Joseph McAuliffe M.A. C.S.C.S.
Let's face it all athletes get banged up or injured at some point in their careers especially those who play combative contact sports. Behind every successful athlete there is a team of professional Doctors, Sport and Strength Coaches, Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapist, Nutritionists and Massage Therapist.
Most NJ High Schools (86%) have a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC-National Athletic Trainers Association) hired to do many things like take care of the athletic injuries such as strains, sprains, breaks, bruises and many more. They keep the practice and game environments as safe as possible. They work in the training room and also have to be on the sidelines for many games. The Trainer sometimes helps with overseeing injury risk reduction programs, performance enhancement activities like weightlifting, running and stretching but most just don't have the TIME! A.T.C s also work with the local Doctors and Physical Therapist in the screening and therapy process. More than 90% of NJ High Schools are in need of a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S….National Strength and Conditioning Association) to professionally oversee a safe, effective training program that gets results. The Majority of Colleges and Universities with Sports in America have a staff of them. In Major League Baseball all teams must have a C.S.C.S on staff and most of the NFL and NBA have them too.
The National Strength and Conditioning Association represents over 45,000 C.S.C.S professionals nationwide. What started out as a group of College Strength Coaches In 1978 has become the worlds leader in Sports Performance Research, Education and Certification (www.nsca-lift.org). Recognized in Washington by the National Certification Agency, the CSCS is the gold standard in the industry and the hardest exam to pass. The good news is that there are many out there even though they might not be at your High School. There are many trainers that claim to be certified at the countless facilities in our area and its up to you to ask to see their credentials, as there are only about 700 in NJ. To think about the millions of kids getting poor advice and training in America today I am scared for them. Children are the greatest resource in our world and deserve to work with the Professionals who have paid their dues in college, passed the most challenging exams and stay current with continuing education. Please read the "What is a C.S.C.S." page at www.jmpoweru.com to learn the best certification.
I have been a Certified Strength Coach for 22 years and currently I am blessed to work with the teams at Red Bank Catholic High School while doing private training as the Sports Training Director at TEST Fitness. Fortunately I have way more stories of Durability than catastrophic injury. I have seen many healthy kids win Championships, Scholarships and acceptance into great Colleges. The culture that I have developed over the years helps kids lead the lifestyle of a tough and durable athlete so he/she can overcome adversity head on while performing their very best. My program focuses on building Durability through the training of; Power, Agility, Strength, Speed, Flexibility, Recovery and Nutrition. In this series of articles I hope to help you the athlete and your parents understand how important it is to get the correct advice from the professionals in our industry and ask good questions as an educated consumer.
No Excuses …Just Results!!!
Good Luck Coach Mac ….To be Continued….
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