Dr. Matt Rhea completed a PhD at Arizona State University in 2004 with a research emphasis in athletic performance enhancement. His research in strength development garnered international attention during his graduate studies with an invitation to present at the International Olympic Committee’s World Congress on Sport Science in Athens, Greece (2003). He has since presented at international conferences in the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Denmark, and Brazil.
He was named the Outstanding Young Investigator by the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2008 in recognition of his highly influential work in sports conditioning and achieved the rank of Full Professor of Kinesiology at A.T. Still University in 2015. With nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Rhea is considered one of the leading authorities in the world in athlete development. In addition to his vast research experience, Dr. Rhea has worked for over 10 years as a strength and conditioning coach at the high school and collegiate levels, while also serving as a sport science consultant to many high school, college, and professional athletes, teams, and organizations including Phoenix Suns, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts and Arizona State University.
His innovative approaches to long-term athlete development have included a heart rate based training system, a sport sequence training model, and multi-dimensional injury prediction and prevention programs.