Head Athletic Trainer + Exercise Scientist | Former AT, Red Bulls | Brooklyn Nets
Matthew brings a wealth of experience and accomplishments to the Sports Science Lab (SSL). Prior to joining SSL, Matthew spent the past decade with professional sports teams that include NBA team Brooklyn Nets and MLS team New York Red Bulls.
Matthew earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Dominican College and a Masters of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a dual concentration in rehabilitation sciences and sports psychology from the California University of Pennsylvania. He started his professional career as an Assistant Athletic Trainer/Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with Brooklyn Nets, where he was appointed the youngest full-time Assistant Athletic Trainer in history of NBA at only 24 years old. His skills, expertise and dedication to athletes were widely recognized when he was named Eastern Conference Assistant Athletic Trainer for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game.
In 2013, Matthew was appointed as the Head Athletic Trainer for the MLS team New York Red Bulls. In that capacity, he oversaw the sports medicine department of the USL pro and academy teams, exhibiting a great deal of dedication to the athletes’ performance and safety. He collaborated with a variety of health care professionals and diligently followed MLS concussion protocol to produce a 100% safe return to play rate following injury. The injury prevention protocol that he created led to some of the lowest number of non-contact soft-tissue injuries per team in MLS since 2013. In collaboration with the sports science department, he utilized the state of the art tracking and assessment tools to monitor optimal performance and recovery of athletes. In order to ensure optimal performance of his athletes, he worked with the team nutritionist to provide healthy menus, safe supplementation and proper hydration for athletes.
Matthew is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, along with being a certified strength and conditioning specialist, sports nutritionist, performance enhancement specialist, level II speed coach, and a corrective exercise specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Clinical Instructor | Columbia University + Advanced Hip Clinician | Hospital for Special Surgery + Sports Physiotherapist | Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
As Director of the Sports Science Lab, Rushi brings extensive experience in working with athletes of all ages and levels, including professional and amateur athletes. He is a clinical instructor for Columbia University and is affiliated with the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) as an Advanced Hip Clinician.
In 2015, Rushi was hand selected by the review panel as one of the few sports physiotherapists chosen to treat the All Star Cricket team. He has also worked extensively with professional athletes of every sport, ranging from football to golf players, for post-surgical rehabilitation, injury prevention of chronic injuries as well as accelerated recovery between games.
Trained in the Active Release Technique (ART) and IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization), Rushi has more than 14 years of experience working to helping athletes overcome injuries. He is a certified speed, agility and fitness specialist, a golf specialist and a running specialist.
In his native India, Rushi taught a course on a multidimensional approach to treat soft tissue dysfunction, headaches, shoulder and hip rehabilitation courses through the Indian Association of Physiotherapy and Parul University.
Sports Scientist + Certified Biomechanist
Juan Delgado brings his extensive clinical expertise and research background in sports science technologies to the Sports Science Lab. As a sports scientist, Juan’s expertise is in analyzing data to help athletes identify any performance problems and in developing a customized protocol that will help maximize their potential.
Juan obtained his Medical Doctor degree from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. He worked with Biomet Inc.’s Guadalajara division in the development of tutorials for surgical techniques and procedures for joint replacement and reconstruction that promote an accelerated recovery post-surgery and trans-rehabilitation for athletes.
Juan holds a U.S. national certification as a biomechanics specialist and a certification in neuro-cognitive performance training, a proven technique that allows athletes of all ages to improve their reaction time, timing and overall focus and attention span. He also holds a certification in using neurotechnology in hand rehabilitation, training softball/baseball players and golf players, and exercise adaptations for training tennis players. Juan received his certification in sports-related concussions from the United States Sports Academy. He recently became certified as a sleep science coach.
The International Olympic Committee also awarded Juan with a certificate in how to avoid injury and illness. Before joining the SSL team, Juan worked as a research assistant on a U.S.-based independent study of the immune response and cancer, quantifying and analyzing data that factored in, among many variants, the impact of exercise and diet on the immune response.
Head Performance Enhancement Specialist
Michael Greene brings more than 15 years of experience as an athlete to his position as a Certified Biomechanics Specialist at the Sports Science Lab. After receiving multiple scholarship offers during his high school baseball career, Michael enrolled at The College of New Jersey.
As an athlete, Michael worked with renowned rehab specialists and coaches, including professionals from Hospital for Special Surgery and John Franco of the New York Mets. Now he uses this experience in advanced rehabilitation and training centers to evaluate other athletes, utilizing our state-of-the-art sports science technologies. Recently, he played an integral role in developing SSL’s “5 Tools Optimization Program” for baseball players. This proprietary program optimizes baseball players ability to perfect the 5 tools: hitting for average, hitting for power, throwing, fielding, and running with efficiency, using sensory performance technology, isoinertial technology, and whole body vibration.
