About Josh and Shagra


2014-10-19 104Josh and Shagra met while they attended San Jose State University. Shagra was working toward her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training while Josh was enrolled in the Master’s program and working as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer.

As kids, both Josh and Shagra participated in several sports. Shagra was a track and field athlete from middle school through high school. She received scholarship offers to run in college but chose to study instead. Josh raced motocross nearly his whole life and wrestled from middle school to his first year in college. They both had, and still have, a passion for athletics, which is why they got their degrees in kinesiology. This passion shines in their work with Stone Athletic Medicine where they work with clients to improve performance and prevent injuries.

After graduation from San Jose Sate, they moved to Southern California, where Josh worked as an athletic trainer at Long Beach State University, focusing on men’s and women’s volleyball. He had great opportunities in working with professional and Olympic volleyball, baseball and basketball players. Shagra worked at Disneyland, specializing in injury prevention and the reduction of workplace injuries of employees through ergonomic evaluations and workplace modification. During her time in Southern California, Shagra worked with Team USA’s Women’s Water Polo Team as an Athletic Trainer. She traveled the world with the team as the prepared for Olympic competition.

Josh then left traditional sports and began a medical-based research world when he partnered with a physician to create a workers’ compensation business. Josh then worked two years at the National Academy of Sports Medicine where he was a Program manager for sports medicine and managed the creation of all sports medicine products. In addition to their work at Stone Athletic Medicine, Josh is the Senior Acquisitions Editor at Human Kinetics where he works with experts to create textbooks and CEU courses for Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, and Biomechanics. Shagra works at the State Universities Retirement System.

They married in 2008, adopted their “son”, Rudy, in 2009. Rudy is  a 100-pound lab/pit-bull baby. In December of 2011, they had their first “real” son, Holden. Holden is following in his dad’s footsteps and has started riding dirtbikes. Currently, they reside in Monticello, Il.

IMG_0146Josh’s Professional Background:


  • Bachelor’s of Science – Movement Studies Exercise Science; East Stroudsburg University – ’00
  • Master’s of Arts – Kinesiology; San Jose State University – ’03


  • Senior Acquisition Editor; Higher Education at Human Kinetics – ’13 – present
  • Sports Medicine Program Manager;  National Academy of Sports Medicine – ’10-’12
  • Faculty; Health Fitness at Bryan University – ’10-’12
  • Director of Kinesiology and Functional Ergonomics; Medical Functional Assessments – ’08- ’10
  • Assistant Athletic Trainer; Long Beach State University – ’05- ’08
  • Associate Head Athletic Trainer; San Jose State University – ’03-’05


  • BOC: Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
  • NSCA: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • NASM: Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
  • NASM: Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)
  • NASM: Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS)
  • NASM: Senior Fitness Specialist (SFS)
  • NASM: Youth Exercise Specialist (YES)
  • NASM: Women’s Fitness Specialist (WFS)
  • Graston® Technique: M1 Certified


  • Women’s Fitness: Pregnancy to Postpartum Weight Loss; WCIA 3, Champaign, IL – October ’15
  • Low Back Pain; WCIA 3, Champaign, IL – September ’15
  • Stretching; WCIA 3, Champaign, IL – September ’15
  • Putting Treatment on Ice; The News-Gazette, Champaign, IL – July ’15
  • Aging and Exercise; WCIA 3, Champaign, IL – June ’15
  • Starting a Fitness Program; WCIA 3, Champaign, IL – May ’15
  • Fitness Anywhere: Training on a Swing set; WCIA 3, Champaign, IL – May ’15
  • Injury Prevention Strategies; Illinois Marathon Health Expo – Apr., ’15
  • Stop Icing Injuries; WCIA 3, Champaign, IL – Feb., ’15
  • Ready to Roll; News-Gazette, Champaign, IL – Jan., ’15
  • Foam Rolling; Second Wind Running Group, Champaign, IL – Jan, 2015
  • Iceless management of Injuries, Eastern Illinois University – Sept. ’14
  • Compensatory Patterns, Eastern Illinois University – Sept. ’14
  • ACL Injury Prevention; WCIA 3, Champaign, IL – June, ’14
  • Injury Prevention for Runners; Second Wind Running Group, Champaign, IL – Jan, ’14
  • Senior Fitness Training; Fitness Fest, Scottsdale, AZ – May, ’12
  • 15 Minute Rehabilitation, EATA Conference, Boston, MA – June, ’11
  • Movement Assessment; Fitness Fest, Scottsdale, AZ – May, ’11
  • Compensatory Movement Patterns a Two-day Symposium, Orthopedic Spine Specialists, York, PA – Oct., ’10
  • Movement Assessment, EATA Conference – March, ’10
  • Sharecare Fitness Expert and Panelist; ’08-’10
  • Compensatory Behaviors; CA Worker’s Compensation Defense Attorney, Nov. ’09
  • BioErgonomics; Sutter Health, March, ’09
  • Functional Movement; California Society of Physical medicine and Rehabilitation, Palo Alto, CA – April, ’07

