Biomechanical Assessment: Max Prokopy M. Ed., CSCS.
Max recently joined the SPEED Clinic in the hopes of resuming its renowned running evaluations as well as launching a cutting-edge program that analyzes all aspects of the game of golf. Max received a B.S. in biochemistry from Florida State, graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. His master’s in exercise physiology was completed at UVA. During his master’s work he was fortunate to work with and learn from Jay Dicharry (former director of the SPEED Clinic), as well as the UVA strength & conditioning program at the McCue Center. His master’s thesis demonstrated that upper body training on unstable surfaces could improve throwing performance. Since graduating UVA, Max has completed course-work for a PhD in nutrition, been the director of strength & conditioning at Amherst College and Clarkson University, and guest strength coach for the Anaheim Ducks.
Combined with our world-class technological capabilities, his experiences provide SPEED clinic patients with a resource to improve their:
o mechanical efficiency;
o risk of injury;
o muscle tissue quality;
o core sequencing and stabilization;
o mobility and flexibility;
o exercise form;
o power generation;
o training program;
o nutrition; and
o psychological approach to practices and competitions.
Biomechanical Engineer, Senior Lab and Research Specialist: Ryan Chapman, M.S. BME
Ryan is the most recent addition to the staff here at the SPEED Clinic. As an avid runner and USA Track and Field Level 1 certified coach, Ryan hopes to continue the tradition of excellence in biomechanical analysis of all experience levels of runners within the UVA SPEED Clinic. Ryan earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. During his tenure at St. Thomas, Ryan competed on both the cross country and track and field teams. Along the way, he earned 5 varsity letters, 3 All-Conference awards, and 2 Academic All-Conference awards. Following his undergraduate studies, he spent a year honing his craft by coaching his alma mater’s women’s track and field sprinters and hurdlers, guiding the Tomcats to both indoor and outdoor team MIAC (Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) titles, 6 individual conference titles, 9 individual All-Conference award winners, 9 NCAA championship qualifiers, and 4 All-American award winners. Ryan then completed his Master’s degree at the University of Iowa in Biomedical Engineering focusing on biomechanics. His thesis showed that inhibitory transcranial direct current stimulation to the primary motor cortex can disrupt our movements and cause decreases in performance. His experience both in the classroom/lab as well as on the playing field as both an athlete and coach are invaluable tools that he brings to the SPEED Clinic here at UVA.