What is SHIFT?

SHIFT is an educational and consulting company built for one main mission – give people the tools, ideas, and latest science to help you change athlete’s lives.

SHIFT was created by Dr. David Tilley in 2013 as a blog, and since then the company has evolved into a multifaceted educational hub for many sports including gymnastics.

Through SHIFT’ss online social media, podcast (The SHIFT Show), international online gymnastics education community The Hero Lab and SHIFT HQ, and our gymnastics medical provider continuing education courses, we promote taking the latest science and integrating it into daily practice. We do this in an effort to help increase the performance and health of athlete’s lives while giving coaches, medical providers, and parents the best tools they need to be informed and up to date.

Meet The SHIFT Team!

Dr. David Tilley is a former collegiate gymnast and has been coaching gymnastics for 15 years. He currently coaches optional level gymnastics in Boston MA. Dave has his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and is Board Certified in Sports Physical Therapy, treating patients at Champion Physical Therapy and Performance. He has a specialty focus in treating gymnasts, treating 20-30 gymnasts per month. Dave is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, as well as a researcher in many gymnastics sports medicine fields such as workloads, Achilles tears, cultural change, and strength and conditioning.

Dave is an internationally recognized expert in gymnastics sports medicine and has consulted with programs ranging from the club to the elite level both domestically in the USA as well as internationally. He has successfully treated many of the world’s highest level gymnasts for their injuries and has worked with 1000s of gymnasts in the last 10 years.

Along with his coaching and clinical work as a medical provider, he founded SHIFT in 2013 and continues to act as the CEO. Outside of his work, he enjoys hanging out with family and friends at his family’s lakehouse, working out, and being a closet nerd for various movies/games from his childhood.

Rebecca Borchard is the Assistant Content Prouder of SHIFT Movement Science, and is a FIG 2 Accredited WAG Coach, who currently lives and coaches in Sydney Australia.

She is originally from England, and was a competitive WAG Gymnast competing for her Club, County and Leeds Metropolitan University. Becky has her BA Honors Degree in Lens Based Media. She tries to make her office the beach whenever possible and enjoys doing Crossfit in her free time to stay fit.

Taylor Townsend is a gymnastic coach currently working with TOPs through optional level athletes. She grew up in the competitive gymnastics world in my hometown of Apex, North Carolina. Taylor recently graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a degree in Business analytics. She loves being able to combine her passion for gymnastics and my knowledge of analytics at SHIFT.

She currently works as a Business and Social Media Analyst helping to learn from our website and social media about what topics and content will best serve the SHIFT community.

Sarah Thirkell is a Digital Media Content Creator for SHIFT. She is a former level 10 gymnast, a trained Level 1 Foundations Coach and a Certified Optional Level Judge from Alberta, Canada. Sarah has always had a passion for filmmaking and SHIFT offered her the opportunity to create films centered around her favorite sport in the world, gymnastics!

In the future Sarah plans to continue pursuing a career in filmmaking. In her free time, you’ll find her eating peanut butter off a spoon and hanging out with her two cats.