Athletes’ Performance internship inspires former Bulldog

By Bill Tamburrino

Ramona High School alumnus Eric Isselin completed an internship in May that changed his life and has inspired him to reach his career and educational goals.

Isselin spent five months as an intern at Athletes’ Performance in Phoenix, Ariz. Athletes from all sports use Athletes’ Performance for a plethora of services, but Isselin’s primary job was to get college players ready for the NFL draft and

Eric Isselin

combine. However, he also worked with professional golfers, NHL athletes, members of the Chinese Olympic team and major league baseball players.

When pushed to drop a few names, Eric reluctantly did so. “I worked with seven of the top 10 athletes drafted in the NFL draft and several other NFL players and players drafted. Since we provide services that include training, nutrition, physical therapy and injury rehabilitation, we usually don’t give specific details on our clients.”

An athlete might be rehabbing an injury while negotiating a contract or trying to improve his/her strength, flexibility, agility, endurance, etc. for an upcoming combine or tryout. If so, they go to Athletes’ Performance.

Isselin has also worked for Island Fitness, Coronado High School, Fitness Quest and the Golden Door. Some of his duties have included: performance methodologies, integrated performance training, evaluation, movement prep, plyometrics, movement skills, strength and power development, energy system development, regeneration, golf performance training, dynamic warm up, core development, strength training, sport specific injury prevention, post workout nutrition, leadership development and team building. He is certified as a massage therapist, personal trainer, speed and agility specialist, and group exercise, CPR/AED and first aid.

“My interest all started when I took the student trainer class at RHS,” he said. “Most students just take it for a year, but I was a student trainer for two years. Trainer Steve (Pettis) got me hooked. I loved being on the field in the middle of the action. I got to see what goes on behind the scenes as far as rehabbing and getting athletes ready to get back to action after an injury.”

A 2005 RHS graduate, he competed in and lettered in golf and soccer for four years. He stays in shape by playing competitive flag football, soccer, basketball and golf.

He practices what he preaches when it comes to nutrition and conditioning. To say that he is a sport and fitness nut is an understatement.

After leaving RHS, Isselin attended IPSB College (International Professional School of Bodywork) and earned a massage therapist license focusing on sports massage, injury rehabilitation and massage. He also attended Grossmont College and completed 42 units toward an associate’s degree in Exercise Science and Wellness and completed an ROP personal training certificate program.

He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in small business management and entrepreneurship so that he can one day open his own business in the performance training field. He is in the process of updating his website at

“I try to improve by 1 percent every day,” he said. “I try to learn as much as I can and put into practice what I learn. I want to work with elite athletes and I try to learn something new every day to reach that goal. The general public does not realize how hard elite athletes work to get into and stay shape.

“I set my goals very high. Everybody should set high goals.”

His mission statement: “I want to teach, coach and demonstrate a holistic approach to sports performance. I want to develop movement specific training, injury prevention, postural correction, speed and agility mechanics, power development, proper nutrition, motivational strategies and overall wellness to help athletes reach their peak potential.”

Isselin believes that if he continues to improve by 1 percent every day, he will reach his goal. With his education, experience and personal drive, he plans on reaching his goals by helping others.

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