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Physical Therapy Continuing Education eProfessor Profile

Robert A. Donatelli PT, Ph.D., OCS

Dr. Donatelli is an internationally recognized educator and clinician in sports medicine and in orthopaedics. His work in orthopaedics spans the foot on up through the shoulder. He has uniquely contributed to the physical therapy care of professional golf, tennis and baseball athletes. He is well published and has taught at academic institutions across the country.

Examples of Dr. Donatelli’s accomplishments include:

  • Physical therapist for the PGA and LPGA tours. Developed the Golf: Strengthen Your Game PGA tour rehab and performance enhancement program.
  • Physical therapist for TaylorMade Golf. Developed a golf-specific evaluation assessing balance, flexibility and strength.
  • Director of Medical Services and physical therapist for the Champions Tour of Tennis.
  • Director of Sports-Specific Rehab mentoring program, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Member of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) Research Committee and a physical therapy consultant to the Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers baseball teams.
  • Faculty member at multiple PT schools, and Orthopaedic Track Chairman at Rocky Mountain University of Physical Therapy Doctor of Science.
  • National Director of Sports-Specific Rehabilitation and Performance Enhancement Programs for Physiotherapy Associates.


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Robert A. Donatelli PT, Ph.D., OCS

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Peer-Reviewed Publications

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  • Donatelli, R. and Owen-Burhart, "Effects of Immobilization on Periarticular Structures", JOSPT, Vol. 3 No 2 1981
  • Donatelli,R Boissenhault W, Influence of hallux extension on the foot during ambulation, JOSPT. Vol 5 No 5 1984.
  • Donatelli R, Normal biomechanics of the foot and ankle, JOSPT, Vol 7 No3, 1985
  • Donatelli,R Abnormal mechanics of the foot and ankle, JOSPT, Vol 9 No 1, 1987.
  • Donatelli, R Greenfield, B The stiff and painful shoulder: A biomechanical approach, JOSPT, Vol. 9 No 3, 1987.
  • Donatelli R, Hurlbert C, Conaway D, St. Pierre, R Biomechanical foot orthotics: A retrospective study. Vol 10, No 6, 1988.
  • Donatelli R., Normal mechanics of gait. J Musculoskeletal and Back Rehab, 1990.
  • Cawthorn, M., Walker, Jr., R., Cummings, G., Donatelli R. Isokinetic Measurement of Foot Invertor and Evertor Force in Three Positions of Plantarflexion and Dorsiflexion, JOSPT, Vol 14, No 2, August, 1991.
  • Donatelli R., Catlin, P., Backer, G., Drane, D., Slater, S. Isokinetic Hip Abductor Torque Ratio in Normals, Isokinetic and Exercise Science, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1991.
  • Wooden, M., Greenfield, B., Johanson, M., Mundrane, M, Litzelman, L., Donatelli R. Effects of Strength Training on Throwing Velocity and Shoulder Muscle Performance in Teenage Baseball Players. JOSPT, Vol. 15, No. 5, May 1992.
  • Brown, G., Catlin, P. Donatelli R., Wooden, M. "Comparison of Biomechanical Foot Orthotics and Off the Shelf Arch Supports, in Controlling Abnormal Pronation". JOSPT, Vol 21 No5, 1994.
  • Johanson, M., Donatelli R., Wooden, M. Effects of Three Different Posting Methods on Subtalar Joint Pronation. Physical Therapy, Vol 74 No 2, 1994.
  • Donatelli R., Cole, SP, Greenfield, B., et al: Open and closed kinetic chain strength training versus functional exercises to improve performance in patient with ACL reconstructed knees: a prospective study. ISOK Exer Sci, 6:7, 1996.
  • Donatelli R, The evolution and mechanics of the midfoot and hindfoot. J Back Musculoskeletal Rehab, Accepted for publication - 1997.
  • Donatelli R, Wooden M, et al. Static vs Dynamic Foot Postures in Professional Baseball Players. JOSPT, 29:316-330, 1999.
  • Donatelli R, Ellenbecker TS, Ekedahl SR, Wilkes JS et al, Assessment of shoulder strength in professional baseball pitchers. JOSPT, 30(9):544-551, 2000.
  • Ecstrum RA, Donatelli R, Soderberg GL, Surface electromyographic analysis of exercises for the trapezius and serratus anterior muscles. JOSPT, 33(5), 257, 2003.
  • Shaffer B, Jobe FW, Pink M, Perry J. Baseball batting: an electromyographic study. Clin Orthop Rel Res. 1993;292:285-93.

Other Publications

  • Donatelli, R. Functional anatomy and mechanics of the shoulder, in Physical Therapy of the Shoulder 4th ed. Donatelli R, (eds) 1996.
  • Donatelli, R & Wooden Biomechanical Orthotics In Donatelli (eds) The Biomechanics of the Foot and Ankle, F.A. Davis, 1990.
  • Donatelli R. Normal Mechanics of the Foot and Ankle and Abnormal Mechanics of the Foot and Ankle, in Donatelli, R., (eds) The Biomechanics of the Foot and Ankle, F.A. Davis, Philadelphia, 1990.
  • Johanson, M., Greenfield, B., Donatelli, R. "Microtrauma Trauma to the Knee". In Greenfield, B., (eds) Rehabilitation of the Knee: A Problem Solving Approach, F.A. Davis, Philadelphia, 1993.
  • Donatelli, R. Mobilization of the shoulder. In Andrews,J and Wilkes K,(eds) The Athlete's Shoulder Churchill Livingstone, 1994.
  • Donatelli, R , McMahon T, Mobilization of the Shoulder, in Physical Therapy of the Shoulder 4th ed. Donatelli R, (eds) 1996.


  • Donatelli,R. & Wooden, M. (Editors) Orthopedic Physical Therapy, 3rd Edition, Churchill Livingstone, New York, 1993.
  • Donatelli, R. (Editor) The Biomechanics of the Foot and Ankle, 2nd Edition, Philadelphia, Oct. 1995.
  • Donatelli, R: Restoring range of motion and strength to the shoulder. Sports Physical Therapy Section Home Study Course. 1995.
  • Donatelli R, (Eds) Physcial Therapy of the Shoulder 4th edition, Elsevier, PA 2004.
  • Donatelli R. American Academy Editorial Board for Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care 3rd Edition. 9/2006
  • Donatelli R. Sports Specific Rehabilitation, Elesiver, PA, 2007

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