Phil Donley

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2014


Phil Donley
Athletic Trainer • West Chester

What more can be said about Phil that has not already been printed. He is a "Giant" in his field, Athletic Training. Phil graduated from West Virginia University in 1956. In 1957 he graduated from the D.T. Watson Therapy School and earned a Masters Degree from West Virginia University in 1965. He is a retired Colonel U.S. Army Reserve. He was Chief P.T. at Akron City Hospital 1958-1960, instructor and Assistant Athletic Trainer at West Virginia University 1960-1965. Head Athletic Trainer and Professor of Physical Education at West Chester University, 1965-1991 Since 1997 he has served as Consultant to the Philadelphia Phillies for 10 years and the Philadelphia Eagles for 5 years. He owned a private Sports Physical Therapy Clinic in West Chester 1981-1995. He also performs research and clinical care lectures on shoulder and full body kinetic chain topics. He has authored 1 book with 12 editions, edited 2 books, contributed to 12 books, presented 35 original papers on Sports Medicine subjects, published 16 articles taught 48 two day continuing education courses including those for P.T.s ATC, Physicians and Hospital Administrators, served as a consultant for 16 sports medicine clinics and universities, and delivered over 220 talks on Sports Medicine subjects. His most recent research activity has focused on a nine-year study of professional baseball players. Since 1998 he has measured 58 variables on 2300 pitchers and 350 position players on one professional team and over 200 pitchers of ages 12-35 in private practice. Back in the early 1970's Phil started the athletic training program at West Chester State. Over the years it has gone through many changes that made it one of the finest athletic training in entire United States. The training program has provided many of the graduates to go onto careers in athletic training in High School, Colleges and University's and also in the Professional ranks in many sports. You would be hard pressed to not find one of West Chester's graduate in a school near you. His athletic training program at West Chester State was the first of its kind in the United States. It was also the first co-ed program in the country.

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