NFL Injury Expert
I was living a childhood dream of working as a full-time athletic trainer and physical therapist in the National Football League! I vividly remember the exact day in 10th grade in western Massachusetts when I ran home with the big news for my family: I was going to college to become an athletic trainer to work in the NFL. For 26 years I had amazing opportunities working with elite professional athletes. My unique experiences, both professional and athletically, have sharpened my skills in the arts of sports injury management, elite rehabilitation, performance enhancement and injury prevention.
- Distinguished Alumni Award, NFL Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) 2015
- Outstanding Physical Therapy Professional Award, University of Connecticut 2015
- Joseph E. Bourdon Sports Medicine Achievement Award 2014
- Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year (ATAF) 2013
- Southington (CT) Sports Hall of Fame Induction 2013
- Kaiser Alumni Service Award (CCSU) 2010
- Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year 2008 (SEATA) 2008
- Volunteer Physical Therapist – US Olympic Training Center 2008
- Athletic Trainer of the Year (ATAF) 2007
- Thomas J. Pike Athletic Training Alumni Award (UConn) 2004
- NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year (PFATS) 2003
Mentally challenging races and extreme sports are more than mere hobbies for me. As a 6-time Ironman triathlete in five countries, veteran Spartan Racer and a passionate fitness enthusiast, I pride myself in “walking the walk”. I know firsthand that a strong body starts with a healthy lifestyle.
By taking on real-life challenges such as cage diving with great white sharks in South Africa to racing up the Empire State Building in New York City to Running with the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, I’ve witnessed the rewards of balancing an active life and a full-time profession.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that helping others is extremely important to me. As an experienced health care specialist who has worked with athletes at every level within my community, I’m humbled by the simple fact that others entrust their bodies and their health to my hands and my knowledge. I sincerely appreciates that trust and I embrace that role.
My loving wife, son, daughter and I live in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. When I’m not working, I enjoy being outside and being active. Many of the happiest moments in my life involve being on the beach with my family, challenging myself through exercise and/or traveling the world for any reason at all!
I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve been blessed with as an international speaker. My speaking topics vary greatly with most involving areas associated with physical rehabilitation, healthy fitness, injury prevention, corporate wellness and sports medicine.
My motivation and insight comes from my real-world experiences ranging from being a full-time student while working three jobs to changing diapers as a father to working 80+ hours per week in the NFL for over a quarter of a century to thrilling athletic endeavors around the world. I enjoy learning from my experiences to provide companies and community organizations a unique and refreshing perspective to inspire others to accomplish outstanding results.
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