Phil Wagner, MD

Founder and CEO of Sparta Science and "Movement Doctor"
Available for Interviews, Podcasts, Keynotes, Panels

Sparta’s Founding Story

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Jan 19, 2021

Dr. Phil Wagner, M.D.

Dr. Phil Wagner is founder-CEO of Sparta Science, a physician and a strength coach whose own athletic career as a football and rugby player was cut short by a series of avoidable training injuries. Dr. Wagner’s commitment to data-driven coaching and athlete development began as a strength coach for U.C. Berkeley and UCLA and as a professional rugby coach in New Zealand and Australia.

Frustrated by the lack of evidence-based approaches to athletic performance and injury prevention within professional sports, Phil received his medical degree from USC focused on biomechanics. Phil’s passion for protecting athlete health and longevity through injury resilience coupled with his medically-oriented human performance mindset inspired him to found Sparta Science, a movement technology and data science company focused on improving musculoskeletal health.

Watch Phil Share Stories, Insights and Data On Stage

Phil’s passion for helping athletes prolong their sports career, teams reduce injury rates and patients return to the top of their game is fueled by his personal journey as an injured (former) athlete and his professional experience as a disillusioned strength and conditioning coach. Sharing data and collaborative insights is what motives us to help educate others using the lessons we have learned.

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American Football Coaches Association

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Sports Analytics World Series

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MIT Sloan Sports Analytics

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Movement Assessments and Machine Learning for Physical Therapy + Performance

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South by South West (SXSW) 2019

The Sparta System

The Sparta System uses force plate hardware coupled with AI and machine learning software to deliver body scans that diagnose movement health in seconds. Sparta has helped tens of thousands of elite athletes, tactical athletes (warfighters), fitness clients, and patients reduce injuries and move better with its injury risk diagnostics and personalized movement prescriptions. Over 1.5 million force trials across over a hundred organizations comprise the Sparta performance and injury database.

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The Sparta Cause

Why Phil founded Sparta Science

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The Sparta System

Sparta's AI force technology combines software, hardware and data.

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The Sparta Mission

To eliminate limitations to physical activity for every body.

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The Movement Signature

Your unique movement pattern with personalized injury insights.

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"We’re committed to helping organizations protect their most valuable assets—people—by helping them measure the body’s movement as a vital sign and improving overall movement and musculoskeletal health to enable each person to perform at their very best."
Phil Wagner
M.D., Founder & CEO, Sparta Science