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Andy Barker PT BSc (Hons) MCSP

Andy Barker small.jpgAndy is the current head physiotherapist for the Leeds Rhinos first team squad and has been involved with the club for the past four seasons. The Leeds Rhinos, the current domestic champions, are an elite rugby league club competing in the Engage Super League (England).

He graduated in Physiotherapy from the University of Bradford with a first class honours degree which followed on from a previous Bachelor of Science degree from Leeds Metropolitan University in Sports Performance Coaching.

Andy has previous experience working in rugby league at a variety of representative levels. He has also treated within National League basketball and professional golf. Recently, Andy was appointed as a physiotherapist for Red Bull sponsored athletes, looking after competitors in a variety of extreme sports.

Andy is also the creator and author of RehabRoom is a free online rehab resource site aimed at but not exclusive to physiotherapists, strength and conditioning coaches and personal trainers. To visit the site please click the link:

Michael Boyle MA, ATC

Mike Boyle small.jpg Mike is an internationally recognized expert in strength and conditioning. Mike is the co-owner and content editor for, the world's leading resource for performance enhancement information. He is the Strength and Conditioning Coach for ice hockey at Boston University and with the US Gold Medal Olympic Teams in Women's Soccer and Women's Hockey. Mike is also the author of Functional Training for Sports and Designing Strength Training Programs and Facilities, as well as over 20 instructional DVDs which can be found at Perform Better.


Gray Cook.jpgGray is a practicing physical therapist, a orthopedic certified specialist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and an RKC kettlebell instructor. He is the founder of Functional Movement Systems, a company that promotes the concept of movement pattern screening and assessment.

Gray's work and ideas are at the forefront of fitness, conditioning, injury prevention and rehabilitation. You'll find him lecturing on these topics several weekends each month, worldwide. His career started with an undergraduate degree in sports medicine and exercise science, with minors in athletic training and psychology. His interest took him to the University of Miami, where he studied physical therapy and furthered his strength and conditioning development. Gray has introduced a systems approach to understanding, training and rehabilitating movement. He contends that we must map movement patterns and consider movement as a behavior and not simply as clean mechanical data. We must also develop better understanding of how movement is learned, maintained and restored. Gray's work cuts to the core of problems like low back pain, obesity and the general physical decline of a modern culture. By revisiting the natural developmental principals that all infants employ as they learn to walk, run and climb, Gray forces us the rethink motor learning, corrective exercise and modern conditioning practices.

Eric Cressey MA, CSCS

Eric Cressey Pic small.jpgEric is the owner of Cressey Performance, which has two Boston-area locations in Hudson and Framingham, MA. Specializing in baseball training and corrective exercise, Cressey is a highly sought-after coach for healthy and injured athletes alike from youth sports to the professional and Olympic ranks. A powerlifter himself, Cressey has deadlifted 650 pounds at a body weight of 174. Behind Eric's expertise, Cressey Performance has rapidly established itself as a go-to high-performance facility among Boston athletes -- and those that come from across the country and abroad to experience CP's cutting-edge methods.

Cressey received his Master's Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science through the University of Connecticut Department of Kinesiology, the #1 ranked kinesiology graduate program in the nation. In addition to lecturing both nationally and internationally, Eric has created two DVD sets and authored three books, most recently Maximum Strength.

Jeff Cubos D.C.

Jeff Cubos pic.jpg Originally from Toronto, Dr. Cubos holds a Bachelors degree in Physical Education and Health and a Masters of Science degree in Kinesiology. Upon his graduation from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Dr. Cubos entered and successfully completed the College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada) post-graduate residency program with specialized research in the field of hockey-related concussions. He is currently the only chiropractic sports specialist in the Greater Edmonton Area.

Dr. Cubos has held teaching positions at York University, Seneca College, and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, and has been a strong contributor to his profession through multiple journal publications and presentations at the Ontario Injury Prevention Conference, the Fifth International Symposium on Safety in Ice Hockey, and the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic Symposium (FICS).

