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George Davies

Dr. George Davies is presently a Professor of Physical Therapy at Georgia Southern University, formerly known as Armstrong State University, in Savannah, GA., since 2004. He does his sports physical therapy clinical practice at Coastal Therapy, Savannah, GA. and Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine (GLSM), LaCrosse, WI. He is also a Professor-Emeritus of Physical Therapy at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse Physical Therapy Program, 1975-2003. He also continues to serve as a Consultant and Clinical Mentor of the first publicly credentialed (by the APTA) sports physical residency program in the U.S. at GLSM and is a consultant and continues clinical practice of sports physical therapy at GLSM.


Academic Work

  • internationally known speaker who has presented hundreds of conferences throughout the world
  • educator for over 40 years in colleges and universities
  • involved in many research projects that have been presented at numerous national conferences and published in various journals
  • participated in hundreds of scientific conferences and workshops throughout the world in the last 35 years
  • published many articles and research abstracts in various periodicals
  • written several books
  • contributed chapters to over 35 books
  • original co-founder and co-editor of The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy for approximately 10 years, 1979
  • original founders and co-editors of the international Journal of Isokinetics and Exercise Science for 5 years, 1989
  • one of the founders and original  Associate Editors for Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach since 2009


Honors and Awards

  • To honor George’s achievements, at the 25th anniversary year of JOSPT, the JOSPT, Sports Physical Therapy Section and Orthopaedic Section honored George by creating the GEORGE J. DAVIES – JAMES A. GOULD EXCELLENCE IN CLINICAL INQUIRY AWARD.
  • served as the President of the Sports Physical Therapy Section – APTA from 1992-1998
  • 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, 1999
  • recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association’s prestigious Baethke-Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching, 1994
  • 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, 2000
  • First Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association Outstanding Educator Award, 2002
  • recognized for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, AASU: Winter, 2005 Publication
  • selected as a Fellow-American Physical Therapy Association (FAPTA), 2005.
  • Hall of Fame Award-Sports Physical Therapy Section, 2006
  • NATA President’s Challenge Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sports Medicine, 2007
  • Invited Keynote Lecturer: Mary E. Switzer Lecturer, 2008
  • recipient of the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, 2009
  • selected for the Distinguished Alumni Award from Columbia University, 2012


Athletic Training

Dr. Davies has been involved in the clinical practice of sports physical therapy/athletic training for over 47 years. He has provided athletic training at many prestigious sporting events including the Olympics.

  • worked at the 1980 Olympics
  • worked at 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
  • worked as a volunteer trainer at the USOTC , Lake Placid, N.Y., 2003
  • member of the USA Medical Staff for the 2005 Summer World University Games in Izmir, Turkey
  • member of the USA Medical Staff for the 2008 Olympic/Paralympic Games in Beijing, China


Other Information

  • former U.S. Marine
  • marathon runner (sub-3 hours)
  • triathlete (iron-man triathlon)
  • holds a Black Belt in Karate

Last updated: 2/9/2018