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Nick Conte has been focused on sports medicine since 2008, first as an Athletic Trainer (ATC) and then going on to receive his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2014. As a former college and minor league baseball player with the SF Giants, Nick has been driven to maximize human performance at all levels through developing foundations in stability, mobility, and dynamic motion allowing his athletes and patients the ability to perform at their highest level.
Nick completed his undergraduate work in 2008 at St. Mary’s College in California achieving a B.A. degree in Kinesiology- Health and Human Performance. He then attended Fresno State and earned his B.S. in Athletic Training at Chapman University. As an Athletic trainer, Nick worked with the LA Dodgers at the major league level for 2 seasons before returning to school to pursue his Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Following earning his Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Nick was hired as the Rehabilitation Coordinator and Minor League Medical Coordinator for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014 and 2015. During that time he focused on developing organizational protocols and researching evidence based applications of new technology for athlete monitoring, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. Most recently research has been focused on identifying objective measures in combination with personal wellness and performance variables that can be used to identify increased risk in injury.
Nick has worked with professional and amateur runners, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, football, basketball, tennis, volleyball, swimming, crossfit and wrestlers, utilizing he diverse background and strong passions not only for sports but for helping all patients achieve their full functional potential. He has pursued advanced skills in Dry Needling, iASTM, Cupping, Performance Taping, Mobilization, Postural Restoration, Strength and Conditioning and Functional Movement.
Stan Conte is a licensed Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer with 23 years of Major League baseball experience in the management, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of the Major and Minor League baseball player’s injuries. Conte’s undergraduate degree was at California State University, Northridge and received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University. After spending four years as a Captain in the US Army Medical Corp as a physical therapist and earning two Army Commendation Medals, he started a private practice physical therapy clinic. Conte would expand to own, operate and consult with seven physical therapy clinics in three different states.
Turning his attention to professional baseball in 1993, he worked for the San Francisco Giants in a multitude of positions including Physical Therapist, Rehabilitation, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, Head Athletic Trainer and Director of Medical Services. Stan started working with the LA Dodgers in 2006 as the Director of Medical Services and Head Athletic Trainer before becoming the Vice President of Medical Service in 2012.
In addition to evaluating and treating professional baseball players daily, his work also spans a number of other areas including medical risk assessment, injury probability, injury management and triage of major and minor league injuries. From a management standpoint, Conte was responsible for hiring, evaluating and coordinating physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists and strength coaches. His passion lies in medial risk assessment and projection of future injury in free agents, trades and amateur draft.
Conte has published research on baseball injuries including multiple publications in the highly regarded American Journal of Sports Medicine and 3 book chapters. In all, Conte has been author or co-author in 20 studies published in different medical journals. Since 2016 he has published 11 articles principally on the epidemiology injuries to professional and collegiate baseball players. He serves on multiple Major League Baseball Research Committees including the prestigious UCL Research Committee formed by the Commissioner of Baseball as well as a founding member of the MLB Electronic Medical Records Committee. He was also named as an Advisor to MLB Website Pitchsmart.org in the education of coaches, parents and players on risks associated with shoulder and elbow injuries in baseball.
Conte has lectured nationally and internationally and is the Co-Chairman of the Lew Yocum PBATS Baseball Sports Medicine Conference. He was awarded the ASMI/Andrews Career Achievement Award by James Andrews in 2012. Conte serves as an Adjunct Faculty Member at California State University, Northridge in the Physical Therapy Department and to the Physical Therapy Program at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Conte has been profiled and featured in multiple media outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, ESPN, and ESPN The Magazine. He is a frequent guest on baseball related radio and television shows.
Stan most recently resigned his position as VP of Medical Services and Head Athletic Trainer with the Dodgers to dedicate more time to research and the development of Conte Injury Analytics. This consulting company is designed to utilize baseball injury research and analytics to aid organizations and others in the management and reduction of baseball injuries.
Originally from Northern California, Luke’s first experience with sports medicine began at Modesto Junior College working as an intern under Bobby Boswell. His love for athletics flowed seamlessly with his passion for health and medicine, finding a profession that allowed him to help athletes reach their full potential. After Modesto, Luke continued his education by receiving his Bachelor’s in Athletic Training at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. While at ULL, he had the opportunity to work with the Ragin’ Cajun Men’s Basketball and Football teams. Luke continued on to pursue his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology at San Jose State University.
In addition to his education, Luke worked as a graduate assistant at Santa Clara University with the Baseball, Water Polo, and Tennis teams. He assisted in the development of a baseball-specialized sports medicine program while working alongside Stan Conte at Santa Clara. Following graduate school Luke returned to the junior college setting, working at Arizona Western College – a community college with a highly competitive athletic program located in Yuma, Arizona. During his time with the Matadors, he helped four separate teams reach national championships and as well as a host of regional and conference champion titles.
Luke made the move from Yuma to Phoenix in September 2019. He enters his first year with Conte Sport Performance Therapy as a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is currently working towards finishing prerequisites before entering a doctoral program for physical therapy.
Camden is a former Division I collegiate baseball player and coach, All-State Quarterback,
certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and holds two Master degrees in Exercise Science and Sports Law.
