Ben Peterson PhD

Head of Health and Performance, San Francisco 49ers, USA

In-season strength and power development in NFL

Ben Peterson is in his third season with the 49ers as head of player health & performance, overseeing athletic training, reconditioning, functional performance, nutrition and strength & conditioning. In his role, he manages and orchestrates all available resources to ensure 49ers players are provided the best standard of care, with the goal of maximizing their performance and availability. Ben is an experienced Performance Director with a proven track record of developing high performance systems. He coordinates a team of performance specialists that build solutions to complex problems in high stress, time restricted environments.


Prior to joining the 49ers, Ben spent more than two years as the director of sports science with the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League. In his role with the Flyers, he helped integrate strength and conditioning, sports medicine, physical therapy and nutrition. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University (2007), an NSCA qualification (2010), a Masters (2011) and a PhD (2014) in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from University of Minnesota.