I have been a practicing athletic trainer since 1987 in myriad settings, including The Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology (Alexandria, VA), The National Center for Sports Medicine (Arlington, VA), Durham Academy (NC), Trinity Preparatory Academy (Winter Park, FL), HealthSouth Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine (Orlando, FL), The Orlando Thunder (The World League of American Football), and Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, GA), and only entered academia as an educator and director at Georgia Southern University, after 10+ years of combined clinical practice. If you've heard the Allman Brothers' rendition of Blind Willie McTell's Statesboro Blues, then you've heard of Statesboro, GA without even knowing it existed as a real, physical place with a deep musical history.
I grew up in Lakeville, Massachusetts--home to Ocean Spray Cranberries, and the now defunct Ted Williams Baseball Camp. Yes, I am a lifelong and passionate Celtics, Patriots, and Bruins fan; and of course, I'm a loyal member of Red Sox Nation! I'm also an ardent Carolina Tar Heels fan and rarely miss watching Heels athletic events.
Outside of work, I am a proud father of 2 talented and wonderful sons, Nicholas (Hamilton College, Class of 2014) and Benji (Colgate University, Class of 2018), and I enjoy cooking and dining with my lovely wife Susan, riding my Fuji SL 1.0 road bike, enjoying as much futbol as possible, and exploring and photographing the beautiful outdoors (see my photo gallery).
Professionally, I'm somewhat of an enigma as I possess 2 degrees in sports medicine/athletic training and exercise physiology, and a doctorate in curriculum theory & cultural studies of education. Indeed, I may be the most bipolar academician in each of those fields, and if you look at some of my scholarly projects and interests its probably readily apparent. I am deeply interested in the clinical thinking processes of novice and experienced clinicians and creative ways to teach clinical thinking and evidence informed reasoning to future entry level clinicians. I try to blend my home and professional discipline of athletic training with relevant narratives and theories from curriculum, philosophy, and cultural studies as they relate to higher education and intellectual development in order to create well rounded and critically reflective young professionals.
Adjunct Research Fellow, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, UT
Ed.D, Curriculum Studies, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro (2004)
M.A., Exercise Physiology & Sports Medicine, The University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill (1990)
B.S., Sports Medicine, Marietta College, OH (1987)
Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries
Athletic Injury Assessment I & II
Athletic Training Techniques II & III
Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training IV - VI
Junior & Senior Internship in Athletic Training
The Clinical Gaze (Ithaca Freshman Seminar)
Education and Pedagogy in Athletic Training, Clinical Reasoning & Medical Decision-Making, Philosophy of Education, Musculoskeletal Assessment and Rehabilitation, Clinical and Sport Performance, Evidence Informed Practice, Higher Education
Geisler PR, Hummel C, McKeon PO. Use of Computer Based Virtual Scripts to Assess Competency and Clinical Reasoning Outcomes in Undergraduate Athletic Training Students. 2017 Canadian Athletic Therapists’ Association Conference. Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada. Podium & poster presentation. Accepted, February 2017.
Geisler PR, McKeon PO, McKeon JM. EBP reconsidered: On the necessity to move towards an evidence-based athletic training (EBAT). Athl Train Educ J. Accepted for publication, January 2017.
Hummel C, Geisler PR, Lazenby T, Reynolds T. An Evidence Supported Case Series and Stratified Risk Screening Tool for Post-Traumatic Deep Vein Thrombosis in Collegiate Athletes. J Athl Train. Accepted for publication, January 2017.
Kicklighter T, Geisler PR, Barnum M, Martin M. Exploration of factors perceived to influence development of diagnostic reasoning in athletic trainers and students. Athl Train Educ J. Accepted for publication, January 2017.
Geisler PR, Peer K. Looking backward, looking forward, looking around...the time is now (Editorial). J Athl Train Ed. Accepted for publication, February 2017.
McKeon PO, Geisler PR, McKeon JM. Redefining professional knowledge in athletic training: Whose knowledge is it anyway? Athl Train Educ J. Accepted for publication, November 2016.
