Wilmington College, in Wilmington, Ohio, recently broke ground on an $8.4 million Center for Sport Sciences. A multi-purpose facility featuring medical services for athletes, athletic training areas, classrooms, labs, indoor fields, and batting cages, the 41,000-square-foot complex is expected to begin operating by summer 2015.

In addition to its own offerings, the Center for Sport Sciences will include space for satellite offices of Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Drayer Physical Therapy, and Clinton Memorial Hospital.

Athletic training and sports management are two of the most popular majors at Wilmington College, where nearly 45 percent of the 1,100 students enrolled at the main campus are involved in intercollegiate athletics. Terry Rupert, vice president for athletics administration, told the Cincinnati Business Courier that “the center will directly impact well over half of [the college’s] student body as they engage in their academic, athletic, and recreational pursuits, and will be an especially appealing attraction for prospective students.”

“It makes good sense for a sports facility at an educational institution to approach athletics holistically, with an eye toward teaching sports science and providing medical services to athletes,” said Eric Willin, COO, a sports facility management software developer in Woodbury, NY. “We look forward to seeing this center in action once construction is complete.”

The athletic training portion of Wilmington’s new facility will include two in-ground hydrotherapy pools, electrical muscle stimulators, and cryo-compression and ultrasound units. The practice spaces will feature an indoor, multi-use field with artificial turf and batting cages. The facility will open to an outdoor, lighted field with artificial turf for a range of sports.