Dr. Denise K. Wood is a sports training consultant, author, and speaker from Knoxville, TN. She is an inspirational leader with special expertise in accelerating the athlete's learning and performance. She has trained a wide range of clients from beginners with special needs to Olympians.
Dr. Wood is a former USA Track and Field champion and world class competitor who represented the US on 25 National Teams over 17 years of international competition. She was mentored by elite Olympic weightlifters and a former Soviet coach and has conducted research on the effects of weight training on skill acquisition and sport performance.
Even as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Tennessee during the peak years of her athletic career, she developed many Conference Champions, All Americans, and several Olympians. She has also held national positions in Olympic Development with USA Track and Field and with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Dr. Wood has been recognized for her work as an outstanding educator in exercise science, research design, and statistical analysis. In addition to sports training, her career experiences in physical therapy, allied health fields, corporate fitness, and adult learning have further broadened her expertise in human performance.
Dr. Wood has received honors for her work as an outstanding educator and has been recognized by the Tennessee State Legislature for her leadership in higher education. She also served as President of the Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools.
Dr. Wood earned her B.A. from Montclair State University in Health and Physical Education with teacher licensure, and both her M.S. and Ed.D. in Exercise Science from The University of Tennessee. Her areas of concentration were Motor Learning, Social and Psychological Aspects of Sport, and Research Design and Statistical Analysis.
Dr. Wood is a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine,the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the National Council on Accreditation of Coaching Education, the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, and USA Track and Field. She is a faculty member and assists in coordinating the Sport Sciences for the USATF's Level II School and has contributed the motor learning and throws modules in the college-level track and field course leading to the USTFCCCA's certification.
She has published the DVD, Strategic Weight Training for High Performance Athletes, which captures her highly effective training methods and unique approach to sports training. She recently presented at USA Track and Field's Podium Education Project on motor learning techniques for the throws and power development.
Dr. Wood currently works with youth to post-collegiate athletes in a variety of sports, including track and field, Olympic weightlifting, and rugby and regularly conducts coaching clinics on sports training. She also teaches Exercise Science, Anatomy and Physiology, and research-related graduate courses, and serves as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Faculty Development at Huntington College of Health Sciences.
For more on Dr. Wood's services, see Sports Training and Education Services
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