As your scientific advisory committee we are excited to launch our first blog post for the NBSCA’s membership! Darin, Nick, Mike, and I are all looking forward to providing you all with the latest information that can help you help your athletes. Our mission is to provide  the group with evidence-based, real-world solutions to help you effectively and efficiently enhance the performance, reduce injury risk, and optimize recovery in the athletes you work with on a day-to-day basis.

Every month we will provide the group with a new blog post, related reading materials, and a team presentation on the topic of the month so you can easily communicate the information to your athletes, coaches, and staff. We are wide open to suggestions for specific topics and encourage you to put them forward in our future open discussion forums or shoot us an e-mail and we will put them on the list for future posts.

This site is a dynamic work in progress and we will ensure we update and  provide valuable content to build a valuable resource as the years go on. We look forward to working with you all!


Coaching Science – Nick Winkelman

nwinkelmanNick  Winkelman   is   the   head   of   athletic   performance   &   science   for   the   Irish   Rugby Football Union. His primary role is to oversee the delivery and development of strength & conditioning and sports science across all national (Men and Women | XV’s and 7’s) and provincial teams (Leinster, Munster, Connacht, and Ulster). Prior to working for Irish Rugby, Nick was the director of education for EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance), located in Phoenix, AZ. As the director of education, Nick oversaw the development and execution of all internal and external educational initiatives. This included week-long mentorship programs taught in over 20 countries and online courses including the EXOS Performance Specialist Certification. As a performance coach, Nick oversaw the speed and  assessment component  of   the  EXOS  NFL Combine  Development  Program. Thisprogram supports over 100 athletes a year preparing for the NFL Combine in an effort to maximize their status within the NFL Draft. Nick also supported many athletes within the NFL,   MLB,   NBA,   National   Sport   Organizations,   and   Military.   Nick   received   his Bachelors degree in exercise and sports science through Oregon State University and his Masters  in  strength  and  conditioning  through  Edith  Cowan  University.  Nick  recently completed his PhD through Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a dissertation focus in motor learning and sprinting. Nick has certifications through the
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), USA Weightlifting (USAW), and USA Track and Field (USATF). Nick is an internationally recognized speaker on human  performance  and  coaching  science,  and has  multiple   publications  through  the UKSCA, NSCA and IDEA Health and Fitness.

Research – Darin Padua

darin-padua-2013-resizeDarin A. Padua, PhD, ATC
Professor and Chair, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
Director, Sports Medicine Research Laboratory
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Padua serves as a Professor and Chair of Exercise and Sport Science and Director of the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory.  He is an adjunct faculty member in the following Departments at UNC: Orthopaedics, Biomedical Engineering, and Allied Health Sciences.  Over the past 15 years, Dr. Padua’s research has focused on the prevention of sport-related musculoskeletal injuries.  Specifically, his research centers on understanding the role of movement quality and biomechanics in ACL and other lower extremity injuries.  In addition his work seeks to develop effective interventions to prevent ACL and other lower extremity injuries during sport.

In support of this research, Dr. Padua has been the recipient of multiple research grants, and has published over 100 journal articles and textbook chapters related to the prevention of sport-related musculoskeletal injury.  In 2006, Darin was awarded the Young Investigator Award by the National Athletic Trainers’Association.  In 2008 he was awarded the O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award for the most outstanding sport injury related research paper by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
He attained Fellow status in the American Academy of Kinesiology in 2013 and in 2015 he was received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award by the NATA.

Physical Therapy – Michael Clark

clarkDr. Mike Clark is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Fusionetics, Founder of the National Academy of Sports Medicine and previously the Chief Science Officer for Sharecare (a social health platform founded by Dr. Oz, Oprah, Discovery Health, and Jeff Arnold – Founder of WebMD).  Dr. Clark was named the “Health and Fitness Visionary of the Year” by Men’s Health magazine. Clinically, Dr. Clark was the team physical therapist for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns for 15 seasons and has served as a performance healthcare consultant for over 40 pro and college teams and individual athletes including MVP’s, All-Stars and Champions from the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS and the Olympics.  Finally, Dr. Clark has also served as a sports medicine professional for 2 Olympic games.

Academically, Dr. Clark has helped spearhead the development of several
accredited health science education programs, including a BS program, 2
Master’s Degree Programs, and one Doctoral program.  Furthermore, Dr.
Clark is a noted lecturer and author.  He has authored 3 scientific textbooks,
over 40 chapters, and multiple peer-reviewed scientific papers in the areas of
sports medicine, sports performance, and fitness.

Recovery Science – Barnett Frank

barnett_frankBarnett Frank PhD, LAT, ATC is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in The Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Barnett completed his graduate work in The Master Arts Athletic Training program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During his graduate studies, Barnett worked clinically with the Tar Heels men’s soccer and men’s and women’s track and field programs. During his graduate studies Barnett also worked for the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL club (Pittsburgh, PA).

Barnett received his Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology with a concentration in sports medicine/athletic training from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) in 2008. Barnett’s primary research interests include lower extremity injury prevention in the physically active and understanding the effects of integrated recovery and regeneration strategies on subsequent injury risk and athletic performance. Currently, Barnett acts as a resident sports science consultant for the Tar Heel’s Athletics programs, helping clinicians and coaches optimally manage training load to reducing injury risk and optimize athletic performance.