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Posted in Uncategorized on January 25, 2010 by mnover

My name is Matt Nover and I am an ex-professional ‘Big Man’ and current Strength and Conditioning Specialist certified by the NSCA. I have been playing and working with basketball players around the world for over 20 years. I specialize in training ‘Big Men’ to develop and improve their athleticism and that is why I have created the ‘Athletic Big Man Source’.

My own basketball career spanned parts of 3 decades and I enjoyed success at many levels. From 1989 to 1993 at Indiana University I battled inside against many of the top Big Men in basketball at that time; Juwan Howard, Chris Weber, Christian Laettner, and Shaquille O’Neal to name a few. Our teams had great success winning 3 Big Ten Titles, being ranked #1 in the country, and making it to the Final Four in 1992. (I eventually went on to make a Hollywood film in 1994 with my ‘Big Man’ counterpart Shaq called ‘Blue Chips’! 😉 We starred along side great actors such as Nick Nolte, J.T. Walsh, and Alfre Woodard).

Afterwards, I embarked on my professional playing career that lasted 12 seasons and took me across the globe. While playing in various countries like Spain, Puerto Rico, Italy, and Japan I had the opportunity to cross paths with many talented coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and fellow athletes. The information I was able to share and gain during those playing years was invaluable! It wasn’t always glamorous as I had to endure many injuries battling in the post against big, strong, and powerful athletes (broken ankles, herniated lumbar discs, and inumerable muscle pulls and strains…). However, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise. During my various recovery periods, I discovered that I had a deep interest in athletic training and injury prevention. I began absorbing as much information as I possibly could about preventing future injuries and building my athleticism to enhance my performance. I didnt want to miss any more opportunities to play on the court; I wanted to maximize my potential to be the best athlete and player possible!!

By experimenting and studying numerous rehabilitation and training methods (such as yoga, pilates, strength and fitness training, acupressure, acupuncture, osteopathy, traditional physical therapy, functional therapy and training, chiropractic therapy, athletic development and sports performance enhancement) in both eastern and western philosophies, I gained a comprehensive knowledge of what it takes to become a powerful, fit, optimally functioning athlete.

Being a ‘Big Man’ myself I have first-hand knowledge of the difficulties that most over-sized players have in agility, coordination, quickness, and speed. With all the knowledge that I was able to acquire, I realized that I was in the perfect position to help other ‘Big Men’ overcome these difficulties and become better athletes for basketball!

So when my playing career finished in 2004 I successfully acquired degrees and certifications in the sports training industry. I became certified as a CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) with the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association), became a Certified Pilates Instructor by the Physicalmind Institute of New York, and earned a Level 1 Youth Fitness Specialist Certification from the IYCA.

I truly believe that I am in a unique position! My mission is to share the understanding and knowledge that I have gained over the last 20 years and help train and develop ‘Bigs’ of all ages and levels to be the best that they can be!

I hope you enjoy our information, and thank you for checking us out!

Your ‘Athletic Big Man’ Coach

Matt Nover

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Posted in Uncategorized on January 25, 2010 by mnover

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