Many people over the years have asked me, "What makes Specialty Athletic Training unique?" I'll be the first to tell you that we're not doing anything revolutionary with our program design, exercises we're having our clients performed, or the equipment that we use. Our approach and communication style are two major components of what makes us unique; as well as providing our clients with access to a fit and healthy lifestyle. Want to learn how we do it? Here is your chance!
I have the privilege of being part of an amazing line up of presenters at the NSCA's Oregon State Clinic on Saturday, March 16th at Linfield College. I will be discussing the importance of using growth mindset and positive reinforcement to maximize the results of your athletes and clients. The information that you'll learn will be easily applicable to any profession and all ages. Make sure to sign up today!
Other presenters include:
Phil Rombach, MAEd, CSCS - Head football S&C coach at Linfield College
Bryan Miller, MS, CSCS,*D - Assistant football S&C coach at Navy
Griffin Waller, MA, CSCS - Director of Sports Performance at University of Portland
Ryan Baugus, DPT, PT - Owner of Headquarters Physical Therapy
Erik Jernstrom, CSCS - Director of Sports Performance at Eforce Sports
April 22, 2013 was the Autism Society of Oregon's 11th annual Walk-a-Thon. The walk was held at Oaks Park in Southeast Portland attracted a crowd of over 1,100 people. Specialty Athletic Training was there as part of the resources that are available in the community for children and adults diagnosed with autism. We look forward to being a part of this great event next year!
The Special Services Parent Advisory Committee for the Lake Oswego School District held a Recreation and Summer Camps resource fair on Tuesday, April 9th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Bryant Elementary School. Andrew Frisina, student intern, I were at the event promoting Specialty Athletic Training and Showcase Basketball's FREE summer basketball camp for kids with special needs, Hoop Camp 4 Kids! CLICK HERE to find out more information about this fun filled camp!
Other businesses that were at this great event were Social Kraft, Autistic Community Activity Program, Camp Yackety Yack, Mt Hood Kiwanis Club, and several others. We are looking forward to attending many more local events this month! Make sure to check out our 'EVENTS' page to see where we will be in the near furture!
The Ability*Network of Nike hosted the annual Sports Day for employees and their children, families and friends impacted by autism. Specialty Athletic Training was there as a vendor and was represented by Mary Moore, co-owner, and Katie Anderson, student intern.
Indoor and outdoor sport activities, including pool time, were supported by trained staff from the Sports Centers and other Nike volunteers.
Today I was fortunate enough to volunteer at the Easter Egg Hunt For Acceptance of All Abilities put on by Autism Empowerment and The Miracle League of Vancouver. It was an amazing family friendly event with many great volunteers and vendors, all working together to make this day special for children with special needs and their families. It was great meeting new people and telling them about Specialty Athletic Training. With all the fun, also came with some challenging moments.
I was working at the registration table and helping sign people into the event. There was a little boy who had been waiting in line for over thirty minutes. He had Autism and was visibly upset that he was still waiting in line, which was in direct sunlight of the hottest day of the year to date. When they arrived at my table, his dad seemed embarrassed and said, "He has his good days and some days he is just on one." I responded by saying, "We all have our good days and our bad days. I would be frustrated too if I had to wait in line for over thirty minutes, in the sun, before I could hunt for Easter eggs."
Later on in the day, when I was at the Specialty Athletic Training resource table, I had a mom ask me, "Do you work with problem children? Sometimes my kid refuses to get up and will be physical. Can you work with him too?" Her child was also on the ASD spectrum. In my mind there is no such thing as a problem child, just a child that is not understood. Everyday presents an opportunity to educate and advocate!
About the Author
Ryan Lockard, CSCS, CSPS is the head trainer and founder of Specialty Athletic Training. He a member of the Autism Society of Oregon's Board of Directors and is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Special Populations Specialist. Ryan has worked with individuals with special needs since 2007 and has over 10,000 hours of 1:1 instruction working with individuals that have various special needs.