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Excelsior Sports Training ("EST")

We Specialize in Athlete Development and Achieving Optimal Athletic Performance

Excelsior Sports Training (“EST”) is proud to provide WNY athletes and coaches with exclusive services aimed at maximizing athletic performance, and preventing sports injuries.  Our EST programs are rooted in a true Sports Performance Model, which offers a comprehensive team approach:  EST offers skills and expertise from a wide range of specialists – orthopaedic and sports medicine providers, physical and occupational therapists, certified athletic trainers, sports performance and strength & conditioning coaches.

Individual Athletic Profile

Every athlete is different. Our team understands that in order to truly help athletes achieve their full potential we must first establish an accurate baseline measurement. Once a baseline is established we then design tailored training programs aimed at maximizing performance and minimizing the risk of injury.

Our approach begins with an in-depth three tiered athletic profile on EVERYathlete. This assessment is then reviewed with the athlete and acts as the foundation for each individual athletes training program.

     Tier I: Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Review - This tier is designed to identify any potential deficiencies in the body structure that will inhibit performance and increase risk of injury.

     Tier II: Physical Competency – This tier is designed to determine how the athlete performs movement skills: squat, lunge, push, pull and core stability.

     Tier III: Performance Indicator – This tier measures each athlete’s, sport specific, abilities: speed, power, agility, jumping and endurance.

The individual Athletic Profile is the cornerstone of our sports training programs. Data collected is combined and evaluated by our team and utilized to design tailored sports training programs. 

The EST Difference:

  • We use scientific data and years of experience to develop customized training programs that yield sustainable results - We use this data to deliver what everyone else promises.
  • We use our Athlete Profiles to dictate the training programs we develop for EACH individual athlete
  • We offer group training programs where EVERY athlete completes an Athlete Profile which is then used to create individualized instruction to maximize performance
  • Focuses on Long Term Athletic Development
  • Our team is committed to helping every athlete optimize their performance and prevent injuries
  • Differentiated programs for male and females

Athletic Profile Tracking

Over the last 10 years EST has assessed thousands of athletes. We have created an extensive database that projects developmental standards for each age group. We know that by training 1x, 2x or 3x per week what you can expect as you develop as an athlete. Our testing system drives this process, and we use the data to track improvement over time with athletes in different developmental stages.

Team Training:


                                                This model is the cornerstone to our team training success

More-and-more athletes are participating in year-round competitive sports. As a result of this many athletes are underperforming and/or suffering injuries due to overuse and flawed biomechanics (flexibility, movement compensation, and inappropriate training).

The team at Excelsior recognizes the need to help educate, develop and train athletes and coaches.  Our staff develops customized programs for teams of all levels. Our programs deliver comprehensive training for sports performance and injury prevention.

We cater to the needs of the coach and his or her athletes. We can develop a program to accomplish any objectives and work to help implement those programs to ensure success.

Sports performance training as a team offers the following advantages:

  • Build foundational strength, with each individual athlete in mind
  • Individual Athletic Profile for EACH member of the team
  • Teams that train together perform better
  • Injury Prevention is a module of training for every athlete
  • Teams that work with Excelsior suffer fewer injuries: We have worked with over 80 teams over the past six years and have only had one non-contact ACL, four ankle sprains (no missed events), one wrist fracture (contact), one shoulder fracture (contact)
  • Cost effective way to incorporate sports performance/injury prevention training


Every team has a goal.  Excelsior Sports Training will help you achieve that goal.  No two team programs are the same. 

Commitment: Our programs are designed to optimize performance and prevent injury. As such we know how long it takes to develop sound athletes. Each program is designed with an appropriate duration and commitment to achieve stated goals.

Coaching Forum:

We understand how important a coach is in the life of an athlete.  We know that coaches have commitments to foster athletic development and character. Our Coaching Forums provide coaches with tools and techniques backed by science and practical experience to aid athletic development.

We create customized Coaching Forums to address the specific objectives laid out by the coaching staff and common pitfalls that we see. Contact us today to discuss how our Coaching Forum can benefit your team.



Excelsior Sports Training is a division of Excelsior Orthopaedics. By combining Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, we have created a training model which is utilized by professional athletes and teams around the world. Our Excelsior Sports Training programs offer functional sports training and direct access to our comprehensive Sports Medicine team including:

  • Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Sports Medicine Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Certified Athletic Trainers
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified Sports Performance Coach
  • Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (“CCES”)

The Excelsior Sports Training team is comprised of medical and sports performance professionals who have years of experience working with athletes from an elite level (NFL, NHL, AAA Baseball) to novice.  Our team is dedicated to providing each individual athlete with the best possible performance training program to achieve optimal athletic development.

Members of the Excelsior Sports Training Team:

  • Josette Fisher - PT, ATC, CSCS
  • James P. Starkey - ATC, CSCS
  • Todd M. Lorenc, MD - Sports Medicine
  • Jason M. Matuszak, MD - Sports Medicine
  • James Slough, MD - Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Andrew C. Stoeckl, MD - Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • David A. Pula, MD - Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Ryan D. Wilkins, MD - Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Adam O. Burzynski, MD - Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon


Express Care

Excelsior Urgent Care

Whether it's a strain, sprain or fracture, skip the emergency room and general urgent care and head straight to Excelsior Orthopaedics Express. You will get immediate care from our orthopaedic and sports medicine experts. We offer onsite X-ray, MRI, Casting and Concussion management. Start your recovery right. Get the right fix, fast, please call ahead, at 716.250.9999. CLICK HERE to visit our urgent care page.



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