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Clinics: Waltham and Westford


  • Bachelor of Science and Masters in Education from Boston University
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University

Certification and Professional Training

  • Physical Therapist, Licensed (MA)
  • Athletic Trainer, Licensed (MA) and Certified (NATA)
  • Sports Clinical Specialist (APTA)
  • Registered International Sports Physical Therapist (IFSPT)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
  • Graston Technique Trained
  • ART - Upper Extremity Trained
  • Dry Needling Practitioner
  • Kinesio Taping Practitioner
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM)
  • Functional Movement System, Certified (FMS)
  • "Y" Balance Test, Certified

Work History

  • Co-Founded PST in 1999
  • Head Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer for NBA Boston Celtics, 1987-2017

Dr. Ed Lacerte is a co-founder of Pro Sports Therapy (PST) with Donald Worden, PT and Fran Helms. Together, they have brought their varied background to develop one of the leading orthopedic outpatient physical therapy clinics in Massachusetts. Along with his involvement in PST, Lacerte served as the head physical therapist/athletic trainer from 1987-2017, with the responsibility for keeping the Celtics players in top condition throughout the arduous regular season. His splendid medical background positions him among an elite group within his profession.

Dr. Lacerte is a Licensed Physical Therapist, a Licensed and Certified Athletic Trainer, and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. In 1993, he became Board Certified as a Sports Clinical Specialist by the American Physical Therapist Association. He is also a registered member of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapists. His credentials are second to none as at this time he is the only member of the athletic trainers in the NBA that holds these titles and certifications in combination.

As a native of Lowell, MA, Lacerte's career in the athletic world started back at his high school, Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, MA, where he served as a student-athletic trainer. Lacerte went on to attend Boston University (BU) earning his undergraduate degree in Physical Therapy and Masters in Education. His Doctorate in Physical Therapy was collected at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. While at BU he continued to work as a student-athletic trainer and was hired as the Athletic Trainer for the BU hockey and football teams from 1982 through 1985. He was employed in a physical therapy clinic and was an athletic trainer on the interscholastic level for the next two years before his selection by the Boston Celtics.

Lacerte served as the Head Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist for the Boston Celtics from 1987 to 2017, making him the longest-tenured athletic trainer in the history of the club. Early on. he was also the Celtics' strength and conditioning coach for over seven seasons. His tenure with the Celtics included many playoff appearances including the 2008 NBA Championship and 2010 Eastern Conference Championship seasons. Additionally, he served as Athletic Trainer at three NBA All-Star Games (1998, 2000 and 2010). Lacerte was the Treasurer of the National Basketball Athletic Trainer's Association (NBATA) from 1988 to 2017. He was an original member of the NBA Sports Science Committee and participated in the Gatorade NBA Advisory Council.

Outside of his work with Pro Sports Therapy and the Celtics, Lacerte has had a variety of experience in elite amateur athletics. He was a volunteer Athletic Trainer for the LA Olympic Games (1984) and three Olympic Sports Festivals (1987, 1989 and 1990). Lacerte extended his knowledge as Head Athletic Trainer for the 1991 FIBA Junior World Championship in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He volunteered as an athletic trainer at the 1994 World Cup, Boston venue. In 1996 and 2000, he served on the local organizing committee for U.S. Olympic Gymnastic Trials. His Olympic experience culminated in his serving as the Athletic Trainer for the Gold Medal-winning US Olympic Basketball "Dream Team" in Barcelona, Spain during the 1992 Olympic Games.

Lacerte has been honored as the Joe O'Toole NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1993, 2012 and 2015. As recognition for his exceptional service and dedication to the NBA and NBATA, Lacerte was honored as the first recipient of the Ed Lacerte Service Award established in July 2009. He was inducted into the Central Catholic High School Athletic Hall of Fame (2002) and most recently Lacerte was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.

Lacerte is an associate of the American Physical Therapy Association, National Athletic Trainers Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapists. Dr Lacerte is a frequent speaker regarding physical therapy/sports medicine and spends part of his summer discussing the topic with a variety of organizations in the New England region and throughout the country. He has authored or co-authored several articles and book chapters, including being one of five NBA Head Athletic Trainers who contributed to a Harper Collins Publishers book titled "NBA Workout Training Guide".

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