Meet Dr. Philip Skiba

In 2021, Dr. Philip Skiba and his medical team partnered with Dare2tri to develop COVID-19 safety procedures to ensure a safe return to in-person programming.

A world-renowned expert in elite athletic performance, Dr. Skiba is the Medical Director of Sports and Musculoskeletal Medicine for AdvocateAurora Health, where he leads both the Human Performance and Biomechanics Laboratories. He is also the head primary care sports physician for the NCAA Division 1 University of Illinois – Chicago (UIC). He has extensive experience in covering mass-participation events, including the NYC and Chicago marathons, ITU Triathlons, and the Soldier Field 10-Miler.

Dr. Skiba has personally trained a number of Olympian, national champion, and world champion athletes, including world-record holders. His work on the mathematics of high-intensity exercise (The W′Balance Model) has fundamentally changed how scientists and coaches prescribe and analyze interval training and race strategy.

Recruited to the Nike Breaking 2 project, Dr. Skiba worked with 3 of the fastest runners on the planet in pursuit of the sub-2-hour marathon. He appeared in and narrated the Cannes award-winning National Geographic documentary Breaking 2. Dr. Skiba serves on the medical board of USA Cycling, and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. He has academic appointments at both UIC and the University of Exeter (UK).

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