Mike Clark, DPT


Dr. Mike Clark is the chief executive officer of the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Dr. Clark is the creator of NASM’s exclusive Optimum Performance Training™ (OPT) model which is used by 10's of thousands of health and fitness professionals with millions of clients worldwide. Since joining NASM, Dr. Clark’s innovation and leadership have redefined the organization as a global leader and authority in education for fitness, sports performance, and corrective exercise and was named the “Health and Fitness Visionary of the Year” by Men’s Health magazine.

Dr. Clark is a noted lecturer and author. He is consistently an invited lecturer at scientific conferences and he has authored 3 scientific textbooks, over 40 chapters, and multiple peer-reviewed scientific papers in the areas of sports medicine, sports performance, and fitness. Dr. Clark also has written 2 consumer books.

Academically, Dr. Clark has helped spearhead the development of several accredited online health science education programs, including a BS program, 2 Master's Degree Programs, and one Doctoral program.

Clinically, Dr. Mike Clark is recognized as one of the top Sports Medicine Professionals. He has also served as a sports medicine professional for 2 Olympic games. Finally, Dr. Mike Clark has served as a sports medicine specialist for numerous pro teams and his list of athlete-clients includes MVP’s, All-Stars and Champions from the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS and the Olympics.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)--Rocky Mountain University
Master of Science (MS)—University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Bachelors of Science (BS)—University of Wisconsin LaCrosse



  • Founder & CEO: Fusionetics: Founder: National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)



  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    First, determine the needs and demands of your sport.  For example, basketball requires short bursts of power (anaerobic in nature), increased jumping ability for shooting and rebounding, focused lower leg and core strength to maintain balance and position in the post, and hand and foot quickness and agility.  Once...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Knee pain while running can be caused by:
    1. Shoes that do not absorb shock properly.
    2. Muscles around the hip that are too tight.
    3. Muscles around the hip that are too weak.
    During running, when your foot hits the ground, it is approximately 3 to 5 times your body weight. That is a lot of...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    During the off-season you should perform strength training 3-4 days/week.  During the in-season you should perform 2-3 strength training sessions/week.

    1. Start slow
    2. Be progressive
    3. 3 month training cycle
        a. Stabilization (2-3 sets of 12-15 total body exericises focusing on...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Exercising in extreme cold weather is acceptable given the proper precautions, attire and preparations. However, research in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology has shown that extreme cold temperatures lower the ischemic threshold in patients with Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).  Clients with CAD,...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Mike Clark, DPT answered:
    Calories are simply a way for us to measure energy. Specifically, a calorie is the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by roughly 2 degrees Fahrenheit. With that said anything that we do, from the normal physiological processes that keep us alive, to physical activity,...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    No, muscle and fat are two very different tissues in your body and they cannot morph into one another. Aging comes with many physiological changes; however you can reduce deleterious muscle loss and fat gain by staying active throughout your entire life span. As you age, muscle begins to break down...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    The BMI (Body Mass Index) is a mathematical formula that factors a person’s height and weight in determining obesity. It may be less accurate for athletes or older persons who have lost muscle mass.
    BMI, what does it mean?

    Weight               BMI
    Underweight       Below 18.5
    Normal             ...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    As a guard (and generally as an athlete) you need the following athletic parameters to be successful:
    1. Flexibility
    2. Core strength (muscle that support your spine and hips)
    3. Balance (the ability to control your movements)
    4. Speed (the ability to move fast)
    5. Agility (the ability to adjust...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Losing fat in one area of your body (spot reducing) is not possible.  However, by eating less calories and moving more you will lose weight and fat throughout your entire body.  You can then target your hip and thighs by doing squats, step ups, lunges, bridges, tube walking, and single leg squats to s...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Fitness is a very personal term!  Fitness is is having a healthy mind, body, and spirit to allow you to maximize your potential and help others maximize their potential.  Your definition of fitness will be influenced by your interests, physical abilities, and goals.

    Being physically fit and healthy invo...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Your fitness program should include activity to get your heart rate elevated and condition your muscles at least 5 -7 days a week. According to the most current public health guidelines on physical activity (the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans), adults should accumulate 2 hours and...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Shoulder pain during overhead pressing movements can occur from tightness and over activity of one of your major back muscles called the latissimus dorsi (commonly referred to as the lat muscle). This muscle attaches to your shoulder blade and upper arm. Tightness of this muscle causes altered movement...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Unfortunately, you cannot "spot reduce fat."  Where you store fat is based on individual genetics and often gender. This means that everyone stores fat differently and in different spots. To lose fat, you need to burn more calories than you consume, putting your body in an energy deficit and forcing...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism:

    TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who live in "walkable" neighborhoods are less likely to be overweight or obese and also have lower rates of diabetes.

    That's the finding from two Canadian studies that showed those living in an area that encourages walking are also three t...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    MONDAY, June 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- You may want to stand up to read this.

    A new study suggests that people who spend the bulk of their day sitting -- whether behind the wheel, in front of the TV or working at a computer -- appear to have an increased risk for certain kinds of cance...Full Article