Mike Clark, DPT

Bio

Dr. Mike Clark is currently the chief science officer for Sharecare and 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’s evidence-based OPT approach is also the foundation behind the fitness programming provided to the entire Sharecare community. His model and easy to use approach was integrated onto Sharecare.com and was launched last January by Dr Oz himself by promoting it in his Move It and Lose It challenge to get America healthy. This Revolutionary, Free Online Diet and Exercise Program is currently used by millions worldwide and Dr. Clark was the innovation behind the derivation of it, how it was executed, and the lessons the program teaches participants about living a healthy lifestyle.

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’s entering his 11th season as the team physical therapist for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. 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.

Education:
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

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Affiliation:

  • Chief Science Officer: Sharecare, Founder & CEO: Fusionetics: Founder: National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Alternative/complementary Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Folks on the West Coast are faithful followers of yoga and meditation. Midwesterners turn to chiropractors or osteopathic doctors for their aches and pains.

    And nearly one in every five Americans uses herbal supplements like ginseng, Echinacea...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Sports Medicine:

    THURSDAY, April 10 (HealthDay News) -- High school athletes who suffer from concussions are complying more with the recommended return-to-play guidelines, according to new research.

    Compliance was tracked from 2005 through 2013, using a database of high school sports-related injuries, sai...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Sports Medicine:

    THURSDAY, April 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some parents and coaches think kids who focus on one sport early on will boost their chances of a college scholarship or pro career. But a new study casts doubt on that idea.

    In a study of undergraduates at the University of California, Los Ang...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise might help reduce the risk of hospital readmission in people with a progressive lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study finds.

    "Our findings suggest that regular physical activity could buffer th...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Fitness:

    WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular aerobic workouts increase the size of the brain's memory area in older women and may help slow the progression of dementia, according to a small new study.

    It included 86 women, aged 70 to 80, who had mild mem...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents are understandably worried about letting their kids walk or bike to school.

    Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in children aged 2 to 14, and one of five kids killed in a traffic accident in the United States each yea...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For people with high blood sugar at risk of type 2 diabetes, losing weight and exercising may lessen their chances of dying from heart disease or other conditions, a new long-term study suggests.

    People enrolled in the study on diabetes preventi...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- College freshmen football players show signs of having stiffer blood vessels than their leaner peers who don't play football, according to new research.

    Exactly what that means for players' later heart health isn't yet clear.

    "The foo...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    TUESDAY, April 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a surprising twist on how stress may affect migraine risk, new research suggests that patients who are able to lower their stress levels may end up inadvertently boosting their immediate risk for a migraine attack.

    The study, led by Dr. Richa...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    MONDAY, March 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Preteens with strong muscles may have healthier blood pressure, cholesterol and body-fat levels than their less brawny peers, a new study suggests.

    More than 1,400 sixth-graders had their strength tested with a hand-grip exercise. Overall, the st...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Fitness:

    FRIDAY, March 28 HealthDay News) -- Physical exercise at a young age increases bone health, and those benefits continue with age, a new study of baseball players finds.

    And people who continue to exercise as they grow older have even greater bone health benefits, said lead researcher Stu...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests people with lower levels of vitamin D are more likely to suffer from coronary artery disease and to have more severe forms of the illness.

    While the findings aren't definitive, they add to recent research that indicates vi...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Here's something that's sure to alarm the millions of Americans who have braved the fiercest, longest winter in recent memory: A new study shows that your cholesterol levels fluctuate seasonally and are at their worst during cold winter months.

    Full Article
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The formula doctors use to evaluate treadmill stress tests, and thereby assess heart health, doesn't account for important differences between men and women, a new study contends.

    A revised formula would better determine peak exercise rate, or ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Ophthalmology:

    TUESDAY, March 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise and occasional drinking may be good for your eyes, a new study suggests.

    Researchers analyzed data collected from nearly 5,000 Wisconsin adults, aged 43 to 84, from 1988 to 2013. Over 20 years, 5.4 percent of them developed visu...Full Article