Team

MATTHEW REICHER, MS, ATC, CSCS, CISSN

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.

RUSHI SHAHIWALA, PT, OCS

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.

JUAN DELGADO, CBMS, CSSC, NCTTS

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.

MICHAEL GREENE, CBMS, PES

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.

Sean Kuechenmeister, ATC, LAT, CFSC, FMT

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.

Leah Borkan, CSCS

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Leah Borkan brings more than 14 years of experience as an athlete to her position as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist at the Sports Science Lab. After receiving multiple offers during her high school lacrosse career, Leah enrolled at Montana State University.

As an athlete, Leah served as President and Captain of the Women’s Lacrosse Club at Montana State University. In 2016, she acted as Research Assistant at the Movement Science & Human Performance Lab in Bozeman Montana. Now she uses this experience to evaluate and train SSL’s athletes, utilizing our state-of-the-art sports science technologies. Her area of specialty is working with lacrosse athletes. Our proprietary program optimizes lacrosse players ability to perfect the core skills needed to succeed: footwork, strength, and running mechanics, using sensory performance technology, isoinertial technology, and visual stimulus technologies.

Leah also has experience assisting in maximal oxygen capacity, wingate, and response time testing, and was previously a competitive horseback rider.

Dylan Gould

Senior Software Engineer

Dylan’s role at the lab is to manage and develop key initiatives pertaining to SSL’s proprietary software applications.  Dylan’s extensive experience in software development includes back end web development in Java, front-end development using JavaScript, database creation and management using SQL and Microsoft Access, as well as creating high-level design documents and testing documentation various systems. Dylan’s experience managing healthcare data using SAS studio speaks to his expertise in data analytics as well.

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.