United States Sports Academy and Finnish Health and Wellness Company Sign Cooperative Agreement

By August 16, 2018News & Events
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The United States Sports Academy has signed a cooperative agreement with the Finnish company ProFTraining Finland to provide educational opportunities to students in Finland seeking to work in the health and fitness field, as well as integrate the company’s health care techniques into Academy coursework. Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich signs the agreement with, from left: Academy Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom, Rosandich, and ProFTraining Finland partners Ms. Viivi Kettukangas, Mr. Atte Varsta, Ms. Raisa Varsta and Ms. Anne Puranen.

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy has signed a cooperative agreement with the Finnish company ProFTraining Finland to provide educational opportunities to students in Finland seeking to work in the health and fitness field, as well as integrate the company’s health care techniques into Academy coursework.

Under the new agreement, ProFTraining will be given exclusive rights to promote in Finland the Academy’s bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs, as well as its post-secondary non-degree programs. ProFTraining specializes in sports services and products that assist customers with their well-being. As part of the agreement, the company’s myofascial training concepts will be offered as part of the Academy’s educational programs. The agreement for cooperation was signed on 16 August 2018 at the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala.

“The United States Sports Academy has been involved in sport education partnerships in more than 65 countries around the world for more than 40 years, and we are truly excited about this new relationship with our colleagues in Finland,” said Dr. T.J. Rosandich, Academy president and CEO.

“This program offers great promise for both sport education and health and wellness.”

“This is a partnership we have been looking forward to since the start of our company,” said Mr. Atte Varsta, partner and co-founder of ProFTraining Finland.

“ProFTraining has unique concepts and together with the United States Sports Academy we are able to offer our programs throughout the world and also find scientific evidence for the concepts’ effectiveness. Our role to represent Academy programs in Finland is very exciting for all of us at ProFTraining. We expect to see a long and successful partnership.”

Gift plate

United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich, right, presents ProFTraining Finland partner Atte Varsta with an Academy pewter plate.

“Myofascial training concepts are still rather unknown to many,” said Ms. Anne Puranen, CEO and co-founder of ProFTraining Finland.

“Even though the science recognizes the role of the myofascias in order to achieve maximal body functionality, proper and efficient training concepts that apply the theoretical knowledge into practice, have been missing. Together with Academy professionals, partners and students we will take this theory and practice to a whole new level and prove the training concepts’ effectiveness and results.”

ProFTraining’s myofascial training concepts will be offered as part of the Academy’s educational programs globally and ProFTraining will have an exclusive right to represent the Academy’s degree programs in Finland. Both partners aim to build a long term cooperation and extend academic and sales collaboration further to other fields of sports as well as to other market areas.

“This collaboration is exciting because of the Academy’s ongoing focus on strength and conditioning certification as well as international programs,” said Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom, Academy vice president of academic affairs.

“We are looking forward to incorporating new innovative methods and ideas into our existing programs, and making our academic programs available in Finland and throughout Europe. We sincerely believe that we can help countless people across Europe with our degree and diploma programs, and look forward to developing new program offerings as a result of this agreement. As a native of Finland, I find this collaboration especially important and promising.”

Scarf gift

United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich, right, presents ProFTraining Finland partners Anne Puranen, Viivi Kettukangas and Raisa Varsta with memento scarves.

Since its founding nearly a half-century ago, the Academy has leveraged its role and resources as a special mission sports university to make a global impact through quality sport instruction, research and service programs in 65 countries around the world. These contributions have varied in scope from the full-charge conduct of a nation’s entire national sport effort to individual coaching clinics, seminars, and symposia.   Clients have included central sports organizations (CSOs, such as ministries of youth and sports), national Olympic committees, ministries of education (for physical education and interscholastic sport programs) and sport associations and federations. The Academy’s international includes some 50 Protocols for Cooperation with sports organizations or institutions of higher learning around the world.

ProFTraining Finland Ltd. is a Finnish company which specializes in sports concepts to provide solutions for well-being and an energetic life. The company was founded 2015 by Varsta, Puranen, Ms. Viivi Kettukangas, and Ms. Raisa Varsta. The concepts are developed by experienced physiotherapists and sports professionals to meet the demanding needs of both well-being and sports professionals and consumers. The concepts are designed for sports training, body care and rehabilitation to individuals and group exercises.  For information, go to http://proftraining.fi/.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports.

The Academy is based in Daphne, Ala.  For more information, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.

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