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Shawn Sorenson
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Shawn C. Sorenson, Ph.D., is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Southern California (USC), and an independent health & wellness consultant. An interdisciplinary health and exercise scientist and educator, Dr. Sorenson specializes in the health and well being of elite athletes. As a doctoral student at USC, he led the first formal study of lifetime health, exercise, and quality-of-life among modern competitive athletes, and served as founding director of the Trojan Lifetime Champions (TLC) research and education program, a joint initiative between the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy and the Department of Athletics. Dr. Sorenson embraces wide ranging knowledge in epidemiology, exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, strength and conditioning, personal development, and the behavioral sciences as key to promoting whole-person health and well-being. He is a former engineer and project manager in the NASA Space Shuttle Program, a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and the founder of S.C. Sorenson Consulting.

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In Defense of the POTUS: Everything Right With Barack Obama's Workout

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 1:39 PM

The commander-in-chief's recently been catching a lot of criticism for a workout at the Marriott hotel gym in Warsaw. Given my experience as a certified strength and conditioning specialist, with a Ph.D. in exercise science, and having spent the last seven years studying health and well-being...

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Kobe Bryant's Achilles Tendon Rupture: The Role of Increased Minutes

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 9:08 AM

Following Kobe Bryant's season-ending Achilles tendon rupture, there's much debate about the role of increased minutes during the Lakers' playoff push in contributing to the injury. Without full knowledge of Kobe's training and medical history, all of this is -- at best -- educated speculation. Nonetheless, there are...

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In the RG3 Injury Saga, Where Were the Redskins?

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 12:27 PM

In the tragic aftermath of Robert Griffin III (RG3)'s knee injury against Seattle, and his subsequent reconstructive surgery, the blame game has just begun. Prominent in the crosshairs is Redskins' coach Mike Shanahan, who, as the story goes, allowed playoff pressure to corrupt his judgment, playing...

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Brandon Roy and Athlete Transition: The Most Important Issue in Sports Medicine

(4) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 4:54 PM

Last month, former Portland Trailblazers first round draft pick, rookie of the year, and NBA all-star Brandon Roy underwent his seventh knee surgery. This week he'll return to practice with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Fingers crossed that all goes well. Roy's is a tragic and all-too-familiar saga in competitive sports. Young...

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Focus on Concussion Neglects the Broader Picture of Athletes' Health

(2) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 5:48 PM

Hours before kickoff of the National Football League's 93rd season, troubling headlines rang out. Former NFL players, according to a new study, were three times more likely to die from brain disease. It was the latest evidence on threats of sports-related head injury to long-term health; the latest...

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