Exercise/conditioning specialist to join USBC

    07/18/08

    USBC Coaching

    USBCNickBohanan.jpg In its ongoing focus to incorporate scientific studies in the sport of bowling, the United States Bowling Congress has hired exercise and strength conditioning specialist Nick Bohanan, who will join the national governing body's Coaching department.

    Bohanan, who holds a Master's degree in Exercise Science from Wichita State University, will use his background to help develop programs and clinics for coaches and bowlers in areas such as strength training, injury prevention and conditioning techniques to enhance bowling performance.

    Bohanan is expected to begin his tenure on Sept. 1 at USBC's current headquarters in Greendale, Wis., before moving in October to the organization's new facility being readied in Arlington, Texas.

    Plans call for Bohanan to work closely with other USBC Coaching staff members and new, cutting-edge technology in the USBC International Training Center, which is to be built on the USBC site in Arlington.

    Bohanan's duties are expected to include creating strength and exercise programs based on scientific data collected from bowlers using new USBC-patented biomechanics technology, such as motion capture, foot pressure and grip pressure that measure exact body movements during a bowling approach and delivery.

    Bohanan also will perform research into factors that cause stress on a bowler's muscles, joints and bones due to pressures during the act of delivering a bowling ball.

    "It's a great opportunity to work with athletes and coaches and help improve the perception of bowling," said Bohanan, 25, a USBC Level One certified coach who currently resides in Wichita, Kan. "By emphasizing research and science in bowling through technology, exercise and conditioning methods, we have a tremendous opportunity to showcase our sport as one that involves elite athletes at the highest levels."

    Bohanan will work with a variety of high caliber athletes such as USBC Team USA, Junior Team USA, collegiate bowlers and perhaps bowlers from other worldwide federations who will train at the ITC. In addition, Bohanan's work will aim to benefit bowlers of all abilities and styles through his research studies with USBC.

    "Nick will be an important asset to the USBC Coaching program," said Co-Director of USBC Coaching David Garber. "His expertise in physiology will bring a new dimension to USBC by incorporating exercise and conditioning aspects that will benefit bowlers of all ages and styles."

    Bohanan directed the strength/conditioning and injury prevention effort for the renowned Wichita State's men's and women's bowling programs. The Shocker men won their eighth USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships title in April while the women were runners-up in searching for their ninth national title.

    The St. Joseph, Mo., native is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and certified personal trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He holds Bachelor's degrees in Exercise Science and Athletic Training from Wichita State.