Frank Velasquez, Jr., ATC, CSCS, is the Director of Sports Performance at Allegheny Health Network (AHN). AHN Sports Performance & Physical Therapy has locations at Cool Springs in Bethel Park (South Hills of Pittsburgh) and at the Wexford Health + Wellness in Wexford, PA (North Hills of Pittsburgh).
Frank is a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist who has over 25 years of experience working with youth, high school, college and professional athletes, including 16 years in professional baseball and nine years with the Pittsburgh Pirates as their Head Strength & Conditioning Coach. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan where he served as a student athletic trainer in several sports, including Big 10 Championship teams in football and women’s swimming and diving.
In addition to his role at AHN, Frank is currently a Senior Advisor for the Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning Coaches Society where he plays an active role in planning the continuing education seminar for the strength coaches in professional baseball at the Baseball Winter Meetings. Frank was also the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the gold medal winning TEAM USA for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
The Sports Performance department at AHN offers sports physical therapy; strength & conditioning; speed & agility; power development; anaerobic fitness; vision & reaction training; therapeutic massage; athletic development; sports nutrition and recovery. Makes for an all-inclusive experience with custom programming for the following demographics:
Developing Youth: Young athletes who are ready to begin strength training can do so safely with age-appropriate exercises under the supervision of an experienced and professional staff.
Performing Athlete: High school, college, and professional athletes who are looking to maximize their strength, power, speed, agility, fitness level, and body composition can use our facility to get them ready for their championship season.
Active Adult: Adults who wish to strength train and condition like they did when they were competing athletes can do so in an environment that is both challenging and safe.
AHN Sports Performance has specialized equipment including: an Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill, the Dynavision Reaction Board visumotor-training device (designed to improve reaction times), and the Makoto Functional Arena (a 360-degree, multi-planar simulator that provides a close approximation to real-time sports). The AHN facility at Cool Springs also houses one of the region’s first and only cryosaunas – a chamber that utilizes extremely cold temperatures to decrease joint inflammation and sore muscles resulting in faster recovery. AHN Sports Performance also offers Specialty Seasonal Programs, including:
- Strength Training for Endurance Athletes
- In-Season Arm Care
- Summer/Winter Athletic Development
- ACL Integrity Program
- Strength Training for Baseball/Softball
For more information about Sports Performance at AHN, go to https://www.ahn.org/sports-performance
Frank Velasquez, Jr., ATC, CSCS, contact info:
Facebook: AHN Sports Performance
Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Cool Spring Multi-Sport Facility, Pittsburgh, PA (Bethel Park)
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). World-leading membership organization for thousands of elite strength coaches, personal trainers and dedicated researchers and educators. Student and Professional memberships available.
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists® (CSCS®). CSCS: professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention.
Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). To become a certified athletic trainer, a student must graduate with bachelors or master’s degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification (BOC). Once certified, he or she must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified. Athletic trainers must also work in collaboration with a physician and within their state practice act.https://www.nata.org/about/athletic-training/obtain-certification
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