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



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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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    THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Walking the equivalent of an hour a day may help improve knee arthritis and prevent disability, new research suggests.

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    THURSDAY, June 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Broken bones and concussions are the most common injuries that children who play ice hockey suffer, a new study reveals.

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