August 28, 2018 - TCO
TCO announces partnership with USA Curling
Twin Cities Orthopedics today announced a partnership with USA Curling to serve as its Official Sports Medicine Provider in an agreement that runs through the 2022 Winter Olympics.
In this role, TCO will provide strength training and conditioning, preventative care, rehabilitation and more for the USA Curling teams — of which many of its athletes are based in Minnesota and neighboring states.
“This partnership between TCO and USA Curling makes great sense on so many levels, especially given both of our commitments to the local communities and regions we work, play and compete in,” said Chris Bailey, PT, DPT, Director of Sports Medicine and Therapy at TCO. “We are looking forward to enhancing what the team is receiving in the areas of orthopedics and sports performance to help these athletes perform at their highest level.”
TCO will lead conditioning of the USA Curling athletes at its new state-of-the-art sports performance and training center, Training HAUS, which is adjacent to the Minnesota Vikings’ Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center and TCO Stadium in Eagan. Training HAUS features the latest equipment and technology to service sports performance and training as well as injury prevention, treatment and recovery, along with experts in strength and conditioning, nutrition and biomechanics, chiropractic, sports acupuncture and sports psychology.
“We are ecstatic to have begun this multi-year partnership with Twin Cities Orthopedics,” said Rick Patzke, Chief Executive Officer of USA Curling. “This raises the level of professionalism for elite performance support and services available in the USA Curling High Performance Program exponentially. The TCO physician services, athletic trainer support, strength and conditioning programming, and Training HAUS access are a major boon to all of the athletes in the program.”
TCO’s Certified Athletic Trainer for USA Curling/TCO will be Mike Gulenchyn, a Blaine, Minnesota, native who brings 25 years of experience working in sports medicine as well as a strength and conditioning coach.
“This is an awesome opportunity and I feel blessed to be working with the USA Curling program within the Training HAUS, a state-of-the-art facility,” Gulenchyn said. “I look forward to collaborating with the Training HAUS staff and offering these athletes access to some of the best minds in the business.”
In addition to the USA Curling partnership, TCO serves as the Official Sports Medicine Provider of the Minnesota Vikings, St. Paul Saints and many Twin Cities colleges and universities, including the University of St. Thomas, as well as several high schools.