Having a passion for working with elite athletes, Dr. Cubos has worked in numerous sporting events including the Club Crew Dragon Boat World Championships, OHL Cup, Ironman USA Triathlon, Canadian National Lacrosse Championships, Canadian National Track and Field Championships / Olympic Trials, and also was the head doctor of Team Canada at the World Jewish Ice Hockey Championships held in Metula, Israel. He is a member of the medical teams for Team Canada In-line Hockey, the Spruce Grove Saints Jr. A hockey team and FC Edmonton.

Jeff is also certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association NSCA-USA, holds the International Chiropractic Sports Science Diploma through FICS, and currently maintains a full-time practice with his wife in Spruce Grove, Alberta.

Kyle Kiesel PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Kyle Kiesel pic small.jpgDr. Kiesel is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Evansville. His areas of research include motor control of the core and functional movement testing. Using ultrasound imagining and EMG, he has investigated how pain adversely affects motor control of the core and developed specific muscle tests used for patients with low back pain.

Because of his long-standing interest in athletic performance, injury prediction and recovery, his research has also led to significant work related to functional movement screening, testing and assessment for athletes. He has authored several peer-reviewed publications and regularly presents his work nationally and internationally as well as reviewing manuscripts for a variety of journals.

He serves as a consultant for professional and college sports teams where he assists with functional movement testing and training and with the prevention and treatment of athletic low back pain. He has extensive experience teaching lecture and lab courses emphasizing core training and functional movement assessment and intervention including both the FMS and the SFMA. He contributed his expertise related to the SFMA, FMS research, and the adverse affects of pain on motor control to the new book, "Movement". Dr. Kiesel is engaged in patient care in orthopedics and sports at ProRehab PC in Evansville, Indiana where he serves as Director of Evidence-Based Practice.

Dr. Craig Liebenson D.C.

Craig Liebenson pic small.jpgDr. Liebenson received his Bachelors degree from the University of Colorado and chiropractic degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Chiropractic, Division of Health Sciences at Murdoch University and a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain and the American Pain Society.

Dr. Liebenson is the organizer of the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and Scandinavian College of Chiropractic Rehabilitation Diplomate Courses. He is also consultant and lead faculty for the Murdoch University and Anglo-European Chiropratic College M.Sc. programs in Chiropractic Rehabilitation.

The first ever chiropractic member of the McKenzie Institute (U.S.) Board of Directors he has been a frequent lecturer at national and international multidisciplinary meetings. Dr. Liebenson has published extensively in numerous journals and books on the subjects of rehabilitation and chronic pain.

He maintains a private practice specializing in rehabilitation in Los Angeles (LA Sports and Spine) and is the author of patient education books on both the neck and low back and editor of the multidisciplinary text Rehabilitation of the Spine: A Practitioner's Manual published by Lippincott/Williams and Wilkins in 1996 and the videotape series Rehabilitation of the Spine - clinician and patient versions published in 1998. His books have been translated into Spanish, Japanese, and Korean.

He currently is in private practice in Los Angeles, at L.A. Sports and Spine, where he works collaboratively with neurosurgeons, physiatrists and other specialists in the musculoskeletal field. His practice specializes in acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain including sports medicine and post-operative rehabilitation.

Craig is also very involved in the International Society of Clinical Rehab Specialists which is a great site so be sure to check it out.

Kevin Neeld

Kevin is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) holding a degree in Health Behavior Science with a concentration in Fitness Management, as well as a minor in Strength and Conditioning. Kevin is the founder of Prodigy Performance Training, a company providing athletic development services for dedicated athletes along the East Coast, from Delaware to Massachusetts.

After completing a successful college hockey career at the University of Delaware ('05-'06: MVP; '06-'07: Team Captain, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2nd Team All-American), Kevin continues his work in ice hockey serving as a coach, educator, and program consultant in the sport.

Kevin possesses the unique ability to combine his backgrounds in research, academia, and athletics to create highly effective programs for athletes and clients of all backgrounds. Specializing in ice hockey training and corrective exercise, Kevin has helped guide athletes of all ages and abilities to optimal health and performance.