Shagra’s Professional Background:Shagra


  • Bachelor’s of Science – Kinesiology with emphasis in Athletic Training; San Jose State University – ’02


  • Member Services Representative; State Universities Retirement System – ’15 – present
  • Fitness and Corrective Exercise Specialist; Stone Athletic Medicine – ’10- present
  • Safety Specialist and Athletic Trainer; Disneyland Resort – ’07-’08
  • Athletic Trainer; USA Women’s National Water Polo Team – ’08
  • Athletic Trainer; Sage Hill School – ’06- ’07


  • NASM: Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)
  • NASM: Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
  • NASM: Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS)
  • NASM: Senior Fitness Specialist (SFS)
  • NASM: Youth Exercise Specialist (YES)
  • NASM: Women’s Fitness Specialist (WFS)
  • AT: Athletic Trainer

17 thoughts on “About Josh and Shagra

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  2. David M. Willen D.D.S

    Could you please address the problem of “shin splints” This problem keeps recurring despite periods of rest,new shoes,antiinflammatory meds ? Thank you

  3. Dr. David Willen

    Thank you for responding. Could you please blog on this subject. My trainer suggested that you may have some valuable observations on this subject. Thanks ,David

  4. GeorgeAnne Smith

    Dear Josh Stone, A friend posted your blog about Ice & NSAID`s for swelling. I read it, and found that a lot of what you said applies to me and my DIS-ease. I have Lymphedema, and I`m wondering if some of what you wrote could be shared with the Lymphedema research people to help do us some good. Moving the fluids from both legs has been problematic. The neumatic pumps are out of my reach financially, and Medicare does not pay for them outside of rare instances. Other sufferers from mutual support groups are being treated by their doctors with sleeping aids, anti-depressants, and hard core pain killers. I feel you either know, or are on the verge of learning how to self mannually move this excess fluid without resorting to extreme bandage wrapping, and meds. Thanks for your time, GeorgeAnne Smith

  5. John calloway

    Josh we are trying to hire an ATC w/CSCS cert and can’t find anyone. We believe our offer is pretty good but we are located in Arkansas. Any ideas of where to look to find one?

  6. Glenn Buck

    Josh,I am an ED nurse and RICE is a staple for us. I know that it is probably going to be awhile before the Emergency Medicine physicians move around to the rehab and kinetics way of thinking. Is there something that I can do or say to my patient’s to help them without putting my license in jeopardy or circumventing the physician discharge instructions? Reading about stress fractures where we put patient’s in a walking boot and reading about the load and the progenitors makes total sense to me. Is there a blog that you can do on this subject? The immediate things we can do as healthcare professionals to shorten healing times and educate our patient’s on sprains, strains and the inflammatory process? Thank you!

    1. Josh Stone, MA, ATC, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS

      Hi Glen,
      That is a slippery slope. If you are going against doctors orders you’d be in trouble. I would never suggest that, but you could give the physician a pile of research articles to get him/her to change his thinking.
      However, you do have autonomy to make decisions. If you are not being guided by the physician, telling a patient not to ice will not get you in a malpractice lawsuit. You have the knowledge and the evidence to state your case.
      I wrote a few blogs on mechanobiology and how load facilitates repair of bone and osteoblastic activity. I am not saying to have a patient do box jumps on an unstable fracture, but light load to healing stable fractures has been shown to help. Bone stimulators, LIPUS and PEMF, are forms of load. The sound waves are a small load stimulating bone growth.

      1. Lisa

        I’ve read some of your blog posts but don’t see many references to published work. Could you post a list of relevant references? I am involved in a contact sport where musculoskeletal injuries are common and such literature could help us guide our treatments.

        1. Josh Stone, MA, ATC, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS

          Thanks Lisa,
          I personally do not have published work. All of my blogs are based upon the review of research that I have critically appraised. Some blogs are based on my expertise as a clinician or interesting research I have come across. Any blog where research was used in cited in the reference section.


  7. Sean McMaster

    Do you have any insight on tendon strength following a climbing injury? It has been 2 years since the injury, which included a A1 tear and numerous tendon strains, ive done all the PT/OT stuff and am on my own now, just lifting weights and climbing easy routes. I have done a lot of research on collagen formation during the acute injury phase, but am kinda stumped in the area of collagen/tendon strength following the acute phase. Ive always been told my Dr.s and OTs that frequent tension on tendons is how they get stronger (so doing hand therapy multiple times a week whereas I put less lbs of force on the tendon instead of twice a week putting more lbs of force on the tendon). The problem is that the longer I follow this thought process, the weaker my hand feels. Any insights on tendons and tendon strength would be much appreciated.


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