Castle RR, Geisler PR. Emergent and acute issues in athletic training (Editorial). Athl Train Sports Hlth Care. 2016;8(6):238-9.
Geisler PR, Lazenby T. Iliotibial band impingement syndrome: An evidence-informed clinical paradigm change. Intl J Athl Train Ther. Accepted for publication, October 2016.
Geisler PR, McKeon P, Kicklighter T, Heinerichs S. Clinical Reasoning Abilities of Professional Students and Certified Post Professional Students Using the Diagnostic Thinking in Athletic Training Inventory: Does Educational Program Type Matter? Free Communications Program. NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium, Baltimore, MD. 2016.
Heinerichs S, Metz S, Prewitt A, Geisler PR, Klicklighter. Clinical Reasoning Abilities of Athletic Training Preceptors Using the Diagnostic Thinking in Athletic Training Inventory. Free Communications Program. NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium, Baltimore, MD. 2016.
Kicklighter T, Geisler PR, Barnum M & Martin M. Validation of the quantitative diagnostic thinking inventory for athletic training: A pilot study. Athl Train Ed J. 2016;11(1):58-67.
Geisler PR. Interprofessional education: The next wave in AT education (to pump the breaks on). Intl J Athl Train Ther. 2015;20(6):1-4.
Geisler PR. Making clinical education educative: Strategies for enhancing clinical reasoning skills for preceptors and novice clinicians. Athl Train Spts Hlth Care. 2016;8(3):93-96.
Geisler PR, McKeon PM, Kicklighter T, Heinerich S. Clinical Reasoning Abilities of Entry Level Athletic Training Students and Certified Post Professional Students Using the Diagnostic Thinking in Athletic Training Inventory: Does Educational Program Matter? 2016 EATA Annual Conference & Symposium, Boston, MA.
Adler KL, Cook PC, Geisler PR, Yen YM, Giordano BD. Part II: Current concepts in rehabilitation after hip preservation surgery. Sports Health. 2016;8(1):57-64
Geisler PR, Hummel C & Piebes S. Evaluating evidence informed clinical reasoning proficiency in oral practical examinations. Athl Train Ed J. 2014:9(1);43-48. The 2014 AT Education Journal Outstanding Non Research Manuscript Award Winner.
Geisler PR. The elephant in the room: Adequate supervision, not direct supervision. Ed. Athl Train Sports Health Care. 2013: 5(4);151-154.
Reynolds TJ, Hummel C & Geisler PR. Deep vein thrombosis in a collegiate female soccer player: A case & evidence supported review. J Athl Enhancement. 2013: 2(2);1-4.
Hummel C, Lazenby T & Geisler PR. Management of a Stage III Lisfranc ligament injury in collegiate football player: A case report. Athl Train & Spts Hlth Care. 2011:3(2);95-99.
Geisler PR & Lazenby T. Transient axillary neuropraxia in a collegiate baseball pitcher: A case report. Athl Train & Spts Hlth Care. 2010:2(5);235-239.
Geisler PR & Lazenby T. Clinical reasoning in athletic training education: Modeling expert thinking. J Athl Train Ed. 2009:4(2);52-65.
Geisler PR. Higher Education at a Crossroads. In S. Steinberg, J. Kincheloe, & N. Denzin (Eds.), Higher Ed: Questions about the Purpose(s) of Colleges & Universities. 2006:New York:Peter Lang Publishing.
Geisler PR. Multiculturalism and athletic training education: Implications for educational & professional progress. J Athl Train. 2003:38(2);141-151. PubMed
Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration
Jones C, Kelly E, Geisler PR. Isolated, high grade tear of teres minor in collegiate division 1 football player: A case report. 2017. 69th EATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium. Philadelphia, PA.
D’Onofrio A, Bailey K, Geisler PR. Acute Traumatic Patella-Femoral Fracture and Dislocation in a High School Football Athlete: A Case Study. 2016. 68th EATA Annual Conference & Symposium, Boston, MA.
Mir J, Geisler PR & Kelly E. Complex ligamentous and tendinous damage of the hand and wrist in a collegiate football player with little functional impairment: A case study. 2015. 67th EATA Annual Conference & Symposium, Philadelphia, PA.
