The NSAF Medical Director, Dr. Robert Jones has assembled an impressive group of world-class, multidisciplinary health practitioners who volunteer their services at our Indoor and Outdoor Nationals and the Great American XC Festival. Meet key members of our MedTeam: Dr. Robert Jones, Dr. Amadeus Mason, Claudia Chapel, Dr. Jeanette Anderson and Dr. Margaret Ottley.
Dr. Jones is the owner and President of Impact Orthopaedics, P.A. He specializes in orthopaedic and sports medicine, arthroscopy, and joint reconstruction. Dr. Jones has been a member of the National Scholastic Sports Foundation's Board of Directors member of since 1998 and has served as its Medical Director since his appointment. During his tenure as NSAF Medical Director Dr. Jones has assembled a world-class, multidisciplinary NSSF medical team comprised of MD's, sports psychologists, nurses, massage and muscular therapists, chiropractors and athletic trainers who attend all NSSF events and provide treatment and consultations to athletes and coaches at no charge.
Dr. Jones is a native of Knoxville,Tennessee. He graduated from UNC- Chapel Hill, where he was a varsity track and field letterman. Dr. Jones made the decision to pursue medicine after a pole-vaulting accident abruptly ended his athletic career. He completed his medical school education at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia and his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Dr. Jones has practiced orthopaedics and sports medicine in Raleigh for ten years. He has been involved with the care of athletes of all types and levels. He has served as the orthopaedic team physician for many high schools, colleges, and professional sporting organizations, including Southeast Raleigh High School, Leesville Road High School, Campbell University, Carolina Cobras Arena Football, the North Carolina Ballet, and USA Baseball. He serves as Medical Director of one international and several national track and field meets.
Dr. Jones is a member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the North Carolina Orthopaedic Association, The Southern Orthopaedic Association, the Wake County Medical Society, the North Carolina Medial Society, the Rex Sports Medicine Institute, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Sports Council and the Board of Directors of the National Scholastic Sports Foundation. He has authored numerous papers, articles and scientific exhibits and is an avid tri-athlete, and marathoner.
Dr. Jones volunteers his medical services at the Raleigh Rescue Mission, the Salvation Army, and Urban Ministries of Wake County. He has served as camp physician for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Camp Sea Gull.
Dr. Jones and his wife Lisa have four children. He is an avid triathlete, marathoner, and sports enthusiast.
Dr. Mason is an assistant professor in the Orthopaedics and Family Medicine departments at Emory University. He is board certified in Sports Medicine with a special interest in track and field, running injuries and exercise testing. He has been trained in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, PRP injection and prolotherapy. He is a member of the Atlanta running community and has many years of experience treating running injuries
Dr. Mason attended Princeton University and was Captain of the track team. He received his medical degree from the Howard University and completed his Family Practice Residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He went on to complete a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama and did an additional fellowship year here at the Emory Sports Medicine Center.
Dr. Mason is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the America Road Racing Medical Society, and the USA Track and Field Sports Medicine and Science Committee. He has been invited to be a resident physician at the US Olympic Training Center, a Sports Medicine consultant in his homeland of Jamaica and the Chief Medical Officer at multiple USA Track and Field international competitions. He has also been a frequently featured guest CNN's fit nation commenting on a wide variety of topics related to athletics and running injuries.
Dr. Mason is a Team Physician for the Georgia Tech Track and Field, USA Track and Field and the Nike/National Scholastic Athletics Foundation Track and Field and Cross Country meets.
Claudia Terlizzi Chapel, known to most people as "Sparky," is an athlete and former dancer who has been a muscular therapist in private practice for over 17 years at the Muscular Therapy Center. Drawing upon a lifetime in competitive athletics and theater, she combines muscular therapy, strength and conditioning, motivational coaching and nutrition to help her clients tap into their inner champion. Matching the right treatment to the particular challenge is crucial for the treatment to succeed. It is this commitment to success that has earned her three trips to the Olympic Games as the spots therapist to both the United States Rowing Team and the US Olympic Track and Field Team as well as the respect and trust o some of the world's leading athletes, dancers and musicians.
Sparky has had the opportunity to work as a therapist to the New York Power, the professional women's soccer team and has been the coordinating therapist for the National Scholastic Sports Foundation since 1994.
Working in youth athletics she developed her system of I AM A CHAMPION. This system promotes accessing inner strength and has garnered tremendous results. Through a series of presentations at the Nike Indoor Nationals, Sparky introduces the concepts of fitness from the inside out and addresses all the stressors in an athlete's life, including maintaining grades, personal discipline and responsibility for all outcomes, and peer pressure. I AM A CHAMPION makes self-discovery and goal-setting with immediate results an exhilarating experience.
