Sports Physical Therapist & Healthcare Leader

My Story

I am a healthcare executive, sports physical therapist, and author with over 25 years of experience in sports medicine, rehabilitation, and strength training. I currently serve as the Director of Rehab and Sports Medicine at Beth Israel Lahey Health in Beverly, MA.

Throughout my career, I have worked with athletes at all levels, from amateur to professional and Olympic. The NSCA honored me as one of the first recipients of the NSCA’s Sports Medicine Professional of the Year award (2005) and I was one of Nebraska’s first Board Certified Sports Physical Therapists and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists. I began my career as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Creighton University for several years, which allowed me to work with not only high level intercollegiate athletes for all sports but also professional and Olympic athletes. I continued my work with professional athletes at Omaha Sports Physical Therapy, Quest Personal Training and Coaching, and Injury Prevention Project;Sport Injury Prevention Anatomy more recently, I have been able to lead rehab programs at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Dartmouth Health, and Beth Israel Lahey Health.

As an author, I have published several articles on sports rehabilitation and contributed to textbook chapters on injury prevention, rehabilitation, speed training, and plyometric training. In 2022, I published my first book, Sport Injury Prevention Anatomy besides several articles on sports rehabilitation as well as textbook chapters on injury prevention, rehabilitation, speed training and plyometric training chapters for both the Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning and NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training textbooks. I have also spoken internationally and regionally about leadership, plyometrics, sports rehabilitation, running, soccer, and strength training and conditioning. 

Besides my work in sports medicine, I recently published my debut novel, Stealing Equity, the first book in the “Beyond Vengeance” series, which combines action, suspense, and emotional depth.

When I’m not writing or helping athletes achieve their goals, I enjoy running and spending time with my family. Through this Substack, I share insights from my background and explore the resilience and determination of the human spirit.


In my career, I have been fortunate to do some pretty cool things. I have worked with nearly every type of athlete, I have taught courses, published books, chapters, and articles, and I have helped students and professionals achieve their goals.


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David’s knowledge, rehab practices and motivation helped me get back on the ice and playing. I highly recommend him to help you recover from your injuries. Thanks for everything David!

– Ian

Physical Therapy

Beth Israel Lahey Health

Director of Rehab & Sports Medicine

September 2022-present


Injury Prevention Project

Founder & CEO

May 2019-present


Cheshire Medical Center


September 2022-March 2023

New Hampshire

Cheshire Medical Center

Director of Rehab

January 2021-September 2022

New Hampshire

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Supervisor, Sports Physical Therapy

January 2016-December 2020


Specialized Physical Therapy

Sports Physical Therapist

February 2014-February 2016


Elite Girls Academy

Medical Director

May 2012-February 2016


Omaha Sports Physical Therapy

Owner & Sports Physical Therapist

February 2003-October 2013


Alegent Health

Physical Therapist

August 1998-December 2002


Strength & Conditioning

Creighton University

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

August 1991-August 1995



Potach, DH. Core Development, Injury Risk, and Pain. In Willardson, J (Ed.), Developing the Core, 2nd ed.

Human Kinetics


Potach, DH, & Meira, E. Injury Prevention Anatomy.

Human Kinetics


Potach, DH, Meyer, GD, & Grindstaff, TL. Special Consideration: Female Athlete and ACL Injury Prevention. In Parikh, S. N. (Ed.), The pediatric ACL: Clinical evaluation and management strategies.

Springer International


Potach, DH, & Chu, DA  Plyometric training. In T.R. Baechle & Earle, R.W. (Eds.), Essentials of strength training and conditioning (2nd, 3rd & 4th Eds.)

Human Kinetics

2015, 2008 & 2000

Potach, DH & Grindstaff, TL. Rehabilitation and reconditioning. In T.R. Baechle & Earle, R.W. (Eds.), Essentials of strength training and conditioning (3rd & 4th Eds.)

Human Kinetics

2015 & 2008

Potach, DH, Katsavelis, D, Karst, GM, Latin, RM, & Stergiou, N. The effects of a plyometric training program on the latency time of the quadriceps femoris and gastrocnemius short-latency responses.

Journal of Sports Med Phys Fitness, Mar, 49(1): 35-43


Grindstaff, TL, & Potach, DH. Prevention of common wrestling injuries

Strength and Conditioning Journal, 28, 20–28


Potach, DH. Plyometric and speed training. In R.W. Earle & Baechle, T.R. (Eds.), Essentials of personal training

Human Kinetics


Potach, DH, & Ellenbecker, T. Orthopedic concerns. In R.W. Earle & Baechle, T.R. (Eds.), Essentials of personal training

Human Kinetics


Potach, DH & Borden, R. Rehabilitation and reconditioning. In T.R. Baechle & Earle, R.W. (Eds.), Essentials of strength training and conditioning (2nd Ed.)

Human Kinetics


Professional Associations

Orthopaedic Foundation

Board of Directors

February 2024-Present

New Hampshire APTA

Board of Directors

December 2021-November 2023

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Sports Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE)

January 2009-2013

National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)

CSCS Exam Development Committee Member

March 1995-2011

National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)

NSCA-CPT Exam Development Committee Member

March 1998-2011

National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Founding Member & Vice Chair, Sports Medicine Special Interest Group (SIG)


National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Challenge Scholarship Committee Member

April 1999