Mr. Robert C. Manske, PT, DPT, MPT, MEd, SCS, ATC, CSCS, is a Professor and Chair of the Doctoral Physical Therapy Program at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Rob graduated from WSU in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, a Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1994, and further earned a Master of Education degree in Physical Education in 2000. He received his DPT from Massachusetts General Institute of Health Professions in 2006. Rob has been an APTA Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist since 2002. Rob is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) through the National Athletic Trainers Association. Rob has been nominated and received numerous awards for excellence in teaching at the local, state and national level – receiving the APTA Sports Section’s Excellence in Education Award in 2007. He became the Vice President of the APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section in 2009 and is now in his second term in that role. To date Rob has published multiple books, chapters, articles and home study courses related to orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. Rob has edited 1). Post-Surgical Sports Orthopedic Rehabilitation: Knee and Shoulder, 2). Functional Testing for Assessment in Athletics, Exercise and Occupation, 3). the 3rd edition of Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation with Dr. Brent Brotzman, 4). Issues in Sports Therapy with David Magee, James Zachazewski, and William Quillen, 5). Fundamental Orthopedic Management for the Physical Therapist Assistant with Gary Shankman, and 6) Clinical Mechanics and Kinesiology for Human Kinetics. Rob is an associate editor for the “International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy” and is also currently a manuscript reviewer for The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Sports Health, Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, Sports Health a Multidisciplinary Approach, Physical Therapy in Sports, and The American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM), and in the years 2005-2007 and 2011was named a Principle Reviewer for AJSM. Rob has lectured at the state and national level during meetings for APTA, NATA and the NSCA, and has instructed approximately 10-12 courses per year on knee and shoulder rehabilitation. Rob was the second fellow with George Davies at the Gundersen Lutheran Sports Physical Therapy Residency program in 1997-98. In addition to his full time faculty appointment, Rob is a physical therapist and athletic trainer for Via Christi Health, and also serves as a Teaching Associate at the University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in Kansas City, and the Department of Community Medicine for the Via Christi Family Practice Sports Medicine Residency Program. Most importantly Rob continues to practice weekly – spending approximately 10 hours per week treating a variety of knee and shoulder conditions!

Recent Submissions

  • How to write a scientific article 

    Hoogenboom, Barbara J.; Manske, Robert C. (The Sports Physical Therapy Section, 2012)
    Successful production of a written product for submission to a peer?reviewed scientific journal requires substantial effort. Such an effort can be maximized by following a few simple suggestions when composing/creating the ...
  • Avoiding shoulder injury from resistance training 

    Durall, Christopher J.; Manske, Robert C.; Davies, George J. (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2001)
    One of the primary responsibilities of the personal trainer or strength and conditioning specialist is educating clients in proper exercise techniques. More importantly, however, the strength and conditioning professional ...
  • Recent advances following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: rehabilitation perspectives 

    Manske, Robert C.; Prohaska, Daniel; Lucas, Brennen (Springer Current Science Inc., 2012)
    Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament are common. Surgical reconstruction is more prevalent than ever. This review article discusses treatment of the patient following surgical reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ...
  • The assessment of function: How is it measured? A clinical perspective 

    Reiman, Michael P.; Manske, Robert C. (Maney Publishing, 2011)
    Testing for outcome or performance can take many forms; including multiple iterations of self-reported measures of function (an assessment of the individual's perceived dysfunction) and/or clinical special tests (which are ...
  • The assessment of function. Part II: clinical perspective of a javelin thrower with low back and groin pain 

    Reiman, Michael P.; Manske, Robert C. (Maney Publishing, 2012)
    Assessment of an individual's functional ability can be complex. This assessment should also be individualized and adaptable to changes in functional status. In the first article of this series, we operationally defined ...
  • Functional performance testing for power and return to sports 

    Manske, Robert C.; Reiman, Michael P. (SAGE, 2013)
    Context: Functional performance testing of athletes can determine physical limitations that may affect sporting activities. Optimal functional performance testing simulates the athlete's activity. Evidence Acquisition: A ...
  • Glenohumeral motion deficits: friend or foe? 

