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Position Title(s) Athletic Training Program Director
Office address: 213 Woodward Center
Office Phone: 413.572.5393
Year started at WSU: 2015
Simmons College Doctor of Physical Therapy 2006
American International College Master of Physical Therapy 1999
Rhode Island College Athletic Training Concentration 1991
Paul Higgins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies and Program Director of Athletic Training at Westfield State University. He earned his Master of Physical Therapy degree from American International College in 1999 and Transitional DPT degree from Simmons College in 2006. He has been teaching in higher education since 2003 and continues to teach Therapeutic Modalities, Therapeutic Exercise and Functional Anatomy at Westfield State. He has been co-owner of an Outpatient Physical Therapy Practice for 10 years. His research interests include physical agents and athletic performance.
Wininger, M., Higgins, P., Evidence in favor of empiric leg length normalization in excursion balance tests. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Submitted July 26, 2016 currently under review
Higgins, P., Windon, III., L., Hews, K., Chasse, P., Light Emitting Diode verses Sham in the treatment of plantar fasciitis. A Double-Blind Randomized Control Trial.
Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. 2015; 14(1): 10-14.
Higgins, P. Clearing the confusion of electrical stimulation. A continuing education module. Today in PT. Accepted September 2015
Russell, J., Higgins, P., Avoiding Discomfort and Injury in Young String Players: A Stretching Activity Guide. Journal of American String Teachers. 2013 (63)2: 21-25.
Higgins, P., An Evidence Based Discussion of Therapeutic Ultrasound
Today in PT, A Continuing Education Module. 2011; 5(6): 28-33.
Revised to meet continuing education requirements 2013 http://www.todayinpt.com/ce/PT25/An-EvidenceBased-Discussion-of-Therapeutic-Ultrasound/
Higgins, P., Common clinical treatment of plantar fasciitis: A Survey of Physical Therapists practicing in the Northeast Region of the United States.
Journal of Novel Physiotherapies. 2012; 3(123): 2
Higgins, P., Russell, J. “Stretching it out” Mitigating Musculoskeletal Pain Through Stretching. American String Teachers Association National Conference, Louisville, Ky. March 7, 2014
Leard, J., Higgins, P., Examining the Clinical Decision Making Utilized During the Examination and Intervention of Low Back Pain Cases Connecticut Physical Therapy Association Annual Fall Conference September 28, 2012
Higgins, P. Evidence Based Physical Agents Application and Practice Rehab Education, LLC. 30 hour course presented to Occupational Therapists to fulfill license requirements which will then allow use of modalities in clinical practice. Course content peer-reviewed and approved by the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Advisory Council http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/occup/mod2.pdf
Courses currently taught at WSU:
MOVP 234 Upper Extremity Evaluation
MOVP 235 Lower Extremity Evaluation
MOVP 255 Functional Anatomy
MOVP 327 Therapeutic Exercise
MOVP 323 Therapeutic Modalities
Professional Organization Member:
National Athletic Trainers Association
Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts
Connecticut Athletic Trainers Association
Professional Organization Officer:
Board of Certification Professional Practice and Discipline Committee
Board of Certification Exam Writer
Reviewer for the Journal of Athletic Training
2016 President of Enfield Fireballs Youth Softball Organization
2015 Enfield Soccer Club youth coach