Morey J. Kolber, PT, Ph.D, OCS, Cert.MDT, CSCS*D

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TheShoulderScholar.com’s author and architect is Dr. Morey J. Kolber. The information contained herein relates to injury diagnosis, treatment, prevention and the pursuit of injury-free fitness for the entire gamut of individuals who are looking for knowledge. On this site, you will find the latest evidence based research on all areas of the shoulder including research articles, upcoming events, and much more.

Dr. Kolber is a nationally-renowned expert in the area of shoulder injuries and prevention among the weight-training population. His research has gained national recognition as the reference criterion for  identifying variables predictive of and associated with shoulder disorders among weight-training participants. Currently, he holds the rank of  Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where he teaches courses in musculoskeletal examination, diagnostic imaging, and exercise physiology. Additionally, he is the Director of Rehabilitation Services at  Boca Raton Orthopaedic Group in Boca Raton, Florida.

Dr. Kolber received his M.S.P.T degree from the University of Miami, Florida, where his research capstone involved identifying the prevalence of shoulder pain among the population with spinal cord injury. He received his Ph.D, PT degree from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale Florida, where his dissertation focused on identifying shoulder joint and muscle characteristics among the weight training population.  He has been a practicing physical therapist in the clinical and education settings for the past 20+ years.

 Dr. Kolber has lectured on the shoulder complex and diagnostic imaging in the post-professional setting for over 15 years. He has been an invited speaker at numerous national conferences including the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, both on multiple occasions. Additionally, he has been a speaker at the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Association and numerous physical therapy state conferences including Florida, Virginia, Utah, South Dakota, and Louisiana as well as the Florida Athletic Trainers Association conference.  Dr. Kolber has well-over 160 peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations with a primary focus on the shoulder complex and spine.

Currently, he serves as the Senior Associate Editor in Chief for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Strength and Conditioning Journal and as the North American Regional Editor for Physical Therapy Reviews Journal. Additionally, he serves as the Associate Editor for Physiotherapy Theory and Practice Journal. He served as guest editor for a sports medicine special issue of Strength and Conditioning Journal and as guest editor for a shoulder complex special issue of Physical Therapy Reviews Journal. In 2009, Dr. Kolber was the recipient of the National Strength and Conditioning Associations editorial excellence award.He currently holds the position of vice-chair for the national Strength and Conditioning Associations, Sports Medicine SIG.

Dr. Kolber’s research has been the recipient of numerous intra and extramural funding awards including the National Strength and Conditioning Association Young Investigator Grant for his research on shoulder disorders and has been a co-recipient of the APTA Orthopaedic Section Clinical Research Grant. Additionally, he is a co-recipient of the Nova Southeastern University 2014 Presidents Grant and the 2016 Florida Physical Therapy Association’s Linda Crane grant.. His research has been featured in numerous peer reviewed publications as well as nationally circulating media sources and magazines such as Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health, SHAPE, SOBeFIT, abcNEWS, and TODAY.com. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Strength and Conditioning Associations Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Professional of the year award, the APTA Sport Sections outstanding research manuscript excellence award for the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, as well as the Nova Southeastern University, College of Health Care Sciences Faculty of the Year scholarship award and the Richard E. Davis award for his research accomplishments. In 2016 Dr. Kolber served as a co-editor and author for the textbook entitled, “Orthopaedic Management of the Hip and Pelvis.”

Dr. Kolber holds a board certification in Orthopaedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and is currently on the committee of content experts for the Orthopaedic Certification Specialization examination. Prior to this appointment he served 4 years on the Specialization Academy of Content Experts for the Orthopaedic Certification Specialization examination. Additionally, he served as an orthopaedic content expert for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, Examination Development Committee from 2012-2014, practice analysis committee for 2016,  and was inducted into the Academy of Advanced Item Writers in 2012. Dr. Kolber has a certification in mechanical diagnosis and therapy of the spine through the McKenzie Institute, USA and is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with distinction. He has completed the Level 1 certification in Functional Movement Systems.