Clive Brewer has spent the last 25 years traveling around the globe servicing professional athletes sports conditioning, athlete development, applied sports and rehabbing injuries.
He’s helped Olympians, tennis stars at Wimbledon and has worked with numerous professional football and basketball players in the states. But he admits traveling has taken its toll.
So, when he was looking for somewhere to settle down and not be on the road as much, he looked no further than OrthoArizona. That is where he has been providing the same level of care to local residents and athletes from the high school level and up since February.
“After 25 years in the pros I was looking to base myself somewhere where I wasn’t following the athletes around, I could get them to come to me,” Brewer said. “As I was doing my research, I came across the work OrthoArizona was doing. When I sat with them, I wasn’t looking for a position I was doing it for research. But the more we talked we realized there was a synergy between what OrthoArizona wants to achieve and what I’ve been doing.
“It was a perfect match.”
Brewer spent five years training professional baseball players in the MLB. He also spent time with some of the biggest names in the English Premier League and Major League Soccer.
He advised Wimbledon tennis stars for 20 years and did the same for Olympic athletes from 2000-21.
Since joining OrthoArizona as the Director of Athletic Performance in February, Brewer has already started working with local athletes out of the North East Scottsdale Therapy & Athletic Performance office located at Bell Road and 101.
One of the athletes he has serviced is Pinnacle junior basketball player Jack Treasure, who came to Brewer only being able to squat 130 pounds.
Brewer worked with Treasure on his mobility and technique with a bar on his shoulders to increase range of motion and prevent injury. Within four weeks, Treasure’s squat increased to 285 pounds.
Treasure, in a press release, called Brewer a “magician.” Brewer said simply that’s part of his role with OrthoArizona and he aims to provide the same level of service to other high school athletes, especially those who aim to become major recruits to the next level.
“I look at it like what does it take to build an elite level athlete from the youth level up,” Brewer said. “So, it isn’t a new process in terms of how I approach them compared to the pro level. I’ve spent time with the NCAA level, and I know what the demands are at that level so I look at what I have to do to make sure they are ready for that level and ready to go to the next stage.”
Brewer’s fascination with the human body and how it performs has been with him since a young age growing up in the United Kingdom. That is where he became accredited by the UK Strength and Conditioning Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
He found a path for himself that allowed him to become recognized around the world. To this day, even though he plans to settle down in Scottsdale, he still travels on contracts for sports leagues, organizations and even the military.
Looking back at the last 25 years, it can be hard at times for Brewer to fathom all he has gone through. He’s lived out his dream from a young age helping athletes prepare at a high level for their respective seasons. He’s helped them rehab from injury, both minor and severe. He’s helped high school athletes like Treasure gain strength and confidence in their body to make them better on the court, field, in the pool or on the track.
And he hopes to continue doing that through his office in Scottsdale, other OrthoArizona offices or through the training clinics and speed camps he plans to hold at West World in June and July.
“It’s a real opportunity for athletes – we are looking at 14 and upwards – to come in and get quicker,” Brewer said. “Sports are about solving problems in time and space. The best way to solve that is developing movement. The volleyball is aimed at some of the higher-level athletes, end of high school going into college.
“The hockey program we’ve called MVP, movement, velocity and power. Be the MVP on the ice.”
Brewer’s time with OrthoArizona, while short, has been special to him. He enjoys working for a company that values his experience and is open to any suggestions he has to better serve athletes and non-athletes on a daily basis.
He hopes to continue to grow his list of clients that he trains and aims to help high school athletes reach their full athletic potential to move on to the next level.
“With great people you can do great things,” Brewer said. “That’s the key here. We’ve got people who can see the benefit and the opportunity and the company cares about the people that come through the door.
“Everything you do is about making the athletes better. OrthoArizona has the same philosophy.”