Dan Cobian, DPT, PhD, is a faculty member in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and a research scientist with Badger Athletic Performance and the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab. Prior to joining the faculty at UW-Madison, he received a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from The University of Iowa (2015), and completed a postdoc position in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at UW-Madison (2016).
The focus of Dr. Cobian’s thesis work was lower extremity power and rapid force development after knee injury, surgery, and rehabilitation. The objectives of his current research are to better understand the neuromuscular implications of musculoskeletal trauma, characterize the effects of injury on movement biomechanics, sports performance and function, and determine how to best prescribe and dose rehabilitation interventions to facilitate improved outcomes and long term quality of life. He has authored peer-reviewed articles published in numerous sports medicine journals and he has presented research and delivered educational content at a variety of state and national meetings.
Dr. Cobian was a graduate of the inaugural Doctor of Physical Therapy class at UW-Madison in 2010 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2006. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (2006).
He maintains a clinical practice in Sports Rehabilitation for UW Health at The American Center, and specializes in treating patients with lower extremity musculoskeletal trauma, with an emphasis on knee joint injury and surgery. He also provides consultation services to the University of Wisconsin Athletics Department.
His current teaching responsibilities include Tissue Mechanics and Adaptations (PT 627), Neuromuscular Mechanics and Control (PT 628), Foundations of Physical Therapy Intervention (PT 534), and Anatomical Applications in Physical Therapy (PT 501). He serves as a primary research mentor to seven current physical therapy and undergraduate students who participate in the research initiatives of the Badger Athletic Performance group.
Dr. Cobian is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (Sports, Orthopaedic, and Research sections), the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the American College of Sports Medicine. He currently serves as the Research Coordinator for the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy Team Concept Conference, and is a reviewer for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.