NORTH America, Central America and the Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) President, Victor Lopez has declared the recently opened Technique Lab as an impressive and very important development for regional athletics.
During a brief visit to Jamaica on Tuesday, Lopez toured the facility and was nothing short of impressed with the region's first sports performance and fitness facility.
"I am very impressed with the facility and it being positioned in a country such as Jamaica with so many world-class athletes, I'm sure other athletes in the region will be looking for a facility like this high-performance centre," he noted.
Lopez further indicated that Technique Lab will prove very important for athletes as far as rehabilitation, testing, recovery and assessment is concerned.
The NACAC boss was in the island for a short visit and was accompanied by John Pierre, president of the Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation (CACAC).
The David Riley-led Technique Lab was opened in September and has secured tours by several high-profile personnel in varied sporting and fitness disciplines.
Riley noted that since its opening, the response has been remarkable. "We are impressed with the level of support and how broadly it is spread. We have had swimmers, cricketers, track and field athletes, as well as persons whose job require a fitness component and of course the persons who have a general interest in health and fitness.
"We have also offered a recent free course for trainers, gym instructors and coaches and will host others in short order," the Technique Lab boss noted.
As the first of its kind in the region, the lab offers structured individualised training programmes for athletes across all sporting platforms and is able to test: body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, power, speed/quickness, agility, reaction time, flexibility, balance and coordination, cardiovascular endurance, motor skills, and eye/hand coordination.
Over time there will be several workshops and training sessions geared at coaches and athletes in different sporting disciplines.