New York Jets create department focused on players’ health and performance

The New York Jets announced on Thursday the creation of a Division of Athletic Care and Performance Department, which aims to focus on improving players’ overall health, nutrition, and training after being troubled by injuries.

Dr Brad DeWeese will oversee the new department, which will “help align the club’s athletic performance staffs to better position players for success,” according to a team statement issued.

“The vision is pretty succinct: I want the New York Jets Athletic Care and Performance to be the leading player development department in the NFL,” said DeWeese, who will lead the charge as the team’s director of high performance. “I want us to be the model for other NFL teams to develop their system by.”

Brad DeWeese

DeWeese was most recently an assistant athletic director in charge of athletic achievement at East Tennessee State.

Additionally, he has been the Director of Sports Physiology in the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Winter Department, helping athletes win 21 Olympic and World Cup medals.

The Jets also announced that Mike Nicolini will be the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Dr Omar Ahmad will serve as Assistant Strength and Condition Training, Dr Matt Sams will serve as the Director of Sports Science, and Dr Robert Sausaman will be the Assistant Director to High Performance Sports.

New York put 80 players on injury reserve last season and placed 36 on injured reserve, making it the fifth best overall number in the NFL.

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