Joshua Linsell, PT Tech, MS, CSCS

A native Tucsonan, Josh grew up playing club soccer and swimming before attending the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in 2008. Unfortunately, his long soccer career ended swiftly during college soccer tryouts when he suffered a serious knee injury. The lackluster care given by the Academy’s PT clinic actually fueled his efforts to take charge of his own physical wellbeing, and he went on to graduate from the USAFA with Athletic Distinction and a B.S. in Meteorology (ask him why).

Josh’s interests in physical performance continued throughout his military career, where he often served in leadership roles training other service members. In the two years following Josh’s military career, he gained his personal training and USATF Level 1 certifications and began training the sprinters of Gym Two Forty-Four’s “Flight Club” in Tucson. In pursuit of more knowledge, Josh became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and reluctantly went to ASU for his master’s degree in Exercise & Wellness (UA has no such thing). There, he taught functional anatomy to unsuspecting, devilish undergrads, worked as a CSCS for ASU’s wheelchair basketball team, volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and defended his master’s thesis study: “Heat Stress Degrades Hiking Performance.”

After graduating, Josh became a wildland firefighter and EMT for the Silver City Hotshots, where he also worked with fellow tactical athletes on strength and conditioning. Recently, Josh has accepted admittance to University of Colorado’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and PhD program, where he aims to continue pursuing his lifelong passion for physical performance and wellbeing. Josh likes growing and eating vegetables, hiking in the snow, and petting all the puppies.