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St. Johns University Strength and Conditioning Internship (September 2014-December 2014)

St. Johns University, aka The Red Storm athletics strength and conditioning internship, was the most challenging one of the three.

The athletic teams for St. Johns University was a challenging adventure to be able to train and coach men's and women's tennis, soccer, golf, lacrosse, softball, baseball, fencing, track and cross country.

I provided dynamic warmups for tennis and softball. My internship was 14 weeks long, from September to December in 2014, completing an average of 50 hours every week.

I was allowed to provide Olympic Weightlifting demonstration for baseball and men's lacrosse. 

The following are lessons and specific methods that I learned as a strength and conditioning coach for my internship from St. Johns University athletics program. 

  • Whenever you have an interview, look like a professional.
  • Shoelaces must always be tied.
  • Have your t-shirt tucked in.
  • Continually talk to groups during sets and reps.
  • Develop a relationship with all staff members. Introduce yourself.
  • In-Season Training for Volleyball: provide stability movements for the scapula, not an overload, to keep all athletes healthy.
  • If you punish a team for helping enforce discipline, do it as a group and not individually. 
  • How do you determine if a product is good or not? Look up nutrition label and fact
  • Coaching cue for women: do not keep the hair on the bar for back squats
  • Everyday status quo: "Figure it out."

You can also listen to this podcast with my friend, Alex Katz, who interviewed me during my internship at this link.

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