Cleveland Cavaliers

Address: 1 Center Ct., Cleveland, OH 44115
Arena Name: Quicken Loans Arena
Phone: (216) 420-2000

Steve Spiro

Education: Temple University (B.S.) (MS Ed), University of Miami (FL) (MS Ed.)
Hometown: Onset, MA
NBATA Member Since: 2010
Stephen Spiro was named Head Athletic Trainer of the Cleveland Cavaliers 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. Spiro works to coordinate all athletic training services for Cavaliers’ players and organizes medical care along with team physicians and support staff. Spiro also served as an athletic trainer in the first Basketball Without Borders Camp in Angola in the summer of 2016 at Pavilhao Multiusos do Kilamba in Luanda.

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. He worked with Basketball Hall of Fame Head Coach John Chaney and was apart of three Atlantic 10 Conference Championships under Head Coach Fran Dunphy.

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 Hurricanes Sports Medicine staff for the 2003 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Championship.

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 during the 2004 season.

Spiro is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association (OATA), along with being a performance enhancement specialist and corrective exercise specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

Spiro resides in Rocky River with his wife, Abbey, daughters Mary and Caroline.

Yusuke Nakayama

Education: Waseda University (B.S. – Saitama, Japan); University of Arkansas (M.S.); Michigan State University (PhD)
Hometown: Susono, Japan
NBATA Member Since: 2013
Yusuke 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 player 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 Performance after spending the 2012-13 NBA season as athletic training/strength and conditioning intern with the Detroit Pistons. He has also spent time with the MSU football team (2009-10), ATTACK Athletics (2008 & 2011) 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. He is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Nakayama developed his interest in athletic training through his own repetitive injuries as a high school basketball player in Japan where there was limited sports medicine resources for high school athletes. One of his career goals is to enhance the sports safety awareness and provide young athletes with a safer environment in his home country.

Nakayama resides in Cleveland with his wife, Fiona, and their two sons, Ty and El.