After playing collegiate baseball, he then proceeded to coach baseball at the Division I level for Utah Valley University before moving to Arizona to pursue his Master Degree from Arizona State University.
After completion of his Master Degrees, Camden worked at multiple private training facilities where he worked with elite level athletes and coaches including Kurt Warner, and numerous MLB and NFL players.
Most recently, he worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks where he worked directly with both Major and Minor league players to create training programs designed to increase sports performance in a safe and efficient manner.
Ben is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. He played four years of collegiate baseball from 2010 to 2014 at Westminster College in Fulton Missouri and graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Science degree. Ben attended Washington University in St. Louis Program in Physical Therapy from 2014 to 2017, graduating with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Ben has experience treating a variety of orthopedic conditions. He enjoys working with athletes of all ages and skill levels. He is especially interested in treating conditions related to baseball players. Ben uses his knowledge of human movement and how it relates to musculoskeletal conditions to understand the cause of each injury. He works with each individual to restore efficient movement patterns for effective recovery. Ben also uses his knowledge of sport specific movements and biomechanics to ensure optimal performance and a safe return to play for the injured athlete.
Outside of work Ben enjoys all kinds of physical activity and exercise. He has travelled and hiked around the southwest since moving from Missouri in 2017. Ben is a sports enthusiast. His favorite sports teams are the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues.
Robert McLean obtained a Sports Science (Kinesiology) degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1988 and immediately began work as a Head Equipment Manager at the American Hockey League level. In 1991 the role of Strength and Conditioning Coach was added to his title and he performed both roles during the remainder of his time in the AHL.
In 1995 he accepted the position of Head Equipment Manager for the Colorado Avalanche and was fortunate enough to win his first Stanley Cup that same year. He quickly went on to establish himself as one of the top skate technicians in the game and heavily influenced the application of scientific principles to the “art” of skate sharpening. In 1999 he sought to return to the strength and conditioning world by accepting a position with High Performance Specialists in Toronto but his skate technician services were soon requested again by the New Jersey Devils in 2000 so he returned to the NHL and won his second Stanley Cup that year.
After his short time in New Jersey Robert sought to gain business experience and assumed the role of ProShop Manager for Coyotes Ice Sports in Scottsdale Arizona. During this time Robert became heavily involved in skating biomechanics and skate design which lead to several of his ice skate/ blade designs being used when he joined Mission Hockey in 2001 as Manager of Advanced Concepts Design.
After the NHL lockout ended in 2004, Robert returned to the role of Head Equipment Manager for the Florida Panthers Hockey Club before finally leaving the skate technician role for good in 2008 to work as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for BRS Sports, a high performance facility in Weston Florida. After quickly establishing himself as a successful strength coach with athletes from various sports in Florida, Robert was offered the position of Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Colorado Avalanche in 2010 and was again able to focus on ice hockey.
In 2012 Penn State University offered a dream position and Robert became the Head of Strength and Conditioning for Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey and was given the opportunity to design a cutting edge hockey specific training facility and create a hockey program from scratch as Penn State headed into their inaugural year as a member of NCAA Div hockey.
All of this experience has given Robert a unique ability to not only understand the motor patterns and predict imbalances within the body, but also to understand how the configuration of the skate and blade set up can affect the athlete’s performance. This is an advantage few strength coaches have. Add to this Robert’s extensive knowledge of sports nutrition and his corrective exercise background through the Postural Restoration Institute and somehow it all gets put together to create a comprehensive strategy to help athletes prevent injuries and achieve their best in the sport.
However, if you ask Robert what his speciality is , he’ll simply say,”Mentoring young players to believe in themselves. Make it fun, teach them mental skills to deal with adversity and show them that consistency and focus will always lead to success.
Peter Nelson is the Director of Sport Science and the Rehabilitation and Return to Sport Coordinator for Arizona State University’s Football team. Peter joined the Sun Devils in 2019, and his duties include designing and overseeing the player workload and injury risk monitoring program, developing rehabilitation and return to play protocols for injured players, and assisting with the design and execution of training programs with an emphasis on the development of the team’s quarterbacks.
Peter is also currently a Ph.D. student in Applied Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Birmingham under supervisor Dr. Barry Drust. He previously earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a Minor in Kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University and is also an alumnus of Phillips Academy Andover. Peter is a former hockey player and, while he no longer plays competitively, his longtime involvement in sports has driven his interest in research fields relating to health and human performance.
Peter had previously served as a Strength and Conditioning Assistant and Sport Scientist for the University of Massachusetts Amherst Football team, from 2016-2017. Prior to this, he had spent time as a Strength and Conditioning Intern at Cressey Sports Performance in Hudson, MA (summer of 2013), a Strength and Conditioning Intern and Research Assistant with the Pennsylvania State University Men’s Ice Hockey team (2012-2014), and a Strength and Conditioning Intern at NIKE SPARQ-affiliated Athletic Evolution in Woburn, MA (summer of 2012).
Peter is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in the state of Arizona. He also holds certifications through the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) as a Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) practitioner, Active Release Techniques (ART), Functional Movement Systems (FMS), Reflexive Performance Resets (RPR), Precision Nutrition (PN), and Joel Jamieson’s Conditioning Coach Certification (CCC).