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ELC plans strength, conditioning clinic

By Staff | Nov 20, 2016

On Sunday, Dec. 11, Estherville Lincoln Central will be having a strength and conditioning clinic from 1-4 p.m. Both the high school and middle school gyms, the weight room, the wrestling room, and the little theater will be used. This clinic is for all ELC students seventh grade through seniors in high school.

The clinic is made possible thanks to the ELC Booster Club and it features the entire strength and conditioning staff from the University of Sioux Falls (DII). This staff works with every college athlete and every program that USF has to offer. Below is a little about each member of the strength staff that will be coming to work with you:

Zach Mathers (ATC, LAT, CSCS): Zach is in his 6th year as the head strength and conditioning coach and head athletic trainer at USF. Zach was named national strength and conditioning coach of the year in 2010 for NAIA. Before coming to USF, Zach worked at CNOS in Sioux City for 10 years as the Director of Power and Performance there. Zach received his BS in exercise science from Buena Vista where he also played football and ran track receiving All-American honors there.

Kaitlin Lang (CSCS): Kaitlin is in her second year as a member of the USF strength and conditioning staff. Kaitlin received her bachelors degree in health and exercise science from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN where she was a three-year letter winner in gymnastics. She has completed a full-time internship with Registered Dietitians and is about to complete her masters in business administration.

Cory Jacobson (ACSM): Cory is in his 1st year as an assistant strength coach @ USF. Before coming to USF, Cory received his BS in exercise science, health education, and nutrition @ South Dakota State University where he was also on the men’s basketball team from 2011-2016.

Benjamin Loftis (USAW1, CSCS): Before becoming an assistant strength coach at USF, Benjamin was an assistant strength coach for the baseball and track and field programs at the University of Arkansas. Prior to being down south, Benjamin played football at Northwestern College where he received his BS in exercise science.

“As you can see we have a great group of well versed strength and conditioning professionals with a wide variety of athletic backgrounds coming here to work with you specifically,” said ELC coach Andy Umthun.

The day will be a combination of talks, demonstrations, and hands on working on: Proper warm up, Strength, Change of Direction, plyometrics, speed, nutrition, range of motion, mobility, injury prevention, core strength, leadership, and basic importance of strength and conditioning training for all male and female athletes during both off-season and in-season. This strength staff will also have a meeting for all parents from 2:50-3:10 in the little theater in-between sessions to attend and ask any questions they may have regarding strength and conditioning. Parents are also welcome to watch any or all of this clinic as well.

“We will also have a meeting for all female athletes right after the clinic to discuss common misconceptions of a strength program as well as nutrition with Kaitlin Lang,” said Umthun. “Work together to get your teammates there to make this a great event for all ELC athletic programs!”