Many experts in the sports science field contributed to the development of this sports massage content, including sports medicine, preventative medicine, dietetics, cardiology and biomedical science. Thanks to the sports massage experts representing a variety of viewpoints and practice settings.

Researchers & Clinicians: Contributors

  • Thomas M. Best, MD, Ph.D., Primary Care Sports Medicine, Professor and Pomerene Chair, Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Bioinformatics, Wexner Medical Center, Ohio State University; Team Physician, BalletMet
  • Tim Church, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Professor, Preventive Medicine Laboratory, Louisiana State University
  • Joanne Gardner, MS, RDN, LDN, Integrative Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified LEAP Therapist for Food Hypersensitivities, Duke Integrative Medicine
  • Dale Grooms, head athletic trainer New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois
  • Harold W. (Bill) Kohl, III, PhD, Research Professor, Health and Behavioral Education, College of Education, University of Texas at Austin
  • Carl (Chip) Lavie, Jr., M.D., FACC, FACP, FCCP, John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, Ochsner Clinical School, The University of Queensland School of Medicine
  • Jennifer Trilk, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences, Director, Human Performance Lab, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, and consultant, Roger C. Peace elite para-cycling team

Massage Therapy Practitioners: Authors, Editors, Contributors

  • Steve Albertson, LMT, owner Steve Albertson Massage Therapy with a focus on athletes and athlete care
  • John Combe, LMT, BCTMB, owner Combe Wellness Center; massage therapist 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympic trials
  • Kerrie Flynn, LMT, with 27 years experience providing massage therapy in clinical settings, wellness centers, athletic events and the Joffrey Ballet School
  • Steve Jurch, director of Allied Health Training at the Community College of Baltimore County and formerly director of massage therapy for Women’s Tennis  Association (WTA)
  • Ann Blair Kennedy, LMT, BCTMB, Dr. PH, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, Postdoctoral Fellow - Human Performance Lab
  • Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, BCTMB, CKTP, owner Central Florida School of Massage Therapy, director, sports internship program University of Central Florida for graduate students of massage therapy
  • Kathy Paholsky, MS in nutrition and natural health sciences and a PhD in homeopathic philosophy. Massage therapist, Integrative Medicine Department at Beaumont Hospital
  • Matthew Parks, owner of Moving Forward, focuses on helping endurance athletes improve their performance through massage therapy
  • Pete Pfannerstill, owner Ultra Sports Massage, including work the New York Yankees at their spring training location in Tampa, FL
  • Portia Resnick, MA, ATC, LMT, Doctoral Graduate Assistant, Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Cynthia Ribeiro, ANMT Manager and Education Specialist, National Holistic Institute and past AMTA national president
  • Donna Sarvello, LMT, BCTMB, MBA Vice President, Educational Support, National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork 
  • Jerry Scott, owner of A Touch of Health Massage Therapy, has provided massage therapy for a variety of athletes, including Olympians
  • Dolly Wallace, with 28 years of experience in massage therapy with Wallace Chiropractic Center, a family owned business, has provided massage therapy for a  variety of athletes and performers, including professional teams
  • Cyril Willemin, founder and owner of Chicago Sport Massage with extensive experience helping athletes maintain peak conditioning
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