Max PaquetteMax Paquette, PhD | Director

Dr. Paquette is an Assistant Professor in Exercise & Sport Science in The School of Health Studies and serves as Director and Sports Biomechanist within the SPAHCC. His primary responsibility is to provide in depth interpretation of biomechanical analyses to clients focused on injury prevention and performance improvement. He consults with high school, collegiate and elite track and field athletes and their coaches to optimize performance and reduce injury risks. He competed as a collegiate athlete in cross country and track at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada). In 2008, he was a Canadian Olympic Trials finalist in the 3000m steeplechase.
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Rick BloomerRick Bloomer, PhD | Center Oversight and Evaluation

Dr. Bloomer joined the faculty of The University of Memphis in 2004. He currently holds the rank of Professor and serves as Director of the Cardiorespiratory/Metabolic Laboratory. He has been providing sport-specific and health related testing in his lab for more than 10 years. He holds certifications from both the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has more than 20 years of experience in both personal exercise and nutritional consulting and has trained and consulted with several hundred clients. He oversees the cardio-metabolic testing performed in the SPAHCC and has the experience and expertise to interpret and explain relevant test results.
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Doug PowellDouglas Powell, PhD | Sports Biomechanist & Conditioning Specialist

Dr. Powell is an Assistant Professor in Exercise Sport & Movement Science in the School of Health Studies. He holds multiple strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association including Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Tactical Strength & Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F). Dr. Powell serves as a Sports Biomechanist and Conditioning Specialist within the SPAHCC. His primary responsibilities are to provide feedback regarding movement quality and efficiency via the interpretation of biomechanical and physiological data analysis. Dr. Powell consults with youth, collegiate and semi-professional athletes and their coaches to optimize sport-specific performance and reduce the risk of injury. He has competed and coached soccer at the collegiate and semi-professional levels.
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Lauren PaquetteLauren Paquette, MSc | Sport Psychology Consultant

Lauren serves as our Sport Psychology Consultant within the SPAHCC. Her primary responsibility is to meet with clients and determine strategies to improve the mental component of your sport. Lauren received a BSc in exercise science from Baylor University and an MSc in sport psychology and motor behavior from the University of Tennessee. Lauren has been consulting with high school, collegiate, recreational and elite athletes since 2013. Lauren is a professional middle distance runner with an impressive performance resume. She was 7-time All-American in cross country and track, owns 4 Baylor University all-time records, is a 4 time USA National Track & Field finalist in the 1500m and, boasts impressive personal best times of 2:02.97 (800m), 4:09.86 (1500m), 4:30.73 (Mile), 9:08.01 (3000m), 16:07 (5km) and 34:39 (10km).


Robert TownsendRobert Townsend, MSc | Program Design Specialist

Robert Townsend is an instructor in Exercise Sport & Movement Science within the School of Health Studies. Mr. Townsend is a coach and director of Iron Tigers Weightlifting club, a registered club with USA Weightlifting. He has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Club Coach with USA Weightlifting for over 20 years. He has coached weightlifters at the American Open and University Nationals. He also has experience coaching track and field at the collegiate level with experience coaching All-American athletes in the throwing events. He has 15 years of clinical experience in rehabilitating injured workers, performing functional capacity evaluations, and ergonomic assessments as a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist. He has competed in multiple sports including football and track & field at the collegiate level, powerlifting and strongman. He has competed internationally in weightlifting in the masters division earning a gold medal in the 2013 Pan-American Championships and a silver medal in the 2015 Masters World Cup.
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Matt ButawanMatt Butawan | Center Manager

Matt is a Memphis-native and Systems Biology graduate of the UofM. He currently serves as a Research Assistant within Dr. Bloomer's Cardiorespiratory/Metabolic Laboratory as well as a staff member for the SPAHCC. Previously, Matt worked as an emergency department scribe at Baptist Memorial Hospital. While in high school at White Station HS, Matt played football, basketball, and soccer.  He is involved in the scheduling and testing of individuals and teams requesting services through the SPAHCC.
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