Human Performance Center

310 North 9th Street, Bismarck ND 58501


The Refinement Of Human Motion

The Human Performance Center (HPC) at CHI St. Alexius Health is home to multiple departments and programs dedicated to the restoration of normal function as well as the development of movement and function.

Restoration is made possible through a wide variety of medical services. These services include: cardiac rehabilitation, myofascial therapy, occupational medicine, pain management, physical therapy, and sports medicine/athletic training. Your physician can recommend which service would best meet your restoration needs.

The development and refinement of human motion and function is made possible by asking the body to do more than it has done in the past. This is made possible by the application of the most scientifically-based methodology available for developing athletic skill and movement through the Acceleration Sport Training Program and Biomechanical Assessments.

Restoration of Normal Function is made possible through a variety of medical services. Your physician can recommend which service would best meet your restoration needs.

Cardiac Rehabilitation provides education and opportunity to increase your physical fitness, reduce cardiac symptoms, improve health and reduce the risk of future heart problems. Our program includes a complete evaluation and an individualized treatment plan, including instructions on physical activity, nutrition, stress management and other health-related areas.

There are many benefits to taking part in the program:

  • Monitoring and better control of blood pressure, lipids and cholesterol and diabetes
  • Live longer and lessen your chances of another heart attack
  • Control heart disease symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath
  • Stop or reverse damage to your blood vessels in your heart
  • Lessen the physical and emotional effects of heart disease
  • Improve your confidence and well-being
  • Improve your stamina and strength, getting you back to your usual activities, including work, hobbies and regular exercise
  • Improved communication with your doctor and other health care providers about your progress
  • The opportunity to meet and share stories with others like you

Cardiac rehab is generally covered by most health insurance companies, but check your plan to determine co-pays or other requirements. To learn more about the cardiac rehab services at HPC, please call 701.530.8158.

This therapeutic approach focuses on the inflammatory responses that create myofascial restrictions. These restrictions can produce tensile pressures on sensitive structures throughout the body. A specialized therapeutic approach eliminates the restrictions and pressure felt by the patient. Myofascial therapy is generally covered by most health insurance companies, but check your plan to determine co-pays or other requirements.

Occupational Medicine services are designed to treat the worker who has suffered a work-related injury and safely return that worker to pre-injury productivity. These services may include standard forms of therapy along with assessments to determine the functional level of the worker, including:

  • Functional job analysis
  • Functional job descriptions
  • Pre-work screening
  • Work site appraisals
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
  • Safe work education

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    CHI St. Alexius Health Pain Clinic offers proven therapies ranging from conventional treatments to new innovations, all to most effectively control your pain. Our dedicated and caring providers specialize in managing chronic pain, restoring function and improving your quality of life.

    HPC offers you a wide range of general and specialized physical therapy related services including:

    • Amputee Therapy
    • Balance / Dizziness Therapy
    • Lymphedema Therapy
    • Neurological Conditions
    • Occupational Medicine
    • Orthopaedic Therapy
    • Pain Management
    • Post -Surgical Therapy
    • Postural Restoration
    • Spinal Care
    • Sports Medicine
    • Therapy for Muscle and Joints
    • Vertigo / Vestibular Conditions
    • Women’s and Men’s Health

      BCBS of ND allows for self-referral in most cases but other insurance companies require a referral from your physician.

      HPC offers medical and therapeutic intervention for all sports-related illness and injury through sports medicine/athletic training services. CHI St. Alexius Health has provided athletic training and sports medicine to St. Mary’s Central High School for the past 35 years and continues to care for the health and well-being of the students and faculty.

      CHI St. Alexius Health’s sports medicine team consists of athletic trainers, physical therapists, exercise physiologists and medical providers. It is our commitment to provide the highest level of care and training for the student athletes of St. Mary’s Central High School.

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      Development of Movement and Function  is made possible by the application of the most scientifically based methodology available today for developing athletic skill and movement.

      If you are an athlete wanting to train to get better for your sport, Athletic Republic Performance Sports Training is your answer. Athletic Republic is not a place to simply work out; it’s where you become a better athlete. We create the ultimate training environment with our trainers, our acceleration training program, and our equipment. Our programs push the athletes hard and make them faster, stronger and more agile than they ever thought possible. The programs that are under the direction of our Athletic Republic trainers translate to victory on the field, on the court and on the ice.

      Each athlete will be assessed on strengths and weaknesses in the following areas:

      • Movement Skills (speed, agility, stability, symmetry)
      • Power and Strength
      • Conditioning Efficiency (how well do you recover)
      • Sport-Specific Skills

      From this assessment the trainer will create an individualized training program. Every athlete’s program is based on more than 25 years of research and testing. Athletic Republic creates an optimal training environment in which you the athlete can hear, see, and feel your improvements as you progress.