    Manske, Robert C.; Wilk, Kevin E.; Davies, George J.; Ellenbecker, Todd S.; Reinold, Mike (The Sports Physical Therapy Section, 2013-10)
    In most shoulder conditions a loss of glenohumeral motion results in shoulder performance impairments. However, in the overhead athlete loss of glenohumeral internal rotation, termed glenohumeral internal rotation deficiency ...
  • Current concepts in shoulder examination of the overhead athlete 

    Manske, Robert C.; Ellenbecker, Todd S. (The Sports Physical Therapy Section, 2013-10)
    Examination of the shoulder complex has long been described as challenging. This is particularly true in the examination of the overhead athlete who has structural differences when compared to a shoulder patient who is a ...
  • Lower extremity functional tests and risk of injury in division III collegiate athletes. 

    Brumitt, Jason; Heiderscheit, Bryan C.; Manske, Robert C.; Niemuth, Paul E.; Rauh, Mitchell J. (The Sports Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, 2013-06)
    Purpose/Background: Functional tests have been used primarily to assess an athlete's fitness or readiness to return to sport. The purpose of this prospective cohort study was to determine the ability of the standing long ...
  • Shoulder posterior internal impingement in the overhead athlete 

    Manske, Robert C.; Grant-Nierman, Meggan; Lucas, Brennen (The Sports Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, 2013-04)
    Posterior internal impingement (PII) of the glenohumeral joint is a common cause of shoulder complex pain in the overhead athlete. This impingement is very different from standard outlet impingement seen in shoulder patients. ...
  • Evidence-based medicine/practice in sports physical therapy 

    Manske, Robert C.; Lehecka, B.J. (Sports Physical Therapy Section, 2012-10)
    A push for the use of evidence-based medicine and evidence-based practice patterns has permeated most health care disciplines. The use of evidence-based practice in sports physical therapy may improve health care ...
  • Superior labrum anterior to posterior (SLAP) rehabilitation in the overhead athlete 

    Manske, Robert C.; Prohaska, Daniel (Churchill Livingstone, 2010-11)
    Due to the complexity of shoulder pathomechanics in the overhead athlete, injuries located in the superior aspect of the glenoid, known as superior labral anterior to posterior (SLAP) lesions, are often a surgical and ...
  • Diagnosis and management of adhesive capsulitis 

    Manske, Robert C.; Prohaska, Daniel (Springer Healthcare, 2008-12)
    Adhesive capsulitis is a musculoskeletal condition that has a disabling capability. This review discusses the diagnosis and both operative and nonoperative management of this shoulder condition that causes significant ...
  • Difference in isokinetic torque acceleration energy of the rotator cuff: competitive male pitchers versus male nonathletes 

    Manske, Robert C.; Tajchman, Casey S.; Stranghoner, Todd A.; Ellenbecker, Todd S. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004-08)
    Rotator cuff function is critical to the overhead athlete. Rotator cuff power is felt to be important in the overhead athlete during the throwing motion. Little research exists regarding torque acceleration energy (TAE) ...
  • Nonoperative and operative management of snapping scapula 

    Manske, Robert C.; Reiman, Michael P.; Stovak, Mark L. (Sage Publications, 2004-09)
    Snapping scapula is a painful crepitus of the scapulothoracic articulation. This crepitus is a grinding or snapping noise with scapulothoracic motion that may or may not accompany pain. This condition is commonly seen in ...
  • Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: Rehabilitation concepts 

    Manske, Robert C.; DeCarlo, Mark; Davies, George J.; Paterno, Mark (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2009)
  • Knee 

    Manske, Robert C.; Prohaska, Daniel (Elsevier, 2009)
  • Multiple ligament knee injury: Complications 

    Manske, Robert C.; Hosseinzadeh, Pooya; Giangarra, Charles E. (Sports Physical Therapy Section, APTA, 2008-11)
    Non-operative and operative complications are common following multiple ligament knee injuries. This article will describe common complications seen by the surgeon and physical therapist following this complex injury. ...
  • Physical examination and imaging of the acute multiple ligament knee injury 

    Manske, Robert C.; Prohaska, Daniel (Sports Physical Therapy Section, APTA, 2008-11)
    Examination and evaluation of the patient a with multiple ligament injured knee is a complicated process and best done in a methodical, comprehensive fashion with a particular emphasis placed on assessment of supporting ...
  • Interlimb differences in lower extremity bone mineral density following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction 

    Manske, Robert C.; Rogers, Michael E.; Reiman, Michael P. (Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Sections of the American Physical Therapy Association, 2006-11)
    BMD differences in the hip region are significant in patients who are postoperative ACL reconstruction. Measurements at specific hip sites demonstrated greater differences in bone mineral status than measurements of the ...

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