In addition to his writing for, Kevin has written for peak performance training sites such as, and He is also the author of Hockey Training University's "Off-Ice Performance Training Course", expected to release by Fall 2009. To learn more about how Kevin can help you achieve your training goals, visit his site ( or contact him via email at

Chris Nentarz PT, CSTS, NASM-PES, CSTI

Chris Nentarz Pic updated small.jpgChris is a sought after Physical Therapist and Performance Enhancement Specialist who holds over 13 years of experience working with athletes of all ages and levels. Chris is currently a consultant with many professional and elite teams and athletes in Canada and the United States. Moreover, he has presented at the international level on Physical Therapy and Sports Performance methods. He is adjunct faculty at D'Youville College and a lead instructor for Collaborans and TRX, where he specializes in instructing sports orthopedics, integrated taping methods and functional rehabilitation techniques. Chris is dedicated and passionate to an integrated approach to rehabilitation and performance, specializing in neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. Chris is the founder of EnduraSports, which is a multidisciplinary team providing integrated sports medicine for endurance athletes.

Dr. Perry Nickelston, DC, FMS, SFMA

Perry Nickelston.jpgPerry is a Chiropractic Physician specializing in Performance Enhancement, Corrective Exercise, Metabolic Fitness Nutrition and Movement Assessment. He is an expert in myofascial, orthopedic, medical and trigger point soft tissue therapy combined with deep tissue laser treatment.

A member of the Board of Directors and Medical Staff Advisor for AIMLA (American Institute for Medical Laser Application, a governing body for laser therapy education. Chief Medical Officer of LiteCure, LLC, a leading Class 4 deep tissue laser therapy company.

Certified and trained as a Functional Movement Specialist (FMS) and Selective Functional Movement Assessment Specialist (SFMA). Certified Instructor for the Functional Movement Screen and owner of Stop Chasing Pain, LLC a sports medicine rehabilitation center in Ramsey, NJ.

A TRX Suspension Training Sports Medicine Instructor for Rehabilitation. He is regular columnist for Dynamic Chiropractic Journal, Livestrong, To Your Health Magazine, and writes for industry publications in health and fitness. He is a 1997 graduate from Palmer Chiropractic University and a master fitness trainer with over 20 years experience in the health industry.

Creator of the RRTT® Recovery and Regeneration System for health and fitness professionals.

You can find more great stuff from Perry at

Darcy Norman PT, ATC, CSCS

Darcy Norman pic.jpgDarcy is a licensed physical therapist, certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. He has worked with the world famous Athletes Performance since 2003 fulltime and on a variety of projects as a consultant since 2006. Darcy started his own consulting company Norman Kinetics and is currently the Director of Sports Performance at the Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance in Truckee, Ca.

His knowledge of functional biomechanics, pre, post rehabilitation and testing has come from the latest in continuing education courses as well as years of developing his own philosophies from working with athletes at all levels and other health care professionals around the world. Darcy's experience of working with the wellness, rehabilitation and injury prevention of patients and athletes spans from junior, collegiate, amateur, Olympic, professional and elite athletes.

Some of his current projects include being the strength coach and consultant for Team HTC-Columbia Pro Cycling and as a fitness and rehab specialist with FC Bayern Munich Professional Soccer Club.

Dave O'Sullivan PT

David O'Sullivan Pic small.jpgDave is the clinical director for ProSport Physiotherapy Huddersfield and Head Physiotherapist for Huddersfield Giants Rugby League Club. Dave has worked with some of the worlds top Rugby Union and Rugby League Players as well as Elite Runners and Gaelic Footballers through his company ProSport Physiotherapy Huddersfield. You can contact Dave via his email or @DaveyOSullivan on twitter.

Robert Panariello, MS, PT, ATC, CSCS

Rob Panariello Pic.jpgRob is a founding partner with Professional Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy with 40 locations in the New York City/Metro area. He is also a founding partner with the Professional Athletic Performance Center, a 20,000 square foot state of the art Athletic Performance Training facility located in Garden City, NY. Rob has more than 25 years of experience in the related fields of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, and the Performance Training of Athletes.