      Programs Offered

      • Acceleration Training:
        With 20-26 training sessions spread out over six to eight weeks, athletes improve linear or sprinting speed, explosive power for a quicker first step or vertical elevation and active recovery to sustain performance at game speed.
      • Hockey Acceleration:
        The patented hockey treadmill allows players to lace up their skates in a controlled coaching/conditioning environment proven to increase stride frequency, stride length, stride power and balance.
      • Cord Conditioning:
        Strategically-applied resistance cords improve velocity and power for running, throwing, kicking, shooting, hitting, spiking, swinging, and serving.
      • Athletic Republic Off-Site:
        Early-season team conditioning that matches proprietary plyometric and dynamic stability drills, speed work and cord conditioning with the demands of a specific sport. Program incorporates performance improvement measures through pre- and post-conditioning evaluations, recorded in “My Republic.”

      Athletic Republic will take an athlete just beyond what they can normally do safely, using patented and proprietary equipment. We hold six patents and have developed over 2,000 proprietary training protocols that cater specifically to each sport and every athlete.

      • Conditioning Cords
      • Pro Multi Hip
      • Pro Implosion
      • Plyo Press
      • 3PQ Force Plate
      • AccuPower Force Plate


        One of the best ways to improve a skill whether it be hitting a softball, running, or a golf swing is to have that skill analyzed by an expert utilizing video. By using video analysis and having an understanding of how the movement pattern is to take place the HPC staff is able to assess the movement pattern and make recommendations for improved function and possible injury prevention.

        The analysis takes about an hour and a half. Some individuals have come in for an analysis while they are recovering from an injury. If you are still recovering from an injury your normal movement may be altered. It is best to have this analysis performed when you are fully recovered so that we have an accurate understanding of your normal movement.

        The fitness gym at HPC provides you with more than 70 aerobic and weight training stations to improve you overall health and fitness.

        Your membership at HPC includes a complementary introduction to the use of the equipment, locker room and towel service. The gym is the only gym in the city that exclusively employs fitness experts who hold a degree in a fitness related field.

        Available Services for Purchase:

        General Gym Memberships
        HPC gym offers daily, monthly, multiple month, and yearly memberships. There are discounts for multiple month memberships as well as senior and family discounts. HPC also offers corporate discounts for employers that sponsor employee wellness within their company. There is a one-time administrative fee for new members or is there is a renewal after a year of absence from the gym. The hours of the gym are seasonal with reduced hours on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. The seasonal hours are always posted.

        Exercise Prescription
        An exercise prescription can be very helpful in determining your current level of fitness and then establishing realistic goals. The steps of an exercise prescription are:

        1. Testing your strength capabilities for major muscle groups.
        2. Testing your aerobic fitness level via a V02 submaximal test.
        3. Review your results
        4. Determine your goals
        5. Set a program with the appropriate level of intensity, duration, and mode of exercise.

        The correct intensity, duration and mode of exercise will provide you with the most efficient and beneficial amount of exercise for your medical condition.

        An Exercise Prescription requires approximate two hours of your time.

        Exercise for Medical Conditions
        Exercise is generally associated with weight reduction or getting into better shape. It is rarely considered as a means to reduce pain, increase motion or improve one’s ability to perform daily activities. But research shows that exercise can be very beneficial for many medical conditions. Exercise is a great management tool for many medical conditions the following list of medical conditions have been shown to benefit from a routine exercise program.

        • Arthritis
        • Bariatric Surgery - Post
        • Cancer
        • Congestive Heart Failure
        • Depression
        • Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
        • Fibromyalgia / Myofascial Pain
        • Generalized Weakness
        • Heart Issues
        • Joint or Muscle Injury
        • Lung Issues
        • Multiple Sclerosis
        • Parkinson’s Disease
        • Pregnancy / Postpartum
        • Stroke / TIA
        • Surgery Recovery

        Exercise for a medical condition is quite different than routine physical exercise. An individual’s response to a medical condition is unique to that individual. HPC staff understands how your medical condition may be affected by exercise. An exercise prescription can be very helpful. The correct intensity, duration and mode of exercise will provide you with the most efficient and beneficial amount of exercise for your medical condition.

        VO2 Submaximal Testing
        VO2 is the rate of oxygen uptake, or consumption, measured during exercise. To achieve a healthy VO2max, a person must have a fit heart and lungs and significant lean muscle mass that is well conditioned. An initial test clarifies precise target heart rates that enable individuals to exercise with greater efficiency.

        HPC is an approved provider for:

        • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
        • Medicare
        • Medicaid
        • North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance
        • Many commercial insurances

        Blue Cross/Blue Shield and some commercial insurances no longer require physician referral for physical therapy services.

        Service coverage varies with each insurance policy. Always make sure you know what your insurance will allow. HPC is unable to keep up with all of the various contracts that exist and will assume that you understand and know your policy.

        HPC is a participant of the Silver Sneakers, Silver and Fit and Blue Cross Programs. These programs have specific criteria for participation, record-keeping and fees. HPC is required to enforce all requirements of participation for those programs.

        To learn more about services at HPC, please call 701.530.8100.

        Refunds will only be issued up to 90 days from time of termination. Termination forms must be signed and dated. Proof of charges must be brought into the clinic for refund.