In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Head Football Athletic Trainer at Northwestern University, Kevin Kikugawa. I had the pleasure of talking to Kevin for today’s podcast about his thoughts and practices around injury prevention. Kevin is slightly different to my usual guests who have a sports science or strength and conditioning background but I think it’s so valuable to get insights from others in the performance team on topics that are key to us all.

If you enjoyed this episode, these episodes with Jarrod Wade, Ben Ashworth and Jurdan Mendiguchia may be of interest.

Hope you enjoy this episode with Kevin Kikugawa.

In this episode we discussed…

  • Who is Kevin Kikugawa (background, experience and current role)
  • Injury risk reduction strategies
    • Technology
      • Making the right decisions with purchases
    • Bringing ‘best practice’ into an applied setting
    • Differentiation between sports
  • Departmental integration
    • S&C staff
      • Across the RTP process
  • Pre-training prep – your views
    • Foam rolling
    • Stretching
    • Breathing exercises

Kevin can be found on Twitter @kevinkikugawa24

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is sponsored by BLK BOX, leaders in performance training equipment & facility design. BLK BOX manufacture and distribute a full range of strength training equipment across Europe from their Headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. BLK BOK can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @blkboxfitness and Instagram @blkboxfitness.

This episode is also sponsored by Kitman Labs. Kitman partners with leading sports teams to achieve consistent success, on and off the pitch. Over 150 teams across the globe use Kitman Labs’ Athlete Optimization System to simplify daily operations and rely on the company’s unique analytics to uncover the factors that influence success. You can find Kitman Labs at and on Twitter @kitmanlabs.

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