Paul Geisler

Paul Geisler

Professor and Program Director, Exercise Science and Athletic Training

Specialty:Athletic Training, Administration, Health Professions Education
Phone:(607) 274-3006
Office:G71 Hill Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

I have been certified and practicing athletic training since 1987 in various settings and locales, 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). I 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, MA--home to Ocean Spray Cranberries, and the defunct Ted Williams Baseball Camp. I am a lifelong and passionate Celtics, Patriots, and Bruins fan; and of course, an ardent and loyal member of Red Sox Nation! I'm also an hardcore Carolina Tar Heels fan and rarely miss watching Heels athletic events when I can. My adult sports fandom has brought me to the historic and great Liverpool Football Club, of which I'm now a proud supporter and Scouser wannabe!

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 readily apparent. I am deeply interested in the clinical thinking and medico-cognitive processes of novice and experienced clinicians and creative ways to teach clinical thinking and evidence informed reasoning to future entry-level clinicians. I enjoy blending my  professional discipline of athletic training with relevant narratives, discourse 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.


Professor & Director, Athletic Training Education
Hill Center G71, 607-274-3006

For sports medicine, athletic training & sports science information & thinking, follow me on Twitter @BomberATDoc

Adjunct Research Fellow, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, UT

Member, Doctorate in Science in Health Sciences Program Advisory Board, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, UT


ResearchGate Profile


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)

Courses Taught:

  • Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries

  • Medical Science

  • Athletic Injury Assessment I & II

  • Athletic Training Techniques I, II & III

  • Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training IV - VI

  • Junior & Senior Internship in Athletic Training

  • The Clinical Gaze (Ithaca Freshman Seminar)

Research Interests:

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

Professional Activities:

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

Member, Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association Research Committee (2008-2018)

Chair, Abstract Subcommittee, Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association's Research Committee (2010-2017)

Member, Executive Committee on Education, National Athletic Trainers' Association (2018-Present)

Member, Professional Education Committee, National Athletic Trainers' Association (2011-2014)

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), 2013-2017

Executive Committee Member, At Large, Ithaca College Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, 2016-Present

Personal Interests:

Road cycling, snow shoeing, hiking, outdoor photography, travel & culture, philosophy, reading and family


“A human being is always a result of education"

Immanuel Kant