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SNAPP, Tackle, and Pop

The Samaritan North Athletic Performance Program (SNAPP) pumps up young athletes’ strength—and confidence.

For Rion Robinson, an 18-year-old senior at Dayton’s Chaminade-Julienne High School (C-J), it’s been a very good year. A defensive back for the school’s championship football team, Robinson is at the top of his game. And he gives a lot of the credit to SNAPP for helping him get where he is.

Robinson trained earlier in his high school career with Coach Brett Mazey. When Mazey left C-J to join SNAPP, Robinson stayed in touch. He soon realized that the training Mazey offered at SNAPP could take his game to the next level.

At first glance, SNAPP is simply a strength-conditioning program for athletes ages 12 to 21. What makes this program different from others in the area, however, is its focus not just on strength, but also on whole-body conditioning—endurance, quickness, speed, and agility. SNAPP exercise physiologists Mazey and Dan Hopkins are both nationally certified strength and conditioning coaches who have high school and college experience.

“Our programs are sports-specific and tailor-made for each of our students,” Mazey explains. “We had about 25 kids, mostly girls preparing for basketball. In December, we added more than 40 kids getting ready for volleyball, baseball, soccer, and football.”

Robinson trained at SNAPP from February to late June to get a jump on this year’s football season.

“Preseason training helps athletes like Rion avoid fatigue and injuries from overuse,” Mazey points out. “Rion’s definitely college-level athlete material. Participating in SNAPP has given him an advantage in the tough arena of college recruitment.”

Source: Samaritan HealthTalk Winter 2004