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Phil Ford, PhD, LAT, ATC, PES, CES

Clinical Professor, Athletic Training, Department of Kinesiology

Phil Ford, Kinesiology, studio portrait

Phil Ford joined the faculty of the Department of Kinesiology at Boise State University in 2014. Currently he serves as a Clinical Professor in the Graduate Athletic Training  and Undergraduate Kinesiology programs.  His primary teaching interest areas include lower extremity diagnosis, orthopedic rehabilitation, and corrective exercise for injury prevention.  Finally, Dr. Ford has a strong background in clinical education and has published in area of effective clinical teaching behaviors.

Ford previously served as a faculty member at Charleston Southern University and at Azusa Pacific University serving in various leadership roles, both in athletic training and exercise science.  Dr. Ford comes to Boise State with an extensive clinical and teaching background spanning more than 20 years.  In addition, he has provided athletic training health care services in a variety of setting including sports medicine clinics, interscholastic, collegiate, and professional sports.

Dr. Ford received his doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi in Human Performance with and emphasis in Administration and Teaching.  He also earned his master’s degree from Boise State University in Exercise and Sports Studies and his bachelor’s degree in Corporate Fitness and Wellness/Athletic Training from Grand Canyon University.  In addition to being a certified/licensed athletic trainer, Dr. Ford holds professional credentials from the National Academy of Sports Medicine in Corrective Exercise and Performance Enhance Specialties.

Contact Information

Office: KINES 111
Phone: (208) 426-4278
Fax: (208) 426-1894
Curriculum Vitae upon request


  • Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT), Idaho State Board of Medicine (#AT-527)
  • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), Board of Certification, Inc. (#089602470)
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), NASM (#203444)
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), NASM (#1398616)

Professional Interests:

  • Leadership
  • Accreditation
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Clinical Education/Teaching
  • Human Movement Dysfunction and Therapeutic Interventions
  • Injury Prevention and Corrective Exercise

Select Publications/Presentations:

Ford, P., Schmidt, C. (2015). Direct Patient Contacts Should Replace Clinical Clock Hours in Determining the Completion of Clinical Education Requirements in Athletic Training. peer-reviewed abstract, poster presentation. NWATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium, Spokane, WA.

 Ford, P. (2014). Should We Eliminate Clinical Hours? A New Framework for Determining the Completion of Clinical Education Requirements: peer-reviewed abstract, poster presentation. SEATA Educators’ Conference, Atlanta, GA.

 Ford, P. (June 2011). Common Human Movement Impairments: The Role of the Kinetic Chain in Rehabilitation, invited speaker.  National Athletic Trainers’ Association Symposium, Student Session, New Orleans, LA.

 Ford, P. & Velasquez, B. (2010). Dynamic Paired-Behaviors in Effective Clinical Instruction. Athletic Training Education Journal, 5(1), 32-37.

Ford, P. (Feb. 2009). The Frequency of Effective Clinical Instructor Behavior in the Clinical Field Experience Setting: Implications for Developing a Model of Systematic Supervision for Athletic Training Clinical Education – Dynamic Paired Behavior., peer-reviewed abstract, poster presentation. Athletic Trainers’ Education Conference, Washington, DC.

Livingston, J., Schmidt, C., & Ford, P. (Feb. 2009). Multiple Generations of Athletic Trainers: Implications for Clinical Education: general session presentation. Athletic Trainers’ Education Conference, Washington, DC.

Ford, P. & McChesney, J. (2007). Duration of Hamstring Flexibility Gains Following Termination of Three Separate Stretching Protocols. Journal of Sport of Rehabilitation, 16(1), 18-27.

Ford, P. (2006). The Frequency of Effective Clinical Instructor Behavior in the Clinical Field Experience Setting: Implications for Developing a Model of Systematic Supervision for Athletic Training, speaker. FWATA Clinical Symposium, San Diego, CA.


  • KINES 220 – Introduction to Athletic Injuries
  • KINES 270 – Applied Anatomy
  • KINES 322 – Athletic Training Clinical Instruction IV
  • KINES 421 – Athletic Training Clinical Instruction V (gen med)
  • KINES 422 – Athletic Training Clinical Instruction VI
  • KINES 424 – Therapeutic Exercise
  • MAT 503 – Principles of Athletic Training
  • MAT 514 – Diagnosis and Therapeutic Interventions: Lower Extremity
  • MAT 552 – Current Evidence and Topics and Athletic Training