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George J. Davies - Georgia Southern University. Savannah, GA, US

George J. Davies

Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences | Georgia Southern University


George J. Davies is an expert in sports physical therapy, athletic training, orthopaedics, and rehabilitation.





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DR. GEORGE J. DAVIES is an internationally known speaker who has presented hundreds of conferences throughout the world on sports physical therapy, athletic training, shoulder, knee, open and closed kinetic chain topics, orthopaedics, rehabilitation and Isokinetics. Davies is a clinician, educator, speaker, researcher, author, editor and consultant. He has been involved in the clinical practice of sports physical therapy/athletic training, since he was a student athletic trainer, for over 53 years.

He has a passion for teaching and has been an educator for over 48 years in colleges and universities. For the past 45 years, he has been involved in teaching undergraduate and graduate physical therapy courses including: cadaver anatomy, biomechanics, sports physical therapy, orthopaedics, and examination courses. Because Davies values education, after 30 years, he returned to school and completed his post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at MGH Institute of Health Professions and graduated with highest honors.

Areas of Expertise (3)


Sports Physical Therapy

Athletic Training

Accomplishments (1)

George J. Davis-James A. Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award (professional)

George J. Davis-James A. Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award

Education (3)

MGH Institute of Health Practitioners: D.P.T.

Columbia University: C.P.T.

The College of New Jersey: M.Ed.

Affiliations (1)

  • Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Associate Editor

Media Appearances (1)

Sports Medicine Physical Therapy Leader, George J. Davies, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS, FAPTA, Inducted into AOSSM Hall of Fame

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George J. Davies, DPT, ATC, CSCS, PES, FAPTA was inducted into the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Hall of Fame at its Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL on Friday, July 12th. AOSSM Hall of Famers are individuals in the sports medicine community who have contributed immensely and set themselves apart from others in the field.

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Patents (1)

Computerized exercise apparatus


2018 A training, rehabilitation, and recovery system comprises an exercise apparatus including a user interface member coupled to a plurality of links and joints, brakes capable of resisting movement of at least a subset of the links or joints, and sensors capable of sensing movement at the joints or the user interface member. The system also includes a processor configured to receive from the sensors positional data of the links or joints over an initial movement of the apparatus by a user, from which positional coordinates of the user interface member are calculated and a reference trajectory is established. An end space is defined based on the reference trajectory. Over a subsequent movement of the apparatus by the user, the processor receives additional positional data and determines a completion of a repetition based on the positional coordinates of the subsequent movement and the defined end space.

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Articles (5)

Shoulder Pain and Mobility Deficits: Adhesive Capsulitis

Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy

George J. Davies

2013 The Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has an ongoing effort to create evidence-based practice guidelines for orthopaedic physical therapy management of patients with musculoskeletal impairments described in the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF). The purpose of these clinical practice guidelines is to describe the peer-reviewed literature and make recommendations related to adhesive capsulitis.

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Reliability, Minimal Detectable Change, and Normative Values for Tests of Upper Extremity Function and Power

The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research

George J. Davies

2010 Negrete, RJ, Hanney, WJ, Kolber, MJ, Davies, GJ, Ansley, MK, McBride, AB, and Overstreet, AL. Reliability, minimal detectable change, and normative values for tests of upper extremity function and power. J Strength Cond Res 24(12): 3318-3325, 2010-The purpose of this study was to examine the test-retest reliability, minimal detectable change (MDC), and determine normative values of 3 upper extremity (UE) tests of function and power. One hundred eighty participants, men (n = 69) and women (n = 111), were tested on 3 UE strength and power maneuvers in a multicenter study to determine baseline normative values. Forty-six subjects returned for a second day of testing within 5 days of the initial assessment for the reliability component of the investigation. Explosive power was assessed via a seated shot-put test for the dominant and nondominant arms. Relationships between the dominant and nondominant arms were also analyzed. A push-up and modified pull-up were performed to measure the amount of work performed in short (15-second) bursts of activity. The relationship between the push-up and modified pull-up was also determined. Analysis showed test-retest reliability for the modified pull-up, timed push-up, dominant single-arm seated shot-put tests, and nondominant single-arm seated shot-put tests to be intraclass correlation coefficient(3,1) 0.958, 0.989, 0.988, and 0.971, respectively. The MDC for both the push-up and modified pull-up was 2 repetitions. The MDCs for the shot put with the dominant arm and the nondominant arm were 17 and 18 in., respectively. The result of this study indicates that these field tests possess excellent reliability. Normative values have been identified, which require further validation. These tests demonstrate a practical and effective method to measure upper extremity functional power.

