Keys to selceting performance professional

1. Education– is not everything but a person with a strong
background will be able to help you in several areas and answer your questions.

2 Experience– Several ways to look at this. But longevity in the profession
is key. I always tell people that just because someone rehabilitated their
ACL doesn¹t mean that they are qualified to help you rehabilitate yours.

3 Reputable certification– I would never fly with the person who took the
weekend course. I am not going to trust my body with the person who got
certified on the internet or over the weekend.

4 A person who really loves what they do– They spend time continuing to
learn about the field they love and this always benefits the client.

5 They are good with people- They have your best interest in mind.

6 They know their limits– I have always felt that the best people, no
matter what the profession, know when they are outside of their practice and
can refer you to the expert you may need.

7 They come highly recommended– Not only from word of mouth, but also from
their peers in the profession, and the medical community.

8. They put the clients¹ safety and well being as priority #1.

9. They lead by example and because of this they inspire you to work hard
and achieve your results.

10. Philosophy – Make sure your goals are the right fit with the trainers
expertise and background.

About Michael Atkinson

Mike Atkinson,CSCS, is the owner of Elite Pro Performance and the on court performance director at Sierra Strength & Speed. Considered to be a specialist of Keiser performance equipment, Mike is known as a hybrid basketball performance trainer focusing on strength, movement, and basketball fundamentals. Atkinson’s experience and current work with NBA Player Development Specialist Aubrey McCreary has given him a unique set of skills to train players on sports specific patterns and positioning at a professional level. Atkinson’s training experience includes work with numerous NBA draftees, multiple Division 1 athletes, and other professional clients. He has also worked as a performance consultant in the NBA Development League and has directed basketball performance training camps and clinics for youth athletes on the West coast.
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