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Cleveland Cavaliers

 Head Athletic Trainer

Steve Spiro[2]Steve Spiro
Colleges:  Temple University (B.S.)
MSEd. – University of Miami (FL) (MSEd.)Years in NBATA: 5
Stephen Spiro was named head athletic trainer in August 2013. In his role, he is responsible for the prevention, care and rehabilitation of injuries, along with the rest of the Cavaliers Performance Team. Working both individually and collectively with the basketball players, he helps maintain their overall health and well-being by implementing alternative conditioning and fitness programs.Spiro joined the Cavs as assistant athletic trainer in September 2010. Prior to joining the Cavs, he spent six years as an assistant athletic trainer at Temple University serving as the primary athletic trainer for the men’s basketball program.Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Temple University in 2002, the Onset, Mass. native enrolled in the master’s program at the University of Miami (FL). While at Miami, he served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer with the women’s volleyball team and also worked with the Hurricane football team. He was a part of the sports medicine staff for the 2003 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl national championship game.

After earning his master’s degree in sports medicine from Miami (’04), Spiro joined the staff of the Pawtucket Red Sox as an assistant athletic trainer.

Spiro resides in Rocky River with his wife, Abbey, daughter Mary and their dog Tessie.

Assistant Athletic Trainer/Performance Scientist

Yusuke Nakayama[1]Yusuke Nakayama
Colleges:  Waseda University (B.S. – Saitama, Japan)
University of Arkansas (M.S.)
Michigan State University (PhD)Years in NBATA: 2Yusuke Nakayama was named assistant athletic trainer/performance scientist in September 2013. In his role, he assists the Cavs athletic performance team with all aspects of the players’ care. He also assists in the research aspect for the science based player management program.

Prior to joining the Cavs, Nakayama worked with the Michigan State University Spartan Nutrition and Athletic Performance Program (SNAPP) after spending the 2012-13 NBA season as training staff intern with the Detroit Pistons.

He has also spent time with the MSU football team (2009-10), ATTACK Athletics (2008) and as an intern with the New York Knicks training staff (2008-09 season).

Nakayama has a Bachelor of Science in Sports Science from Waseda University in Japan, a Master of Science in Kinesiology from University of Arkansas in 2008 and a PhD in Kinesiology/Athletic Training from Michigan State University in 2013.

Assistant Athletic Trainer/Athletic Performance Liasion

Mike Mancias[1]Mike Mancias
Colleges:  University of Texas – Pan American (B.S.)

Years in NBATA: 10

Michael Mancias returned to the Cavs as Athletic Trainer in August 2014 after spending the previous three years as assistant athletic trainer for the Miami Heat. During his term with Miami, Mancias was an integral part of the 2012-13 Back to Back Championship run. Prior to joining the Heat, he was the assistant athletic trainer for the Cavs from 2005-10. He assists the Cavs Athletic Performance Team in all aspects of player care including: injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of Cavalier players both at home and on the road. In addition, Mancias also aids in implementing corrective, maintenance, and prehab exercise protocols for all players.Prior to joining the Cavaliers in 2005, Mancias was assistant athletic trainer at the University of Texas-Pan American where he served as lead athletic trainer as well as strength and conditioning coordinator for the Men’s Basketball team. He has also worked at The NBA Pre-Draft Camp, The Nike Desert Classic, and NBA Summer leagues in Atlanta, Boston, Orlando and Las Vegas. In 2008 and 2012 Mancias worked alongside USA Mens Basketball Gold Medal Teams. Mancias is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also holds Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.Mancias graduated in 2000 with a B.S. in Health Education from The University of Texas-Pan American. In June of 2014, Mancias married Heather Bravo. He is originally from Brownsville, TX, and resides in Cleveland.