About Me


Dr. Zac Cupples, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, PRC is a former NBA Physical Therapist and Strength Coach who utilizes a multimodal approach to helping individuals become the best version of themselves. His completed his doctoral degree and orthopedic residency at St. Ambrose University.

Zac has worked with athletic, general, and industrial populations. His approach aims to mitigate stress and pain via physical therapy, strength and conditioning, nutrition, sleep management, sports science, and education.

Zac has formal training in Postural Restoration, Precision Nutrition, ART, Dry Needling, Therapeutic Neuroscience Education, Maitland, Mulligan, Dermoneuromodulation, IASTM, neurodynamics, Functional Movement Screen (FMS)/Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Graded Motor Imagery, and DNS according to Kolar.

Feel free to contact Zac at cupplesperformance@gmail.com for any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints.



Disclaimer: This blog is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Thoughts are my own. 

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Wikipedia: William Coleman “Bill” Hartman, Jr. was an American football running back in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins before World War II. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1937 with a B.S., where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity.


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    1. My company doesn’t cover it all, but I am fortunate that they do quite a bit. Otherwise, I budget out of my current expenses, know some of the right people, and work a lot. It’s an investment.

  1. Hi Zac-one of my colleagues forwarded your website to me! You have a wonderful writing style and great sense of humor. I enjoyed reading your take on the NYC course we were at together. Also, my colleague has been sharing your myokin notes with those who are taking PRI course for the first time (I am hosting this weekend in Boston). Remember your first PRI course??

  2. Hi Zac. Thanks for maintaining this interesting site. Just wondering if you have ever come across a neural mobilization technique for the dorsal branch of the ulnar nerve? As far as I can tell the NOI techniques for the ulnar nerve address the volar branch only. Thanks, Nick.

    1. Hey Nick,

      It’s great to hear from you.

      I unfortunately have not seen a mobilization techniuqe for the dorsal branch.

      Based on the anatomy of it, I would think the only difference would be at the wrist. To maximally elongate the nerve, you would flex the wrist as opposed to extending. Nothing else should be different at the other joints.

      Great question, making me think tonight hahaha.


  3. Hey Zac, did you do your residency at IFAST under Bill? Or did you do it elsewhere and then worked under Bill afterwards? I’m gathering information on whether it is worth it to attend residency as opposed to paying off loans and trying to self-learn once I graduate.



    1. Hey Andy,

      Great to hear from you.

      I did one of my clinicals with Bill (I wish a residency). My residency was with my alma mater St. Ambrose University.

      While I learned a fair amount with the residency, I would recommend the self-learning route. You have more independence in what you can learn that way and are not forced things that aren’t necessarily that good.

      Stay in touch,


  4. Hey Zac,

    I will definitely keep in touch. You’re really an inspiration for the field and for a student like me looking to excel in the the field of movement. The notes and overviews you put out are really helpful and inspiring. I’ll definitely be keeping up with you and your work!


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