The following is written by my current coordinator with the Arizona Diamondbacks who has been my most influential mentor entering this industry as a young professional. Both professionally and philosophically, he has shaped me into who I have become as a coach and clinician. Beyond that, I have discovered my true passion for this industry and am motivated to become better every day because of the leadership of the sports medicine staff. Here are the qualities needed to be a sports med professional in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization–one of the best in baseball. How many of the 6 do you possess?
When looking at potential employees for our organization there are certain requirements we consider mandatory prior to an interview. You must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field (Kinesiology, Exercise Science, etc.), your CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) through the NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association), and CPR/AED certification. We also put an extremely high value on versatility within our organization. Although not a requirement, having a feel and some experience with techniques and philosophies such as PRI (Postural Restoration Institute), DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization), ART (Active Release Techniques) among several others is certainly a plus. Versatility will allow you to expand your role. We look for candidates that possess a diverse background of related experience and bring a versatile skill-set (LMT, ATC, PT, etc.). This will allow you to work both the training room and weight room, allow you to manipulate soft-tissue, and perform treatments in addition to strength and conditioning. All of this will increase your value as an employee as well as the value you provide to the organization, the sports medicine team, and the players. Once the prerequisites are in place you can apply for a job as an intern or a full-time strength coach. Your versatility will be taken into consideration along with certain qualities we look for in employees that are very important to us as a team. They include… READ ON!!
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