College of Health Professions

Department oF Kinesiology


Michael Higgins

Associate Professor
Athletic Training Program Director

Office:   Burdick Hall, Room 120 D
Phone:   410-704-2772
Fax:   410-704-3912

Michael Higgins, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D.:University of Delaware
  • M.E.: University of Virginia
  • B.S.: State University of New York at Buffalo

Teaching Interests

  • KNES 291 Introduction to Athletic Training
  • KNES 316 Lower Extremity and Spine Evaluation
  • KNES 388 Advanced clinical I
  • KNES 427 Therapeutic Exercise for Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • KNES 428 Therapeutic Modalities for Musculoskeletal Injuries

Research and Professional Interests

  • Concussion
  • Cervical Spine Position in the Immobilized athlete (lacrosse)
  • Protective Equipment
  • Lumbar Spine stabilization (core) training and treatment
  • Manual Therapy for the spine

Recent Publications

  • Tierney R, Higgins M, Caswell S, Brady J, Dribian J.  Gender Differences in Head Acceleration During Soccer Heading. Journal of Athletic Training. 2008:43(6)
  • Higgins M, Tierney R, Dribian J, Edell S, Watkins R.  Preliminary Analysis of the Effect of Lacrosse Equipment of Cervical Cord Space During Immobilization. Journal of Athletic Training. Accepted for Publication
  • Marcus E, Tierney R, Dribian J, Higgins MEvaluation of Head Impact Acceleration During Soccer Heading. Journal of Athletic Training. 2008: 43(3)S32
  • Higgins M, Halstead D, Snyder-Mackler L, Barlow D.  Measurement of Impact Acceleration: Mouthpiece versus Helmet Accelerometer. JAT. 2007:42(1);1-10.
  • Teirney, RT., Sitler, MR., Swanik, CB., Swanik, KA., Higgins, MJ., Torg, JS.  Gender Differences in Head-Neck Segement Dynamic stabilization During Head Acceleration. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2005;37(2);272-279.
  • Higgins M. Rehabilitation of the Low Back Requires a Unique Approach.  Biomechanics Nov, 2004
  • Higgins M, Eaton C.  Non-Traditional Uses of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation. Athletic Therapy Today.   Sept., 2004


  • Athletic Trainer- 1988
  • Physical Therapist - 1988
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist - 2003
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED Instructor - 1992

News/Interesting Tidbits

  • Program Director for the Athletic Training Education Program Re-Accreditated in 2008
  • Enjoys sports and working out
  • Is an active member in state and regional organizations






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