Jackals Add S&C Coach to Coaching Staff
The Dallas Jackals are happy to announce RK Barker has joined the coaching staff as Strength and Conditioning Coach.
RK’s passion for performance was sparked in high school when he wanted to better understand how to prepare himself for sport performance and recovery as a high-level swimmer. His love of rugby began in college while studying Kinesiology at the US Military Academy at West Point. RK assisted in research to identify a sport that most closely resembled the physical demands of modern combat to help soldiers better prepare for the physical demands they face. He found this in professional rugby.
In his graduate program, RK continued his study of rugby by examining the differences in strength and conditioning trends between northern and southern hemisphere professional rugby teams and comparing them to play style and match outcomes. He also looked into how to quantify, monitor, and manipulate the total load placed on professional rugby players to effectively reduce injury potential.
RK earned his Power Athlete Block One and his CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist). His methodology approach is best summarized as a movement-focused approach. He believes that creating strong movement patterns and a foundation of strength and power creates better athletes.
RK is excited to be a Dallas Jackal because he feels this is an incredible opportunity to build the sport of rugby in America and help establish a winning legacy in Dallas. In his free time, RK loves smoking Texas BBQ. He’s been married to his wife Alex since 2017, and they have one dog, a spunky corgi named Finn.
We are happy to welcome RK Barker and his family to the pack!
About Dallas Jackals —
The Dallas Jackals are a professional rugby team of Major League Rugby (MLR), the highest level of rugby competition in North America. The Jackals were named as an expansion team in 2020 and will play their inaugural season in 2022 at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The team’s central mission is to develop domestic talent to a world-class level of play and professionalism while strengthening the high performance pathway in DFW by supporting the local clubs. Through proactive Community Outreach, the Jackals will exemplify and spread the passion of rugby by inspiring tradition, respect, family, and character on and off the pitch.
About MLR —
Major League Rugby is a professional sports league entering its fourth season and represents the highest level of competition in North America. The League evolved from seven teams in 2018, to 12 teams in 2021, featuring 11 from the United States and one from Canada. The competition follows an 18-week regular schedule for a chance to advance to the playoffs. Matches are televised on CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports 2, ESPN+, Facebook Live (for international viewers) and on different platforms in each local market. MLR prides itself on its incredible athletes, the passionate community behind them, and its strong values of Respect, Inclusivity, and Tradition.
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