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Performance Health Scientific Advisory Committee

The Academy's Scientific Advisory Committee is an international group representing multiple clinical and research disciplines. The SAC meets once a year at the annual 'TRAC' meeting to present their research on Performance Health products including TheraBand, Biofreeze, and Cramer Sports Medicine brands.

Lacy Alexander, PhD
Assistant Professor
Penn State University
State College, PA 
Lacy Alexander PhD Headshot
Dr. Alexander is an assistant professor of kinesiology at Penn State University.  Her research is in the area of human thermoregulation and the neurovascular control mechanisms regulating skin blood flow with primary human aging, essential hypertension, and atherosclerotic vascular disease.  In her current studies Dr. Alexander uses in vivo and in vitro approaches to study the effects of vascular pathology on microvascular function in humans.  She has contributed to the literature in this area with recent publications in The Journal of Physiology, The American Journal of Physiology, The Journal of Applied Physiology, and Hypertension.



Lars Andersen, PhD
Senior Researcher
National Research Centre for the Working Environment
Copenhagen, Denmark
Dr. Lars Andersen Dr. Andersen is a senior researcher for the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Copenhagen, Denmark. His main research area is workplace health promotion with physical exercise. His latest research has focused on rehabilitation of neck pain using high-intensity strength training. He has lead several research projects and published articles in high-ranked international journals. He has also worked as a strength training coach of elite athletes for the Danish Elite Sports Organization.

David Behm, PhD
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. Johns, Canada
Dr. David Behm Dr. David Behm is a full professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. David has an extensive research portfolio with over 150 articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Behm was recently awarded the 2014 NSCA WJ Kraemer Sport Scientist of the Year. He has collaborations with researchers on five continents and presents internationally on a regular basis. His research focus has been to investigate neuromuscular responses and adaptations to resistance training, instability, stretching and other activities. David integrates his theoretical work with a background as a competitive athlete and coach in a variety of sport such as football (drafted in Canadian Football League), hockey (Canadian junior hockey), baseball, tennis (provincial champion), squash (provincial champion) and others.

Barton N. Bishop, DPT, SCS, CKTI, TPI CGFI-MP2, CSCS
Chief Clinical Officer
Sport and Spine Rehab
Washington DC
Bart graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska with a Doctor of Physical Therapy in May of 2003. While at Creighton, Dr. Bishop played Division-I collegiate golf and has done further study in the biomechanics of the golf swing and sports physical therapy including being a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor-Medical Professional Level 2 by the Titleist Performance Institute. In 2007, Dr. Bishop successfully passed the exam to become a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (SCS - ABPTS). He is currently the Chief Clinical Officer of Sport and Spine Rehab in the Washington, DC area.

Tony Brosky, PT, DHS, SCS
Professor - Physical Therapy
Bellarmine University
Louisville, Kentucky
Dr. Tony Brosky is a Professor in the Bellarmine University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in Louisville, Kentucky. He received an entry-level Bachelor’s of Health Science (’87) and a post-professional Masters in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (’96) from the University of Kentucky. He was recognized as an American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities (ABPTS) Sports Certified Specialist in 1994, and recertified in 2004. He received his Doctor of Health Science (’10) from the University of Indianapolis where his research investigated the effects of prehabilitation on selected pre and post operative outcome measures in patients with knee osteoarthritis and total knee arthroplasty.  His teaching, clinical and research interests are in the examination and rehabilitation of lower extremity musculoskeletal conditions.



Duane Button, PhD
Assistant Professor
Memorial University
St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

Duane Button PhD Headshot Dr. Button completed his bachelor and master degrees from the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). Following his masters, Dr. Button received a Ph.D. in 2008 from the Spinal Cord Research center, Department of Physiology, University of Manitoba. Currently Dr. Button is an assistant professor at the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University. Dr. Button has over 30 peer-reviewed publications on how the nervous system responds to acute and chronic activity or lack thereof. He also has extensive experience in personal training and fitness testing. He is a course facilitator for the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Certified Exercise Physiologist and Certified Personal Trainer certification programs.


Juan Carlos Colado, PhD
Professor and Degree Coordinator
Department of Physical Education and Sports
University of Valencia
Valencia, Spain
Dr. Juan Colado Dr. Colado received his PhD in Physical Education and Sport. He has been given a professional award by the Spanish Fitness Industry. He is currently a faculty member in the Department of Physical Education and Sport, Director of the Research Group in Sport and Health at the University of Valencia (Spain). Dr. Colado is an international presenter and master trainer of teachers and professionals since 1998. He has authored several books and scientific articles about physical conditioning and is a scientific reviewer of international journals. He continues to be a scientific and technical advisor in leading companies in the field of physical conditioning equipment for fitness and wellness.  

