The Clinical & Scientific Research team includes world-class experts in biomedical engineering, clinical medicine, and rehabilitative research and therapy.  Recognized by the scientific and clinical communities as authorities in their fields, they have published frequently in the scientific literature and are sought after as featured speakers at key conferences around the world. 

Clinical & Scientific Research

David Draper, EdD, ATC, FNATA

Professor of Athletic Training in the Department of Exercise Sciences at Brigham Young University

David O. Draper, EdD, ATC, FNATA, is a professor of athletic training in the department of Exercise Sciences at BYU. He was the head Athletic Trainer at Illinois Wesleyan University prior to his appointment at BYU in 1992. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Utah State, master’s at BYU and his doctorate at Northern Illinois University. He teaches Athletic Training (Sports Medicine) courses at the bachelor’s through doctoral levels with emphasis on diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries.

An avid researcher, Draper has 114 publications in scholarly journals. Eight of his publications have received national awards. He has delivered over 300 professional presentations (including seminars in China, Japan, Korea, Scotland and Brazil) and has received over $800,000 in external grants. Draper is the co-author of the textbook, “Therapeutic Modalities: The Art and The Science” which is in its 2nd edition. This is the top-selling textbook on therapeutic modalities in Draper’s field. He also has written 10 chapters in textbooks.

Draper’s awards include the 2014 NATA Hall of Fame, the 2014 RMATA Hall of Fame, the 2001 William G Clancy, MD Medal of Honor for Research. This is given to the top researcher of the NATA (National Athletic Trainer’s Association) each year (out of over 30,000 members). Draper was the 5th person ever to receive this honor. He was the inaugural recipient of the national Research to Reality award in 2001 and The College of Health and Human Performance Faculty Research Award in 1996. In June of 2009, Draper was awarded the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, and was pronounced as a Fellow of the NATA. In 2007 he was given the title of Honorary Research Professor by the Koriyama Institute of Health Sciences (Fukushima Japan). He was voted as the Educator of the Year in 2002 by the Utah Athletic Trainer’s Association. As a student, Draper earned the Eddie Wojecki Award for receiving the highest score in the nation of the NATA certification exam.

Thomas Best, MD, PhD

Professor and Pomerene Chair, Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Ohio State University, College of Medicine

Dr. Thomas Best is a professor of Family Medicine, OSU College of Medicine and a professor in the department of Biomedical Engineering. He serves as the team physician for the OSU men’s ice hockey team, as well as a consultant to American and Canadian national hockey teams. Dr. Best also directs an NIH-funded laboratory to study muscle inflammation and repair, as well as the role of the quadriceps in the management of osteoarthritis of the knee. Dr. Best is co-editor of Evidence-Based Sports Medicine, a leading publication of the British Medical Journal that is read worldwide. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and presented in 13 countries outside the United States on his research. 

Dr. Best is a fellow and was the 2010-2011 President of The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), also serving as the Associate Editor-in-Chief of its official journal, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Dr. Best is certified by the American Board of Family Practice and holds a Certificate of Additional Qualification in Sports Medicine.  He also is a member of The Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine and The American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Best serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Bone and Joint Initiative, an organization dedicated to advocacy for those with arthritis and also serves on the advisory board of the National Youth Sports Health and Safety Institute, dedicated to the health and welfare of youth involved in sports in the United States.  A graduate of The University of Western Ontario Medical School, Dr. Best also holds an MS in kinesiology and a PhD in biomedical engineering from Duke University.

Kevin Wilk, AT, DPT

Associate Clinical Director for Champion Sports Medicine, Director of Rehabilitative Research at the American Sports Medicine Institute, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program, Marquette University

Dr. Kevin Wilk has been a physical therapist, researcher and educator for 29 years and is a leading authority in rehabilitation of sports injuries and orthopedic lesions. He is currently Associate Clinical Director for Champion Sports Medicine and Director of Rehabilitative Research at the American Sports Medicine Institute, both in Birmingham, AL, as well as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Dr. Wilk is the Rehabilitation Consultant for the Tampa Bay Rays’ Baseball Team and has worked with professional baseball for 25 years. He has served as President of the Sports Section of the APTA and as Vice-President, Education Program Chairman and Editor of the Home Study Course for the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the APTA. (AOSSM)

Dr. Wilk has published more than 155 journal articles, 98 book chapters, has lectured at more than 685 professional and scientific meetings, and is on the review boards of seven journals. He has received numerous professional awards, including the APTA Catherine Worthingham Fellowship (the highest honor given to an APTA member), The Ron Peyton Award for career achievement from the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the APTA, and induction into the Sports Section TAB Blackburn Hall of Fame. Dr. Wilk received his physical therapy degree from Northwestern University Medical School and his DPT from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of HealthCare Professions.