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 Analyst: Leigh Allin, M.S.
Leigh is the most recent addition to the SPEED Clinic staff. As a former track & field athlete, Leigh hopes to continue the SPEED Clinic’s tradition of state-of-the-art biomechanical analyses for runners and golfers. Leigh received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech, graduating magna cum laude in 2013. She received an M.S. in engineering mechanics from VT in August of 2014. Her graduate research focused on the effects of obesity and age on the biomechanics of slips and falls. During her time at Virginia Tech, Leigh also competed in the pole vault for the track & field team. She is a 2-time NCAA regional qualifier, 2-time USTFCCCA D1 All-Academic Track & Field team member, and NSCA Strength & Conditioning All-American. Leigh’s experiences both in the lab and on the track make her a positive addition to the SPEED Clinic team.
Web Specialist and Research Assistant: Mike Myers
Mike is the Web Specialist for the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has worked in the SPEED Clinic for over three years. In addition to maintaining and managing all website and social media outlets for both the Lab and the department, Mike is also able to operate the Vicon Camera system for Running and Golf analysis. He has an Associate's Degree in Business Administration and is currently attending UVA to obtain a bachelors degree. In his spare time, Mike enjoys doing the martial arts Judo and Kali, playing lacrosse, cooking, and boxing.
Biomechanical Engineer, Senior Lab and Research Specialist: Ryan Chapman, M.S. BME
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.