PhD, ATC, CSCS
Takashi Nagai, PhD, ATC, CSCS is a research physiologist at the United States Army Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) in Natick, Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Charleston, Utah, and Pittsburgh with BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology/Biomechanics, and Rehabilitation Science, respectively. He completed an Australian Department of Defense fellowship in Applied Physiology and post-doctoral fellowship in Sports Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Minnesota. His research interests include musculoskeletal injury prevention with a focus on the human sensorimotor system. He has conducted several injury prevention physical interventions including primary and secondary ACL for athletes, hamstring strains for basketball players, back pain for golfers, and neck / back pain / lower extremity injuries for members of the US military. Another research interest is a role of proprioception and neuromuscular characteristics on musculoskeletal health across the lifespan. A vicious cascade of poor musculoskeletal health in early and middle life can lead to muscle weakness, frailty, physical / mental disability, and early mortality. He has utilized innovative therapeutic exercises and modalities to optimize individuals’ musculoskeletal health through multidisciplinary approach.