Dr. Michael Voight has had a distinguished career as both an educator and clinical physical therapist for over 30 years. Throughout his career he has not only become one of the leading authorities in the rehabilitation of orthopedic and sports injuries, he has worked tirelessly to advance the knowledge of others as a clinician and educator by making significant contributions to the literature Dr. Voight received his undergraduate training at the University of Oregon and Portland State University in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. From there, he traveled to the University of Virginia and received his master’s degree in education with an emphasis in sports medicine. Physical therapy school followed at Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia. In 1987, Dr. Voight became one of the nation’s first board certified clinical specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, and in 1994 he received his board certification of advanced clinical competence in orthopedic physical therapy making him one of the nation’s first two-board certified specialists in the Unites States. He has been recertified in both specialty areas several times. In 1995, Dr. Voight received one of the nation’s first doctoral degrees in physical therapy when he was awarded a Doctorate of Health Science from the University of St. Augustine. Dr. Voight is also recognized as a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Dr. Voight is recognized as a clinician of the highest caliber, and has worked with a number of high-profile athletic organizations. Throughout his career, Dr. Voight has worked in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagle’s, Miami Dolphins, and has consulted with the Tennessee Titans Football Team. Additionally, he has worked in the NBA serving as the team physical therapist for Miami Heat Basketball Team. In addition, Dr. Voight has consulted with various teams in MLB, NHL and the MLS. Early in his career he became active within the United States Olympic Committee’s Sports Medicine Division. He has worked at the Olympic Training Center, Olympic Festivals, Pan Am Games, Olympic Games, and has had the opportunity to travel to almost all of the different continents with various Olympic and national teams. Most recently, Dr. Voight has worked with the Medical Commission for FIFA (the International governing body for soccer) and the Professional Golf Association. His role with the advisory board of the Titleist Performance Institute allows him to consult on the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of golf injuries with many noted golf professionals. Dr. Voight currently holds the position of a full-time tenured professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Throughout his career, he has been very active in developing clinical functional movement assessments for both prevention of injury and evaluation of injury. These clinical systems are recognized internationally as one standard for evaluating movement. Outside of the classroom, he still maintains a clinical practice specializing in orthopedic and sports related injuries particularly with PGA tour players.
In addition to academic and clinical practice, Dr. Voight has also been extremely active within the field of Sports Physical Therapy. Throughout his career, Dr. Voight has been appointed to a variety of committees and has served four elected terms on the Executive Board of the Sports Physical Therapy Section of APTA. In his last elected position, Dr. Voight served in the capacity of President of the SPTS. Internationally, Dr. Voight was elected to the Executive Board of the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapy-WCPT and served two terms on the board working closely with the scientific congress committee, the IOC medical commission and assisted in the development of worldwide educational standards for sports physical therapy. He is also member of the National Athletic Training Association; the American College of Sportsmedicine; the National Strength Coaches Association; the United States Olympic Sportsmedicine Society; the International Federation of Sportsmedicine; the International Society for Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopedic Sportsmedicine; the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy; and the prestigious American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Dr. Voight has lectured extensively at various conferences, symposiums, and congresses both nationally and internationally having given over 700 professional presentations on a variety of orthopedic and sports medicine topics. He is one of the Titleist Performance Institute Level 2 & 3 Medical co-course directors. In addition, Dr Voight holds a senior teaching position for the North American Institute of Sports Physical Therapy (www.rehabeducation.com). Dr. Voight is a principle reviewer for the prestigious American Journal of Sports Medicine and actively resides on the editorial boards of several different journals. He played an instrumental role in the development of the North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. He has authored numerous papers, textbook chapters on various topics, and has written three textbooks on functional exercise. During his career, he has been award the Distinguished Educator Award from the Sports Physical Therapy Section three times making him the only person to have been presented this award multiple times and in 2010 he was presented with the SPTS lifetime excellence in education award. The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association also recognized Dr. Voight is 2013 by naming him the educator of the year.
Dr. Voight is a clinician, educator, and researcher who is regarded by his peers as one of the leading musculoskeletal physical therapists in the world. In 1997, he was presented the SPTS distinguished service award for his dedication to service. In 2008, he was presented the President’s award for his career of service to the SPTS and was also presented the prestigious Ron Peyton award for career achievement. In 2010, Dr. Voight was elected into the SPTS Hall of Fame for a lifetime of excellence in sports physical therapy. His many accomplishments were again validated in 2011 when the American Physical Therapy Association presented Dr. Voight with their highest honor, naming him a Fellow of the APTA. He remains extremely active in patient care, education, and research activities and his lectures are both well attended and receive excellent reviews based upon his innovative presentation of the scientific evidence and the interactive fun approach to teaching.