Ali El-Kerdi, PT, Ph.D., DPT, FAAOMPT, LAT, ATC, CAT(C), CSCS, EMT

Associate Professor/Industry Professional

Dr. El-Kerdi has been a certified athletic trainer for more than 20 years and a licensed physical therapist for more than 16 years. He has more than 20 years of higher education experience. 

Dr. El-Kerdi has taught numerous courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as presented at various conferences, educational events, and institutions. Teaching topics include, but are not limited to, biomechanics, emergency care, ethics in medicine, exercise health and wellness, exercise physiology, extremities and spine musculoskeletal assessment and management, gross anatomy, kinesiology, manual therapy interventions, nutrition, pharmacology, physiology, strength and conditioning, therapeutic modalities, tissue pathology, and many others.  

Dr. El-Kerdi continues to practice clinically as a sports, orthopedic, and manual therapist. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He has held countless clinical positions working alongside athletes at virtually every level of sports from professional, international, and Olympic athletes to local youth clubs and programs. 

Dr. El-Kerdi’s research focuses on athletic performance and injury prevention, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and manual therapy. He is an avid rugby fan, having played and coached for more than 25 years at virtually all levels of the game. He gives back to the community by serving as the medical director for National Collegiate Rugby and by performing various physical therapy screenings related to falls and injury prevention in assisted living communities.