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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
Office: Marieb Hall 438B

Dr. Mitchell L. Cordova joined Florida Gulf Coast University as Professor and Dean of the College of Health Professions and Social Work in July 2011.  Dr. Cordova is a Certified Athletic Trainer, and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and is a member of the Society for Neuroscience.  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.

Dr. Cordova’s research endeavors have culminated into publishing over 60 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, 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. 

Dr. Cordova served as a Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for six years. Additionally, Dr. Cordova served as Director of the Biodynamic 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 eight 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.

Research and Scholarly Interests:

  • Neuromechanical consequences of lower extremity joint injury and rehabilitation in the following populations:

             -  chronic ankle instability

             -  ankle osteoarthritis

             -  knee osteoarthritis

  • Biomechanics of lower extremity rehabilitation exercise
  • Systematic reviews / meta-analyses
  • Research design / statistics


Scholarly Works Include:

Cordova MLDoes 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).

Gill KF, Arthur ST, Swaine IL, Devereux GR, Huett YM, Wikstron EA, Cordova ML, Hoden 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 MLApplication of Statistics in Establishing Diagnostic Certainty.  Journal of Athletic Training.  2012; 47:233-236.

Gao B, Cordova ML, Zheng N.  Three-Dimensional Joint Kinematics of ACL-Deficient and ACL-Reconstructed Knees During Stair Accent and Descent.  Human Movement Science.  2012; 31:222-235.

Hicks-Litte 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.

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.