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Jason S. Scibek, Ph.D., LAT, ATC

Department Chair & Associate Professor
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Athletic Training

Rangos 118
Phone: 412.396.5960


Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Michigan, 2005
M.A., Sports Medicine, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, 1999
B.A., Health & Exercise Science, Gettysburg College, 1997



Areas of Academic Specialty:
Orthopedic injury evaluation
Therapeutic modalities


Publications (Last six years):

Scibek JS, Carcia CR.  (2012) Conservative management of acute calcific tendinopathy.  Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, In Press.

Scibek JS, Gatti JM, McKenzie JI. (2012) Successful removal of football helmet face mask clips following one season of use.  Journal of Athletic Training, In Press.

Carica CR, Kivlan B, Scibek JS, Bickford J, Langhans M. (2012) Time to peak forces is related to frontal plane landing kinematics in female athletes.  Physical Therapy in Sport, 13(2): 73-79, doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2011.06.003.

Carica CR, Kivlan B, Scibek JS. The relationship between lower extremity closed kinetic chain strength and sagittal plane landing kinematics in female athletes.  (2011) International Journal of Sport Physical Therapy, 6(1): 1-9.

Scibek JS, Mell AG, Downie BK, Palmieri-Smith R, Hughes RE. (2010)  Impact of pain on shoulder elevation velocity in patients with rotator cuff tears. Journal of Musculoskeletal Research, 13(1): 23-33. 

Scibek JS, Carpenter JE, Hughes RE (2009). Rotator cuff tear pain and tear size and scapulohumeral rhythm.  Journal of Athletic Training, 44(2): 148-159.

Gatti C, Scibek, JS, Svintsitski, O, Carpenter JE, Hughes RE (2008).  Integer programming models for optimizing shoulder rehabilitation.   Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 36(7):1242-53.

Scibek JS, Mell AG, Downie BK, Carpenter JE, Hughes RE (2008). Shoulder kinematics in patients with full-thickness rotator cuff tears. Journal of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery 17(1): 172-181.



Scibek, JS, Establishing a Reliable Method of Measuring Scapular AP Tilt.  Eastern Athletic Trainers Association Research Grant (2009)

Scibek JS, Validation of New Method for Assessing Scapular AP & ML Tilt. Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society Research Grant (2008)

Scibek JS, Shoulder kinematics in patients with full thickness rotator cuff tears following a subacromial injection. Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association Research Fund (2004)


Professional Presentations:
(representative sample)

Scibek JS, Gatti JM, Carcia CR.  Establishing a reliable method of measuring scapular anterior-posterior tilt, NATA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, June 2011.  Journal of Athletic Training, 46(3 supplement): 136-137.

Carcia CR, Bickford J, Scibek JS, Kivlan B, Langhans MJ, The relationship between functional lower extremity strength and landing kinematics in competitive female athletes, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA, February, 2010.  Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy 40(1): SPO2275, 2010. 

Scibek JS, Oyama S, Shoulder Alterations and the Effects on Elbow Function - Evidence Based Forum, National Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium: Philadelphia, PA, June 22-25, 2010.


Scibek JS, Carcia CR, Gatti JM.  Comparison of tri-planar scapulohumeral rhythm in healthy shoulders during elevation in three planes.  NATA Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, June, 2009. Journal of Athletic Training, 44(3 supplement): S-77, 2009.

Scibek JS, Treatment and Rehabilitation of High Ankle Sprains, National Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium: NATA Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, June, 2009.

Scibek JS, Evidence Based Application of Therapeutic Modalities, National Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium: NATA Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, June, 2008.

Scibek JS, Shoulder Biomechanics and Neurological Pathologies, Connecticut Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting, New Britain, CT, May 2008.


Dr. Jason Scibek, PhD, ATC is entering his seventh year in the Department of Athletic Training in the John G. Rangos, Sr., School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University.  He is an Associate Professor within the School of Health Sciences and was recently named Co-Chairperson for the Department of Athletic Training.  Dr. Scibek also serves as Co-Director for Kristen L. McMasters Motion Analysis Laboratory, which serves faculty and graduate student research interests in both upper and lower extremity biomechanics.

Dr. Scibek received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Exercise Science from Gettysburg College (1997), and his Master of Arts degree in Sports Medicine from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (1999).  He spent two years working at Sacred Heart University before going on to pursue a doctoral degree in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan (2005).  After completing his doctoral degree, Dr. Scibek spent one year at Eastern Michigan University, where he served as an assistant professor and Clinical Education Coordinator for their CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Education Program.

Dr. Scibek has been teaching in athletic training education programs for the last 15 years.  His areas of instruction have included human anatomy, kinesiology and functional biomechanics, athletic injury evaluation, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic rehabilitation, psychosocial issues in healthcare, and exercise physiology.  In that time, Dr. Scibek has also been heavily involved in the production of ancillary items for 14 athletic training and physical fitness textbooks published by the McGraw-Hill and FA Davis.

Dr. Scibek and his collaborators have published multiple articles examining shoulder biomechanics in healthy individuals, overhead athletes and rotator cuff injured patients.  His current line of research continues to focus on shoulder biomechanics and rehabilitation efforts surrounding scapular mechanics.  His other research interests include lower extremity kinetic chain assessment, evidence-based application of therapeutic modalities and functional training for the purposes of injury prevention.  Dr. Scibek has published 12 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has presented and/or contributed to over 25 professional presentations in his areas of research expertise.  Additionally, Dr. Scibek serves as a reviewer for several sports medicine and clinical orthopedic journals.

Dr. Scibek is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association, the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society, the American Society of Biomechanics, and the International Association for Ethics Education.  Professionally, Dr. Scibek spent three years (2009-2011) serving as a programming chair for the PATS Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium and five years (2008-2012) as an abstract reviewer for the American Society of Biomechanics Annual Meeting.  He routinely serves as a moderator and/or program reviewer for the NATA Annual Meeting.  He was also a member of the inaugural program committee for the International Association for Ethics Education Annual Meeting. 

Dr. Scibek is a licensed athletic trainer through the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine.  He has 15 years of clinical experience, seven of those working at the Division I level. At the University of Michigan, Dr. Scibek served three years as an assistant athletic trainer for the men's & women's swimming & diving teams. During his time at Sacred Heart University, Dr. Scibek spent time working with the track & field and wrestling teams. As a graduate student and undergraduate student, he gained additional experience working with swimming & diving and baseball at the UNC, as well as volleyball, track & field, basketball, soccer, and football at Gettysburg College.  Dr. Scibek has remained active clinically working for SoccerPlus Camps and volunteering athletic training services at Duquesne University in the Department of Athletics.