Michael also holds a certification in neuro-cognitive performance training, a proven technique that allows athletes of all ages to improve their reaction time, timing and overall focus and attention span. He is also a certified performance enhancement specialist.
Strength and Conditioning Coach | Team Jamaica Olympic Athlete | 2004 Athens, Greece
As a former member of the 2004 Jamaican Olympic track and field team, Richard James brings a unique perspective to his role as SSL’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, having the dual experience of an athlete training for the Olympics as well as nurturing and producing an unprecedented four Olympians during his decade-long tenure at Long Island University’s (LIU) Division 1 Athletics Department.
During the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, James represented Jamaica in the 4×4 relay, training alongside 11-time world champion and arguably one of the best runners of all time, Usain Bolt. That same year, Richard became the indoor world champion mile relay for Team Jamaica in Budapest. As a standout for the LIU track and field team, James became the school’s first male All-American in the 400-meter dash at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In addition, he was named the Most Valuable Player at the 2003 NEC Outdoor Championships and was named the Most Outstanding Performer four times. Overall, he racked in 13 individual championships during his illustrious career at LIU. Richard was inducted into the LIU Brooklyn Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.
Richard graduated from LIU in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Science and Exercise Physiology. He received his master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from LIU in 2006. Richard has been an adjunct professor at LIU for the past 8 years in the sports science department.
As the university’s head strength and conditioning coach, Richard coordinated and developed specialized workout programs specific to an athlete’s sport and position. Richard oversaw all 18 sports on campus; working directly with each athlete to ensure optimal performance with an equal emphasis on injury prevention. Under his leadership, the injury prevention program that he developed led to the lowest number of non-contact sports-related injuries per team in the university’s history.
Richard’s main areas of expertise are in taking a scientific approach to weight-training, power and speed training, flexibility training, plyometrics, and conditioning. The specialized programs he developed at LIU saw almost all athletes see a peak in levels of physical development within their first year of strength training. His unique approach to training also played a pivotal role in the success of the D1 track and field teams, thus leading to their achievement in capturing three straight Northeast Conference Championships.
As a highly sought-after strength coach, Richard has extensive experience and a proven track record of training both Olympic and pro athletes from multiple different sports and disciplines. In addition to nurturing and producing four Olympians, Richard has trained multiple baseball athletes; some that have gone on to play professionally. Richard was also responsible for the success of the LIU Division I Basketball programs, bringing home three straight championships from 2011-2013 after a 13-year drought. In those three years, LIU also captured the milestone of 20+ win seasons. The Blackbirds clinched a berth in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in 2011 and 2012, which was an impressive feat for the entire athletic program. Of note, Richard has also trained and worked with 2-time All American and 2-time Olympian, Julius Mutekanga in distance running, and Racing Argentina left back 2014 signee Adam Ozeri.
Certified Athletic Trainer
Erik earned a Master’s degree in Advanced Athletic Training at the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Duquesne University, where he competed on the Track and Field Team as a D1 athlete. He also brings the expertise of performance training and optimal recovery modalities for D1 and D2 athletes to the Sports Science Lab.
Erik has experience working with athletes from a wide variety of sports, helping them achieve their maximal potential while focusing on recovery techniques, injury prevention and improved mobility. Erik believes that proper recovery from exercise and mobility are critical for optimal performance and implements various modalities for improving these factors into his training methods. His research on Recovery in CrossFit was selected to be presented at the annual conference of the American College of Sports Medicine in Boston.
As the primary Athletic Trainer for 15 varsity sports at Benedict College, Erik gained experience in the care for injured athletes, preventative care and rehabilitation programs, as well as various therapeutic modalities, including manual therapy. He also completed a strength and conditioning internship at Warrior Fitness, where he trained CrossFit athletes and developed mobility and prehab/rehab protocols for individual patients. More recently, as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the University of South Carolina’s Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams, he further expanded his skills in various training methods, recovery and injury prevention. He developed a squat therapy program, which uses squatting exercises to improve mobility in the hips, knees and ankles and improve motor control of the lower extremities, which translate into lower risk of injury and better performance. Erik’s focus on recovery and improved mobility in athletes ensures that each athlete will reach their maximal performance potential.
In addition to being a board-certified athletic trainer, Erik holds certifications as a Performance Enhancement Specialist and GRASTON technique – Module I. He is also a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.