Scott Barthlama is entering his 10th season as the certified athletic trainer and his second as the strength and conditioning coach for the Northwestern basketball team. His primary responsibility is to oversee the day-to-day sports medicine needs for the Wildcats.
Barthlama has an extensive sports medicine background at the highest levels. He served an internship on the training staff of the NFL's Denver Broncos, and also worked with the San Francisco Giants organization of Major League Baseball. Barthlama also has worked at the USA Track and Field Championships, and the prestigious Prefontaine Classic Track Meet in Eugene, Ore.
Barthlama came to Northwestern after spending five years working in sports medicine clinics near Waco, Texas. He spent his last year there serving as the regional orthosport director for Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia, Texas.
His previous collegiate experience was at the University of Oregon, where he was a graduate assistant from 1991-93. During his tenure with the Ducks, Barthlama worked with their football and men's basketball programs, as well as men's and women's track and field.
Barthlama graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1991 with bachelor's degrees in kinesiology as well as secondary physical education. He later received his master of science degree in athletic medicine from Oregon in 1993.
Barthlama is a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA). He is a performance enhancement specialist by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
In addition to his work with the men's basketball program, Barthlama also works with the Northwestern men's and women's golf teams.
Barthlama, 39, resides in Chicago.