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Sports performance center caters to athletes of all ages

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The Mass General Orthopedics Sports Performance Center at Patriots Place in Foxborough is a state-of-the-art facility that combines the best technology with the best doctors to keep an athlete injury free and optimize their performance.

"We can really look at the very fine details of movement and then produce three dimensional graphics to show it back to the person so they can understand what it's seeing. Bio-mechanical analysis itself is fine, but it's really about trying to find out the main problem here in terms of performance and likely hood for you to be injured again in the future," said Dr. Eric Berkson, director of the performance center.

The center specializes in golf and baseball, and former Boston Red Sox first baseman Sam Horn is the program leader for baseball.

"We're lucky enough to work with Sam Horn who's fantastic at what he does," Berkson said.

"They saw that I was a major league player, I had a previous school, 'Around the Horn', and it was just in tune with what they were trying to do here. And so far it's been a match made in heaven," Horn said.

In years past, sports science was only used with professional athletes. But now, with the center, younger athletes can use the technology to their benefit.

"This actually gives kids a chance to break down their own abilities, their own muscle structures. As a young kid coming into this, it gives them a chance to build a portfolio for college," Horn said.

"Nowadays kids specialize in their sports so early and they have problems because of that. And this type of analysis and teaching can show them how to participate safely and hopefully avoid injury as they go on in the future," Berkson said.

The prices range from $50 for clinics to $400 for individual sessions.

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