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Dr. Thomas F. West


  • B.S.: Health Education, Athletic Training Option, Penn State University
  • M.S.: Physical Education, Athletic Training, West Virginia University
  • Ph.D.: Kinesiology, Motor Behavior Specialization, Penn State University


Dr. West, Ph.D., ATC, is in his 10th year as a professor in the Department of Health Science at California University of Pennsylvania. He has served as the director of the graduate athletic training education program at Cal U and as the chair of the Department of Health Science. Additionally, he teaches courses in the exercise science and health promotion graduate program and the undergraduate program in wellness and fitness.

Prior to coming to California University, he held the position of associate professor at Lock Haven University. At LHU, he served as director of the athletic training education program and worked as an assistant athletic trainer. Dr. West has also held clinical athletic training and teaching positions at Penn State University and George Washington University.

Dr. West has stayed active professionally in several ways. He is a past-president of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society (PATS) and also served as Convention Committee chairperson. Currently, he serves as a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and serves on the Post Professional Annual Report Committee.

He has presented at state, national and international conferences. He presented research results at the International Olympic Committee World Congress on Sports Sciences in Athens, Greece.

His research interests include blending mobile learning into online and traditional learning environments and performance enhancement in athletic training.

Dr. West is married to Ellen West, an athletic trainer and fellow faculty member at Cal. They have two sons, Tucker and Sam, and a daughter, Grace. In addition to playing with the kids, he enjoys traveling and golf.


  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Kinesiology
  • Contemporary Issues in Athletic Training
  • Methods of Research in the Allied Health Professions
  • Technology in Athletic Training
  • Sport Nutrition

Research Interests

  • Mobile learning in athletic training education
  • The use of technology in teaching and learning within the health science
  • Performance enhancement
  • Motor control

Research Projects That Involve Students

  • Hong H, West TF, Barroner J, DiCesaro D. (2012). Correlation Between Pelvic Rotation, Gluteus Medius Strength and Shoulder-Pelvic Separation. Committee Chair.
  • Miki M, West TF, Zuchelkowski E, Oddi B. (2012). The Effect of Massage Timing on Fatigue. Committee Chair.
  • Rentler S, West TF, Popovich M, Bishop V. (2012). Concussion Knowledge of High School Parents and Coaches. Committee Chair.
  • Sullivan K, West TF, Federico M, Annaccone A. (2012). Persistent Overuse Injuries in the Throwing Athlete. Committee Chair.
  • Tamburo J, West TF, Meyer M, Daley J. (2012). Concussion Knowledge in High School Athletes and Parents. Committee Chair.
  • Vandermeuse T, West TF, Hess R, Zuchelkowski E. (2012). The Effects of Previous Ankle Sprain on Stability and Balance. Committee Chair.
  • Webber M, West TF, Miller L, Annaccone A. (2012). The Effect of Static and Dynamic Stretching on Sprint Speed. Committee Chair.
  • Banks E, West TF, Lyles A, Popovich M. (2011).  Electromyographic Activity in Core Muscles During Static Yoga Poses Performed on Stable and Unstable Surfaces.  Committee Chair.
  • Wildenhain R, West TF, Hatton J, Miller L. (2011)  Certified Athletic Trainers Perceptions of Lower Limb Injuries that Occur on Artificial Turf versus Natural Grass.  Committee Chair.
  • Wilson D, West TF, DiCesaro S, Zuchelkowski E. (2011)  The Effect of Cryotherapy on Landing Forces during a Single Leg Jump.  Committee Chair.

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Health Science

Academic Program(s)

  • B.S. Athletic Training
  • B.S. Sport Management-Online Wellness and Fitness
  • M.S. Athletic Training

Contact Information



Hamer Hall 234


"My position allows me to work with students at all levels from first semester undergraduate and graduate students. In this time, I have the opportunity to see them grow and mature into professionals who will have an impact on their chosen professions."

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