Atletico and Dean Benton – Director

Dean Benton is a highly experienced elite sports performance professional specialising in preparing athletes for running based sports and returning to running after injury through the practical application of running drills of his proven RETURN To Run program.


Knowledge and experience matter

Dean offers a very unique background in terms of knowledge, skill set and experience. He is well-versed at both ends of the theory-practice about atletico Dean Benton RETURN To Runspectrum and the science-coaching spectrum.

World-wide, Dean has worked very successfully across Olympic and professional sport. This experience has been with the Australian Institute of Sport, Queensland Academy of Sport, Athletics Australia, Brisbane Broncos, Adelaide Crows, Leicester Tigers, Brumbies Rugby and the Australian Wallabies respectively.  Of late, consulting in France to Racing Club Narbonne Méditerranée and Fédération Française de Rugby. Also, Dean is currently consulting with the Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Wallabies, Japan Rugby 15s programs and the World Rugby.

Dean Benton has an extensive sporting background playing Australian Rules football and as a sprinter in professional athletics. As a result of this Dean has a reputation for preparing athletes holistically for the running demands of all football codes.

In terms of results, Dean has taken teams to 3 grand finals, in 3 different competitions at the very highest level, in 2 different rugby codes, across 2 continents within 7 years.

Throughout this journey, Dean has been able to move along the coaching-management continuum, functioning effectively either as a coach, performance director or performance consultant.

Dean Benton has published numerous papers and is a much sought after presenter at major conferences globally.

Atleico is Dean Benton’s online presence and distributes his unique and sought after RETURN To Run program.


Relationships Count

As a performance director, Dean has been a creator and coordinator of multi-faceted elite sport performance enhancement programs, but
one who never loses sight of the importance of maintaining the connection with the playing squad through coaching.
As a coach, Dean’s success is based on in-depth understanding of sports science – he is currently completing a PhD in the subject, has published many papers, and is sought after to speak at international conferences – combined with expertise in human engagement to get the best out of individual players and athletes.


Atletico and Dean Benton’s mission

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Dean’s mission is to give professionals world leading expertise at their fingertips – give them the knowledge and skills to successfully program and progress athletes using the RETURN To Run (RTR) and Water Based Training upcoming (WBT) training modules as part of the return to competition process.

These two Atletico training modules provide professionals with knowledge and skills in an essential area of the rehabilitation process back to competition. This will then provide professionals with expertise and an advantage in preparing their athletes to RETURN To Run.


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