We all have aspirations and goals, no matter how small or how big. It may be to read that book you have been putting aside, lose a few extra pounds, travel to a new country, learn a new hobby, or get that promotion you have been working towards for so long. Recently, I have been focused on progressing my career as a physical therapist by gaining extra certifications and further specializing my expertise. First step: obtain my CSCS.
Now what does that mean? CSCS stands for Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is a certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Simply put, it is an accreditation that signifies expertise in training athletes through strength and conditioning to help them reach their maximal athletic potential.
Here is the description from the NSCA website regarding the 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”
But why did I decide on that? For as long as I can remember, I have been around athletes and sports. From playing flag football at recess, to dance recitals, to playing collegiate soccer, and everywhere in between. When I entered into the physical therapy world, I knew I wanted to find a niche where I can further assists athletes not only rehabilitate and prevent future injuries, but also become better athletes. By obtaining my CSCS certification I can better assist my patients through strengthening programs to optimize their athletic abilities. Following evaluation and assessment, the CSCS prepares professionals to create exercise programs to meet specific patient goals. They may be general such as get stronger or losing weight. Maybe it is specifically to build muscle mass, training muscular power, or gaining muscular endurance. Maybe you need help with training progression to prepare for your upcoming season or main competition. No matter what your exercise or athletic goal may be, I can help assist you along that path. See… through my recent aspiration to gain this certification, I can now help each of my patients reach their athletic and exercise goals! Sounds cheesy and corny, I know, but it’s the truth.
Needless to say, I am excited to utilize this further knowledge and expertise to help each of my patients meet their goals, no matter how small or how big.
Stay tuned for some new sports performance evaluations and strength sessions that will be available at a cash-rate at Active Recovery soon! In the meantime, stay safe and stay active!
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