Nic Bartolotta is an inventor, physical therapist, holistic health practitioner, speaker, and creator of Dynamic Contraction Technique (DCT), which has revolutionized how we understand flexibility and the methods used to address human performance and rehabilitation.
In 2012, the United States Patent Office granted Nic his first Utility Patent for the DCT ProFlex validating his unique therapeutic device and treatment methodology. Dynamic Contraction Technique, and the DCT ProFlex have since been adopted by elite collegiate and professional organizations alike. Trainers and therapists from teams like the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Houston Rockets, and the USC Trojans have all found great benefit to using Nic’s tools and techniques with their athletes.
Nic was first introduced to physical therapy in 2001 when a knee injury threatened to end his college springboard diving career. At the age of 19 an MRI confirmed that the cartilage in his left knee had worn down to the bone. The prognosis was grim, and he was told that he could anticipate a knee replacement surgery before he turned 45. As is common with many innovators in sports medicine, this injury led Nic to seek out an alternative solution to resolve his pain and return to competition. Through a 2 year mentorship with Bob Cooley (Resistance Flexibility Strength Training) he was able, not only to return to diving, but he went on to compete in the America’s Cup narrowly missing the 2004 Olympic Trials and ending his career ranked in the top 50 in the nation. What’s more impressive, however, is that since 2001 Nic has not experienced any knee pain making the original prognosis of a knee replacement surgery seem absurd. Understanding how the complete resolution of such a severe knee injury was possible has been the driving force behind all of Nic’s academic and professional endeavors.
Graduating in 2003 from UC Berkeley with a BA in Rhetoric Nic went on to continue his education by completing a 1000 hour Holistic Health and Massage program at the International Professional School for Bodywork (IPSB) in San Diego. He then went on to attend Cal State University in 2007 at Long Beach where he earned his Masters degree in Physical Therapy performing his graduate research on DCT. His research study, titled “Dynamic Contraction Technique vs. PNF: A Comparative study of Two Stretching Procedures on Increasing muscle Length of the Hamstrings and Iliopsoas” demonstrated that DCT was clinically viable as a physical therapy modality (Click here to download a PDF of the study).
While attending graduate school Nic founded Harmonix Health LLC and created a robust certification program for DCT hosting hundreds of courses for trainers and therapists all over the country. Along with the DCT ProFlex, he has invented a number of different manual therapy and self care products for which he has several more patents pending. In 2014 Nic was asked to be the keynote speaker for a fitness and wellness franchise called The Exercise Coach. His speech, Optimizing Flex-Ability (Click here to view video), led to his appointment as Director of Elite Performance for the company, and in March of 2015 Nic and CEO of The Exercise Coach, Brian Cygan, co-invented a groundbreaking and revolutionary new strength training/flexibility device called the CrossFire. With several novel utility patents pending the CrossFire will have its debut this Fall with the Detroit Pistons NBA team as well as in the prestigious Orthopedic Clinic of Dr. Walter O’brien in Los Angeles (Click here to view video).
Nic is entering into his third season working as a Flexibility Specialist/Consultant for the Dallas Mavericks. The 2015/16 NBA season will bring a wider audience to DCT with the implementation of the CrossFire as well as several pending DCT ProFlex Certifications within the league. He continues to focus on performance based product development and innovation within the field of Orthopedic Sports Medicine. In his free time Nic enjoys spending time at his home in Venice Beach with his wife, Jenna. Their favorite activities include people watching from their deck, Skateboarding along the boardwalk, and taking care of their 4 urban chickens!