About the Author: Josh Stone

IMG_0146Professional Background:


  • Bachelor’s of Science – Movement Studies Exercise Science – East Stroudsburg University – ’00
  • Master’s of Arts – Kinesiology from San Jose State University – ’03


  • Acquisition Editor; Higher Education and Professional Division at Human Kinetics – ’13 – present
  • Sports Medicine Program Manager at the National Academy of Sports Medicine – ’10-’12
  • Director of Kinesiology and Functional Ergonomics at Medical Functional Assessments – ’08- ’10
  • Assistant Athletic Trainer at Long Beach State University – ’05- ’08
  • Associate Head Athletic Trainer at San Jose State University – ’03-’05


  • Presenter at several sports medicine, health, and wellness conferences
  • Performance enhancement and injury prevention consultant for elite level athletes
  • Guest lecturer of kinesiology, athletic training, and health / wellness courses
  • Board of Directors Union City, CA Chamber of Commerce


  • NATA-BOC: Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
  • NASM: Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
  • NASM: Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)
  • NASM: Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
  • NASM: Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS)
  • NASM: Senior Fitness Specialist (SFS)
  • NASM: Youth Exercise Specialist (YES)
  • NASM: Women’s Fitness Specialist (WFS)
  • NASM: Golf Fitness Specialist (GFS)
  • NASM: Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist (MMACS)
  • Graston® Technique: M1 Certified


Family photo 2I was born and raised in a small town (Tunkhannock) in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I grew up loving everything about athletics. My dad put me on a dirt bike at the age of 3 and I began racing dirt bikes at age 6. I was the typical farm-boy finding every way possible to get dirty and play sports. My passion for sports was present at a very young age and today remains the same – those closest think intervention is required.

My passion for athletics was identified by my counselor during my freshman year at Penn State. She took my loves for sport and directed me to Athletic Training. 4 years later I graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania; a fantastic program by the way.

After college I took a big leap by moving from small town to Staten Island, NY – for a brief stop – before moving to the San Jose, California for graduate school. I knew nobody, found a roommate online, and had just enough money to pay for gas and food for the cross country drive. I was so broke that if my car broke down in Ames, Iowa – I might still be there today. I am thankful my parents were able to give what money they could – this allowed me to grow professionally.

Looking back I have no clue how I survived. I worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer, which came with the bountiful $1,000/ month stipend. Somehow I managed to pay my $800 rent, food, gas and beer money with a $1,000/month stipend.

It was in San Jose, CA where I met my wife. We married on the coast of Southern California in 2008. We had -err IMG_0265adopted – our first son Rudy, in 2009,  a 90 pound lab/pit-bull baby. In December of 2011 we had our first “real” son – Holden. Currently we reside in Champaign, Il and we really like it here.

18 comments on “About the Author: Josh Stone

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  2. Could you please address the problem of “shin splints” This problem keeps recurring despite periods of rest,new shoes,antiinflammatory meds ? Thank you

  3. Thank you for responding. Could you please blog on this subject. My trainer suggested that you may have some valuable observations on this subject. Thanks ,David

  4. Dear Josh Stone, A friend posted your blog about Ice & NSAID`s for swelling. I read it, and found that a lot of what you said applies to me and my DIS-ease. I have Lymphedema, and I`m wondering if some of what you wrote could be shared with the Lymphedema research people to help do us some good. Moving the fluids from both legs has been problematic. The neumatic pumps are out of my reach financially, and Medicare does not pay for them outside of rare instances. Other sufferers from mutual support groups are being treated by their doctors with sleeping aids, anti-depressants, and hard core pain killers. I feel you either know, or are on the verge of learning how to self mannually move this excess fluid without resorting to extreme bandage wrapping, and meds. Thanks for your time, GeorgeAnne Smith

  5. Josh we are trying to hire an ATC w/CSCS cert and can’t find anyone. We believe our offer is pretty good but we are located in Arkansas. Any ideas of where to look to find one?

  6. Josh,I am an ED nurse and RICE is a staple for us. I know that it is probably going to be awhile before the Emergency Medicine physicians move around to the rehab and kinetics way of thinking. Is there something that I can do or say to my patient’s to help them without putting my license in jeopardy or circumventing the physician discharge instructions? Reading about stress fractures where we put patient’s in a walking boot and reading about the load and the progenitors makes total sense to me. Is there a blog that you can do on this subject? The immediate things we can do as healthcare professionals to shorten healing times and educate our patient’s on sprains, strains and the inflammatory process? Thank you!

    • Hi Glen,
      That is a slippery slope. If you are going against doctors orders you’d be in trouble. I would never suggest that, but you could give the physician a pile of research articles to get him/her to change his thinking.
      However, you do have autonomy to make decisions. If you are not being guided by the physician, telling a patient not to ice will not get you in a malpractice lawsuit. You have the knowledge and the evidence to state your case.
      I wrote a few blogs on mechanobiology and how load facilitates repair of bone and osteoblastic activity. I am not saying to have a patient do box jumps on an unstable fracture, but light load to healing stable fractures has been shown to help. Bone stimulators, LIPUS and PEMF, are forms of load. The sound waves are a small load stimulating bone growth.

      • Josh,
        I’ve read some of your blog posts but don’t see many references to published work. Could you post a list of relevant references? I am involved in a contact sport where musculoskeletal injuries are common and such literature could help us guide our treatments.

      • Thanks Lisa,
        I personally do not have published work. All of my blogs are based upon the review of research that I have critically appraised. Some blogs are based on my expertise as a clinician or interesting research I have come across. Any blog where research was used in cited in the reference section.


  7. Josh,
    Do you have any insight on tendon strength following a climbing injury? It has been 2 years since the injury, which included a A1 tear and numerous tendon strains, ive done all the PT/OT stuff and am on my own now, just lifting weights and climbing easy routes. I have done a lot of research on collagen formation during the acute injury phase, but am kinda stumped in the area of collagen/tendon strength following the acute phase. Ive always been told my Dr.s and OTs that frequent tension on tendons is how they get stronger (so doing hand therapy multiple times a week whereas I put less lbs of force on the tendon instead of twice a week putting more lbs of force on the tendon). The problem is that the longer I follow this thought process, the weaker my hand feels. Any insights on tendons and tendon strength would be much appreciated.

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