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Professor of Physical Therapy at California

State University, Sacramento

* 1990-present

National Strength and Conditioning


* 1995-present
* 1999-present
* 2001-present

American College of Sports Medicine

American Society of Biomechanics

International Society of Biomechanics in


* 2001-present

American Physical Therapy Association

Rafael Escamilla, PhD, PT, is a distinguished professor of

physical therapy at California State University, Sacramento
(CSUS). He is also the co-director of the CSUS Biomechanics
Laboratory, where he studies the science of the movement of the
human body in an attempt to better understand performance
enhancement and injury prevention. He teaches many courses in
the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, such as
pathokinesiology, therapeutic exercise, and a certified strength
and conditioning certification course. The DPT program is part of
the College of Health and Human Services at CSUS.

Rafael Escamilla, PhD, PT, has been active in

athletics since his early teens. In high school, he
was a wrestler, football, and track and was the
awarded the most valuable player in football, the
most inspirational players in both wrestling and
track, won an award in boxing, and was chosen the
Outstanding Athlete at Clarkston high school. In
college, he was a conference champion in football
and track. After college, he became involved in
powerlifting. From 1993-1995, he won two National
Powerlifting Championships, and at 179 pound
bodyweight performed in competition a full squat of
just under 650 pounds, a deadlift of 630 pounds,
and a bench press of 400 pounds..

Cruciate ligament loading during common knee

rehabilitation exercises

Anterior cruciate ligament strain and tensile forces for

weight bearing and non-weight bearing exercise

Cruciate ligament tensile forces during the forward and

side lung

Shoulder muscle activity and function in common

shoulder rehabilitation exercises

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Rafael Escamilla has written 12 book

chapters that were published in Sports
Medicine, Physical Therapy, and
Biomechanics Textbooks, and many of
these textbooks are used in academic
settings such as at colleges and
Universities. A sample of these include
Biomechanics of pitching: mechanism
and motion analysis, Biomechanics of
Powerlifting and Weightlifting
Exercises, Electromyographic activity
during upper extremity sports, and
Exercise based conditioning and

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