B.A.S.E.S. Evolution of an Athlete...

is supported to share their knowledge to help you evolve into an elite athlete in the most healthy and professional manner. 

Curtis Granderson is the starting center fielder for the New York Mets. Curtis has become a force to be reckoned with in Major League Baseball. He as also played for the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers. In 2007 with the Detroit Tigers, he became just the third MLB player ever, and first since 1957, to record 20 homeruns, 20 triples, 20 doubles and 20 stolen bases in one year. He is considered among the league's top up-and-coming stars, a position he has gained through his well-respected work ethic and his tireless studies of the game of baseball. ESPN recognized him as a member of their Silver Glove and All-Kruk teams in 2007 and he has continued to show his potential as a future Gold Glove Winner. Tigers Manager Jim Leyland, on numerous occasions, has referred to Curtis as the hardest worker he has seen, a trait that came from his upbringing. A rarity in professional baseball, Granderson possesses dual degrees from the University of Illinois–Chicago, one in Business Management and one in Business Marketing. He is also the founder of the Grand Kids Foundation, which works with inner city schools.

Dr. James Andrews, an orthopaedic surgeon, is one of the founding members of the Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center (ASMOC) and the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) in Birmingham, Alabama, located at St. Vincent's Hospital. He serves as Chairman and Medical Director of ASMI. Dr. Andrews is also a founding partner and Medical Director of the Andrews Institute located in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Dr. Andrews is internationally known and recognized throughout the world for his scientific and clinical research contributions in knee, shoulder and elbow injuries, and his skill as an orthopaedic surgeon.

Dr. Glen Fleisig,  is the Research Director at ASMI ,an organization dedicated to improving the understanding, prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries through research and education. He has worked closely with players and coaches at all levels, from youth leagues to the big leagues, teaching performance optimization and injury prevention methods. He has more than 80 publications and 200 presentations, in topics ranging from the biomechanics of baseball, tennis, softball, football, running and cutting, and rehabilitation exercises to clinical outcomes of orthopaedic surgery.

Javair Gillett, spent 14 years with the Detroit Tigers, ten of those years as the director of their strength and conditioning department.  He is certified as a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  Prior to joining the Tigers, Javair gained experience in the field as an intern with the Orlando Magic during the 2002-03 NBA season, Indiana University, and The Pennsylvania State University.  Javair has a M.S. in Human Movement from A.T. Still University and completed his bachelor’s degree at DePauw University majoring in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Exercise Science.  He also lettered four seasons with DePauw University’s baseball team and was given All-Conference honors two of those four years as well as All-American Honorable Mention his final season.  In his free time, Javair dedicates himself to sharing his knowledge with youth athletes, parents, and coaches.  As Founder of B.A.S.E.S. Baseball, LLC Javair provides instruction through www.basesathlete.com and on-site clinics.  He is also the Creator & Executive Producer of B.A.S.E.S. Evolution of an Athlete in Baseball and Softball. This DVD serves as an educational tool for youth athletes, coaches, parent, and peers aspiring to achieve their athletic potential - bringing awareness to help reduce preventable injuries, improve performance, and live out a long, healthy lifestyle.  Javair has also been a speaker at numerous educational events and frequently writes and publishes articles and educational videos for a variety of resources.  Javair currently resides in Houston, TX and is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Houston Rockets.  

Leslie J. Bonci, R.D., M.P.H., L.D.N., one of the country's most recognized sports nutritionists, is the director of sports medicine nutrition for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Center for Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). She serves as the sports dietitian for the University of Pittsburgh's department of athletics and is a nutrition consultant for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Riverhounds professional soccer team, Cincinnati Reds and Toronto Blue Jays. In addition, she is the company nutritionist for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and a sports nutrition consultant to numerous high schools and universities. She is also the consulting nutritionist for the US Olympic Canoe and Kayak Teaman orthopaedic surgeon, is one of the founding members of the Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center (ASMOC) and the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) in Birmingham, Alabama, located at St. Vincent's Hospital. He serves as Chairman and Medical Director of ASMI. Dr. Andrews is also a founding partner and Medical Director of the Andrews Institute located in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Dr. Andrews is internationally known and recognized throughout the world for his scientific and clinical research contributions in knee, shoulder and elbow injuries, and his skill as an orthopaedic surgeon.

Dr. Gene Coleman, has worked in Major League Baseball as a strength and conditioning coach for over 30 years, working with the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers. He was one of the first strength and conditioning specialist hired in the MLB and was the first to research the physical, physiological and performance profiles of MLB players. He has published many conditioning manuals and over 50 articles about health and fitness, along with his book, 52-Week Baseball Training. Dr. Coleman has served as a consultant for several college athletic programs, as well as teams in the NFL, NHL and NBA. Dr. Coleman currently serves as a full professor and chair of the program in fitness and human performance at the University of Houston at Clear Lake.