Lamond L & Geisler PR. Unique treatment for bilateral plantar fasciitis in a field hockey player. Poster Presentation. 2014 James Whalen Academic Symposium, Ithaca College. Award Finalist
Cohen C & Geisler PR. Athletic pubalgia with inguinal hernia in a collegiate hurdler: A case study. Oral Presentation, 2013 James Whalen Academic Symposium, Ithaca College.
Lau T & Geisler PR. Redefining the importance of health: The Impacts of malnutrition of cardiovascular diseases in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. Oral Presentation, 2013 James Whalen Academic Symposium, Ithaca College.
Katz J, Matheny M & Geisler PR. Pellegrini-Stieda Syndrome in a collegiate soccer player: A Case study. Poster Presentation, 2013 James Whalen Academic Symposium, Ithaca College.
Woytovich C & Geisler PR. Spondyloysis & lumbarization in a collegiate softball player. Poster presentation, 2012 James Whalen Academic Symposium, Ithaca College.
Adelman D, Kelly E & Geisler PR. Cam-type femoroacetabular impingement with labral tear in a collegiate ice hockey player: A case study. 2011 National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.
Berger E, Lazenby T & Geisler PR. Management of a posterior elbow dislocation in a division III collegiate football player: A case report. Poster presentation, 2010 James Whalen Academic Symposium, Ithaca College.
Bronson E & Geisler PR. Surgical management of recurrent tarsal tunnel syndrome: A clinical case report. Poster presentation, 2009 James Whalen Academic Symposium, Ithaca College.
Connell S & Geisler PR. Posterior cervical foraminotomy to Relieve cervical disk herniation in a collegiate wrestler: A clinical case report. Poster presentation, 2008 James Whalen Academic Symposium, Ithaca College.
Ambrose E, Hummel C, Lazenby T & Geisler PR. Multiple anterior cruciate ligament failure in a college football player and the corresponding surgical techniques of reconstruction: A clinical case report. Poster presentation, 2008 James Whalen Academic Symposium, Ithaca College & 2008 EATA Annual Conference & Symposium, Valley Forge, PA.
Gentile K, Matheny M & Geisler PR. Hamstring strain with an avulsion fracture of the ischial tuberosity: A clinical case report. Poster presentation, 2008 James Whalen Academic Symposium, Ithaca College.
Edelstein J, Lazenby T & Geisler PR. Competing diagnoses in the management of a collegiate baseball player with chronic elbow pain: A clinical case report. Poster presentation, 2008 James Whalen Academic Symposium, Ithaca College.
Crowell C, Hummel C, Lazenby T & Geisler PR. Right Achilles' tendon partial rupture in a collegiate football player: A clinical case report. Poster presentation, 2008 James Whalen Academic Symposium, Ithaca College & 2008 EATA Annual Conference & Symposium, Valley Forge, PA.
Geisler PR, Hebert C, DiCenso M & Gardner B. Athletic Pubalgia in College Hockey Players. A collaborative field study conducted with the Cornell University mens' hockey team designed to investigate the causes, prevention and treatment of athletic pubalgia. Conducted in conjunction with the sports medicine and hockey staffs from Cornell University. 2007-2009.
Kafchinski MM & Geisler PR. Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with a Loss of knee extension: A case study. Poster presentation, 2007 James Whalen Academic Symposium, Ithaca College.
Pearls of Practice Column Editor & Editorial Board Member, Athletic Training & Sports Health Care: The Journal for the Practicing Clinician
Editorial Board Member, Athletic Training Education Journal
Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Athletic Training
Chair, Abstract Subcommittee, Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association's Research Committee
Past Member, Professional Education Committee, National Athletic Trainers' Association
Past President, Executive Council Member, Ithaca College Chapter of Alpha Eta Academic Honor Society
Member & Co-Chair, Ithaca College Committee on College Wide Requirements (CCR), 2013-Present
Executive Committee Member, At Large, Ithaca College Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi
Road cycling, snow shoeing, hiking, outdoor photography, travel & culture, philosophy, reading and family
“A human being is always a result of education"