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Mitchell L. Cordova, PhD, ATC, FNATA, FACSM
Mitchell L. Cordova, PhD, ATC, FNATA, FACSM

Professor & Dean, College of Health Professions and Social Work
Phone: (239) 590-7451
E-Mail: mcordova@fgcu.edu
Office: Marieb Hall 438B

Dr. Mitchell L. Cordova joined Florida Gulf Coast University as Professor & Dean of the College of Health Professions and Social Work in July 2011.  Prior to his arrival at FGCU, Dr. Cordova served as Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte for 6 years.  Additionally, he also served as Director of the Biodynamics Research Laboratory and was a research faculty member within the Center for Biomedical Engineering Systems at UNC Charlotte.  Before joining the faculty at UNC Charlotte in Fall 2005, Dr. Cordova was on faculty at Indiana State University for 8 years in which he served in many capacities including: Department Chair, Director of the Masters and PhD programs in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine, and Director of the Sports Injury Research Laboratory.  Dr. Cordova is a Board Certified Athletic Trainer, and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He is also a member of the Society for Neuroscience.  In 2000, Dr. Cordova was recipient of the NATA Research & Education Foundation’s New Investigator Research Award, and in 2003 he was honored by Indiana State University in receiving the Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research Award.  In 2014, Dr. Cordova was a recipient of The Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.  Dr. Cordova earned his BS degree in Athletic Training from East Stroudsburg University, his Master’s degree in Athletic Training from Indiana State University, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomechanics from The University of Toledo. 

Throughout his faculty appointments at Indiana State University and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Cordova’s teaching responsibilities have spanned across four main discipline / content areas at the undergraduate and graduate level.  They include: lower division anatomy & physiology and biomechanics courses, upper division athletic training courses in therapeutic exercise & therapeutic modalities, graduate level (Masters and PhD) biomechanics courses, and graduate level (Masters and PhD) research & statistics courses. 

Research and Scholarly Interests:

Dr. Cordova’s research area has focused on investigating the neuromechanical consequences of lower extremity joint injury, joint injury prevention and rehabilitation in healthy, chronic ankle instability, and knee and ankle osteoarthritis populations.  His research endeavors have culminated into publishing over 65 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and textbook chapters, and he has delivered over 115 professional research presentations, symposia, and invited lectures at the national level.  In 2000, Dr. Cordova was recipient of the NATA Research and Education Foundation’s New Investigator Research Award, and in 2003 he was honored by Indiana State University in receiving the Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research Award. 

Selected Refereed Journal Publications Since 2007:

Gill KF, Arthur ST, Swaine IL, Devereux GR, Huett YM, Wikstrom EA, Cordova ML, Howden R.  Intensity-dependent reductions in resting blood pressure following short-term isometric exercise training.  Journal of Sports Sciences.  2014; doi:10.1080/02640414.2014.953979.

Denegar CR, Cordova ML.  Application of statistics in establishing diagnostic certainty.  Journal of Athletic Training.  2012;47:233-236. 

Hicks-Little CA, Peindl RD, Fehring TK, Odum SM, Hubbard TJ, Cordova ML. Temporal-spatial gait adaptations during stair ascent and descent in patients with knee osteoarthritis.  Journal of Arthroplasty.  2012; 27:1183-1189.

Gao B, Cordova ML, Zheng N.  Three-Dimensional joint kinematics of ACL-deficient and ACL-reconstructed knees during stair ascent and descent.  Human Movement Science.  2012; 31:222-235.

Sefton JM, Yarar C, Hicks-Little CA, Berry JW, Cordova ML.  Six weeks of balance training improves sensorimotor function in individuals with chronic ankle instability.  Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.  2011;41:81-89.

Hicks-Little CA, Peindl RD, Hubbard TJ, Scannell BP, Springer BD, Odum SM, Fehring TK, Cordova ML.  Lower extremity joint kinematics during stair climbing in knee osteoarthritis.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  2011;43:516-524

Cordova ML, Sefton JM, Hubbard TJ.  Mechanical joint laxity associated with chronic ankle instability: A systematic review.  Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach.  2010;2:452-459.

