Episode 56: Andy McDonald chats Jesse Elis the Director of Health and Performance at the Portland Trail Blazers NBA team. Jesse is a PT with a background in professional tennis in the WTA and was formerly the Director of Physical Therapy at EXOS. In addition to this he is also the co-owner of Phoenix Manual Therapy. This conversation with Jesse is focused around communication, collaboration and biomechanics through Jesse’s broad knowledge and appreciation for performance, leadership and sports medicine. 

In this episode Andy and Jesse discuss:

  • Jesse’s background
  • Current role at the Trail Blazers 
  • Communicating with players as a PT 
  • Communicating with management 
  • Risk management 
  • PT S&C’ collaboration
  • Communicating diagnosis with S&C’s
  • Biomechanics 

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Andy is the Host / Co-Founder of Inform Performance and a dual qualified Physiotherapist / Strength & Conditioning Coach. Andy is based in Philadelphia & works for Total Performance who provide a multi-faceted, elite level diagnostic, rehabilitation and performance service. Delivered by a team of world leading specialists to organisations in the NBA, NFL, English Premier League, the LTA and England Rugby.