Todd S. Ellenbecker, DPT, MS, SCS, OCS, CSCS
Clinic Director
Physiotherapy Associates
Scottsdale, Arizona


Dr. Ellenbecker is a physical therapist and National Director of Clinical Research for Physiotherapy Associates. In addition to being Senior Director of Medical Services for the ATP World Tour, he is a certified USPTA tennis teaching professional, and is Chairman of the USTA National Sport Science Committee. He has received several professional awards, including the NSCA Sports Medicine Professional of the Year, as well as the Ron Peyton award and the Turner Blackburn Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sports Physical Therapy Section. He is a manuscript reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy and Sports Health. He has conducted and published research primarily on upper extremity athletes, as well as shoulder and elbow rehabilitation.He has conducted research and lectured internationally on shoulder and elbow rehabilitation, as well as isokinetic exercise application and musculoskeletal adaptations in elite level tennis players and overhead athletes. He is the author of several books as well. Ellenbecker lives in Scottsdale Arizona with his wife Gail.


Jeff Forman, PhD, BCTMB
Professor Emeritus
De Anza College
Cupertino, California
Dr. Jeff Forman Dr. Forman recently retired as professor of Physical Education at De Anza College in Cupertino, Ca. for 36 years and Massage Therapy Program Coordinator for the past 22 years. He received his B.S. in Physical Education and M.Ed. in Adapted Physical Education/Corrective Therapy from Springfield College Springfield Massachusetts. His Ph.D. in Human Behavior was from USIU San Diego. He is a popular speaker and an author, his most recent book "Managing Physical Stress with Therapeutic Massage" Cengage 2007. He is currently researching one aspect of Active Muscle Therapy- the effects on strength and flexibility achieved when light eccentric resistance is combined with deep stripping massage.

Jay Greenstein, DC
Sport & Spine Rehab
Fort Washington, Maryland
Dr. Jay Greenstein Dr. Greenstein is the CEO of the Sport and Spine Companies, a multi-location, multi-disciplinary, evidenced-based practice in the Washington DC Metro region. He is also the President and Founder of the Sport and Spine Rehab Clinical Research Foundation, a 501-c3 dedicated to high quality, clinical research. He serves on the CCGPP as the Vice Chair and represents CCGPP on the Chiropractic Summit and the Government Relations Committee. He is also the past Public Relations Chairman for the Virginia Chiropractic Association, and is the past Insurance Chairman for the Maryland and Virginia Chiropractic Associations. He was Chiropractor of the Year in 2010 for both state associations. His experience provides him with unique insight as he consults on the importance of evidenced-based care, presenting the right message to the public and ensuring optimal and efficient operations to effect expedient payment for services. In addition to taking post graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business Schools, he is trained as a Green Belt in Six Sigma Quality Assurance Management. Dr. Greenstein sits on multiple community and business advisory boards in healthcare, banking and information technology.

Barb Hoogenboom, EdD, PT, SCS, ATC
Associate Professor
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, Michigan
Dr. Hoogenboom is a professor and an associate program chair at Grand Valley State University, in the Department of Physical Therapy. She began her education in physical therapy receiving a certificate from Cleveland State University, then a Masters Degree in Health Sciences from Grand Valley State University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. She was one of the first Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialists in West Michigan in 1993, and has since been recertified twice by the ABPTS, most recently in 2013. She has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 1988. She maintains a clinical practice with Advent Rehabilitation, at GRSports Center, an outpatient clinic in Grand Rapids, MI. Barb is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and a member of the Sports Physical Therapy Section, where she has been honored with the sections highest award, The Ron Peyton Award, and is also a member of the Turner A. Blackburn Sports Physical Therapy Hall of Fame. She is a member of the Female Athlete Triad Coalition, and The Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. Barb enjoys clinical research, and has authored many research and clinical commentary articles on the female athlete, nutrition, functional movement, and movement analysis. She has contributed to 10 textbooks and 5 Home Study Courses on various musculoskeletal topics. She is the editor of the therapeutic exercise textbook entitled "Therapeutic Exercise: Techniques for Intervention" the third edition of which was released in 2014.She is also the Senior Associate Editor for The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy.

Andre Labbe, PT, MOMT
Owner and Clinician
Total Package Performance LLC
New Orleans, Louisiana
Andre Labbe Andre is a owner & physical therapist at Total Package Performance LLC in New Orleans. He also co-owns A&K Physical Therapy. He is active in clinical practice and research. His current research interests include elastic resistance dosing and surface electromyography. He is an instructor for the Thera-Band Academy, and has lectured around the world.

Michael Rogers, PhD, CSCS, FASCM
Department Chair and Professor
Dept. of Human Performance Studies
Wichita State University, Kansas
Dr. Michael Rogers Dr. Rogers is a professor of exercise science, the chair of the department of human performance studies, and research director for the Center for Physical Activity and Aging at Wichita State University. His research focuses on developing evidence-based programs to improve balance, strength, and function in older adults. He is regularly invited to present on these programs in North America, Europe, and Asia. He is a fellow of the ACSM and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.  

