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Frank Velasquez, Jr. is FitLabPGH’s first 3-time guest. This time, Frank introduces us to the new AHN Sports Performance & Physical Therapy Center in Wexford and offers tips on preparing for Spring and Summer sports. Frank’s prior interviews were released on September 10, 2017 and January 28, 2018.
Frank, 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 Wexford Plaza 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.
AHN’s sports performance services include:
- Recovery services:We offer services such as cryo therapy saunas, leg compression pumps, assisted stretching along with other wearable technologies that promote muscle recovery. Individual athletes and high school sports teams use these services to bounce back faster after pushing their limits.
- Strength training:Our certified strength training specialists use science supported proven techniques to help you build strength and cardio fitness. We work with people of all ages and activity levels from novice to the elite and professional athletes.
- Training for young athletes:Our sports performance academy helps young baseball and softball players safely develop their skills. Our TEAM includes professional and collegiate-level instructors giving participants the upper hand in all aspects of the game.
For more information about Sports Performance at AHN, go to https://www.ahn.org/sports-performance or call 412-437-3001 (Cool Springs) or 724-934-2440 (Wexford)
Frank Velasquez, Jr., ATC, CSCS, contact info:
Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Cool Springs 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.
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