The fitness room in the athletic
department was renovated and expanded in 2004, and with the support
of Nick Vailas '76, the Vailas Performance Center was born.
The facility has become a major boost to the strength and
conditioning of Panther student-athletes.
PSU Athletics and physical education students benefit from
improvements to equipment used by students and athletes for
fitness. The weight training program serves three purposes: 1) to
provide a safe environment for all student-athletes to develop
their skills and abilities; 2) to provide a teaching lab for
Health, Physical Education and Recreation majors; and 3) to prevent
injury and improve performance.
The Vailas Performance Center is a facility that is both attractive
and safe for student-athletes. It focuses attention to the needs of
our athletic teams individually in an area that is both gender
friendly and supported by professionals who have the capacity to
develop the diverse programming needed for the many types of
student-athletes at Plymouth State.
The creation of the Vailas Performance Center offers an opportunity
for Health Physical Education and Recreation majors to enhance
their knowledge and experience in the types of training involved in
a strength and conditioning program. The exposure to basic through
complex techniques of functional training will allow students
majoring in athletic training to develop the competencies and
skills needed to be competitive in a growing career field.