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Director of Performance

Athletes’ Training Center Sports Performance & Physical Therapy is looking for an experienced full-time Director of Performance who is a passionate self-starter willing to lead a team of performance coaches and take ownership of the performance division to deliver the following outcomes:

  • Quickly acquire the knowledge and skills to independently run division operations, including the sales systems.
  • Provide leadership and development of a coaching staff with immediate influence on creating an atmosphere of energy, technique cueing, and accountability.
  • Create and implement a movement, power, strength, and energy system curriculum that allows athletes to build skill and technique mastery as they mature in training experience and age.
  • Improve the free trial and trial membership closing rates and consistently achieve a positive net member rate each month.
  • Grow the division revenue by 15% each year to meet strategic company goals.

Additionally, the applicant should be experienced and comfortable with prospecting and business growth demands, as well as managing and leading a team of professionals in multiple facilities.  This person should have a thirst for continuous self-development and knowledge acquisition, represent the field of strength and conditioning in a professional manner, enjoy helping others articulate and reach goals, and be willing to learn and follow company philosophy. 

The Director of Performance must also excel in the areas required of the Performance Coach position and be able to coach, motivate, and inspire sports performance and adult fitness clients, lead effective training sessions, and conduct client evaluations.

Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree and an ATC, CSCS, PES, or similar certification and first aid/CPR training.  Experience in a private training facility or private business is a plus.

How to Apply – If you believe you are the ideal candidate, please submit a cover letter and resume to Danielle Kleber, ATC, Vice-President of Operations at jobs@athletestrainingcenter.com or by mail to Athletes’ Training Center, 13809 Industrial Road, Omaha, NE 68137.

The 1 Critical Thing Wrestlers Often Neglect

Double chicken wing in Folkstyle, arm throws in Greco, or an athlete desperately bending his shoulder in an attempt to avoid getting turned… no doubt about it, wrestlers get put into compromising positions that put extreme forces through the shoulder joint.

Shoulder stability training is very important in many overhead throwing sports, but is often neglected in wrestling.

Actually, shoulder injuries are extremely common in wrestling and can wrestling matchaccount for up to 1/4 of all injuries seen. If the shoulders are not properly warmed up and regularly challenged with stabilization exercises, that risk of injury increases.

Let’s discuss the need for shoulder stability and some “must have” exercises to incorporate into your warm-up routine.

First, shoulder “stability” is NOT big lifts, stacking weights on the bar, or grabbing the biggest dumbbell possible.

First, shoulder “stability” is NOT big lifts, stacking weights on the bar, or grabbing the biggest dumbbell possible.  Shoulder stability is having your arm in a compromising position (falls on an outstretched arm, opponent pulling your arm behind, using your shoulders to pull sprawled legs…) and being able to control it with force; overhead or to the side. Due to the variety of compromised positions a shoulder can be in, it is important shoulder stability exercises include stability work in multiple positions and angles.

Wrestling practices are designed with multiple live scenarios which, while only in short bursts, create increased exposures which give opportunities for injury. Injuries in wrestling occur at a high rate and only second to football per 1,000 exposures.  Not being warmed up and increased fatigue at the end of practice are when the joints and musculature are most at risk.

Here are 6 quick shoulder stability specific exercises to use as a warm-up prior to practice or a match.

  • Prone T’s and Y’s
  • Mat slides – 5 up, 5 out, 5 circles clockwise and 5 circles counterclockwise
  • Shoulder taps with longer holds
  • Dynamic Push-ups with clapping
  • Wheelbarrow with partner
  • Double arm rhythmic stabilization

 

If you are a wrestler, I encourage you to take the time and invest in your shoulder stability. Not only can it impact your ability to compete now, it can also have a lasting impact on the future of your shoulders. Let’s not be reactive to injury, but let’s be proactive to prevent it.  In fact, reach out to us at Athletes’ Training Center to see how our sports performance programs address injury through prevention strategies, in addition to building speed, endurance, and power. 

Written By: Ethan Schlueter, PT, DPT

 

Citations:

Yard EE, Collins CL, Dick RW, Comstock RD. An epidemiologic comparison of high school and college wrestling injuries. Am J Sports Med. 2008. 36(1):57-64.

Darrow CJ, Collins CL, Yard EE, Comstock RD. Epidemiology of severe injuries among United States high school athletes: 2005–2007. Am J Sports Med. 2009. 37:1798-1805.

Jennie A., Collegiate Track & Field Athlete

Athletes’ Training Center has worked to specialize workouts to fit my athletic needs. The strength coaches have a one on one personal connection to fix minor details that have had a major impact on my athletic performance.