Cordova ML, Takahashi T, Kress GM, Brucker JB, Finch AE.  Influence of external ankle support on lower extremity joint mechanics during drop landings.  Journal of Sport Rehabilitation.  2010;19:136-148.

Hubbard TJ, Cordova ML.  Effects of ankle taping on mechanical stability in those with chronic ankle instability.  Foot and Ankle International.  2010;31:499-504.

Hubbard TJ, Hicks-Little CA, Cordova ML.  Changes inankle mechanical stability in those with knee osteoarthritis.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  2010;91:73-77.

Stone MB, Edwards JE, Huxel KC, Cordova ML, Ingersoll CD, Babington JP.  Threshold frequency of an electrically induced cramp increases following a repeated, localized fatiguing exercise.  Journal of Sports Sciences.  2010;2:1-7.

Turner MJ, Williams AB, Williford AL, Cordova ML.  A comparison of physiologic and physical discomfort responses between exercise modalities.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.  2010;24:796-803.

Cordova ML, Bernard LW, Au KK, Demchak TJ, Stone MB.  Cryotherapy and ankle bracing effects on peroneus longus response during sudden inversion.  Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology.  2010:20;348-353.

Wikstrom EA, Cordova ML.  Ankle balance training targets recurrent injury.  Lower Extremity Review.  2009;1:51-54.

Hubbard TJ, Cordova ML.  Mechanical instability after an acute ankle sprain.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  2009;90:1142-1146.

Hubbard TJ, Hicks-Little CA, Cordova ML.  Mechanical and sensorimotor implications with ankle osteoarthritis.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  2009;90:1136-1141.

Hubbard TJ, Carpenter EM, Cordova ML.  Contributing factors to medial tibial stress syndrome: a prospective investigation.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  2009;41:490-496.

Sefton JM, Hicks-Little CA, Koceja DM, Hubbard TJ, Clemens MG, Yengo CM, Cordova ML.  Sensorimotor function as a predictor of chronic ankle instability.  Clinical Biomechanics.  2009;24:451-458.

Sefton JM, Hicks-Little CA, Koceja DM, Hubbard TJ, Clemens MG, Yengo CM, Cordova ML. Segmental spinal reflex adaptations associated with chronic ankle instability.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  2008;89:1991-1995.

Hicks-Little CA, Hubbard TJ, Cordova ML. Exercise in Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis. Athletic Therapy Today. 2008;13:7-10.

Cordova ML. Giving clinicians more to work with: Incorporate confidence intervals in our data. Journal of Athletic Training. 2007;42:445.

Hicks-Little CA, Thatcher JR, Hauth JM, Goldfuss AJ, Cordova ML.  Menstrual cycle stage and oral contraceptive effects on anterior tibial displacement in collegiate female athletes.  Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness.  2007;47:255-260.

Sefton JM, Hicks-Little CA, Koceja DM, Cordova ML.  Modulation of soleus H-reflex by presynaptic spinal mechanisms during varying surface and ankle brace conditions.  Clinical Neurophysiology.  2007;37:15-21.

Book Chapters:

Cordova ML.  Does Ankle Taping or Bracing Impair Functional Performance?  In: Wikstrom EA, McKeon PO, eds.  Quick Questions in Ankle Sprains: Expert Advice in Sports Medicine. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK, Inc.; 2015 (ISBN-10 1-61711-817-6).  

Cordova ML, Shamus E. Deltoid Ligament Sprain. In: Shamus E, ed. Color Atlas of Physical Therapy. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2015 (ISBN-10 0071813519).

Dr. Cordova is a Section Editor for the Journal of Athletic Training and serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation.  Additionally, he serves as a guest reviewer for many other journals in Sports Medicine, Exercise Science, Biomechanics, and Neurophysiology.  His research focus involves investigating the neuromechanical consequences of lower extremity joint injury and rehabilitation in chronic ankle instability, knee and ankle osteoarthritis populations.