Dr. Mark J Pitcher

DC, MSc, EMT, CCSP

Dr. Mark Pitcher DC, MSc is a certified chiropractic sports physician, exercise physiologist, and emergency medical technician. He graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa and has a Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Newfoundland. He is also a certified active release technique (ART) provider. In addition to almost 20 years of experience in chiropractic practice, Dr. Pitcher has learned from some of the best in rehabilitative medicine, including renowned biomechanist Stuart McGill, anatomist and clinician Andry Vleeming and physical therapist Diane Lee.

Dr. Pitcher has lectured at the college and university levels in courses in joint mechanics, human factors, occupational ergonomics and sports biomechanics. He has been an invited lecturer for government agencies, and at the local and national levels. He currently travels around the US and Canada for TRX, teaching their Sports Medicine Instructor Course.

He has published a number of professional articles as well as scientific articles in journals such “Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism” and “Journal of Sports Science and Medicine”. He regularly contributes health and fitness articles to the local paper, the Vail Daily.

Dr. Pitcher has been Medical Director for Team USA at the 2013 World Youth Championships and as sports chiropractor for athletic events such as the Honda Sessions, Gravity Games and the Mountain Dew Action Sports Tour. Dr. Mark and Dr. Joel are currently the official chiropractors for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.

www.markjpitcher.com

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
Masters of Science (Exercise and Work Physiology)
Thesis: Evaluation of Strength and Fatigue in Subjects With and Without Low Back Pain Using Sorensen prone isometric back extension
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

Doctor of Chiropractic
Palmer College of Chiropractic
Davenport Iowa

Emergency Medical Technician
Colorado Mountain College
Edwards, Colorado

EVENT EXPERIENCE:
World Youth Climbing Championships 2013
Medical Director – Team USA
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Timeless Dance Production 2012
Fang-Yi Sheu and Artists, NYC Ballet and Akram Khan Company
Taipei, Taiwan

Vail International Dance Festival (2011-2014)
Official Sports Medicine Providers
Vail, Colorado

Honda Sessions – Professional Snowboard Competition (2005-2008)
Official Chiropractic Clinic for the Sessions
Vail, Colorado

Dew Action Sports Tour – Professional Extreme Sports Competition (July 2005)
Medical Staff - Chiropractor
Denver, Colorado

Gravity Games (Winter) – Professional Extreme Sports Competition (March 2005)
Medical Staff - Chiropractor
Copper Mountain, Colorado

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
TRX Sports Medicine Course Instructor
Fitness Anywhere LLC.
San Francisco, CA

Sessional Co-Instructor
Occupational Ergonomics and Sports Biomechanics - Kinesiology 4703
School of Human Kinetics and Recreation
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

Sessional Instructor
Introduction to Human Factors - Kinesiology 2703
School of Human Kinetics and Recreation
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

Sessional Instructor
Joint Mobilization: Technical and Clinical Considerations
Massage Therapy Program, Career Academy
St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada


SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS:
Pitcher Mark J., Behm David G., and MacKinnon Scott N. Neuromuscular Fatigue during a Modified Sørensen Test in Subjects With and Without Low Back Pain. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine 6(4): 549-559, 2007

Pitcher Mark J., Behm David G., and MacKinnon Scott N. Reliability of Electromyographic and Force Measures During Prone Isometric Back Extension in Subjects With and Without Low Back Pain. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism 33(1): 52–60, 2008

Abstracts:
Pitcher Mark J., Behm David G., and MacKinnon Scott N. Reliability of Electromyographic Measures and Back Extension Forces During a Prone Isometric Back Extension. (Accepted by Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology 2002)

Pitcher Mark J., Behm David G., and MacKinnon Scott N. Force-EMG relationships of Bilateral Paraspinal Muscles. (Accepted byCanadian Journal of Applied Physiology 2002)

MacKinnon Scott N, Pitcher Mark J., Behm David G. Neuromuscular Fatigue Associated with a Variation of a Modified Sørensen Test. (Accepted by Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology 2002)

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS:
Lower back Pain Keeping you down? May 2013
Living with Vitality Column - Vail Daily

Simple Breathing Exercise Can Restore normal pattern March 2013
Living with Vitality Column - Vail Daily

Connective Tissue and Why it’s Important January 2013
Living with Vitality Column - Vail Daily

Rethink and reset your Exercise Routine October 2012
Living with Vitality Column - Vail Daily

Preventing and treating neck, back pain related to posture August 2012
Living with Vitality Column - Vail Daily

Core stability is key and here is why June 2012
Living with Vitality Column - Vail Daily

Recovery Days more important than you might think they are April 2011
Living with Vitality Column - Vail Daily

Stay Strong and Injury free all season long December 2011
Living with Vitality Column - Vail Daily


Foam Rolling is a cost effective aleternative to standard massage July 2011
Living with Vitality Column - Vail Daily

Vail Fitness: Functional training focuses on the fundamentals March 2011
Living with Vitality Column - Vail Daily
Vail, CO

Smoking and Back Pain (May 2001)
Newfoundland and Labrador Lung Association Magazine
St. John’s, NL

Pregnancy Related Back Pain (June 2000)
Women’s Health Network

Commonly Used Stretching and Strengthening Improved Posture and Scapular Motion (May 2000)
College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada)

Multifidus Recovery is not Automatic May 2000
College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada)

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