PORTLAND, Ore. (June 3, 2013) – The Portland Trail Blazers have named Dr. Christopher Stackpole as their Director of Player Health and Performance, it was announced today by General Manager Neil Olshey.
Stackpole will lead all facets of the Trail Blazers medical staff to collaboratively provide preventative maintenance and rehabilitative health care to Trail Blazers players. He will work closely with the team’s athletic trainers, physicians, strength and conditioning specialists, nutritionists, psychologists and therapeutic specialists to integrate rehabilitative concepts into performance training.
“Chris' vision and blueprint for developing innovative and evidence-based sports medicine services are paramount in our effort to establish the highest level of care for our players,” said Olshey. “Adding Chris to our staff is the next critical step toward creating the best culture and basketball environment for our athletes.”
A resident of Newington, Conn., Stackpole earned a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy (2011) and Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training (2009) from Boston University. Stackpole is a Licensed Physical Therapist, Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainer, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Stackpole most recently worked as a Physical Therapist at ProEx Physical Therapy in Farmington, Conn. He gained NBA experience in 2011 with the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he completed a doctoral level clinical internship.