Mike Atkinson, CSCS, is the co-owner of Elite Pro Performance and on-court performance director at Sierra Strength and Speed. Atkinson is a hybrid basketball performance trainer focused on strength, movement and basketball fundamentals. His work with NBA player development specialist Aubrey McCreary have given him a unique set of skills for training players in sport-specifics patterns and positioning. Atkinson has trained numerous Division I athletes, NBA draftees and other professional clients. He also worked as a performance consultant for the NBA Development League and as a director of basketball performance training camps and clinics for young athletes on the West Coast.
When preparing for competition, it's vital to replicate game situations and train with focus and purpose. Cones, ladders and agility poles are great tools for visually and physically cueing basketball [...]