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Mark Murphy, DPT

Strength and Conditioning Coach, Applied Sports Science Lead

Education and training:

  • Bachelor of Science in kinesiology/exercise science
  • Doctorate in physical therapy, University of Rhode Island
  • Certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS)
  • Board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy (SCS)

Mission: Human performance is the byproduct of the athlete, either consciously or subconsciously, choosing the most appropriate and efficient movement strategy at that time to execute a particular task. As performance coaches, it is our role to identify the athlete-specific structural and functional limitations contextually relevant to the competitive task and environment. Once limitations are identified, we can create evidence-informed, context-driven programs to facilitate high performance and mitigate injury.

Favorite aspect of working with clients: Working hand-in-hand with motivated individuals to guide them towards achieving their individual and team goals never gets old. It’s extremely fulfilling to watch someone I’ve worked with achieve what they set out to do. Facilitating an athlete’s ability to engage in simple daily positive actions, compounded over time, is the foundation for long-term success.

Most underrated piece of sports performance advice: Be process-driven, not outcome-driven.

About Mark

Mark Murphy, DPT, SCS, CSCS, serves as the applied sports science lead at the Center. Dr. Murphy most recently worked as the rehabilitation coordinator at the University of Rhode Island. In this role, he was responsible for directing the rehabilitation, reconditioning, and return-to-play programs for all varsity student-athletes. He has spent a decade in Division-1 collegiate athletics serving in many roles such as the sport coach, strength coach, and rehabilitation coordinator. His unique work experiences in the inpatient, outpatient, and athletic team settings have allowed him to continuously refine his skills to guide athletes through the return to performance continuum.

He earned his doctorate in physical therapy in 2019 from the University of Rhode Island, is a board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy as well as a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also currently teaches as an adjunct/clinical faculty member in the URI Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

Mark Murphy with female client at rowing machine

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