Dr. Matt Rhea completed a Ph.D. 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.
In 2008, the National Strength and Conditioning Association named Dr. Rhea the Outstanding Young Investigator in recognition of his highly influential work in sports conditioning. He achieved the rank of Full Professor of Kinesiology at A.T. Still University in 2015. With nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications to his credit, Dr. Rhea is considered one of the leading authorities in the world in athlete development. In addition to his vast research experience, Dr. Rhea 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 schools, colleges, professional athletes, and teams. These organizations included the 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.