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Coaching an NFL Quarterback for Recovery by Dan Cerrillo and Matt Hasselbeck - CrossFit Journal

Coaching an NFL Quarterback for Recovery

By Dan Cerrillo and Matt Hasselbeck

In Athletes, Coaching, Sports Applications, Videos

November 07, 2011

Video Article

Matt Hasselbeck, quarterback for the currently 4-4 Tennessee Titans, trained at CrossFit Bellevue in Washington state before the season. Reebok challenged him to give CrossFit a try, and he said he has seen marked improvement since starting.

Hasselbeck’s coach, CrossFit Bellevue owner Dan Cerrillo, said his goal for Hasselbeck’s training was making him healthy and helping him recover from bumps and bruises sustained during a long career with stops in Green Bay and Seattle. Cerrillo focused on slow strength gains and used the rings for many drills, such as static holds.

“This is where I can see him getting stronger, and it’s not so much muscle growth as it is everything’s activating,” Cerrillo said.

Hasselbeck, a three-time Pro Bowl and 2005 All Pro selection, said CrossFit has been a humbling experience for him.

“I took a couple steps back to take a few steps forward, you know, coming in here,” Hasselbeck said. “I just really started from the bottom.”

However, the QB made significant progress. Hasselbeck said he started CrossFit with a wrist brace but didn’t need it after his wrists and hands grew stronger. Cerrillo measured Hasselbeck’s strength gains in longer static holds.

Making progress was gratifying for Hasselbeck, who’s now thrown for over 2,000 yards and 13 TDs at the halfway point of the NFL season.

“The most fun and exciting thing for me by far has been the rings,” Hasselbeck said. “You’re never bored. You’re scared sometimes, but you’re never bored.”

7min 39sec

Additional reading: Support Strength on the Rings by Tyler Hass, published April 1, 2007.

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7 Comments on “Coaching an NFL Quarterback for Recovery”


wrote …

We've seen many stories about average people who experience tremendous gains from CF in their strength, flexibility, etc. But it's really a testament to the effectiveness of CF's philosophy and methodology when a professional athlete playing at the highest level of his sport can also realize such improvement in his fitness, mobility and physical skills over and above what he already has.


wrote …

That was awesome! Thanks.


wrote …

Wait, who is his sponsor again?


wrote …

Can anyone point me in the direction of using the rings for shoulder rehab? Thanks.


replied to comment from Tanner Duncan

Derp found Support Strength Article


wrote …

Guys. I love crossfit. I think it's amazing.
When Matt is on the rings and holding at about 2 minutes in the video, he is in very bad form. His head was up, shoulders internally rotated as can be seen by his palms facing back instead of front, and his but is off even though he is being told to squeeze. This can be seen b/c his knees are turned in toward each other. Look up Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli midline stabilization concepts and Carl's ring videos to see good form. Good form= powerful athlete.
Let's get strong.


wrote …

Chin tucked!!!

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