Sparky now lives in Oregon and commutes between her clinic there and one in New York City.
Dr. Anderson, Chiropractor and athlete has been in private practice for over 19 years. She trained at Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri. Her externship was completed in Vermont. For athletic training certification and graduate work in exercise physiology. She attended Brooklyn College and LIU Brooklyn. She continuously trains with advanced coursework in chiropractic assessment, technique and rehabilitation.
Time and experience enabled Dr. Anderson to be the 2002 Medical Director at the Liberty World Challenge for Outrigger Canoe, and most importantly, Team Chiropractor for the United States Track and Field at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Dr. Anderson combines chiropractic and lifestyle to reach each patient's goal of wellness. Incorporating the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, stress levels, posture, ergonomics, and rest with a balanced body. Balance is achieved by personalized treatment programs. These programs are utilized by the athletes, individuals and families.
Dr. Anderson or Dr. "A" is a 14-time marathoner with a P.R. of 3:25. She is an accomplished tri-athlete and active skier. She is currently involved with Track and Field on the Junior Level and serves on the medical staff for US National meets. Dr. A also commits her time to two local New York City charities, one upon which she is on the Advisory Board. Dr. A truly believes that a full life is not what you get from the world yet what you give it.
Dr. Margaret Ottley is a Professor of Sport & Exercise Psychology at West Chester University (WCU). She received her Ph.D. and MA degree from Temple University in Sport & Exercise Psychology, a second MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (WCU), and a BA degree from Spelman College in Child Development & Family Studies. She completed her post-doctoral training at Purdue University focusing on Curriculum and Instruction in physical education. She is an Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Fellow and Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC). She is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) in the field of clinical mental health.
Dr. Ottley competed in field hockey at Caribbean regional and international levels for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (RTT) for a period in excess of 14 years. She is the founder and Chair of SanKofa HP (HyPower Performance) LLC, Head In The Game, which provides culturally specific mental performance training to a diverse number of athletes and sport practitioners. As the Anglo-Caribbean’s first sport psychology consultant, Dr. Ottley was commissioned by the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Sports (2009-2013), to implemented two 3-year national sport psychology programs for sport administrators, coaches, and elite athletes.
Dr. Ottley, also held Caribbean Sport Psychology Conferences in 2010, 2011 and 2013. She traveled with medical teams and also worked with many sporting bodies—track & field, cycling, boxing, gymnastics, shooting, swimming sailing, rugby, netball, soccer and field hockey. She did four Olympic Games (2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016) and a number of Commonwealth and IAAF sanctioned games, since 2002. In 2008, she was the sport psychology consultant for USA Track and Field’s Beijing Olympic team. She also serviced USATF at other international games—world youth, world juniors and Pan Junior American Games (2005-2008; 2017/2019). For the RTT, Dr Ottley traveled to three Olympics in 2004, 2012 and 2016. She’s also worked with RTT’s national women’s soccer (CONCACAF and World Cup Qualifier) teams as well as the U-19 cricket teams.
Dr. Ottley is also the mental performance and wellness consultant for the National Scholastics Athletic Foundation’s (NSAF) National Indoor and Outdoor Youth Championships (track & field), Caribbean Scholastic meets, javelin and triple jump projects in the US and Cuba. She is on the board of the Black Women in Sport Foundation (BWSF) and co-author of the companion Mentoring Manual for the highly acclaimed BWSF’s Amazing Grace documentary. Amazing Grace - Black Women in Sport Foundation. In 2016, she had the honor of working on DOVE’s “My Beauty My Say” campaign as the mental performance consultant.
During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Ottley has participated in a number of virtual forums and summits such as BWSF “Self-care, Resilience & Mental Wellness During Crisis,” NSAF’s “Eight Lanes of Conversation,” and “Athletes Performance Mastery Summit,” the British Virgin Islands’ “Sport Psychology: The Mental Approach to On-Field Success,” a series of wellness and team cohesion training sessions with collegiate student athletes, and USATF’s mental performance webinar series leading up to the Tokyo Olympics, 2021.” She was also the mental performance consultant for the 2020 Great Ocean Race Summit, a forum that promotes ocean health and sailing’s greatest round-the-world challenge.
Her research, inspired by her humble upbringing in a small coastal village in Trinidad, focuses on the comfort zone and the phenomenological embodiment that powers expressive individualism and mastery. The work, rooted in African movement aesthetics and spirituality, exceeds the understanding of form and function in elite sport performance. She is a Reiki Master and her favorite pastime is playing Capoeira Angola.