The Marilyn P. Kasputys Branch of The Micheli Center
for Sports Injury Prevention
The Marilyn P. Kasputys Branch of The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention is a new location at The Skating Club of Boston’s new training facility in Norwood, for The Micheli Center’s ground-breaking approach to injury prevention in athletes of every age. Founded by world-renowned sports orthopedic specialist and the Director of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Lyle Micheli, the center applies decades of research, data and experience across a wide variety of sports to help today’s athletes avoid injuries in the first place. In addition to providing prescriptive evaluations and practical strength-and-conditioning plans to help prevent injuries, the center’s trainers also offer group and private instruction in over 4,000 square feet of space to train Club skaters with all of their off-ice strength and conditioning requirements. In addition, the center’s space includes examination and treatment rooms, offices for sports psychology and nutrition, on-site physical therapy, and an x-ray imaging room for any immediate examination requirements.
The center also includes a 1,600-square foot dedicated dance space with a sprung floor, ballet bars and mirrors for a variety of off-ice dance, choreography and jump classes. Also within the center, the Club operates a high-altitude training room – the only such training room in the area – and the Club’s jump spinner.
Programs and Offerings
During the summer season, The Micheli Center is switching to a weekly schedule for its group classes. To view the weekly class schedule as well as the class pricing information, please refer to the schedule(s) includes below.
Members can now register to use the fitness center at The Micheli Center! Due to COVID-19 policies, please note that:
Members must sign both a participation agreement and physical activity readiness questionnaire with The Micheli Center before using The Micheli Center’s gym and services.
Members will be safety screened by The Micheli Center staff before using the space.
Any and all use of The Micheli Center (including sole use of equipment) must be scheduled in advance by calling (781) 216-0070. Use may be restricted at times due to COVID-19 regulations.
Individuals 13 to 15 years old may use The Micheli Center facility on their own for warm-up, stretching and use of the cardio equipment only.
Individuals 16 years and older can use all equipment on their own. Those who are 16 and 17 years old must schedule a complimentary equipment walkthrough (30 minutes) before their first use of the space.
Gym membership use is restricted to 45 minutes.
To register to use the fitness center, please click on the button below.
Consultation Clinic Information:
- Held on Tuesdays 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM and Thursdays 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM starting this Tuesday, March 2nd.
- Before visiting, all skaters must be registered as a patient with Boston Children’s Hospital and give consent for PT treatment. (Parental consent required for those under 18 years of age.)
- Times are scheduled (10 to 15-minute intervals) through The Micheli Center front desk, (781) 216-0070.
- Please know that all information discussed during the consultation clinic is kept confidential and is considered personal health information.
- The physical therapy consultation clinic will be offered at no charge through May 27th.
Physical Therapy Consultation
Heather Southwick joins The Micheli Center following a long tenure at Boston Ballet. Since 2011, she was the Director of Physical Therapy, managing health and wellness programs for the company dancers and building partnerships among healthcare providers across the region. From 1996-2011, Heather was a staff physical therapist at Boston Children’s Hospital, primarily treating the professional and student companies at Boston Ballet. She has treated numerous Broadway shows, including “The Lion King”, “Hairspray”, and “Cats”, both in New York and Boston, and toured with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College with degrees in psychology and dance, Heather also studied at the Laban Institute for Dance in London, England, before pursuing a graduate degree in physical therapy at Simmons College.
An active member of the Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health, Heather currently manages the research protocol for the standardized screening and injury surveillance project for professional dancers. Some of her recent publications include chapters in “Performing Arts Medicine”, Lauren Elson, editor, and “Preventing Injuries in the Young Dancer”, Lyle J. Micheli, MD, editor. Articles include “Nutcracker Fracture in a Ballet Dancer Performing in the Nutcracker” and “A Preseason Cardiorespiratory Profile of Dancers in 9 Professional Ballet and Modern Companies”, both published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.
A regular presenter at conferences throughout the United States and Canada, Heather also co-wrote several informational papers for the Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health regarding the safe return to the dance studio during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her professional affiliations include the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and the Performing Arts Medical Association.
Webinar Series: The Science Behind the Skater
Throughout the month of February, The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention and The Skating Club of Boston’s Junior Activities Committee teamed up to host a series of skater-focused webinars highlighting different areas of sports medicine and mental health. Take a look back and watch the webinar recordings below to learn about sports medicine, injury prevention, mental skills and fueling for success.
Marilyn P. Kasputys
With a generous donation by longtime Club member, Dr. Joseph Kasputys, the Center’s new Club location has been named after Dr. Kasputy’s late wife, Marilyn P. Kasputys. Dr. and Marilyn Kasputys were longtime participants and fans of the sport, and skated together in pairs and dance at locations around the world. Their passion and dedication for figure skating was limitless, and will continue for years to come through the establishment of this new sports injury and strength training center at the Club.