Biodynamics and Human Performance Center

Dr. David Lake

Dr. Lake received his physical therapy post-baccalaureate certificate at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and his Ph.D. in Physiology from Texas Tech University School of Medicine. His graduate research was in the areas of neurophysiology and cardiac physiology. Dr. Lake has taught in physical therapy programs for 16 years, first in New Jersey and then at Northeastern University in Boston. For 6 years, he was the Chairperson of the Physical Therapy Program at Northeastern. At Northeastern University, he received the Excellence in Teaching Award and twice the Physical Therapy students dedicated their Yearbook to him. He has taught courses in gross anatomy, clinical physiology, human development, kinesiology, therapeutic modalities, neurological physical therapy evaluation and therapeutic exercise, gerontology, pharmacology, neuroscience, musculoskeletal clinical medicine, neurological clinical medicine and research. He has used problem based learning and other cooperative learning methodologies in the teaching of physical therapy and other health professions students. Since beginning the Physical Therapy Program at Armstrong Atlantic State University, he has taught musculoskeletal evaluation and treatment, cardiopulmonary evaluation and treatment, research methodology, cultural diversity issues and legislative issues. He brought to the Armstrong Atlantic State University curriculum the interest in innovative educational design. As a result, the Physical Therapy Program uses a modified problem based learning design.

Dr. Lake has spoken regionally, nationally and internationally on neurological physical therapy, electrotherapy and innovations in physical therapy teaching methodologies. He has published a major review article on the uses of neuromuscular electrical stimulation in sports medicine. Dr. Lake is very involved in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). In Massachusetts, he was Education/Program Chair, a member of the Chapter Board of Directors and Executive Committee and a District officer. He has served 5 terms as a delegate to the APTA House of Delegates, the national policy making body for the profession of physical therapy. He is presently a member of the finance and legislative committees of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia. He has just ended his term as Treasurer and Executive Committee member of the Section for Education, APTA, and he is a member of the finance committee of the Section on Geriatrics. He is a member of the Cardiopulmonary Section of the APTA. He is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Physiological Society and the American Schools of Allied Health Professions.

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