Burtscher Fieldhouse & The Greg Needell Gymnasium
The Burtscher Fieldhouse contains over 20,000 square feet of athletic facilities, including The Greg Needell Gymnasium, the state-of-the-art Greg Needell Strength & Conditioning Room, fully equipped Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation room, Sports Science Lab, ski and snowboard tuning rooms, day student locker rooms, staff locker rooms, full-size indoor basketball court, a golf simulator and a perfoming arts stage, as well as athletic offices and classrooms.
Air Awareness Center
In 2014, SMS completed construction on a 10,000-square-foot Air Awareness Center on the SMS Campus. The Air Awareness Center provides a safe, effective learning environment for athletes in the SMS Snowboard, Freeski and Freestyle Programs, the “SMS Action Sports.” Through the use of state-of-the-art materials and coaching, SMS athletes have the opportunity to rapidly improve their skills while learning new tricks in a secure environment. Progressive training techniques and individualized instruction will serve both the individual athlete and the SMS Program as a whole.
The Air Awareness Center (AAC) features a MaxAir Supertramp, two Ross trampolines, a 20x40 foam pit, a skate park, and the AAC also houses the Action Sport Program’s strength and conditioning training space.
Greg Needell Strength & Conditioning Room
The SMS weight room houses more than 4,000 square feet of lifting space complete with free weights, guided weight machines and cardio equipment. The Weight Room Strength and Conditioning Facility houses 26 spin bikes, which allows entire teams to complete focused spin and recovery workouts. Additionally, there are four Olympic lifting platforms, four Glute-Ham machines, four sets of rings, bumper plates, medicine balls, dumbbells and kettlebells.
Sports Science Lab
The main component of the Sports Science Lab is the Monark testing bike, which is used to test peak power and aerobic threshold. The bike is used in conjunction with blood tests, to measure the quantity of lactic acid being produced in the body.
“The lab tests athletes’ improvement and associates it with skiing results,” said Mike Morin, Alpine Program Director. “It directly links improved power from our conditioning program, to results on the hill. This measured improvement is used to modify both the athlete’s training plan and the overall Alpine Program training plan.”
Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Room
From rehabilitation equipment and injury prevention exercises, to hot and cold whirlpool tubs for treatment, the Sports Medicine athletic training room is well-prepared for outstanding treatment and performance improvement.
Staffed by a certified athletic trainer, sports medicine treatment at SMS is easily linked to various other sports medicine facilities in Vermont and New England. SMS has an excellent working relationship with the facilities at Stratton Mountain Resort, including ski patrol and the Otis Clinic, a branch of Grace Cottage Hospital. Vermont Orthopedic Clinic in Rutland and iSport are excellent additional resources, as the professionals at these clinics continue to ensure the best and most effective injury treatment for each athlete referred.
Programs are accredited through an independent process by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) via the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training (JRC-AT). For more than a decade, athletic trainers have been a part of the American Medical Association’s Health Professions Career and Education Directory. Additional clinical and academic supporters are the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. The athletic trainer specializes in injury and illness prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for all physically active people, including the general public.
SMS utilizes the regulation-size Luckenbill Field for all of its home soccer and lacrosse games. The field is essential to training throughout the year as well, serving as the perfect spot for conditioning.