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Electromyographic activity and applied load during seated quadriceps exercises.

Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise

George J. Davies

2001 The aim of this study was to quantify and compare mean quadriceps muscle activity and applied load for eight seated quadriceps exercises using four types of resistance. METHODS: Using surface electromyography (EMG), the right rectus femoris (RF), vastus lateralis (VL), and vastus medialis oblique (VMO) muscles of 52 university students aged 23.5 +/- 3.4 yr (35 female and 17 male subjects) were examined during the exercises. Resistance devices included an ankle weight (78 N), blue Thera-Band tubing, a Cybex 340 isokinetic dynamometer, and an Inertial Exercise Trainer (IET). Electrogoniometer data were collected to determine the range of motion (ROM), angular velocity, and phase (concentric/eccentric) of exercise. Load cell data were analyzed to determine tubing and IET applied loads during exercise. A within-subjects criterion was used to improve intrasubject EMG reliability. All EMG values were normalized to a 100% maximum voluntary isometric contraction. Repeated measures ANOVAs with Bonferroni comparisons were used for statistical analysis. RESULTS: Within-subject effects of muscle and exercise were significant (P < 0.05) for both the concentric and eccentric muscle activity. The interaction effect of mean average EMG amplitude across exercises for the concentric phases of knee extension was significant (P = 0.001). No significant interactions were found for the eccentric phases of all seated quadriceps exercises. None of the exercises selectively isolated the VMO over the VL; however, the VMO/VL ratio was less (P < 0.05) during the concentric phases of the free weight and elastic tubing exercise when compared with the others. Eccentric phase VMO/VL ratios revealed that inertial resistance elicited greater muscle activity than other forms of resistance exercise. CONCLUSION: These findings suggest clinicians should consider biomechanical and resistance data when developing a strengthening program for the quadriceps muscle. Some seated quadriceps exercises may be more appropriate for certain rehabilitation goals than others.

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The Application of Isokinetics in Testing and Rehabilitation of the Shoulder Complex

Journal of Athletic Training

George J. Davies et al.

2000 We review the application of isokinetic testing and training for the shoulder complex, the interpretation of isokinetic testing data, and the application of normative data in the rehabilitation and performance enhancement of the athlete.

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Patellofemoral Disorders: A Classification System and Clinical Guidelines for Nonoperative Rehabilitation

Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy

George J. Davies et al.

1998 Patellofemoral disorders are among the most common clinical conditions managed in the orthopaedic and sports medicine setting. Nonoperative intervention is typically the initial form of treatment for patellofemoral disorders; however, there is no consensus on the most effective method of treatment. Although numerous treatment options exist for patellofemoral patients, the indications and contraindications of each approach have not been well established. Additionally, there is no generally accepted classification scheme for patellofemoral disorders. In this paper, we will discuss a classification system to be used as the foundation for developing treatment strategies and interventions in the nonsurgical management of patients with patellofemoral pain and/or dysfunction. The classification system divides the patellofemoral disorders into eight groups, including: 1) patellar compression syndromes, 2) patellar instability, 3) biomechanical dysfunction, 4) direct patellar trauma, 5) soft tissue lesions, 6) overuse syndromes, 7) osteochondritis diseases, and 8) neurologic disorders. Treatment suggestions for each of the eight patellofemoral dysfunction categories will be briefly discussed.

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