Nicholas Potter DPT, ATC, LAT, OCS, SCS, CSCS, EMR Director of High Performance and Sports Science Men’s Basketball 15th Season at Duke Mercyhurst College ‘01 Duke University ‘04
Nicholas Potter joined the Duke Athletics staff in 2005 and serves as the Director of High Performance and Sports Science for Men’s Basketball. As Director of High Performance and Sports Science, Potter coordinates player health, performance, recovery, and wellness with key team personnel to ensure optimal athlete individualization and holistic development. He has established a comprehensive system of data collection, analysis, and reporting to monitor and maximize athlete development, wellness and readiness for high performance. Potter also carries out the team’s Biomechanical Enhancement Program in conjunction with the strength & conditioning program and establishes rehabilitation return to play protocols integrating the medical, performance and coaching staffs.
Potter serves on the Integrative Performance Excellence Group, a unit comprised of directors in the areas of Sports Performance, Athletic Medicine, Sports Nutrition and Behavioral Health, as well as individuals representing psychological services, team physicians and primary care physicians. He has lectured over 40 times nationally and internationally at various sports medicine conferences/courses, as well as authored several journal articles and book chapters. In addition to his role with Duke Basketball, Potter also provides medical coverage for the USA Olympic Shooting team, previously covering the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Potter earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Duke University School of Medicine in 2004. After graduation from Duke, he completed a combined orthopedic residency/manual therapy fellowship at Sports Medicine of Atlanta, which was then followed by a Sports Physical Therapy Fellowship at Duke Sports Medicine. Potter earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine with Emphasis in Athletic Training and Pre-Physical Therapy at Mercyhurst College in 2001.