Women’s softball contenders bound for San Diego’s U.S. Olympic Training Center
By Dr. Jay S. Berenter, DPM
Earlier this month, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America released the names of thirty athletes who have been selected for admission to the 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp. The camp, which takes place June 12-17 at San Diego’s own U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, will accept one more round of participants this month and announce the final contenders list on May 31.
Approximately 17 players will be chosen for the USA team roster from among those attending next month’s Selection Camp. Once assembled, the USA Women’s Softball team will compete in six different events throughout the U.S. and abroad in the hopes of capturing titles at the World Cup of Softball VI and the Pan American Games.
Athletes inspire San Diego community support, expert advice and enthusiasm
San Diegans are proud to welcome great athletes to the U.S. Olympic Training center – especially when some of those athletes get to return home in the process. Among the players invited to the Selection Camp is local native Ashley Lane of Escondido, who currently plays for the University of Michigan. Next month, Lane will be back in San Diego to compete for a spot on the Women’s National Team – and local softball enthusiasts will rally to support her and the other young athletes in their efforts.
As a former youth softball coach and seasoned sports injury surgeon, I understand the thrill of working with aspiring athletes first hand. One of the most rewarding aspects of my San Diego podiatry practice is the opportunity to serve players and competitors who train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. By implementing state-of-the-art computerized foot scan technology to asses orthotic needs and maximize performance, I help young athletes like the Women’s National Team contenders operate at a peak level – and in doing so, I get the chance to make my own small contribution to the Olympics and other international sporting events.
Podiatry may not seem like it has all that much to do with Olympic training or national softball; but because top athletes push themselves to the limit, even the slightest biomechanical problem in the feet can throw the whole body – and by extension, overall athletic performance – out of balance. Custom orthotics can help softball players and other competitors regain that balance and achieve the safest, most effective training possible.
While my work at the U.S. Olympic Training Center is done on a volunteer basis, it affects everything about my broader podiatric practice – from the athletic action shots that cover our office walls to the commitment we feel to all our loyal patients throughout La Jolla and San Diego.
Good luck to the all the Women’s National Softball Team hopefuls, from all of us at the office of Dr. Jay S. Berenter, DPM. We know how important it is for athletes to be at their best, and remain committed to ensuring that all our patients put their best foot forward both on and off the field. Learn more about our practice online, at http://www.drberenter.com.
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