Presented by: Murphy Grant, Sr. Assistant Athletic Director at Wake Forest University
- Viewers will learn and understand the benefits of using aquatics as a medium for exercises.
- Viewers will learn dynamic movements to improve sprint mechanics.
- Viewers will learn why working sprinting exercises in water will improve efficiency.
Murphy Grant joined the Wake Forest Athletic Department in the summer of 2019 as the Senior Associate Athletic Director / Athletics Health Care Administrator.
Grant leads Wake Forest’s Sports Performance Team which includes a team of 32 professionals specializing in sports medicine, athletic training, strength and conditioning, sports psychology and sports nutrition. Grant is the first Wake Forest athletics employee to hold the title of Athletics Health Care Administrator.
Grant is highly respected for his leadership in student-athlete care and was named the first-ever executive chair of NATA’s (National Athletic Trainers Association) Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine (ICSM) in 2017.
Dr. Brian Hainline serves as the NCAA Chief Medical Officer and praised Grant, saying “As Chair of NATA’s Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine, Murphy Grant has been a key thought-leader for developing a collaborative, thoughtful conversation about the health and safety of all NCAA student-athletes.”
Grant has 18 years of experience as an NCAA Division I athletic trainer. He joins the Demon Deacons after spending 13 years at the University of Kansas where he served as the head football athletic trainer for 12 years and as the Director of Sports Medicine for the past 11 years.
A 1997 graduate of Quincy (Ill.) University with a degree in athletic training, Grant was a member of the football team from 1992 through 1996. Following his graduation, he served as a graduate assistant in athletic training at Illinois State while receiving his master’s degree in exercise science in 1999.
He began his training career with the rookie league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox before becoming the head athletic trainer at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri. Grant spent five years as the head trainer for the Oklahoma State men’s basketball team including two seasons as the Cowboys’ strength and conditioning coach.
In his career, Murphy has been involved with numerous teams that achieved postseason success. While at OSU the Cowboys basketball team advanced to the Final Four and made a Sweet 16 appearance. He has been a part of back-to-back bowl games wins with Kansas football (BCS Orange Bowl and the Insight Bowl).
In addition to his athletic training work at OSU and Kansas, Grant has worked with the television show ‘The Biggest Loser,’ designing workout programs for its contestants, specifically regimens affiliated with HydroWorx. Additionally, Grant has spent time working with the Chelsea Football Club, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, and West Brom of the English Premiere League and Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals, Navy SEALs, and several orthopedic and physical therapy clinics around the country. Grant is responsible for a chapter in the book ‘The Use of Aquatics in Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Rehabilitation and Physical Conditioning.’
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Grant is married to the former Amy Dana, who is also a certified athletic trainer. The couple has two sons, Jackson and Gavin.