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Mark Albert - MED, PT, ATC, SCS


Mark S. Albert, MED, PT, ATC, SCS has over 32 years of clinical experience in sports and orthopedic physical therapy settings. Mark is one of the first therapists recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Sports, having been certified in 1987. He has presented over 200 courses and seminars on specialty areas such as sports injury, management of shoulder, knee dysfunction and exercise rehabilitation. Mark has worked in a variety of settings, treating athletes and orthopedic injuries for all ages and abilities. Mark taught for the Georgia State physical therapy program on topics including prevention and care of athletic injuries, abnormal exercise physiology, orthopedic hip and knee, orthopedic shoulder and thorax and exercise physiology.  Mark served on the editorial board of JOSPT, the Journal of Isokinetic and Exercise Science, and Prevention Magazine, and is an internationally recognized author of many publications in the areas of orthopedic and sports therapy, isokinetics and rehabilitation. Some of his article titles include: “Rehabilitation of the Knee,” “A Problem Solving Approach,” “Isokinetic Assessment of Inertial Training,” “Homestudy Guide to Orthopedic Series” and “Concepts of Muscle Training.”  Mark is the author of the textbook, “Eccentric Muscle Training in Sports and Orthopedics”, Second Edition, which is considered to be a classic reference tool and was recently reprinted in Japanese and French. In addition to his extensive writing career, Mark also served as the athletic trainer for the Georgia Chiefs, Georgia Tech Association, as well as three other universities and several high schools. Mark Albert’s extensive research background and clinical experience enable him to provide the most up to date information in his courses.  His knowledge and clinical experience provides for treatment individualized to each patient rather than to each diagnosis.  An original member of the Sports Physical Therapy specialty (SCS – 1987), Albert draws on extensive experience in varied practice settings with a wide array of competitive athletes including high school, collegiate, professional, and Olympic levels in many sports.




Phillip B Donley, MS, PT, ATC

Phil is a West Virginia native and 1956 graduate of West Virginia University, 1957 graduate of D.T. Watson Physical Therapy School, and a Masters Degree from West Virginia University in 1965.

He is a retired Colonel U.S. Army Reserve. He was Chief P. T. at Akron City Hospital 1958-1960, Instructor and Assistant Athletic Trainer at West Virginia University 1960-1965, Athletic Trainer, and Professor of Physical Education at West Chester University, 1965-1991, and owned a private Sports Physical Therapy Clinic in West Chester 1981-1995. Since 1997 he has served as a Consultant to the Philadelphia Phillies and works part time in Physiotherapy Associates Physical Therapy Clinic. He performs research and clinical care lectures on shoulder topics.

His honors include: Exceptional Academic Service Award, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1976; Athletic Trainer of the Year, (Cramer Award) Eastern Athletic Trainers Association 1978; Distinguished Service Award, Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society 1985; Distinguished Athletic Training Educator; NATA 1986; NATA Hall of Fame in 1991; West Virginia University Physical Education Hall of Fame in 1991; Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame in 2000; West Chester University Sturzebecker Foundation Hall of Fame in 2002; Professor Emeritus West Chester University in 2002; American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Distinguished Athletic Trainer in 2003; Honorary Doctor of Science, Shenandoah University; 2006 Ted Quedenfeld Award-Philadelphia Sports Medicine Congress.

He has authored 1 book with 12 editions, edited 2 books, contributed to 12 books, presented 35 original papers on Sports Medicine subjects, published 16 articles, taught 40 two day continuing education courses including those for PTs, ATC, Physicians, and Hospital Administrators, served as a consultant for 16 sports medicine clinics and universities, and delivered over 200 talks on Sports Medicine subjects.

In 1970 while at West Chester University he was the founder and director for 20 years of the 5th NATA Approved Athletic Training Education Program. 

His Athletic Training Education Program was not only the first in the State, but also the first Co-ed program in the country. In 1965 he established a Co-ed athletic training room when few schools had one. He was a pioneer in helping women enter the field and hired the first full time female athletic trainer in 1966. Along with Bud Miller they were the heart and soul of early athletic training education.  In 1973 Mr. Donley was responsible for developing the first site visitation guidelines for the NATA Approval process and served on the first NATA Professional Education Committee from 1970 to 1982. 



Dr. Fredrick Hatfield (Dr Squat)


Born in Williamstown, Massachusetts on October 21, 1942, Dr. Hatfield was raised in a Connecticut orphanage until his graduation from Cromwell High School in 1961. Throughout high school, he competed in track & field, soccer, basketball and cross country all four years, and was honored at graduation as "best athlete."

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and spent his enlistment with the Office of Naval Intelligence in the Philippines. He was honorably discharged in 1964. Then Dr. Hatfield enrolled at Southern Connecticut State University.

In college, he competed in gymnastics, and was team captain in his senior year. He competed in the National (NCAA) Gymnastics Championships three consecutive years as a college gymnast, and was the SCSU charter president of the National honorary athletic fraternity, Sigma Delta Psi. He graduated with honors in 1969, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in health, physical education & recreation.

Following graduation, he accepted a teaching fellowship at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, earning his Master of Science degree in the social sciences of sport. His doctoral studies at Temple University (Philadelphia) were completed during his tenure there as a teaching associate. His doctoral competency examinations were successfully completed in the social sciences of sport (psychology, sociology and motor learning). He was awarded his doctorate (Ph.D.). degree in 1973. Early in his career he was cited in "Who's Who in American Education," and voted one of the "Outstanding Young Men in America."

