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College of Health Professions and Social Work

College of Health Professions and Social Work

Eric Shamus, PhD, DPT, CSCS
Eric Shamus, PhD, DPT, CSCS

Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Phone: (239) 590-1418
Office: Marieb Hall 435

Dr. Shamus began as a faculty member at FGCU in 2011 and currently holds the position of Department Chair for the Department of Rehabilitation. Dr. Shamus earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Florida International University. He went on to earn a Masters degree in Biomechanical trauma from Lynn University/University of Miami, a PhD in Educational Leadership from Lynn University and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Sage University.

Dr. Shamus has participated in numerous national and international presentations as well as authoring multiple textbooks, chapters and journal articles.

Dr. Shamus joined the faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011.  Prior to coming to FGCU, Dr. Shamus spent 14 years on faculty at Nova Southeastern University teaching in the Physical Therapy and Osteopathic Medicine programs.

Research and Scholarly Interests:

  • Sports medicine
  • Manual therapy
  • Orthopeadics
  • Gait dysfunction
  • Clinical education / documentation
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • APTA issues / direct access
  • Professional issues


Scholarly Works Include:

Quartarolo I, Yassunaga L Jr., Santinha J, Gabriel R, Shamus EElectromyographic Analysis of the Tibialis Anterior and Peroneus Longus Muscles in Pilates Proprioceptive Exercises. American Journal of Sports Training. 2016 16:45:19.

van Duijn A, Hatch M, Sollie K, Shamus, E. (2016). Quadrieps-to-Hamstrings Coactivation Ratios During Closed Chain, High Velocity Exerise in Healthy Recreationally Active Adults. Presentation, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA.

Shamus E, Cordova M. Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, In Staples W. Geriatric CaseStudy Book. McGraw-Hill, NY, New York, 2016. (15 other cases submitted ranging from wound care to cardiac cases)

Shamus E, van Duijn A. Manual Therapy for the Extremities. Jones and Bartlett, Boston, MA. Expected publication February 2016.

Shamus E, Shamus J. Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, 2e. McGraw-hill, New York, NY, 2016. eISBN 1259589412. Expected publication Spring 2016.

Shamus E, van Duijn A. (2015) Manual Therapy of the Extremities. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Roberts E, Shamus E. Increasing Medical Students’ Understanding of the Role of Occupational Therapists: Design and Evaluation of an Education Module. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2015 Jun 29:1-3. [PMID 26120896]

Shamus E. (2015).  Color Atlas of Physical Therapy.  McGraw-Hill. 

Shamus J, Shamus E (2015).  Case Report - The Management of Iliotibial Band Syndrome with a Multifaced Approach: A Double Case Report.  The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, Vol 10, Number 3.

Shamus E (2014). Lower Extremity Biomechanics and Interrelationship of Trunk Movement.  Brooks Rehabilitation. Orthopeadic Residency Program, Jacksonville, FL.

Shamus E (2014).  Soccer Injuries presentation.  Classifications of Low Pack Pain.  Sociedade Brasileira de Fisioterapia.  Recife, Brazile

Shamus E, van Duijn A.  (2014) Regional Interdependence of the Hip and Lumbar Spine.  Presentation, AAOMPT, San Antonio.

Shamus E, Patla C (2013).  Upper Extremity Integration and Mobilization.  2013 FPTA Annual Conference.  Orlando, FL

Shamus E. (2012). Quick Answers: Physiotherapy (E-Book).  New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Qureshi Y, Shamus E. (2012).  Unilateral Shoulder Bags: Can They Be Worn in a Way to Reduce Posural Asymmetry? The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences ad Practice, Vol. 10.

Wessel N, Shamus E, Johnson K, Quereshi Y, O'Connor M, Mehra R (2012).  S2 Association of Biomechanical Changes with Weight Gain Throughout Pregnancy.  JAOA, 112(1):36.

Shamus E, Garcia A (2011).  Identifying Risk Factors for Osetoporosis in Young WomenInternet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice.  Vol. 9, No. 4

Shamus E, Stern D. (2011).  Effective Documentation for Physical Therapy Professionals (2nd ed.).  New York, NY: Mc-Graw Hill.

Grant Award

Pignataro, R, Shamus, E. College of Health Professions and Social Work, $10,000, Florida Physical Therapy Association, Linda Crane Award, 2015 - Creating a Tobacco-Free Future: Peer-Initiated Tobacco Cessation Counseling by Student Physical Therapists, October 2015-October 2016.



Eric Shamus is an active member in the APTA.  At the FPTA state level, he served in 2011 on the Temporary License Task Force and currently serves on the Dry Needling task force. For the last 11 years, including 2015, he is a delegate from Florida for the APTA House of Delegates.  In 2015, he was selected as recipient of the FPTA Fred M. Rutan Outstanding Service Award, which recognizes a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant who has provided excellent service on an FPTA Committee. He currently is the FPTA Conference chair and serves on the FPTA Continuing Education Approval Committee.