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)


  • Milton, GA


  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Generally, running will throw more calories into the metabolic fire than walking- for a few reasons.  First – when you run, you are requiring the body to recruit more muscle faster, which requires more energy.  Second, the higher the intensity of your activity, the higher your heart rate rises, the more energy that is required to sustain the activity both during and after...Read More
    1. Linda Minster I have a small tear in my miniscus. Is walking, flat- no rise- on our home treadmill OK to do daily, or is it bad for my knee & make my tear worse? I do leg weights, raises, squats, etc, daily. Thanks. Linda
      On Mar 13
  • 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
    Oftentimes neck pain is caused by poor posture. Poor posture can be indicated by your head pushing forward, your chin jutted out, and your shoulders being rounded. Poor posture causes the muscles in the front of your neck and the muscles on your shoulder blades to get weak. In addition, the muscles...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    First, if pain is severe talk your health care professional and receive a proper diagnosis. Often, a program of inhibiting overactive muscles, lengthening tight muscles, activating weak muscles and integrating small and large muscles into a coordinated movement pattern will help alleviate back pain....Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    To effectively lose weight and keep it off, you need to eat fewer calories (500 calories less/day) and move more (walk 10,000 steps/day and get active 30 minutes/day). Try to drink 16 oz. of cold water before meals (research shows that you will consume almost 100 calories less/meal). Eat breakfast...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Kneecap pain while running is often caused by tightness in the rectus femoris, which is the main thigh muscle, and your biceps femoris, which is the outside back of your thigh muscle (the outer hamstring). Tightness of these two muscles, increases the pressure on the kneecap (patella). There is usually...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    While many individuals might think that to prevent ankle sprains, you should focus on the muscles surrounding the ankle, in truth, that is only one area you should condition. Your hips are the other. Research has shown that when you sprain your ankle, you make your ankle ligaments loose and less...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    You should aim to lose about 2 pounds per week. That is a safe goal, and research shows that if you lose 2 pounds per week that you will keep it off longer than if you try to lose more per week. Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    A calorie deficit is the difference between the calories you consume (food, drinks) and the calories that you burn (during activity, and during exercise). To lose 1 pound you need to have a 3500 calorie deficit (500 calories/day less consumption than you burn). Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    The best cardio exercise needs to be: Goal-Specific, Safe, Enjoyable, and Effective.

    Goal Specific: If you’re training for a specific event, such as a 5K, then the best type of cardio for you will be walking/jogging/running because it is very specific to that goal.

    Safe: Do you feel muscle, bone, or joint pain when you...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    If you are a beginner to resistance training, single-set training will increase your strength for the first 3-6 weeks of training. After you have trained for a short period of time your nervous system and muscles adapt rapidly. There is a principle called the S.A.I.D. Principle, which states that...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Functional training is a method of training that strives to get your body stable, in balance and capable of performing at its peak. Functional training incorporates moving in all positions (staight ahead, side/side, and turning), using different bases of support (2 legs, stagger stance, one leg),...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Your lower trapezius muscle is a muscle that helps to control your shoulder blade.  More specifically it helps to pull your shoulder blade down and in towards your spine.  It also works when you raise your arm above your head to control the speed of movement of the shoulder blade (scapula) to maintain...Read More
  • Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    The important element of your success has been, and always will be, your mindset. The power of your thought drives every action, reaction, commitment and ultimately success you have in your life. Your mindset will get you moving and keep you moving! Make a decision and move. Focus on the real reason “why” you are starting your fitness program....Read More