CINCINNATI -- Strength coaches and athletic trainers from Cincinnati's professional and collegiate teams and Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo will be joining forces for an event called the 2011 Great American Strength and Conditioning Symposium.
Scheduled for Nov. 19 from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. ET at the Champions Club inside Great American Ball Park and organized by Reds strength and conditioning coordinator Matt Krause, the program is for school trainers, coaches, physical therapists and parents. Among the topics to be covered are baseball, basketball, golf, football, nutrition and rehab.
"I just want the high school and youth coaches, strength coaches and trainers in our area to know that they have the resources to help them put together ... safe and comprehensive strength and conditioning programs," Krause said. "I don't want smaller schools or programs with minimal budgets to think they can't put together and implement a quality program for their athletes. We do a good job at the collegiate and professional levels of sharing information. This is a great way for the coaches of Cincinnati to get together at all levels to build relationships and learn from each other."
Pitcher Bronson Arroyo is a big proponent of strength training. (John Grieshop/Getty)Krause has spent nine years in the Reds organization, and just completed his seventh season working at the big league level. Among those joining him for the all-day event are Bengals strength coach Chip Morton, Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek, Xavier basketball strength coach Matt Jennings, Reds assistant trainer Steve Baumann and Dr. Jay Hoffman, the president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Morton will speak about strength training and his perspective as a parent who has a child in a strength program. Hoffman will describe how the NSCA can help high schools with minimal budgets still get good information and resources to put together a safe and progressive program. Krause will discuss the Reds' year-round strength and conditioning program.
Reds hitting coach Billy Hatcher will oversee a hitting clinic in the indoor cages and, during lunch, Arroyo will deliver the keynote address. Since joining the Reds in 2006, Arroyo has been a big proponent of strength training, and works out nearly 12 months a year.
There will also be vendors on hand, as well as a nutritionist who can discuss the importance of proper nutrition for high school athletes.
The fee for the Great American Strength and Conditioning symposium is $125. Interested applicants may contact Beacon Orthopedic's Kendra Dalby at (513) 354-3717 or email@example.com with questions and to request additional information, including a registration form.
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