Athletics Coach Ancaster


Athletics Coach Ancaster is a specialized advocate for the athlete. We are very passionate about the well-being, performance and development of the athlete. Our mission is to promote and facilitate the highest standards of sports performance through our services while educating athletes, coaches, parents along with the sport organizations and clubs about the principles and implementation of the Long Term Athletic Development model promoted by most amateur sport associations in Canada (Basketball Canada, Baseball Canada).

The following are benefits to the athlete:

  • We adhere to and implement the philosophy and methodology of the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA) in conjunction with the Long Term Athletic Development model for younger athletes.




(Long Term Athletic Development model)

  • Athletes who are new to strength and conditioning programs will benefit from experienced coaching and specialized programming that is catered to the athlete’s age and stage of development, sport demands, predominant energy system used in their sport, and any body composition needs. (muscle gain, or fat loss)
  • Athletes will understand through specific testing and evaluation such as our Functional Movement Screening (FMS) the nature of how well they move and how this relates to their potential for injury and hindrances to performance. The data collected from the FMS  are then used to prescribe customized programming to address the athlete’s individual needs.
  • Corrections for the athlete’s flexibility, mobility and stability deficits can be integrated into regular training sessions.
  • Athletes new to athletic development training or strength and conditioning training will appreciate how invaluable their training will contribute to their performance.
  • Athletes will appreciate their stage of development and training age by engaging in programming that will develop their skills related to body coordination, strength, power development, endurance, balancing, agility and essential motor programming.
  • Agility drills will augment the athlete’s braking system to improve direction changes, cutting manoeuvres and eccentric strength.
  • Injury prevention and performance are enhanced by using customized dynamic warm-up regimes to optimally prepare the athletes to perform.
  • Team players will be motivated and look forward to performance testing and re-evaluations at pre-scheduled times as a part of their training and targeted goal setting within their program.
  • Within the context of any injuries, as a Certified Athletic Therapist, Jean will be able to assess, treat and rehabilitate any injuries that may occur during practices or games for his athletes.

Athletics Coach Ancaster provides the following services to teams and athletes: (see tabs below)

Sports/Athletic Therapy (Clinical and Field coverage)

Athletic and Movement-based development (Ages 6-12) and Strength and Conditioning programming(Ages 13-18+)

Sports and Exercise Nutrition

Athletic movement and performance testing and evaluation

Functional Movement Screening (individualized assessment for injury prevention and movement quality enhancement)

Training equipment selection and purchasing

A little bit of info about Jean:

  • Jean is no stranger to the world of athletics.
  • Jean has participated in a myriad of sports from childhood, to the University level.  The various sports and activities that has shaped his coaching and appreciation for athletics include: basketball, volleyball, soccer, football, baseball, track running, distance running, racket-ball, tennis, ultimate- frisbee, white water kayaking, war-canoe racing, and mountain biking just to name a few.


  • Jean has also spent the last 20 years acquiring certifications and qualifications and experience that allows him to follow his passion and chosen profession as an Athletic Therapist and Strength and Athletics Coach to ultimately help athletes achieve their performance goals and remain healthy and injury-free.
  • Jean has been working with athletes as an athletic therapist and conditioning coach since 1999 and has enjoyed helping many athletes excel in their sport or game.
  • Jean’s experience helping athletes in various sports include: soccer, basketball, hockey, tennis, football, swimming, volleyball, dance, distance running, rugby, baseball/softball, mountain biking and weight lifting. This list continues to grow
  • Jean’s personal training focus is on power lifting and Olympic lifting.



To book a consultation with Jean to discuss training, nutrition, injury management, or your child’s athletic development program, or any other needs you have as an athlete, simply click on the button below and we will respond to your consultation request within a few hours.

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Jean and I have been friends for 16 years, since we met at U of T and worked with the varsity football program. At that time he was my student assistant and several years later I hired him to help with some locum contracts at my clinic. He was an excellent student then, and has become an exceptional therapist over the past decade.

He continues to develop new skills as a clinician and strength and conditioning specialist. I have had the opportunity to be treated by Jean when my own weekend warrior activities cause injury, he is the first person I call.

I give Jean my highest recommendation!

Cliff Watling

Athletic Therapist & Massage Therapist, Elliott Sports Medicine Clinic


Located in Ancaster at 123 Moore Crescent, moments away from Ancaster’s home soccer fields, Spectrum Therapy clinical service provides injury assessment, treatment and full functional and sport specific rehabilitation to follow up from the field injury.








As a certified Sport and Exercise Nutritionist, Jean understands the needs of the athlete and has helped many athletes achieve their performance or body composition goals.





The nutritional requirements of the athlete may elude even the most experienced coach or parents.

Athletes must understand that their needs go beyond that of the recreational exerciser: In the context of their nutrition, the athlete must consider:

  • Is the athlete’s caloric intake enough to support the extreme energy demands of their training and competition.
  • Paying attention to their immune-system recovery so as they are not likely to miss any games due to illness.
  • Competitive athletes train hard to force positive physiological adaptation. These adaptations can only occur in the right blend of macronutrients and micronutrients.
  • Certain competitive athletes must or desire to maintain their bodyweights and body fat percentages within a narrow range if they hope to be competitive in their sport. This means training and eating appropriately to achieve and maintain an ideal bodyweight

Competitive athletes must prioritize fluid and electrolyte balance. If dehydration sets in, performance is acutely and quickly diminished

Competitive athletes require specialized training in order to meet the demands of their sport and competition. Jean has been practicing as a strength and conditioning coach and helping athletes achieve their performance goals for the past 13 years. Jean’s specializes in the development of the athlete’s specific attributes for their chosen sport, such as acceleration, deceleration, power production, strength and force application, improving linear and lateral speed, functional core stability, and taking a functional training approach to improving these training practices.





Flexibility and mobility are also taken into consideration if these become limitations for the athlete.

Jean believes in the collaborative approach to helping teams reach their performance goals. Integrating training protocols and recovery practices with coaches during the pre-season, in-season, and off-season in alignment with the team’s goals and game schedule has been shown to significantly boost the athletic and performance profile of a team.

Understanding the athletic capacities of the athletes (soccer, hockey, rugby, tennis, basketball players), through pre-season testing, can successfully guide the coaching and conditioning staff to administer an “athlete-centered” training program. Coaches and players can enjoy flexible training programs that are catered to the team’ s access to training space, equipment, and scheduling.


This level of assessment and evaluation normally precludes any athlete with an injury or who is in pain. This screening allows us to take a “snap-shot” of how “well” the athlete moves.





Seven different screen tests are associated with the quality of the athlete’s movement patterns.

It has been found through many studies that deficits in flexibility, joint mobility and stability can cause compensatory, aberrant movement patterns which can lead to injury and detriments in performance.

For those athletes that are chronically injured, or are not meeting performance standards, functional screening is the beginning to their way back to high level performance and being injury free.

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