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.
Senior Software Engineer
Dylan comes from a background rooted in sports. He is the Head Coach of the Nereid Boat Club, located in Rutherford, NJ. As the Head Coach, Dylan led the club to their first qualification for US Rowing Youth National Championships in 2017. Additionally, Dylan grew the program by 35% from 2015-2017, while increasing revenue by 25% during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. He organized five fundraisers that resulted in over $30,000 for new equipment for the club.
Dylan also served as a math teacher for The Storm King School for 2014-2015, in which he developed lesson plans for AP Statistics, Precalculus, Algebra 2, and Linear Algebra. Dylan received his Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from Cornell University in 2013. In 2017, Dylan received a Master’s of Information Technology, specializing in software development, IT security, and Healthcare IT from Virginia Tech University.
Certified Athletic Trainer
As a former football and wrestling athlete for St. Peter’s high school in Staten Island, Sean brings an abundance of knowledge in injury prevention and performance training to SSL. Prior to joining SSL, Sean worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer at Raritan Physical Therapy, in which he designed and implemented custom mobility routines for NFL pros and high-level collegiate athletes during the offseason.
Using a variety of therapeutic modalities and soft tissue manipulation techniques, Sean provided extraordinary care to the athletes he worked with. Sean brings this expertise to SSL in working with athletes of all age groups, ranging from high school all the way to the pro level.
Sean has also presented on numerous topics such as staying injury free for gymnastics training, anti-rotational training for core strength, and functional assessments for youth athletes injury prevention.
Sean is currently providing on site athletic training and injury prevention coverage for high school football programs in the Northeast region. After recording and analyzing data from assessments, Sean has effectively created back to play protocols and has an excellent success rate in keeping his athletes on the field.
Sean received his BS in Athletic Training from Kean University in 2016. While at Kean University, Sean worked as a student-trainer for both the Men’s soccer and Women’s softball teams. Sean is also a certified functional strength coach.
Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
As a Strength and Conditioning Coach, Paul Searles brings a wide range of experience to the Sports Science Lab. Paul brings multiple perspectives to the lab as he was an athlete his entire life, played college baseball for The College of New Jersey, and has worked with elite athletes across the East Coast.
Paul graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2014 with a BS in Health and Physical Education where he graduated Cum Laude and is currently working towards his Masters Degree in Exercise Science at Kean University. However, since 2014 Paul has worked as an Assistant Baseball Coach at Swarthmore College, a Fitness Specialist for Weston Fitness at Upper Merion Community Center in Pennsylvania, and an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Ursinus College. All in all, Paul has advanced experience in leading team workouts, designing personalized training programs, teaching proper execution, techniques, and safety for all lifts and movement drills, as well as with designing and implementing strength and conditioning programs for all sports.