ABOUT THE CHAIR
James Scifers, DScPT, LAT, ATC
Dr. Scifers has over two decades of clinical and educational experience as an athletic trainer and physical therapist, and is a national leader in athletic training education. He’s been recognized as Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), won the 2018 NATA Sayers "Bud" Miller Distinguished Educator Award, and has served as president of the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association, where he co-authored the state’s concussion awareness act, improving the quality of health care for the state’s secondary school athletes. Scifers is also an active member of the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) and serves on NATA's Professional Development Committee, through which he chaired the development of the profession’s first specialty certificate in Manual Therapy.
From a clinical practice perspective, Scifers has provided athletic training and physical therapy services in professional, collegiate, secondary school and clinical settings. As a collegiate athletic trainer, he has worked at NCAA Division I, II and III institutions, as well as at an NAIA college. Jay has also provided health care services to secondary school athletes and orthopedic patients in a variety of clinic-outreach roles.
In a continued effort to advance the professional practice of rehabilitation therapists and promote best practices among clinicians, Dr. Scifers has been extremely active in presenting at professional conferences; having delivered more than 250 professional platform and poster presentations at state, regional and national athletic training and physical therapy conferences. Scifers has additionally written a textbook, titled Special Tests for Neurologic Examination, and authored seven chapters and twenty-five articles in the fields of athletic training and physical therapy.
Scifers holds a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree from East Stroudsburg University, a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Emory University and a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy degree from the University of Maryland-Baltimore.