His experience includes the study of the Science of Strength and Conditioning of weightlifters and athletes, in Bulgaria, the former Soviet Union, and former East Germany. He previously held the position of Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at St. John's University of New York (1986-1995), The World League of American Football NY/NJ Knights (1991) and the WUSA NY POWER of the Professional Women's Soccer League (2001-2002). He continues to rehabilitate, performance train, and serve as a consultant to Olympic, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, University and Collegiate athletes, teams, and coaches. His company is also the official physical therapy providers for the NHL New York Islanders.

He has more than 60 peer reviewed Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Research, Sports Physical Therapy Research, and Strength and Conditioning Journal and Book Chapter Publications. Rob has also presented his research at the World Congress of Physical Therapy in Washington D.C. He is nationally renown and lectures throughout the country with regard to the related fields of Sports Medicine Rehabilitation and Athletic Performance Training of Athletes.

Rob received the prestigious National Strength and Conditioning Association President's Award in 1998 and was elected to the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003.

Phil Plisky DPT, OCS, ATC, CSCS

Phil Plisky pic.jpgDr. Plisky is an Assistant Professor at the University of Evansville and the Vice President of Clinical Excellence and the Residency Program Director at ProRehab, PC in Evansville, IN. He specializes in sports and orthopedic rehabilitation, with emphasis on injury prevention in athletes. He received his Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Evansville and his Doctor of Science degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is also a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Dr. Plisky has published and lectured internationally on risk factors for injury and injury prevention in athletes. He currently is conducting epidemiological research on comprehensive movement testing and interventions in athletes, soldiers, and school aged children. Dr. Plisky has consulted for numerous collegiate and professional teams for injury risk identification and injury prevention. In addition, he serves as a manuscript reviewer for Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Athletic Training & Sports Health Care, Journal of Athletic Training, and Military Medicine.

Click HERE for more info on the Y Balance Test and the Move to Perform website.

Michael Reinold, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS

MIke Reinold Pic small.jpgMichael is currently the Rehabilitation Coordinator & Assistant Athletic Trainer of the 2007 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION Boston Red Sox Baseball Club. He is also the Coordinator of Rehabilitation Research and Education of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine Division, of Massachusetts General Hospital at the MGH Sports Center in Boston, MA. In addition, Michael is Adjunct Faculty at Northeastern University in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. Michael was formerly the Facility Director of Champion Sports Medicine and the Coordinator of Rehabilitative Research & Clinical Education at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL.

Michael is considered a leader in the field of sports medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation. As a physical therapist, athletic trainer, and certified strength and conditioning specialist, Michael specializes in all aspects of care of shoulder, elbow, and knee disorders. He has worked extensively with a variety of professional athletes with emphasis on the care of throwing injuries in baseball players. In addition to his clinical work, he has made significant academic contributions in the form of laboratory research, biomechanical research, and clinical outcome studies.

You can read more rehabilitation topics on his "blog for physical therapy, athletic training, and strength and conditioning specialists" at

Dr. Erson Religioso III, DPT, MS, MTC, CertMDT, CFC, CSCS, FAAOMPT

Erson Religioso Pic small.jpgErson graduated from D'Youville College in 1998 with a dual Bachelor's of Science and Master's of Science in Physical Therapy. His interests in Orthopaedics and Manual Therapy lead him to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine. Studying under Stanley Paris, Ph.D, PT, internationally known for his manual skills and knowledge of the spine as well as his distinguished faculty, Dr.Religioso earned his DPT and Manual Therapy Certification in 2000. He later became credentialed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine in 2000, and in 2008 became one of four mentors in the country who can train orthopaedic manual therapy to MDT Diplomats, of which there are only several hundred in the world.

