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Minnesota Vikings hire new strength and conditioning coach

The Vikings have hired a former Chiefs assistant to lead their strength and conditioning program.

Mike Zimmer has found his replacement for his strength and conditioning coach after firing Evan Marcus after the 2015 season.

The Minnesota Vikings named Brent Salazar the new strength and conditioning coach after he spent the previous nine years as the Kansas City Chiefs assistant strength and conditioning coach.  He has 10 years of NFL experience, working with the Denver Broncos as a strength and conditioning intern in 2005 before going to Kansas City as an assistant. In those 10 years, his teams have made five playoff appearances and won two division titles.

He has also worked several years in the collegiate ranks, including time with New Mexico, UNLV and the University of Pacific.  He graduated from New Mexico in 2003 with a degree in Exercise Physiology. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Marcus was fired after the Vikings suffered an inordinate amount of pectoral injuries in 2014 and 2015, to the point that Zimmer commissioned a study to see if there was anything they could do to help prevent those injuries. Among those suffering pectoral injuries were Phil Loadholt, Brian Robison and Josh Robinson, and John Sullivan had two back surgeries over the course of several months last summer and fall.


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