Advisory Board

Michael Cianciosi
Sport Science Coordinator, Boston Red Sox

In 2018 Michael joined the Boston Red Sox as their Sport Science Coordinator, now in his second season with the team and implementing the teams first Sport Science Department. Working collaboratively with the Medical, Analytics and Coaching Departments, Michael provides an evidence based approach to the implementation of technology and workload management for both the Major and Minor League teams. 

Michael Cianciosi has worked with elite sporting organizations for the past 10 years.

Michael completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at the Australian Catholic University before undertaking his Honors at University of Technology Sydney in Sport and Exercise Science graduating with First Class Honors. Michael is constantly looking for new ways to improve his evidence based practice and is currently undertaking a Masters in Applied Statistics at Swinburne University.

Michael previously worked as a Sport Science Analyst for the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League while also working as the Director of High Performance for the Northern Blues in the Victorian Football League (2011-2014). Michael then joined one of the world leaders in Sports Technology, Catapult Sports (2014-2017) working in a range of different sports across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the USA. Michael helped customers with the implementation and application of GPS technology while assisting the product and development team with validation projects and product feedback.

Paul Robbins
Director of Performance, STATS

paul_robbinsPaul is one of the country’s leading experts on cardiovascular programming and metabolic assessments. Currently is the Director of Performance, STATS LLC. Program analysis and design based on live data tracking systems for professional teams. Working with all NBA teams and developing new models for NFL, USTA and college sports as well as military special forces. He got his start developing performance metrics from game data in European soccer. Paul analyzes real time training loads for each athlete, develops performance training based on energy systems demands, works with coaches on performance programming based on game data, and oversees the new wearable tech division.

Paul’s other accomplishments include:

  • Sports Science Committee for the USTA Exercise Physiologist for NHL combine.
  • Developed the cardio programs and VO2 assessment programs for Athletes’ Performance (now EXOS) clients include thousands of professional athletes from all leagues- NFL,NHL,NBA,MLS,MLB and National teams from Germany, Poland, Mexico, China and USA.
  • Cardio consultant for fitness equipment companies, specializing in program design and education.
  • Designed metabolic analyzers and cardio programming and testing protocols
Dr. Michael Joyner
Caywood Professor of Anesthesiology
Mayo Clinic

michael_joynerMichael J. Joyner, M.D., is the Caywood Professor of Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic where he was named Distinguished Investigator in 2010. His research focuses on exercise physiology, human performance, blood pressure regulation, metabolism, and transfusion practices. He has been interviewed numerous times in popular print and electronic media and written on exercise and health for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Outside and Runner’s World. Dr. Joyner’s interest in athletics includes developing the original “2-hour” marathon concept in the early 1990s. On a personal level he has run a 2:25 marathon and finished 15th in his age group for the mile swim at U.S. Masters swimming nationals He is also interested in the limits of scientific reductionism and de-hyping biomedical communications. After receiving his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Arizona he obtained residency and fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic. The Joyner lab has been funded by NIH since 1993, and former fellows have established independent research programs at leading institutions throughout the world. Dr. Joyner has held leadership positions at Mayo, in the extramural research community, and with leading journals. He has given a number of major lectureships including the ACSM Wolffe Lecture, and APS Walter B. Cannon Lecture.

Vern Gambetta
Founder, GAIN Network

Vern is the founder of the GAIN professional development network. He is also president of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. Vern is recognized internationally as an expert in training and conditioning for sport having worked with world-class athletes and teams in a wide variety of sports. He is a popular speaker and writer on conditioning topics having lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Egypt, Australia and Europe. Vern’s coaching experience spans 49 years at all levels of competition. His background is track & field, having coached at all levels of the sport. In addition Vern served as the first director of the TAC Coaching Education Program, an innovative program designed to upgrade the standard of track and field coaching in the US. He has authored over 100 articles and seven books on various aspects of training. He received his BA from Fresno State University and his teaching credential with a coaching minor from University of California Santa Barbara. Vern obtained his MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.

Leonard Zaichkowsky
Sport Science Consultant

ZaichkowskyDr. Zaichkowsky is a widely known sport and performance scientist whose specialty is the psychophysiology of human performance. For 37 years he was a professor at Boston University with a joint appointment in the School of Education and School of Medicine, until his retirement. From 2010 to 2012 he was Director of Sport Science for the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL where he introduced a comprehensive sport science program to the club, including the establishment of a “Mindgym”. Currently, Len is a sport science consultant for a number of sport, medical, military, and business organizations.

Professor Zaichkowsky is a past-president and fellow of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (1997-99), a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, and currently section editor on psychology for the International Journal of Health & Sport Science. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board for two sport technology companies, CogniSens Athletics, Axon Sports and Co-founder of BIOCAM, L.L.C.

He has authored or edited six books with the most recent being, “Medical and Psychological Aspects of Sport & Exercise”, FIT Publishing (2002). Dr. Zaichkowsky has published over 100 papers on sport and performance psychology, sports medicine, research design, and related topics in scholarly journals or books as well as numerous magazine and newspaper columns. Additionally he has made more than 300 professional presentations world- wide and makes frequent expert commentary on television/radio (e.g.CBC, NBC, ABC, CNN,NESN, TSN, ESPN) , and in the print media such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Sun, Globe & Mail, El Pais.

His current research and consulting interests are in applying technology and science to human performance, specifically (1) psychophysiological self-regulation of performance stress using biofeedback and (2) neurofeedback, understanding the neural basis of elite performance using fMRI methodology, and (3) the development of “expert/championship” performance in sport and other domains. He has consulted with the U. S., Canadian, and Australian Olympic Organizations, Duke University Department of Surgery, Stanford Surgery, and High Performance Center, U.S. Military and Special Operations, Boston University Terriers, the NBA (Boston Celtics), Major League Baseball Players Association, Boston Red Sox, NFL, NHL Players Association, New England Patriots, Calgary Flames, Sydney (Australia) Swans, Field Hockey Canada, the Spanish World Cup Soccer Team, and Real Madrid soccer club.