fbpx

Sports Performance Team

Our sports performance team at Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence helps you get into peak condition, no matter your preferred sport. To maximize athletic performance, our programs for athletes of all skill levels, including professional and elite, implement a variety of fitness activities.

Safety and improved performance are our primary concerns. We will push you as an athlete to your edge while focusing on safe training methods. Improving body composition and performance technique are done in an educational, professional manner. Get to know our sports performance team.

Elizabeth Heil, CSCS

Lizzie Heil, MSc, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, USAW-L1SP
Sports Performance Coach

Lizzie received a Master’s of Science in Sports Medicine from the Strength and Conditioning Track at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She also received a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from the Fitness Track with a Concentration in Coaching Competitive Athletes at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Certified Level 1 Sport Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting, as well as holds two Silver Sneakers certifications through Tivity Health.

Lizzie has a variety of past experiences coaching youth sports; including Soccer, Gymnastics, and Figure Skating. She also has experience working as a wellness intern at the Brookfield, WI YMCA, where she helped develop their youth strength training program. During her time in graduate school, Lizzie performed several practicum positions, to include Colorado State University- Pueblo where she worked with the strength and conditioning coach for football and basketball, and the 365 Performance strength and conditioning coach in Monument, CO working with 7K Figure Skaters and Colorado Rampage Hockey Club members. She previously spent the last 2 years as a fitness instructor for seniors at Brookdale-Village at Skyline in Colorado Springs, CO. Lizzie currently works at the Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence as a and a strength and conditioning coach. She has a passion for fitness, strength training, sports performance, and injury mitigation; and  especially enjoys working with youth athletes providing age appropriate training to help advance their overall sport performance.

Kimberly Allen

Kimberly Allan, MSc, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, USAW-L1SP
Sports Performance Coach

Kimberly received a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science and a Minor in Nutrition from Minnesota State University, Mankato (MNSU); and received a Master’s of Science in Sports Medicine: Strength and Conditioning from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS).  She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Level 1 Weightlifting Coach through USA Weightlifting, and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine.

Kimberly previously competed as a DII collegiate Cross Country and Track athlete at MNSU.  Post-graduation she joined Bold Athlete Development in Calgary, Alberta training youth hockey players.  She then spent a year in Mankato, MN as a personal trainer for the general population.  Once moving to Colorado Springs, and while at UCCS, was a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach where she programmed for and coached the Women’s Softball Team and Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams and assisted the Head Strength Coach for Women’s Soccer.  As well, she fulfilled many Strength and Conditioning practicum positions at the Colorado Center for Orthopaedic Excellence, United States Air Force Academy, and with the UCCS Men’s Cross Country Team.  Kimberly currently works at the Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence and Cheyenne Mountain High School as a Strength and Conditioning Coach.  Her passions include youth athlete development, sports performance, and injury prevention.

Katelin Staab, MSc, CSCS, TSAC-F

Katelin Staab, MSc, CSCS, TSAC-F
Sports Performance Coach

Katelin received a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from Colorado Mesa University (CMU); and received a Master’s of Science in Sports Medicine: Strength and Conditioning from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Katelin previously competed as a DII collegiate Swimmer at CMU. Once moving to Colorado Springs, and while at UCCS, she was a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach where she coached at Colorado Springs Christian School and Cheyenne Mountain High School. In addition, she worked with the Colorado College swim team as a strength coach. While completing her master’s degree, she worked as the Head Age Group Coach for a competitive swim team in Colorado Springs, where she oversaw the youngest swimmers and assisted in strength and conditioning for high school level swimmers. Katelin currently works at the Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence as a Sports Performance Coach. Outside of Sports Performance, her passions include spending time outdoors and traveling to the west coast to spend time with her family.

Ethan Besier

Ethen Besier, CSCS, USAW L-1
Sports Performance Coach

Ethen received his Bachelor’s of Science in Fitness and Health Promotion from Colorado Mesa University. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a Level 1 Weightlifting Coach through USA Weightlifting.

Ethen previously competed as a NCAA DII Track and Field athlete at CMU. While attending CMU, Ethen worked in the varsity athletic weight room where he programmed and coached for the Cycling team, Cross country team, and assisted the head strength coaches with Football, Volleyball, Basketball, and Swimming. After relocating to Colorado Springs he worked at the NCSA training the Tigers, a club hockey team. Ethen currently works at the Colorado Centers of Orthopedic Excellence as a Sports Performance Coach.  His passions include strength training, sport performance, and aiding in the development of youth athletes’ career.

Rachel Carlson, MSc, CSCS

Rachel Carlson, MSc, CSCS
Sports Performance Coach

Rachel received her Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology and Physical Education from the University of Maine, and a Master’s of Science in Exercise Science with a Strength and Conditioning concentration from the University of South Florida (USF). She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Rachel competed as a Division 1 softball player while attending the University of Maine. During graduate school, she served as a graduate assistant to the strength and conditioning coaches at USF where she primarily assisted with the softball and cheerleading team. In addition, she worked as an assistant coach for a competitive club softball team in Tampa, Florida. After completing her master’s degree, she worked as an Assistant Softball coach at Yale University in New Haven, CT. Rachel currently works at the Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence as a strength and conditioning coach. Her passions and interests in the field include performance-based nutrition and injury prevention.

Location & Phone

Orthopedic Office Locations:

North Location 1:
2446 Research Pkwy, Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Phone: (719) 623-1050
Fax: (719) 623-1051

North Location 2:
2430 Research Pkwy, Suite 205
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Phone: (719) 623-1050
Fax: (719) 623-1051

South Location:
1263 Lake Plaza Drive, Suites 210 B
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Phone: (719) 623-1050
Fax: (719) 623-1051

Physical Therapy North:
2430 Research Pkwy, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Phone: (719) 623-1795
Fax: (719) 623-1053

Physical Therapy South:
1263 Lake Plaza Drive, Suites 210 A
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Phone: (719) 623-1795
Fax: (719) 623-1053

Take our survey
Patient Education

Patient Education

Everything you need to know about your orthopedic condition, from preventing reinjury to avoiding risk factors can be found in our convenient online patient education library.

LEARN MORE

From the Doctor's Desk

Back Injuries Common in Young Athletes

LEARN MORE

Skip to content