Chris Chase on the Evolution of Strength & Conditioning in Basketball

Chris Chase is the Director of Performance for the Memphis Grizzlies. In this role, he’s in charge of managing Grizzlies performance staff and weight room, writing all performance programming, and serving as one of the strength and conditioning coaches.

In this show, Chris and I cover a ton of topics, including the education necessary to work in the NBA, the pros and cons of tech in sport, how his philosophy has evolved since our last episode, and a really big question we all need to be talking about – what is the true role of a strength and conditioning coach.

I feel like Chris is a true visionary in this field, and I can’t wait for you to listen to this show.


Show Outline

Here’s a brief overview of this week’s episode:

  • Show Intro:
  • Deep Thought:
    • Challenging Yourself
  • Interview with Chris Chase:
    • Chris’ current position with the Memphis Grizzlies, and what he’s up to these days
    • The current education standards in the NBA, and why this could potentially cause issues in the future.
    • A really tough question: What is the role of a strength and conditioning coach?
    • How Chris’ philosophy and training has evolved in recent years (and why learning Final Cut may be one of his most important pieces of con ed in recent memory!)
    • Accountability – what does this word mean at the elite level? And are we always upholding the highest standards?
    • Technology in sport: The good, the bad, and the ugly


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