Minot, ND – The Minot Minotauros are excited to continue their long partnership with Trinity Sports Medicine. Trinity has provided athletic trainers for the Minotauros for games and practices since 2011-2012, the Minotauros first season. More recently, Trinity has sent an athletic trainer on the road with the Tauros as well so that Tauros players are always well taken care of. The 2018-19 season will see the Tauros and Trinity take their partnership to another level.
This year, Certified Athletic Trainer Kevin Melby will join team physician Dr. Dawn Mattern as the primary care staff for the Tauros. Kevin has a wealth of knowledge in athletic training including a significant amount of experience working with hockey, at all levels, in the region in the past 20 years. Also joining the Tauros team is Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, Jason Meyer, who will be developing and implementing the team’s Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention plan.
Marty Murray, the Tauros Head Coach and General Manager is excited about the additions to the program “we’re excited to continue our relationship with Trinity and take it to another level. Dr. Mattern is very well respected and we’re fortunate to have her caring for our athletes. Kevin brings a passion and professionalism that will be a huge asset to our program on a daily basis. Jason has a strong knowledge of the most current training methods and I look forward to seeing what he can do with our players.” While Trinity has provided the Tauros with medical care for seven seasons this will be the first season that the Tauros will have a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach from Trinity as part of the program.
It is not just the addition of the coach that will benefit Tauros players, it is also the addition of a new Trinity training room in house at the Maysa Arena that will allow for the Tauros to play, practice, train, and recover all under one roof. Murray is excited for what that means for his players, “we’re pleased to be moving into the training center at the arena. Having an in-house facility is huge for getting ready for practice and games.”
Trinity Sports Medicine describes their project at the Maysa: “A great addition to the facilities of the Maysa Arena is the new Dryland Training Room that Trinity Sports Medicine has now developed. It is located in the old “meeting room” that was behind the concession stand in the original MAYSA. The room will be utilized for injury prevention programming and performance enhancement for the Minotauros hockey programs as well as other ice users such as Minot State Hockey and the Hockey Booster program. The design of the space is for focusing on the utilization of Trinity Sports Medicine’s FASTER athletics injury prevention program, including specific programming for FASTER hockey that is specialized in the prevention of injuries that are commonly seen in hockey athletes. There will also be opportunities in the future to include other sport specific injury prevention programming for the region, as well as the physically active general population or recreation athletes.”
Together with Trinity the Tauros look forward to continuing to help build hockey in Minot and make Minot a destination for NAHL players. The additions to the Tauros staff and the new training facility help the Tauros work towards both goals.
The Minotauros players report for training camp Monday night and will all have physicals with Dr. Mattern Tuesday morning before hitting the ice for their first official practice. Then the Tauros open the preseason on Friday night in Bismarck against the rival Bobcats before returning to the Maysa to host the Bobcats on Saturday night. Tickets are just $5.00 and available now by clicking here. Season ticket holders get in free, with tickets already placed in your online ticket account.