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Chicago Young Americans partner with Elevate to create “Project V”




Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL - - Elevate Physical Therapy and Performance Training Center, located at 147 W Rand Road in Arlington Heights, is a state-of-the-art facility that offers expert physical therapy and rehabilitative services.

Elevate is teaming up with Chicago Young Americans for injury prevention and to maximize the team’s strength, conditioning and performance.


The CYA players will have access to scientifically proven sports medicine services such as the 3D Motion Analysis Lab, the High-Altitude Training Room and the Alter G Anti-gravity Treadmill. Elevate will perform gait analysis using 3D motion software to identify each athlete’s biomechanics and address any possible weakness. The Elevate team will then provide functional movement training to take this athlete to a new level of performance and fitness.


Athletes will also have access to Elevate’s High Altitude Training Room. Elevate features the first high altitude training center in the Midwest. Training at altitude can produce a number of positive responses in the body for both endurance and strength. Training in hypoxic environments improves VO2 Max, metabolism and an improved blood buffering system.


CYA enters this partnership to create “Project V”, a complete sports science division that will track and monitor every athlete’s development as they matriculate through the Chicago Young Americans program. CYA will have hundreds of data points (On and Off-Ice) that will be used to monitor the movements of players within the program.


CYA Hockey Director Ryan Ward says “The Chicago Young Americans and Windy City Storm are ecstatic to announce the commencement of Project V. Project V is going to re-define the player development process for young athletes all over North America. This partnership with Elevate is another step forward for the new era of the Windy City Storm and CYA Hockey.”


The CYA program will benefit from working with Elevate’s team of physical therapists to develop comprehensive training programs and unparalleled recovery treatments to expedite return to play.


Jaime and her husband Marc Ginsberg are the owners of Elevate Physical Therapy and are residents of Arlington Heights. Jaime Ginsberg is a licensed physical therapist who has been practicing for twenty years. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The Chicago Medical School/FUHS. Previously, Jaime and Marc owned Body Werks Physical Therapy also in Arlington Heights. Body Werks grew to be the largest clinic in Illinois. Together they have completed a combined 30 marathons, 5 Ironman Triathlons, and countless races.


“Jaime and I have always supported and pushed each other to accomplish our goals,” says Marc Ginsberg, a 15-year certified personal trainer. “We’ve worked really hard to create a one-of-a-kind training facility with some of the most sophisticated equipment available so we can provide an optimal experience for others and help them achieve success.”


“If I’ve come to believe one thing, it’s that the sky’s the limit for the human body,” says Jaime Ginsberg. “Whether it’s helping my patients rehab from an injury or surgery, it’s just incredible to see what the human body can accomplish!”


CYA hires Joe Meloni as Strength & Conditioning Coach




Saturday, October 3rd, 2020


Palatine, IL. – The Chicago Young Americans have announced the hiring of Joe Meloni as the organization’s new Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. Meloni most recently served as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Malden Catholic High School in Malden, Massachusetts. He also most recently held the title of Strength and Conditioning Coach/Personal Trainer at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Woburn, Massachusetts.


Joe Meloni, 25, of Falmouth, Massachusetts brings years of high-level strength and conditioning experience to the CYA organization. Meloni attended and played lacrosse at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut before finishing college at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. He completed internships with Keene State College Athletics, Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, and the San Jose Sharks. Meloni was the Strength Coach for the 2020 Massachusetts Super 8 State Champions Arlington High School hockey team in Arlington, Massachusetts. He is a NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. Meloni also has Strength Coach Level 1 and Functional Movement Screen Level 1 certifications. In 2015, graduated from Keene State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Performance and Movement Science.


“I am incredibly excited to be joining the CYA organization. I am looking forward to taking my experiences on the east coast and using them to build something special in Chicago. I hope that our program will become a destination for elite players all over the state and beyond. I can’t wait to get to work!” Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Joe Meloni


“We are very excited to add someone of Joe’s caliber to our coaching staff with the Chicago Young Americans. As we went through the hiring process it became very clear that Joe was going to be a great fit with our staff. Joe’s knowledge, experience, and positive enthusiasm makes him a huge asset for our organization and will undoubtedly provide a priceless piece of our development process for all our players. We cannot wait to get started!” –Hockey Director Ryan Ward

Casher Commits to Concordia – Wisconsin

By CYA 10/27/2020, 1:30pm CDT