College - West Virginia Wesleyan College
Navin Hettiarachchi serves as the Mystics head Athletic Trainer and head Strength and Conditioning Coach. He has been with the team for nine seasons handling medical care, rehabilitation and sports performance/strength and conditioning.
While the Mystics are in season, Navin focuses on injury prevention, strength and conditioning, rehabilitation and the treatment for movement dysfunctions, bridging the gap between rehabilitation and performance by enhancing the physical health and functional abilities of the athletes. Instead of relying on just one treatment methodology, Navin combines his knowledge from a variety of disciplines to create a unique, holistic, and innovative treatment individualized to each person. Navin’s approach is a combination of physical therapy, chiropractic, sports medicine and osteopathic medicine and best evidence-based therapeutic exercises.
A native of Sri Lanka, Navin earned his B.S. degree in Sports Medicine from West Virginia Wesleyan College and an M.S. degree in sports medicine from The United States Sports Academy. In addition, he has earned multiple certifications in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries to include Advanced Sports Rehabilitation and Certificate in Spinal Manual Therapy. He is a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) with a Master Certification in Manual Therapy (MCMT) and a graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy (Dip MT). Currently, Navin is in the process of learning Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, a developmental kinesiology approach developed by Associated Professor Pavel Kolar, and is working towards his Postural Restoration Trained credentials from the Postural Restoration Institute. Navin is continuously developing his skills and enhancing his knowledge, and has traveled to Australia, Ireland, England, Thailand and India to learn from pioneers in sports medicine.
Accompanying his WNBA duties, Navin serves as the head Athletic Trainer for the Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation (STAR) Clinic in Washington, D.C. since 2000. This work has given him the opportunity to treat a wider patient population with both athletic and non- athletic injuries. From 2001-2003, Navin worked with the Washington Redskins during their mini-camps, pre-season training and during home games, and since 2003, he has worked closely with the Washington Wizards as an assistant athletic trainer focusing on treating injured players.
He loves living in the United States, especially in Washington, D.C. and can often be found on the National Mall playing as many sports as he can—especially cricket, flag football, rugby, soccer and basketball—or at the Verizon Center providing medical care to the many entertainment personnel and groups that perform there.