Don Hoover

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Don Hoover
(269) 387-7369
3413 Health and Human Services Building, Mail Stop 5383
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Department of Physical Therapy
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5383 USA

Don Hoover, PT, PhD, CSCS is a Professor in the Physical Therapy Department. Prior to joining the faculty at WMU, Don was an Associate Professor in the physical therapy education programs at Western Kentucky University and Rockhurst University, respectively, as well as an Assistant Professor in the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis.  He has also taught in the Exercise Science programs at Western Kentucky University, University of Illinois, and Kansas State University.  Throughout his career, Don has also served roles in university administration, in the university faculty senate, on numerous community and professional boards, and as associate editor of a scientific journal.

Dr. Hoover is the author/co-author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and abstracts in the areas of human movement and rehabilitation.  More specifically, his research interests focus upon the areas of sports medicine, sport science, and pedagogy, and he has published in many top tier-journals in these areas, as well as presented internationally on these topics.  While he has secured over $400,000 in external and internal grants related to these research interests, Don is most proud that 90% of his publications have included graduate and undergraduate student co-authors.  Dr. Hoover’s true passion is teaching, and he is widely respected for the enthusiasm for learning and approachable style that he brings to every classroom or laboratory setting.  While not yet practicing clinically since joining the faculty at WMU and relocating his family, Dr. Hoover’s areas of clinical interests include the treatment of orthopaedic conditions, the role of motor control and learning in rehabilitation, and the prevention of injuries in youth athletes.