The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention offers an array of services that cannot be found elsewhere. Due to how unique these services are, we understand there are a lot of questions about what we do. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions we get at The Micheli Center, if you have a question that’s not answered below, please feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 781-216-3715.
- What’s the address of The Micheli Center?
9 Hope Avenue, Waltham MA 02453. We’re located directly next to the parking garage of Boston Children’s Hospital at Waltham.
- What are the hours of The Micheli Center?
- Is The Micheli Center the right place to go if my child is injured?
At The Micheli Center we focus on preventing injuries from occurring. Children and athletes should be healthy or well on their way to recovery before coming to The Micheli Center.
- Do I need to make an appointment to come, or can I just walk in?
Please register at least 48 hours in advance for all classes and programs.
Injury Prevention Evaluations
- What should I expect when I come in for an evaluation?
Before coming in for your first evaluation you’ll be asked to fill out a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) online to show that you are healthy enough to go through the evaluation and take a questionnaire that will provide us with a profile of your past medical and injury history, training habits, sleep patterns and some nutritional information as well. If you are under 18, you may want a parent around to help answer some of these questions, both surveys should take 20-30 minutes total to complete.On the day of your appointment you’ll spend about 2.5 hours with one of our Injury Prevention Specialists (IPS) who will take measurements on your flexibility, range of motion, bony angles, strength, body composition, movement patterns, speed, agility, and endurance. Next, you’ll meet with one of our Sports Medicine physicians who will go over your evaluation, tell you the injuries you’re most at risk for, and give you a prescription to reduce the risk of those injuries occurring. Finally, you’ll meet with your IPS again who will go over your prescription with you and answer any other questions you may have.
- How is the prescription created?
All of the information we collect during your evaluation, and all of the information collected on the surveys you sill out, is entered into our software (SIPRx) and put through a series of algorithms we’ve compiled using all of the most recent and reliable research available. Based on all of the data we put in and the sports you play, the software generates the injuries you’re most likely to receive. Those injuries are then partnered up with exercises, stretches, and lifestyle/training changes that will help to reduce the risk you are at for receiving those injuries. You can click here for an example of what a prescription will look like.
- How long does an evaluation take?
The average evaluation from start to finish takes approximately 3 – 3.5 hours. Children 10 and under go through a modified evaluation and those take 1.5 – 2 hours.
- What should I wear to the evaluation?
Make sure to wear athletic clothes (shorts with spandex underneath and a t-shirt are recommended) and sneakers you are comfortable running in. Females should ideally wear a tank top and sports bra. You may also want to bring a set of dry clothes to change into afterwards.
- Can I drop my child off and leave during the evaluation?
If your child is under the age of 18 you MUST come in and fill out the participation agreement before the Injury Prevention Evaluation can begin. If your child is 12 or under, we ask that you remain on site for the entirety of the assessment. The Micheli Center offers free wi-fi and use of the facility while you are waiting for your child’s evaluation to finish.
- If I’ve already had an evaluation, how often should I come back for another one?
We encourage trainees to come in every 3 months for a re-evaluation.
- Is there an age limit, or maximum, on the evaluations?
We open our doors to athletes of any and all ages.
- What sports do you provide Injury Prevention Evaluations for?
If you play it, run it or participate in it, we can help you reduce the risk for sustaining an injury – that includes the performing arts, such as dance and figure skating.
- I’ve had an evaluation, now who can help me complete all of the recommendations?
At the end of your evaluation our Injury Prevention Specialist will go over the most important exercises with you and any other questions you may have. You can complete the prescription by coming back to The Micheli Center and using our facilities or working with one of our specialists (fill out the form to work with a trainer here), you can complete it at home or any gym you may already belong to, or you can click here for a full list of our designated training facilities that can help you go through the prescription as well.
QuickStart Running Program & Gait Retraining
- What happens during the QuickStart Running Program?
During this program flexibility and movement patterns are assessed by an Injury Prevention Specialist prior to a thorough treadmill analysis. While the individual is running, key factors such as posture, cadence, foot strike and stride are observed. Upon completion, instruction to improve running gait is provided along with exercises to both stretch and strengthen specific muscles.
- What should I wear to the program?
Participants should wear whatever clothing and footwear they normally run in.
- What do I do after the QuickStart?
We recommend you follow up with our gait retraining classes, where we’ll work on all of the recommendations made during your initial visit. Your first gait retraining class will be a private, 30 minute session, followed by six to seven group sessions. Once we feel you’ve made significant progress, we’ll recommend a re-evaluation of your gait, strength, and flexibility; this usually occurs around the eighth visit.
ACL Injury Prevention
- Who should sign up for the 8 week prevention program?
Anyone who is at a high risk for an ACL injury (ex. previous history of ACL injury, females under the age of 18, etc.) would benefit from either program. The 8 week program is designed to provide an athlete with an evidence-based exercise program supervised by certified fitness professionals to minimize the risk of an ACL tear.
- If I’ve previously torn my ACL, can I come to these programs?
Yes, as long you have been cleared to return to physical activity (running, cutting and pivoting).
Memberships & Training
- Who are memberships available for?
Memberships are available for children and athletes of all ages who have an interest in staying active, healthy, and safe while playing their sport.
- What privileges do I get with a membership?
Members may use the space at The Micheli Center to exercise and train any time that we are open. They may also draw on the expertise of our staff, that is always available, for tips on safely and correctly exercising.
- Do I have to be a member to sign up for training?
No. All of our services, including personal training, are available to members and non-members alike.
- Who does the training?
Click here to view profiles on all of our staff, including our Fitness Specialists and Injury Prevention Specialists who all offer training.