Thanks to extensive training and certification from Dr. Mariano Rocabado, PT, of Chile, one of the world's foremost experts in treatment of temporomandibular joint dysfunction, Dr. Religioso became certified in evaluation and treatment of oromaxillary, craniofacial, and temporomandibular pain in 2005. Later in 2005, he obtained Fellow status in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and serves as a mentor for future Fellows through Daemen College's Fellowship in OMPT program. Dr. Religioso is adjunct faculty of D'Youville College, Daemen College, and SUNY at Buffalo, where he teaches orthopaedic manual physical therapy in the DPT programs.

Dr. Religioso is the creator of The Edge tool and also runs the popular website Follow the link to check out some more great articles and to learn more about the Edge tool.

Tim Vagen CSCS,

Tim Vagen pic.jpgTim Vagen is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who is the founder and owner of Unlimited Athlete, Inc., a Kent, WA athletic development and training service. He has over 25 years of clinical and field experience working with athletes from many sports. His clients include: Olympic Medalists, Multiple Swimming World Record Holders, A US Open Tennis Champion, NFL, CFL, LPGA, MLB, soccer clubs, Gymnasts, Seattle S.W.A.T., U.S. Secret Service, and was a consultant to the U.S. Rugby team. Tim's training methods for swimmers are now used in 11 countries. Tim is also an instructor in Highline Community College's Personal Fitness Trainer Program.

For more on Tim, go to

Patrick Ward MA, LMT, CSCS

Patrick Ward Pic small.jpgPatrick created Optimum Sports Performance LLC in 2006, and opened his training facility in the summer of 2009 in Tempe, AZ. He runs the popular blog site: OptimumSportsPerformance, and is also co-host of the Reality Based Fitness Podcast.

Patrick has been working in the field of strength and conditioning field for over 8 years. He is also a licensed massage therapist in the State of Arizona, specializing in clinical, therapeutic, orthopedic and sports massage. He is certified in Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), Active Release Techniques (ART) for the Upper Extremity and Functional Movement Screen (FMS).

His professional experience working with a diverse clientele includes training and massage therapy for optimal health, injury or post-surgery rehabilitation, injury prevention and optimal athletic performance. He has served as a strength and conditioning consultant for various athletes of all ages and status. Prior to starting Optimum Sports Performance, Patrick was a top-level fitness and human performance coach in New York City, where he also presented seminars and clinics for other fitness professionals.

Patrick hold a Masters Degree in Exercise Science, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist through National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a USA Weightlifting-Certified Coach.

Charlie Weingroff DPT, ATC, CSCS

Charlie Pic.jpgCharlie is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Certified Athletic Trainer, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He was most recently the Director of Physical Performance and Resiliency and Lead Physical Therapist for the United States Marines Corps Special Operations Command in Camp Lejeune, NC. He is also Director of Clinical Education for the Vibraflex Whole-Body Vibration and Andante Medical, the makers of the SmartStep, mobile force plate. He graduated from Ursinus College with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science in 1996, and went on to earn an MSPT in 1999 and DPT in 2010 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Prior to returning to his home state of New Jersey in the Fall of 2006 after 12 seasons of professional basketball, he was the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA. Among the highlights of his tenure in Philadelphia was being part of the medical staff that ranked 1st in the NBA in Player Missed Games in the 2005-06 season.

Through rehabbing patients, he subscribes to a movement-based approach popularized by the works of Dr. Vladimir Janda, Dr. Shirley Sahrmann, Dr. Stuart McGill, Pavel Kolar, Mike Boyle, and Gray Cook. In training athletes and clients, he champions the principles of the Functional Movement Screen and sound, evidence-based training principles. Some of the methodologies Charlie is formally trained in include DNS, ART, Dry Needling, Graston, FMS/SFMA, and the RKC.

Learn more about Charlie and his DVD Training = Rehab, Rehab = Training

Joe Heiler PT, CSCS

Joe Heiler pic.jpgJoe is the owner and content editor at Joe is also the owner/physical therapist/strength coach at Elite Physical Therapy and Sports Performance in Traverse City, MI. He is also a consultant with several high schools and minor league teams as a Strength and Conditioning Coach setting up safe and effective performance programs. He can be reached at

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