Mary Sanders, PhD, FACSM, RCEP, CDE
Adjunct Professor
University of Nevada
Reno, Nevada 

Dr. Sanders is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist/Certified Diabetes Educator, Wellness and Weight Management Clinic, and Adjunct Professor, in Family Medicine and the School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno; Associate editor, ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal; Contributing editor, Journal on Active Aging; Director, WaterFit ®/Golden Waves®; Advisory board member, International Council on Active Aging (ICAA); Director of Education, Mizuno, Japan; Scientific Advisory/Research team member, Thera-Band. Internationally, she teaches courses in health, fitness & wellness and conducts research about the effects of land and water exercise for health. Published studies include those conducted collaboratively in Spain, Germany, Taiwan, and Japan.

Robert Topp PhD, RN
Patricia A Chin Nursing Research Endowed Professor
Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science and Beyster Institute for Nursing Research
University of San Diego
Dr. Robert Topp Dr. Topp is a Professor at the University of San Diego School of Nursing. Dr Topp has conducted extramurally funded research for the past 25 years which has examined the impact of various forms of exercise including resistance training on the health and functioning of older adults. His findings are widely published, presented and include over 90 papers published in scientific journals and over 200 presentations presented at regional, national and international conferences. His current programs of research involve examining the effect of prehabilitation before surgery on rehabilitation among total knee replacement patients. Another ongoing research project involves comparing cryotherapy (application of ice) with menthol gel on blood flow, pain and muscle performance among healthy young adults. A final ongoing project Dr Topp in conducting involves improving the nutrition and physical activity habits of incoming college freshman through peer-based interventions.

Timothy Tyler, MS, PT, ATC
Owner and Clinician
ProSports PT
Scarsdale, NY
Tim Tyler Tim is physical therapist in private practice in New York. He is also a Clinical Research Associate at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma at Lenox Hill Hospital. His research interests include developing new objective measurements and evidence based rehabilitation guidelines. He has been published in several journals and texts.

Michael Voight PT, DHSc, OCS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, TPI-3, FAPTA
Belmont University School of Physical Therapy
Nashville, Tennessee


Dr. Robert Topp
Dr. Voight has been both an educator and clinical physical therapist for over 25 years. Presently, Dr. Voight is a tenured professor with Belmont University’s School of Physical Therapy in Nashville TN. Dr. Voight has served as a Team Physical Therapist in the NFL and NBA. In addition, he has consulted with various teams in MLB, NHL and the MLS. He has worked at the Olympic Training Center, Olympic Festivals, Pan Am Games, Olympic Games, as well as with many noted golf PGA Tour Professionals. Dr. Voight has lectured extensively at various conferences, symposiums, and congresses both nationally and internationally having given over 700 professional presentations on a variety of orthopedic and sports medicine topics. Dr. Voight actively resides on the editorial boards of several different journals. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. He has authored over 75 papers, textbook chapters on various topics, and has written three textbooks on functional exercise. He has won serveral professional awards, including the Distinguished Educator Award from the Sports Physical Therapy Section, the inaugural SPTS Lifetime Excellence in Education award, and the SPTS distinguished service award, Ron Peyton Award, and Presidents Award for his dedication to service. In 2010, Dr. Voight was selected into the SPTS Hall of Fame for a lifetime of excellence in sports physical therapy. His many accomplishments were again validated in 2011 when the American Physical Therapy Association presented Dr. Voight with their highest honor, naming him a Fellow of the APTA. He remains extremely active in patient care, education, and research activities.

Leo Y.L. Wang, PT, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor, Associate Director
Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine of Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University
Guangzhou, China
Dr. Leo Wang

Dr. Wang is Professor and the Head of Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine in The Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University. Currently, he is the Chair of China's Expert Committee of Internationalized Education for Physical Therapy, and also the Chair of China's Board of Accreditation and Examination for Physical Therapists. He is the Director of Physiotherapy SG in Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine. He obtained his undergraduate degree in sports rehabilitation from Shanghai Sports University and received his master of public health from Sun Yat-sen University. He graduated from the Dept. of Rehabilitation Sciences in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University for his PhD degree focused on the mechanisms of pain under the mental stress and physical stress. He has had more than 19 years of clinical experience in the management of musculoskeletal disorder and sports injuries. He has extensive skills on therapeutic exercises and mobilization, manipulation and massage based on clinical thinking and evidence based-practice. He obtained the Teaching Awards 6 times during these years in his university. Leo promotes the entry-level education standards of WCPT on physical therapy in China. His research interests include sports physiotherapy, QOL, epidemiological study in musculoskeletal disorders and teaching management. Leo has been invited to be the speaker in the different conferences, workshops, symposiums, and other academic events (more than 30 activities each year) in China and oversea each year.