Following professorships at Newark State College and Bowie State College (New Jersey and Maryland, respectively), he accepted a professorship at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in 1976, where he conducted research in sport psychology and taught undergraduate and graduate level courses. In 1980, Dr. Hatfield left Academia to begin a fitness equipment and training facility business in New Orleans. The lure of working for the largest health and fitness industry in the nation, however, took Dr. Hatfield to California in 1983. He launched one of the most successful sports training magazines in the country for Weider Health & Fitness, Inc. in 1985, Sports Fitness (later renamed Men's Fitness).

In 1983, Dr. Hatfield studied for a brief time at the famous Lenin Institute of Sport in Moscow (USSR). He returned there in 1989 as co-coach of Team USA for powerlifting competitions in Moscow and Abakaan, Siberia. He has four training books translated into Russian, distinguishing him as one of the best known Western strength experts in the Soviet Union.

Dr. Hatfield advanced to the position of Senior Vice President of Weider Health & Fitness, Inc. by 1989, and was director of research and development for that corporation until June, 1991. He created several sports nutrition products that have grossed several million dollars annually for Weider Health & Fitness, Inc. Then, from 1991 until 1994, Dr. Hatfield served as Director of Research & Development for Titan Sports, Inc., (the parent company of The World Wrestling Federation (WWF), since renamed World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE. In this capacity he created and launched ICOPRO ("Integrated Conditioning Programs") and conducted research.

In 1991, Dr. Hatfield was awarded the prestigious Alumni Citation Award from Southern Connecticut State University "in recognition of [his] extraordinary achievements and distinguished career." Along the way, Dr. Hatfield distinguished himself as a best-selling author, winning the World Championships in powerlifting three times and one of the most sought-after personal coaches in the country among elite athletes from several different sports disciplines. To his credit are over 60 published books (many published in Italian, Japanese, Spanish, German and Russian), over 200 articles, more than 30 world and national records in five different weight divisions (a feat never before accomplished by any athlete in any sport), and many credits in the advertising, television and film industries as an athlete, talent and sports training and fitness expert.

His most memorable accomplishment in sport came at age 45 when, at a body weight of 255 pounds, he lifted 1014 pounds in the squat (1987), more weight than any man in history had ever lifted successfully in competition.

He has been consultant to several sports' national governing bodies, national sports federations around the world, professional sports teams, and many of the leading corporations throughout the world in the sports and fitness industry. He is widely sought after as a public speaker, presenting several seminars and clinics worldwide each year. He hosted a sports and fitness radio call-in show with WALE radio (Providence). He remains actively involved in research and writing in the areas of fitness, health and sports performance. He hosts one of the oldest and most popular internet fitness and sports training sites in history, .



Dr. Bob Ward

A true American, Bob Ward was born on Independence Day in 1933. Ward attended Whitworth College, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. While at Whitworth, Ward was an All-American Football player. Here, he also shined as a member of the track team, specifically in the events of Shot, Discus, Javelin, and Pole Vault. 
Bob returned to school at the University of Washington to obtain a Master’s Degree in Physical Education.  Ward coached high school football and track for six years, before moving on to Fullerton Community College, where he served as the Head Track Coach.  Here, he led his team to three straight wins in the Conference championships. He coached the Fullerton Rugby Club for three years and won the Southern California Championship.  Always eager to learn better ways of training himself and others, Ward returned to school once again in 1971 to Indiana University and received his Doctorate. His experience qualified him to serve as a member of the United States Olympic Committee in Track and Field. A highlight in Ward’s coaching career came in 1976, when he was hired by the Dallas Cowboys.  Working with the Cowboys for 13 years, Ward did extensive research on predicting success in the NFL. He designed the ProTrain Computer Program, as well as equipment that was invaluable for training athletes..  The Cowboys’ legendary head coach, Tom Landry, praised Bob’s ingenuity. He once stated, “Bob’s done a great job of developing machines and strength/striking devices that are going to be able to transpose right over into offensive line technique.”  Under Ward’s training and conditioning direction, the Dallas Cowboys earned a Super Bowl Championship in 1977, and a Pro Bowl win in 1983. Ward’s expertise in the field of Strength and Conditioning was obviously invaluable to the athletes, who dramatically improved under his guidance. 
Since retiring from the Dallas Cowboys in 1989, Ward has remained an active member of the Strength and Conditioning Community. He spent four years developing a Computer Graphic Player Analysis.  From 1995-2001, he served as the Director of Sports Science and Nutrition for Mannatech International. In addition, from 2001-2007, he was the Director of Sports Sciences for Advocare. Currently, Coach Ward is an entrepreneur working with the Sports Science Network.
Coach Ward has received many honors for his pioneering work in the Strength and Conditioning field. In 1992, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of his Alma Mater, Whitworth College. In both 1998 and 2004, he was named the World Champion in the Weight Pentathlon. He holds an impressive six World Records for Weight and Hammer Throw, for ages 70-74.  In addition, the USATF Masters named him the “Field Athlete of the Year,” in 2002.  Then in 2003, Bob was inducted into the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame.

Dr Ward is founder and president of Sports Science Network