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Phillip S. Sizer Jr. Ph D. PT OCS MOMT FAAOMPT

Associate Professor and Program Director

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences
Program: Physical Therapy ScD.


  • Cadeveric characterization of structure and movement of the neural components in the spine and extremities
  • Immunohistological investigation of uncovertebral joint innervation and characterizing pain patterns.
  • Immunohistological investigation of the innervation of the thoracic disc.
  • Measuring educational outcomes in orthopaedic manual therapy education.
  • Clinical Identifiers associated with clinical instability of the spine.
  • Outcome measures in orthopaedic manual therapy to the knee.
  • Outcome measures in thoracic outlet syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Biomechanical analysis of knee motion and how fatigue influences motion in the sagittal, frontal, and transverse planes with implications for ACL injury.
  • Biomechanical assessment the joints of the lower extremity during novel perturbations and relating those behaviors to injury.
  • Biomechanical assessment of patients with total joints.
  • Biomechanical assessment of orthopaedic clinical testing for the purpose of demonstrating validity and reliability.
  • Effects of neuromuscular training on lower extremity motor control.
  • Influence of stretching on selected motor control strategies.


  • Assessment of specific trunk control strategies during functional activities.
  • Specific arthrokinematic behaviors at the knee.

AVAILABLE RESOURCES (e.g. equipment, lab space, computers, etc.)

  • Esoate Biosound Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Vicon Peak Motus 3-D System
  • Dual Force plate kinetic measurement system
  • Kistler Forceplate treadmill
  • Noraxon Telemetric EMG