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Amy HeerenJul 7, 2023 11:16:22 AM2 min read

Dr. John McMahon Awarded the NSCA 2023 Educator of the Year

Congratulations to John McMahon, PhD, CSCS,*D, for winning the National Strength and Conditioning Association 2023 Educator of the Year Award.  

Dr. McMahon is a world leading force plate researcher for applied knowledge. He states, "Hawkin Dynamics has revolutionized my approach to force plate testing and research due to their ease of use combined with uncompromising data integrity. The HD wireless force plate system allows me and my colleagues to seamlessly conduct laboratory-grade research in applied settings anywhere in the world. Their cloud-based workflow has increased my productivity tenfold and significantly broadened my network of collaborators." 

The Educator of the Year Award is presented to an educator who has made noteworthy contributions to education and clinical application of strength training and conditioning. 

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) 2023 Annual Awards honor professionals around the world for outstanding achievement in their field. Dr. McMahon was nominated by the NSCA community and will be formally recognized at the 2023 NSCA National Conference in Las Vegas, NV, this July 12-15. 

You can check out the full press release and the rest of the NSCA’s 2023 winners here. And keep up with Dr. McMahon @forceplatecoach. 


Dr. John McMahon is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics at the University of Salford, where he leads the Sport and Exercise Research Group, the Sport Science program’s Strength and Conditioning (S&C) pathway, and the S&C module. The module also forms part of Salford’s Master’s degree in S&C, which is endorsed by the NSCA’s Education Recognition Program. John has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA since 2010. He has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and conference presentations with many postgraduate and undergraduate students. John has co-edited two S&C textbooks and co-authored multiple chapters in four other S&C textbooks. John received an NSCA Foundation Doctoral Research Grant whilst undertaking his PhD in 2012, with the resulting research earning him the Outstanding Podium Abstract Presentation Award at the 2014 NSCA National Conference. In 2018, one of his PhD students also received an NSCA Foundation Doctoral Research Grant to support their research. Since 2018, John has been an invited speaker at several major S&C, Sport Science, and Sport Biomechanics international conferences, primarily to present his research on force plate testing sport. He has also produced educational videos on force plates for NSCA TV. John is currently an NSCA Foundation Grant Committee Member, having served as a Grant Reviewer for the Foundation in the previous three years. 

Well deserved!