Max 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.
Rick 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.
Douglas 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.
Lauren 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 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.
Matt 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.