Kimberly Fowler, is the founder of YAS Fitness Centers and the creator of Yoga for Athletes®. Her program is a practice combining elements of lyengar, Ashtanga and Power Yoga with poses sequenced to benefit the athletic body. Many professional athletes frequent her one-hour Yoga for Athletes® classes and some attribute their best-ever seasons to Kimberly's yoga classes. If you can't make it out to California for one of her classes, her Yoga for Athletes DVD brings her world-famous program to households everywhere. She is also Nike's new face of yoga. Please visit Kimberly online at www.go2yas.com for more information on her revolutionary program.

Matt James, for the past 10 years has been training amateur and professional athletes for NIKE and SPARQ in what has developed into one of the strongest sports performance programs in the West Coast. His personal athletic achievements, coupled with his extensive training experience, have already benefited many young, local athletes, resulting in multiple D1 offers and scholarships. While working with Nike and SPARQ (Speed-Power-Agility-Reaction-Quickness), Matt established a training program to help athletes perform at their peak levels. More than 100 of Matt's high school athletes have received college athletic scholarships. Matt's elite athlete roster includes Olympic Ski Champions Picabo Street and Lindsey Kildow; NBA players Brian Grant, Fred Jones and Gary Payton; NFL player Derek Anderson; Arena Football players Chris Angel and Rashad Floyd, and several top Nike athletes.

Lovie Jung, is a professional softball player and a member of the USA Softball Team. Jung was a two time, Third-Team All-American at Fresno State before transferring to the University of Arizona. While there, she helped her team reach the College World Series in 2002 and 2003. Jung also received All- PAC-10 team honors in 2002 and in 2003 was a top three finalist for Collegiate Player of the Year. As the starting second baseman for the USA Softball Team, Lovie helped TEAM USA capture a Gold Medal in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, and a Silver Medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Kiyoshi Momose, CSCS, HFI is the Latin American Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He spent 2 years in Costa Rica coaching baseball and assisted events for the Federacion de Beisbol. Kiyoshi earned a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Central Florida in 2000. After serving as a Strength and Conditioning Intern for the Princeton Devil Rays, Kiyoshi joined the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001. Currently Kiyoshi serves as an assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Major League Club, as well as being responsible for the strength and conditioning program for their Latin Academies in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

Luke O'Brien, graduated from the University of Queensland, Australia as a Physical Therapist in 2001. He has since been practicing in a sport medicine setting in Vail, Colorado. During this time, he has served as Assistant Physical Therapist to the US Ski Team and as a consultant for the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. Working in conjunction with Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr Richard Steadman, Luke has overseen the rehabilitation of many elite athletes from fields as diverse as the MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA and the English Premier League. He is a published author who specializes in musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the lower limb.

David Page, served as the Red Sox Strength and Conditioning Coach for four years and was named the 2007 Professional Baseball Strength Coach of the Year. He came to the Red Sox from the Arizona Diamondbacks where he served in the same capacity for the previous six seasons and where he worked with Red Sox head athletic trainer Paul Lessard. The Malden, MA native began his baseball strength coaching career in 1996 with the Portland Sea Dogs, then an affiliate of the Florida Marlins. He joined the Diamondbacks in 1998 as their minor league strength and conditioning coordinator, designing both winter and in-season programs for all minor league players. David also trained and supervised the strength coaches for each affiliate before moving to the big league club midway through the 1999 campaign. In 1989 he graduated from the University of Southern Maine where he was a four-year letterman in baseball. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has served as Secretary of the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society. Dave and his wife Lori currently live in Methuen, MA with their sons Jackson and Noah.

Kathleen Puchalskireceived her early training as a RN, but her love of sports led her to become one of only a few sports visual performance specialists in the world. She has been a vital member and partner of the Visual Fitness Institute since 1991. Ms. Puchalski's extensive expertise and knowledge of the visual performance field has put her in high demand around the country at the high school, collegiate, Olympic and professional levels. As co-inventor of the Vizual Edge Performance Training Program, Ms. Puchalski has traveled extensively throughout the country evaluating and providing training programs for athletes in a variety of sports.

Dr. Randy Schwartzberg, is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and specializes in sports medicine, and knee and shoulder injuries. He has undergone sports medicine training at the esteemed American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, and has since become extensively involved in the sports medicine scene of central Florida. He serves as the team physician for Seminole Community College and Cirque du Soleil, La Nouba. In addition, he expresses his passion for amateur athletics through his service to many local high schools and amateur sports clubs. Dr. Schwartzburg is also the Director of Sports Medicine Education for the ORHS orthopaedic surgery residency program and he gives frequent sports medicine presentations to physicians as well as other health care professionals.

