The Trail Blazers have hired Dr. Christopher Stackpole as their new Director of Player Health and Performance. Stackpole will join the Blazers’ staff and assume responsibility for player health, maintenance, and rehabilitation. He earned his doctoral degree in physical therapy from Boston University and is a strength and conditioning specialist.
Dr. Stackpole will help fill the shoes of former athletic trainer, Jay Jensen, who was subject to much criticism for the diminishing physical health of Brandon Roy and Greg Oden a few years back. Jensen was with the Blazers for 19 seasons before being released on May 10th of this year. Portland ran into all too familiar injury problems (Aldridge, Batum, Matthews) late in the season, and decided that a new direction was in order
Bear in mind that Stackpole has not assumed the same position, as Jensen was Head Athletic Trainer and Stackpole is Director of Player Health, but the two are not far off. The good doctor will get his chance to bring the Blazers up to 100% and keep them there as best as he can. Having a shallow team is difficult enough without being shorthanded. Hopefully, both of those issues will be fixed for the 2013-2014 season.