As an Assistant Athletic Trainer at The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), Jeff Coulter knows how to help injured athletes go from post-injury rehabilitation to game readiness. But, in order to expand his ability to fully understand every aspect of athlete development and training, Jeff joined us here at Next Level to gain some practical, hands-on experience in coaching strength & conditioning, cueing, and program development for both athletes and adults. While Jeff was busy picking up those skills, he was also studying for the CSCS, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist designation. It is one of the toughest certifications in the industry. In fact, only 63% pass the test. Next Levels’ Director of Athlete Performance, Jason Riddell also holds a CSCS certification.
Those seeking certification need at least a bachelor’s degree and must pass a 1.5 hour scientific exam on anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics and nutrition. That exam is then followed by a 2.5 hour practical/applied exam that assesses the applicants knowledge of program design, exercise techniques, testing, evaluation, organization and administration. “It was immensely helpful for me to work with both Colby and Jason at Next Level because I could take what I have learned from an academic perspective and apply it to practical, real life context.”
Congratulations Jeff, your hardwork and dedication paid off! It’s been great having you here at Next Level this summer!