Loren Seagrave, World-renown speed coach is the developer of the Velocity Sports Performance Training System. Coach Seagrave developed his system while winning four NCAA Track and Field national championships at Louisiana State University, working with more than 50 Olympic and World Championship medalists, National and World record holders, and Collegiate All-Americans. Coach Seagrave's coaching experience includes other sports such as football, baseball, soccer, basketball and ice hockey. Since 1998 he has worked as a speed and conditioning coach with the Atlanta Falcons, and has consulted regularly with the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and other NFL teams.

Dr. Barry L. Seiller, is the founder of the Visual Fitness Institute. As an early proponent of enhancing visual skills to improve athletic and academic performance, he began the Visual Fitness Institute to promote the improvement of visual skills necessary for success in sports and academics. He and his associate Kathy Puchalski, have developed the Vizual Edge Performance Trainer® (VEPT), a computer-based program that allows athletes to assess and train their visual skills on their personal laptops at their own convenience. Dr. Seiller and Ms. Puchalski have additionally developed and implemented visual performance programs for individual high school, college, professional and Olympic athletes as well as for teams and training facilities.

Dr. Spaniol, serves as a Professor of Exercise Science in the Department of Kinesiology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where he teaches biomechanics, structural kinesiology, measurement and evaluation, and directs the biomechanics lab. His primary research interests include testing and evaluation of athletic performance, strength and conditioning for athletic performance, biomechanical analysis of human movement, and computer technology. His research has included human performance studies with various amateur, collegiate and professional athletes. Dr. Spaniol has published numerous articles on fitness and human performance, presented at a variety of national and regional professional conferences, and been awarded more than 20 grants for exercise science and instructional technology research.

Allen Thomas, is entering his 12th season as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox. Upon graduating from Wingate University with a degree in Sport Medicine, Allen pursued a career in baseball as a player, playing three seasons at the minor league level. With his educational and athletic background and a passion to pursue strength and conditioning as a career, Allen hung up his cleats in 1998 and began his new career as a strength and conditioning coach. In 2000, he was named Assistant Coordinator and quickly moved to the Director of Conditioning for the White Sox in 2004. Allen currently holds certifications as a NSCA-CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) and as a NCTMB (National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork).

Mr. Frank Velasquez, served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Pirates before opening up his own athletic performance facility in the Pittsburgh area. A '93 Graduate from the University of Michigan (BS Kinesiology), Velasquez has worked in Professional Baseball since 1996 as a minor league athletic trainer (Texas Rangers Organization '96-'99), minor league strength & conditioning coordinator (Texas Rangers Organization '00-'02) and major league strength & conditioning coordinator (Pittsburgh Pirates '03-present). Owner of 3 Rivers Athletic Development, LLC, Velasquez has a wealth of knowledge and experience in training persons of all ages in the areas of athletic development and overall wellness, as well as five years of experience working in out-patient physical therapy (rehabilitation of injuries and sports performance enhancement). His hobbies include spending time with his family and jogging, having run and completed 3 marathons. His wife and son reside in the north hills area of Pittsburgh.

Natasha Watley, shortstop for the US Olympic softball team, is one of the most dynamic offensive forces in the game today. As a former four-time first team All-American, she helped lead her team, the UCLA Bruins, to the NCAA National Championship title in 2003. That same year, she was also named the Pac-10 Player of the Year and the Honda Roderick Cup winner as the Nation's Top Collegiate Female Athlete. In 2004, she joined Team USA at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece where she and her teammates captured their third straight Olympic Gold Medal. She again returned to the Olympic stage for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Dr. Gregg Steinberg, is a professor of sport psychology at Austin Peay State University. Golf Digest has ranked him as one of golf's great masterminds. He has appeared on CNN, Fox and the Golf Channel to discuss performance enhancement issues. He has worked with members of the PGA, LPGA, NFL and NBA. He is the author of Flying Lessons: Teach Your Child to Soar Into Life and Mental Rules for Golf. Please visit him at www.myflyinglessons.com and www.mentalrules.com.

David Szymanski, PhD, CSCS*D, is an assistant professor of exercise physiology, Director of the Applied Physiology Lab and the Volunteer Assistant Baseball Coach at Louisiana Tech University. He formerly was the Sports Performance Director for Velocity Sports Performance in Tulsa. Prior to that, Dr. Szymanski was the Exercise Physiologist for the Auburn University Baseball team for 5 years. Dr. Szymanski has been involved in numerous research studies evaluating sports performance. His primary research has focused on ways to improve baseball performance.

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Most programs focus on sport skills...how to throw a ball, how to catch a ground ball, how to swing. B.A.S.E.S. focuses on Athletic Skill Conditioning which will allow your body to execute the movements on the field much better. Failure to address and practice these Athletic Skills at a young age often results in many talented athletes being forced to quit playing a sport, either because of injury or the inability to compete against their peers at more advanced levels. B.A.S.E.S. recognizes the importance of age-appropriate athletic development at the youth level. The specificity of the B.A.S.E.S. Programs will aid in the reduction of injury and maximize the performance of youth athletes, giving them the opportunity to stay involved in sports longer.