way back to the return to play, and performing at a high level, it feels good to know that you helped someone get back to what they want to do."

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Jennifer Frank, left, Jenna Leadbetter, and Tom Truedson, owner and operator of True Sports Performance, smile for a group photograph during an open house at True Sports Performance at their Washington Avenue location on April 30, 2022.
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The Detroit Lakes training facility opened in July of 2021 and is continuing to expand its offerings by teaming up with Lakes Movement, a physical therapy-focused organization, and TSP Yoga.

"We work together in this location, so we thought we'd better have this open house and stir up a little buzz, get out names out there, and get people in to see the facility" he said. "What's nice about Jen Frank (Lakes Movement) is she's a physical therapist and an athletic trainer, so she's dual credentialed."

She also has the capability to work with patients from the post-surgical-beginning of their rehabilitation through their eventual return to play, he said.

Frank, and her organization, Lakes Movement, specializes in movement assessments to help identify body limitations, sustained rehabilitation from injury or surgery and other facets of sports medicine and physical therapy.

"I think the outcomes and our goals we have for our organizations really align well," said Frank. "I love watching people move, watching people run, and helping them move better. I love the performance athletes, like the dancers and gymnasts, they get a lot of back pain or maybe they can't get an extension high enough, and so it's like breaking down their movement patterns and seeing how can I help that dancer get a higher leg lift, or that gymnast get an easier back bend."

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Jenna Leadbetter, right, yoga instructor at True Sports Performance, talks with event attendees during an open house at True Sports Performance at their Washington Avenue location on April 30, 2022.
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Three yoga class are offered throughout the week led by Jenna Leadbetter, certified yoga instructor. Sculpt and Shred, a high-intensity full-body workout is offered on Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7-8 a.m., and Restore and Recover, a mind, flexibility and balance session, is offered on Saturday from 8:15-9:15 a.m.

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"I've been practicing (yoga) for over 15 years, teaching for 10 years, it's a passion," said Leadbetter. "When you think about the dynamic trio we have going on (at TSP), you've got a licensed athletic trainer with multiple additional certifications, you have a licensed physical therapist with multiple additional certifications and you've got a yoga instructor with multiple additional certifications and we all fit into a little different niche to give that whole-body approach to each individual client."

For more information about True Sports Performance , yoga at TSP , or Lakes Movement , visit their Facebook page or website .

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Kids color with markers at a table during an open house at True Sports Performance at their Washington Avenue location on April 30, 2022.
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