The brand new $61-million William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center is scheduled to open August 24, 2020, at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), connecting sports medicine with higher education. Home to athletes and a strong military community, Olympic City USA is the perfect location for this kind of innovative development. The building and the programs within it will utilize abundant resources in Colorado Springs – altitude and topography, myriad military neighbors, sports and sports economy, and the community’s love affair with the outdoors – to create a world-class destination.
Exercise as Medicine
The center will serve elite athletes, amateur athletes, occupational athletes, and individuals who simply desire to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. The partnership between UCCS and Penrose St. Francis Centura Health will put an emphasis on the center’s programs and amenities. Additionally, inside the building, Penrose-St. Francis will operate clinics for orthopedic sports medicine, primary care sports medicine, occupational therapy, athletic training, pain management, imaging, bone health, performance training, altitude training, and occupational and tactical scenario training.
Sports Medicine and Performance Educational Opportunities in Colorado Springs
Clinical practice combined with education and research leads to an unprecedented opportunity for patients and students. The Hybl Center is a first of its kind to unite undergraduate and graduate education with clinical practice and research in sports medicine. One of the many programs that will be housed within the Hybl Center includes the Master of Science in Athletic Training.
The Hybl Center is home to academic areas including one 150-person lecture hall, four classrooms, nine instructional laboratories, seven research laboratories, and a two-lane 60-meter sprint track. This allows students to learn in the same space clinicians and doctors are interacting with patients. Plus, 200 plus military and first responders are anticipated to be served, while up to 300 military personnel and first responders are expected to benefit from specialized training and injury recovery programs annually.
With all of these benefits and amenities, the Hybl Center will offer broad opportunities to students in the realms of medical practice and athlete care. This new facility will allow the UCCS exercise science program to expand to 1,000 students and the human anatomy and physiology program to expand to 500 students. Ultimately, UCCS is training the next generation of medical professionals right here in Colorado Springs.
City for Champions
The Hybl Center marks the second completed project under the City for Champions initiative to bring significant economic vitality to the region. The first completed project was the United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum, which is now open to the public in downtown Colorado Springs. The next two projects on the roster include the Edward J. Robson Arena, an indoor events center at Colorado College, and an outdoor downtown stadium which will be the permanent home of the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.
Interested in learning more about the Hybl Center? Join the virtual grand opening on August 24th from 5:30 – 6:30 PM MT which will include a tour, as well as a question and answer session.