Lance Walker

With over 20 years of performance training experience spanning all levels of competition across 31 different sport disciplines and competition levels, Lance is currently the Global Director of Performance at Michael Johnson Performance. Based in McKinney Texas, he directs global operations for the company in the USA, as well as global operations in China, Great Britain, Brazil, the Caribbean, and Greece. He is also responsible for ensuring product development and implementation for MJP licensed facilities, the first of which being SPIRE Academy in Ohio, which opened in 2010. Prior to coming to MJP in 2007, he served as Director of Performance Training at Integrated Athletic Development responsible for the training and/or physical rehabilitation needs of over 150 active professional athletes from the NBA, NFL, MLB, PGA, CBA, and CFL. Prior to IAD, Lance served three seasons as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Dallas Cowboys. His performance training career started at the University of Oklahoma as an assistant strength & conditioning coach, working specifically with football, track, soccer, wrestling, and golf programs.

Lance brings an extensive blended background in strength and conditioning and sports medicine at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels. Prior to joining the Dallas Cowboys, Lance held strength & conditioning positions at The Casady School (OK), where he directed athletes, coaches, and support staff across all sports for all middle- and upper-division programs. A 1993 graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, Lance earned three varsity football letters and attained Academic All-Big 8 honors. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Oklahoma and a Master's degree in Sports Science from the University of Oklahoma. A well-recognized authority in his field, Lance has contributed to over 20 professional publications in sport science and presented at over 30 national conferences and 10 international courses. He is also a major contributor of content and insight for Nike Innovation Kitchen and the Nike Science and Research Laboratory (NSRL).

Lance is also a registered physical therapist in the State of Texas and has been practicing sports physical therapy for nearly 15 years. His physical therapy career experiences have included assignments with professional clubs, collegiate athletic programs, and elite high school athletic departments.

Lance received his physical therapy degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. In addition to his clinical roles, he has also served the academic side of the allied health profession at the University of Oklahoma as an adjunct professor, guest lecturer, sports science lab coordinator, and published researcher. Combining his unique sports medicine/rehab sciences background with over 2 decades of performance training experience and applied sports science, Lance specializes in sport-relevant speed and power programming, lifespan athletic development systems, preventative training prescriptions, and sports performance-based rehabilitation outcomes. He currently works closely with the Dallas Stars, Brazil Olympic Committee, Trinidad & Tobago Olympic Committee, English Football Association, Arsenal FC, the Dallas Cowboys, and Manchester United in seasonal player evaluations, corrective exercise prescriptions, and speed/power training and lectures internationally on topics such as spine safety in strength training, biomechanics of human performance, and youth training systems for long-term athletic development.