Chris Chase is in his third season as the Director of Performance for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. Chris has previously served in similar roles with the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. Prior to his time in the NBA, he was a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Southern California and the University of Rhode Island, where he worked with a variety of Olympic sports.
Chase holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science degree in Strength and Conditioning from Springfield College, and he is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Chris gives us an overview of how an NBA performance coach must develop a system for the needs of each individual athlete. He delves into his go-to training methods and means for keeping his NBA players as healthy as possible while minimizing their risk of injury. He discusses how the Postural Restoration Institute has influenced his squat progressions as well as his approach to speed and movement programming.
In this podcast, Coach Chris Chase and Joel discuss:
- How the role of a strength coach varies in the professional level from the college level and below.
- Barbell training at the NBA level.
- The menu of exercises he has developed for use with NBA players.
- Weighing health concerns of the athlete versus KPIs.
- How the machines he uses are specific for his athletic population.
Podcast total run time is 1:07:20.
Keywords: NBA, basketball performance, PRI, professional sports