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Professional strength and conditioning coach now available to train student athletes in Washington Township

Christian Allen, certified strength and conditioning specialist, has trained some of the biggest names in professional football and baseball and now he’s working for Virtua’s Center for Athletic Performance. Allen works with 18-year-old Bob Falconiero who played basketball for Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in Pennsauken and is preparing to play guard for Drew University in Madison this fall.

South Jersey resident, Christian Allen, certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), has trained some of the biggest names in professional football and baseball, and now he’s available to train student athletes at the Center for Athletic Performance (CAP) in the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Washington Township.

“Virtua’s CAP provides local high school and college athletes with the training they need to make it to the next level,” said Allen. “Whether they have their sights set on a D1 college or a professional sports career, CAP can help them get there.”

The CAP provides a complete training program that includes strength and conditioning, nutrition, stretching and education. “Anyone can play a sport, but the best players are the ones who are prepared,” said Allen. “At the CAP, we physically and mentally prepare athletes to excel in their sport.”

The CAP coordinator Jason Ford, CSCS, describes the program in more detail: “The CAP offers a variety of individual and group training with low athlete-to-trainer ratios. In addition, all of our trainers have a four-year degree in exercise science, have a nationally recognized personal-training certificate, and specialize in sports performance training. A majority of our trainers are certified strength and conditioning specialists.”

In addition, CAP athletes train on state-of-the-art equipment. Ford said, “Because the program is held in Virtua’s Centers for HealthFitness, athletes have access to the latest weight-lifting equipment and hundreds of pieces of cardio machines. There are also recovery aids such as steam rooms, saunas, whirl pools and massage services if needed.”

Because the program is a component of Virtua’s Sports Medicine Program, athletes will have access to all of the services and resources that Virtua has to offer. “Athletes in the CAP program have access to sport medicine physicians and specialists, physical therapy and medical nutrition services,” said Paul Kasper, director of the Virtua Center for Sports Medicine. “This continuum of care really separates our program from others in the area.”

For Allen, helping athletes reach their goals is personal. As a high school student, Allen played football for Cherry Hill East. He went on to play wide receiver for the University of Southern California until an injury set him on the sidelines. He came back to New Jersey to finish his college football career at Rowan University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Health and Exercise Science. Allen said: “I’ve been right where these high school athletes are trying to go. If I can help just one of them reach their dreams, it’ll all be worth it.”

As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley for seven consecutive years. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.