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DR. GEORGE J. DAVIES is an internationally known speaker who has presented hundreds of conferences throughout the world on sports physical therapy, athletic training, shoulder, knee, open and closed kinetic chain topics, orthopaedics, rehabilitation and Isokinetics. George is a clinician, educator, speaker, researcher, author, editor and consultant. He has been involved in the clinical practice of sports physical therapy/athletic training, since he was a student athletic trainer, for over 48 years.
He has a passion for teaching and has been an educator for over 40 years in colleges and universities. For the past 38 years, he has been involved in teaching undergraduate and graduate physical therapy courses including: cadaver anatomy, biomechanics, sports physical therapy, orthopaedics, and examination courses. Because George values education, after 30 years, he returned to school and completed his post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at MGH Institute of Health Professions and graduated with highest honors.
Dr. Davies has been involved in many research projects that have been presented at numerous national conferences and published in various journals. He has participated in hundreds of scientific conferences and workshops throughout the world in the last 30 years. He has published over 170 articles and research abstracts in various periodicals, has written several books and has contributed chapters to over 40 books. George was the original co-founder and co-editor of The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy for approximately 10 years. To honor George's achievements, at the 25 th anniversary year of JOSPT, the JOSPT, Sports Physical Therapy Section and Orthopaedic Section are honoring George by creating the GEORGE J. DAVIES – JAMES A. GOULD EXCELLENCE IN CLINICAL INQUIRY AWARD. This award will honor the best article published in JOSPT in the clinical area. He was also one of the original founders and co-editors of the international journal Isokinetics and Exercise Science for 5 years. George was selected as the Associate Editor for Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach. This is an official publication of the AOSSM, AMSSM, SPTS-APTA and the NATA and made its debut in January, 2009.
He served as the President of the Sports Physical Therapy Section – APTA from 1992-1998. He was the 1999 recipient of the Peyton Award to acknowledge and honor an outstanding member of the SPTS. It is the highest award offered by the Sports Physical Therapy Section for contributions to the sports physical therapy profession.
George was the 1994 recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association's prestigious Baethke-Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching . The purpose of this award is to acknowledge individuals who have made significant contributions to physical therapy education through their dedication and excellence in academic teaching. Only one faculty member per year earns the award. He was the 2000 recipient of the Coulee Region Officials Association Distinguished Service Award for 25 years of volunteer service to the LaCrosse community in the area of athletics and sports medicine. George also won the First Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association Outstanding Educator Award in 2002. He was recognized for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, AASU: Winter, 2005 Publication. George was selected as a Fellow-American Physical Therapy Association (FAPTA), 2005. This award was created by the APTA "to recognize those persons whose work has resulted in lasting and significant advances in the science, education, and practice of the profession of physical therapy. In order to be nominated and receive this prestigious honor, each nominee must, according to APTA bylaws, be someone whose contributions to the profession through leadership, influence, and achievements demonstrate frequent and sustained efforts to advance the profession for a period of not less than 15 years preceding the nomination for election". George recently received the Hall of Fame Award - Sports Physical Therapy Section - APTA, 2006. George won the NATA President's Challenge Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sports Medicine, June, 2007. He was the Invited Keynote Lecturer: Mary E. Switzer Lecturer (Speaker is selected who has contributed significantly to health care in this nation and in other parts of the world) Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, Baltimore, MD.,October 31, 2008. He was also the recipient of the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, San Antonio, TX, June, 2009. recently, he was honored with The Alumni Award for Distinguished Faculty Service to the Academic Discipline at Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA., April, 2012 and the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Columbia University, Program in Physical Therapy, New York, May, 2012.
Dr. Davies is presently a Professor of Physical Therapy at Armstrong Atlantic State University , Graduate Program in Physical Therapy, Savannah, GA., 2004. He works with the athletic training staff at AASU and Coastal Physical Therapy. He is also a Professor-Emeritus of Physical Therapy at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse Graduate Physical Therapy Program. He also continues to serve as a Consultant and Clinical Mentorof the first publicly credentialed (by the APTA) Sports Physical Residency Program in the U.S. at Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine (GLSM) and is a consultant and continues clinical practice of sports physical therapy at GLSM. He also is actively involved in the sports coverage as an athletic trainer of a variety of sporting events. George worked at the 1980 Olympics and the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics in the sports medicine polyclinic in the Olympic Village as well as several venue sites as the field of play athletic trainer. He has also recently worked as a volunteer trainer at the USOTC , Lake Placid, N.Y., 2003. The United States Olympic Committe's (USOC) Sports Medicine Division and Sports Medicine Advisory Committee selected me for a member of the USA Medical Staff for the 2005 Summer World University Games in Izmir, Turkey, August, 2005. The United States Olympic Committe's (USOC) Sports Medicine Division and Sports Medicine Advisory Committee selected me as a member of the USA Medical Staff for the 2008 Olympic/Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. George was invited by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to present educational workshops at the Olympic Village at the London Olympic Games, London, England, August, 2012
One of the reasons George is involved in Sports Physical Therapy is because the former U.S. Marine also likes to think he is an occasional athlete by participating in: running (over 35 years), marathons (sub-3 hours), ultra- marathons, triathlons , iron-man triathlon , and weight training. George has also been involved in the martial arts for over 25 years. He holds a Black Belt in Karate and has been a Sensei (teacher) of Karate for the last several years. He has also achieved the status as a certified Specialist in Martial Arts Conditioning (SMAC) of which there are very few in the United States. However, one of the accomplishments he is most proud of is that he is also a CANCER SURVIVOR and continues to participate in some of the above activities.