Dr. Michael Voight has had a distinguished career as both an educator and clinical physical therapist for over 25 years. Throughout his career not only has he become one of the leading authorities in the rehabilitation of orthopedic and sports injuries but he has worked tirelessly to advance the knowledge of others as a clinician and educator by making significant contributions to the literature. Dr. Voight is also recognized as a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Presently, Dr. Voight is a tenured professor with Belmont University’s School of Physical Therapy in Nashville, TN. He also holds a position of adjunct associate professor in the Vanderbilt School of Medicine – Department of Orthopedics. In addition to working in academia, 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 served as a Team Physical Therapist in the NFL and NBA. In addition, Dr. Voight has consulted with various teams in MLB, NHL and the MLS. Early in his career he became active within the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Sports Medicine Division. He has worked at the Olympic Training Center, Olympic Festivals, Pan Am Games and Olympic Games and has had the opportunity to travel to almost all of the different continents with various Olympic and national teams. 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. As one of the co-founders of the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), his passion for assessing and training the human movement system continues to evolve, as he was recently appointed by the APTA Board of Directors to the APTA movement system task force. In this role, Dr. Voight will work with the task force and APTA to further define the human movement system and develop a framework for promoting and integrating the concept of the human movement system into physical therapy practice, education, and research.
Dr. Voight has lectured extensively at various conferences, symposiums, and congresses both nationally and internationally having given over 750 professional presentations on a variety of orthopedic and sports medicine topics. 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 over 75 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 presentedwith the inaugural SPTS “Lifetime Excellence in Education Award”. Outside of the classroom, he still maintains a clinical practice specializing in orthopedic and sports related injuries particularly with PGA tour players.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 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 Sports Physical Therapy Section’s (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.