Dr. Philip McClure

Dr. Philip McClure

Professor of Physical Therapy (CV)

Philip McClure, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Professor and Director of Post-Professional Programs, received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from Temple University, a Master of Science degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia and a PhD in Biomedical Science from Drexel University. 

Dr. McClure’s research interest is the structure and function of the shoulder; his goal is to prevent shoulder injury and to develop interventions to optimize shoulder function after injury. Phil’s expertise in this content area is recognized by his publication history in referred journals, numerous book chapters, and many presentations at national and international meetings. He has received grant support from federal and private agencies. Dr. McClure and collaborators frequently receive the Research Award from the Pennsylvania annual physical therapy meeting. He was co-author on a paper that recently received the George J. Davies –James A. Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award: Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 

He has served as the Chair for the Research Committee, Orthopedic Section, APTA, and as an invited expert reviewer for systematic reviews related to the rotator cuff by the AAOS ad AHRQ. Phil received the National Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Orthopedic Section of the APTA, the Baethke-Carlin National Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching from the APTA and was named an APTA Catherine Worthington Fellow.

Recent Publications

  • Seitz AL,Michener LM, McClure PW, Finucane S, Ketchum J, Walsworth M, Boardman ND.  (2011). "Scapular Upward Rotation and Posterior Tilt Increases Subacromial Space, but not Muscle Performance in Subacromial Impingement." Journal of Orthopedic Sports Physical Therapy.
  • Ettinger L, McClure P, Kincil L ,Karduna A. (2011).  "Changes In Scapular Kinematics Post Workday In Dental Hygienists."  Clinical Biomechanics.
  • Seitz AL, Michener LM, McClure PW, Finucane S, Boardman ND. (2011).  "Mechanisms of Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy: Intrinsic, Extrinsic, or Both?" Clinical Biomechanics, 26(1):1-12.
  • Tate AR , McClure PW, Young IA, Salvatori R, Michener LA. (2010).  "Comprehensive Impairment Based Exercise and Manual Therapy Intervention for Patients with Subacromial Impingement Syndrome: A Case Series." Journal of Orthopedic Sports Physical Therapy, 40 474-493.
  • Stackhouse S, Stapleton M, Wagner D, McClure P. (2010) "Voluntary Activation , Infraspinatus Muscle in Nonfatigued and Fatigued States." Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 19(2):224-9.
  • Kibler WB, Ludewig PM, McClure PW, Uhl TL, Sciascia A. (2009).  "Scapular summit." Journal of Orthopedic Sports Physical Therapy, 39:A1-A13.
  • McClure P, Tate A, , Kareha S, Irwin D, Stuckey E. (2009).  "A New Clinical Test for Scapular Dyskinesis: Part 1 Reliability." Journal of Athletic Training, 44(2) 160-164.
  • Tate A, McClure P, Kareha S, Irwin D, Barbe M. (2009).  "A New Clinical Test for Scapular Dyskinesis: Part 2 Validity." Journal of Athletic Training, 44(2) 165-173.
  • Kelley M, McClure P, Leggin B. (2009).  "Frozen Shoulder: Evidence and a Proposed Model Guiding Rehabilitation." Journal of Orthopedic Sports Physical Therapy, 39: 135-148.

Scapular Dyskinesis Training

Scapular Dyskinesis Training PDF (152MB). This file represents the self-instructional training used by testers to determine the reliability and validity of the Scapular Dyskinesis Test. The results of this work are published in the following two papers:

  • McClure P, Tate A, Kareha S, Irwin D, Stuckey E. A new clinical test for scapular dyskinesis: Part 1 Reliability. J Athletic Training, January 2009
  • Tate A, McClure P, Kareha S, Irwin D. A new clinical test for scapular dyskinesis: Part 2 Validity. Accepted for Publication: J Athletic Training, January 2009

Recent Support

National Institutes of Health and the NATA Foundation.


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