Navin Hettiarachchi Bio
Navin Hettiarachchi enters his eight season with the Washington Mystics as the team's certified Head Athletic Trainer. His responsibilities cover all aspects of medical care, rehabilitation and sports performance for the team.
Navinís main goals for the Mystics are injury prevention, rehabilitation and the treatment of movement dysfunctions. He bridges the gap between rehabilitation and performance by enhancing the physical health and functional abilities of the athletes.
Navin earned a B.S in Sports Medicine from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a Masterís degree in Sports Medicine from The United States Sports Academy. He has learned and trained under world renowned physical therapists, chiropractors and osteopaths and earned multiple certifications in rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries, including: A Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy (Dip MT), Certificate in Advanced Sports Rehabilitation (CASR), Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES). Instead of relying on one technique, Navin combines his knowledge from a variety of disciplines to create a unique and innovative treatment approach enabling an athlete to get the best treatment. Navinís approach is a combination of skillful manual therapy and therapeutic exercises using evidence-based best practices and scientific literature.
He is working as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation (STAR) clinic in Washington DC since 2000, treating athletic and non- athletic injuries. This has enabled him the opportunity to treat a wider patient population with a variety of injuries. From 2001-2003, Navin worked with the Washington Redskins during their mini-camps, pre-season training and during home games. Since 2003, he has been working with the Washington Wizards as an assistant athletic trainer and working home games providing treatment to injured non-traveling athletes.
Navin is continuously advancing his knowledge and skills. He has traveled to countries such as Australia, England, Ireland and Thailand to learn from the pioneers in healthcare.
He loves playing sports especially cricket, flag football, rugby, soccer and basketball. He was born and raised in Sri Lanka and now resides in Washington D.C.