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Mayo Clinic set to launch new sports medicine facility and healthy living programs

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The pop of a baseball mitt. The scratch of hockey skates.  All these sounds can be heard echoing around the new facilities of the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center at Mayo Clinic.

"We envision everything from the youth athlete to the weekend warrior, so there are really no age barriers," said Dr. Michael Stuart, the co-director of Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine.

The health and living programs offer a la carte or four day programs that teach you how to clear your mind, or learn to cook a healthy meal.

"We think that eating healthy and eating well aren't mutually exclusive.  Nutrition is related to the five leading causes of death in this country, but it doesn't have to be drudgery you don't have to spend all night in the kitchen," said Dr. Donald Hensrud, the medical director of Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program.

Each zone is geared to promote wellness visibly and subliminally.

"Each area has there own personality.  In the physical activity area going on we have music that gets people fired up about doing that.  In our resiliency area it's a more calming environment," said Hensrud.

In addition to the healthy living center, Mayo Clinic added a sports medicine facility complete with a hockey treadmill and monitoring system.

Around 13 cameras line the rooms, and Mayo Clinic can even create a 3-D map of a player's golf swing.  All of this is in an effort to increase form and prevent injury.

"We can do video analysis for example, and have our physical therapists and athletic trainers, physicians all come together to decide when an athlete is truly ready to go back," said Stuart.

Training sessions aren't merely a solo act, but can cover a whole group.

"We train them on an individual basis and we can train them in a team basis and have themes for certain sports.  Movement patterns that we want to see happen," said Dr. Edward Laskowski, the co-director of Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center.

The facility officially opens its doors on May 5, but the facility hold a public open house on May 3.

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