Ivan Candelaria ATC is presently the Director of Sports Rehabilitation at Peak Performance Rehabilitation in Staten Island NY. Ivan is also the Owner/Founder of RAD Radical Athletic Development consulting. He received his professional degrees at the University of Connecticut. At UCONN, he was the assistant trainer of the 1999 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Team. He later went on to complete a competitive internship with the New Jersey Nets. Ivan has worked with a number of our country’s finest professional athletes who currently play in the NFL, NBA, WNBA and MLS.
He is also currently the Director of Sports Performance at Xtreme Fitness in Edison NJ, where he focuses his attention to high school, college athletes and NFL combine training. Ivan has recently enjoyed traveling the country in his role as a rehabilitation consultant for a number of elite Division I Universities. His efforts have developed and enhanced performance in hundreds of athletes nationwide.
Ivan’s success in the treatment of various injuries is based on his unique approach. He is thorough in recognizing dysfunction in movement which he then corrects with pain-free corrective exercise. Ivan focuses on the elimination of dysfunction that is the root of pain in addition to treating the painful symptoms. His best work is rehabilitation of the post surgical patient including treatment of the “itis’s”, or chronic inflammations. Over 14 years, Ivan has offered professional rehabilitation in addition to athletic training services.
Ivan uses tools such as kenisiotaping, functional movement screening, manual therapy, nerve flossing and corrective exercise techniques to eliminate pain and enhance performance. Ivan is also called upon yearly by NFL agents to perform client visits at Athletes Performance in Carson CA, and IMG Academies in Bradenton FL, to assist his college football players who are training for the NFL Combine. Ivan mentors NCAA college football player entering the NFL draft with the process of selecting a training facility, agent, and financial advisor. He is currently consulting and rehabbing injured high school athletes at Tottenville H.S. in Staten Island, NY., St Joseph’s by the Sea H.S. Staten Island, NY, and Pope John H.S.in Sparta NJ. Ivan also enjoys mentoring high school athletes through the recruiting process at these schools.
Ivan has also been instrumental in preparing Rutgers finest football players to train for the NFL combine and pro day. He has also lectured to the Rutgers University Medical staff on the practice of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). A major highlight to his career has been the ability to work with the most respected people in his field such as Dr. James Andrews, Todd Durkin, Travelle Gains, and Grey Cook.
- Undergraduate: University of Connecticut, 2000