Phil Plisky PT, DSc, OCS, ATC, CSCS
My mission is to transform rehabilitation and performance through education, inspiration, and optimizing human performance through a systematic approach. In order to fully tap into the true potential of others, I use an approach founded on systematically determining the problem, intervening appropriately, and using tests to measure progress.
I believe in empowering and equipping rehabilitation and performance professionals with the tools necessary to optimize the health and wellness of their clients so that together we create more resilient athletes.
I received my Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Evansville and my Doctor of Science degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. I am a board-certified orthopedic specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. I am a NATA Board-Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
I believe my diverse professional background as a clinician, researcher, teacher and consultant allows me to have a unique perspective. I’m a Professor in the University of Evansville’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and PhD in Health Professions Education Program, Director of Residency Programs, and performance systems consultant for collegiate and professional sports. In the course of wearing many hats, I have learned things that led to the development of some unique perspectives concerning designing systems, including performance optimization, prevention of injuries, discharge testing, and the annual musculoskeletal exam.
Over the years, my research has focused on comprehensive movement testing and injury prevention among athletes, military personnel, and school-aged children. I've publlished over 40 peer-reviewed publications, 60 scientific presentations, as well as several book chapters. In addition, I helped develop both the Y Balance Test and the Move2Perform software (a comprehensive system designed to determine an individual’s musculoskeletal status). As a result, my fieldwork has allowed collaboration with researchers and grants totaling over $3 million.
For me, a great deal of joy comes from working with others. That’s why I also am co-founder of the Professional Rebellion, teach continuing education courses and consult for collegiate and professional teams, military, and school systems to identify injury risk and offer prevention options.
I keep myself actively involved in research by conducting original studies, writing peer-review articles for scientific journals and serving as a manuscript reviewer for several journals. I regularly present nationally and internationally on the subjects of performance optimization, return to sport testing, injury prevention, and field expedient movement testing.
Finally, my credentials: I hold a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Evansville and a Doctor of Science degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. I am also a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with over 25 years experience. I am also a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
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