Team

JUAN DELGADO, CBMS, CSSC, NCTTS- Director of Sports Science

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.

Juan has been featured on top media outlets such as National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, and numerous MMA podcasts and articles through his work with Al Iaquinta.

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.

Mike Mullen, Director of Sports Performance

Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach

Mike Mullen brings the latest knowledge of Strength and Conditioning from a Division 1 perspective to the lab. Prior to working at the lab, Mike interned as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Sports Performance Coach at Lafayette College, Arizona State University, and Temple University where he not only learned from elite strength coaches but also coached and assisted elite athletes on multiple Division 1 teams through drills and workouts. Mike also prepped these respective teams, which included football, volleyball, swimming, track and field, beach volleyball, and diving for pre and post-game movements and recovery.

Additionally, Mike has dedicated his entire life to athletics, including his time as a multi-sport athlete throughout all of high-school, and has always been passionate about sports and athletic performance. Combining that athletic passion with his experience in training D1 athletes, Mike is committed to helping athletes reach their peak athletic performance through SSL’s science-based methodology.

Mike graduated from Temple University in 2017 where he earned a BS in Kinesiology and studied Exercise and Sports Science. He is also a USA Weightlifting Certified Level 1 Sport Performance Coach, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, CPR/AED Certified, and First Aid Certified.

Sean Kuechenmeister, ATC, LAT, CFSC, FMT, Director of Athleting Training

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.

Robert Schmidt, CSCS

Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach

Robert Schmidt joins the lab as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, having experience training athletes at the D1 level and high school, with a focus in football and other sports. He holds a BS in sports science from Long Island University with a concentration in strength and conditioning, as well as a masters in coaching from Ball State University. He is a corrective exercise specialist with a background in athletic technologies and methodologies.

Robert has worked with many prestigious football programs as a strength coach, including the University of South Carolina and Ball State University. Prior to his D1 college athletics experience, he spent time at the much-coveted but difficult to obtain internship at the University of Alabama football team, where he worked with legendary coach, Nick Saban’s, Football Camp. While at these prestigious programs, he also monitored and managed injured athletes, instituting his own “return to play” protocols and progressions. Along with teaching Olympic lifts to athletes, Robert put in place a corrective exercise program for specific players. He has worked closely with a variety of sport teams, including tennis, basketball, and baseball, with particular experience in creating and implementing full-year training programs.

Matt Diorio

Biomechanics Specialist

Matthew Diorio is a baseball lifer, having played the sport for over 15 years. Matt dominated in high school for Moore Catholic High School in Staten Island, leading the Island CHSAA in batting as a sophomore and adding his name to the list of Advance All-Stars on his way to becoming a four-year letter winner. As a senior, Matt finished 6th in hitting, at a .340 clip. Following a great high school career, Matt committed to the University of Central Florida as the starting catcher.

Matt proved his worth to UCF as he was consistently one of the best hitters on the team. As a sophomore for UCF, Matt finished 5th on the team with a .308 average, including a .524 slugging percentage. In 2014 Matt Played with the Watertown Rams during the summer and was named to the Perfect Game Collegiate All-American Third Team after posting a .352 avg. He picked up team MVP and Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League First Team honors, while also finding his name on the PGCBL All-Star Team. He became the second player in the history of the league to hit for the cycle.

In the following summer Matt Played in the Alaska Baseball League (ABL) as he was named one of the Top 10 Alaskan Summer League prospects by Baseball American, playing for the Matsu Miners, made the All-Star team and finished the summer hitting .333 in helping the Miners to the division title. Following an impressive stint in college, Matt was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 16th round.

While enrolled at UCF, Matt majored in Sports and Exercise Science. Coupled with the knowledge he learned in the classroom with his experience as a professional baseball player, Matt brings great value to the Sports Science Lab team. He is currently aiming to become a Certified Biomechanics Specialist. Matt has been instrumental in providing advice and knowledge to SSL’s current baseball roster of clients. Recently, Matt was featured on The Baseball Rebellion Podcast to talk about how SSL’s methodology is changing the baseball industry as a whole.

Ben Gildenberg, CSCS, USAW-L1, PN-1

Strength and Conditioning Coach

With certifications in Strength and Conditioning, Weightlifting, and Nutrition, Ben brings a wide range of knowledge of health and fitness to the Lab. Built from his experiences interning at the University of Miami and Seton Hall University, as well as the New York Giants, Ben is no stranger to working with Division 1 and professional athletes. Ben also has experience in recovery developing multi-phase programs to ensure individuals are progressing at a safe and effective pace. His years of experience and diverse education gives Ben a balanced knowledge of the human body.

Ben graduated the University of Miami in 2016 with an MS in Strength and Conditioning with a concentration in Sports Nutrition. During his time as an intern, Ben worked with elite athletes that played a wide variety of sports such as football, basketball, soccer, tennis, and swimming. He also gained experience in data collection and analytics similar to those collected here at the lab. Ben was also a leader in developing and tracking recovery programs for injured athletes, as well as ensuring they would return to playing form. He also has several years of experience in developing individualized training programs for a wide variety of athletes.

Amanda Delaney

Biomechanics Specialist

Amanda brings with her to the lab several years of education, experience, and research in the field of biomechanics. She has worked with several of the technologies utilized here at the lab such as 3D Motion Capture Equipment and EMG Analysis. Throughout her years of schooling and research she has always maintained an interest and passion for sports biomechanics, performance enhancement, and injury prevention.

Amanda graduated from the University of Dayton in 2019 with an MS in Mechanical Engineering specializing in Sports Biomechanics. Through her research conducted for her Master’s thesis, and work at her fellowship, Amanda analyzed Biomechanical data of pre-planned and reactive agility drills which are essential components to testing at the lab.

Jonathan Ericson, CSCS, NASM CPT, NASM CES

Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach

Maintaining an athletic lifestyle for years, Jonathan draws on the knowledge gained from playing a wide range of sports his entire life to aid the Lab’s diverse athletes. Thanks to his experience playing baseball, football, and swimming, as well as competing in bodybuilding and powerlifting competitions, Jonathan is no stranger to the different training programs from sport to sport. He brings with him a firm belief that fitness goes beyond the surface, and people should focus on an improved quality of life and well-being.

Jonathan graduated the University of South Florida and has experience as a personal trainer. He has always stressed fitness from the bottom-up, focusing on posture, breathing, and somatic awareness.

Jonathan also specializes in corrective exercises, movement, and strength training and is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist. Jonathan is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach.