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Geoff Dover, PhD

Associate Professor, Health, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology

Geoff Dover, PhD
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 3304
Website(s): Perform Centre Website

Geoff Dover is a Certified Athletic Therapist and a Certified Athletic Trainer. After earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph he completed his Athletic Therapy training at Sheridan College. He then earned his masters degree and PhD at the University of Florida. For the last three years Dr. Dover was the director of the Graduate Athletic Training program at the University of Florida before starting his position here at Concordia in 2008.


PhD (University of Florida), MS (University of Florida), Dip SIM (Sheridan College), BSc (Human Kinetics, University of Guelph).

Research interests

My research interests include implementing a novel biopsychosocial model that considers the potentially interactive roles played by psychological and functional risk factors in the development of chronic shoulder pain. Chronic pain is a prevalent, disabling, and costly problem for our society. Clinical outcomes following treatment of shoulder disorders are often unfavorable and, as a result, shoulder pain represents a significant source of chronic disability. My research attempts to determine the risk factors that lead to increased pain perception and decreased function in a variety of populations.

Research activities

The Athletic Therapy Research Laboratory

The focus of our lab is to evaluate the kinetic and kinematics variables in humans. We evaluate healthy subjects as well as injured patients undergoing treatment. We assess strength, range of motion, and performance in various populations. In addition we measure pain and psychological responses to pain and injury. Some of the equipment we currently use includes a Kin-Com isokinetic dynamometer, algometry, and EMG analysis.


Selected publications

George SZ, Dover GC, Fillingim RB. Fear of pain influences outcomes after exercise-induced delayed onset muscle soreness at the shoulder.Clin J Pain. 2007 Jan;23(1):76-84.

Borsa PA, Dover GC, Wilk KE, Reinold MM. Glenohumeral range of motion and stiffness in professional baseball pitchers. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2006 Jan;38(1):21-6.

Mineollo S, Powers M, Tillman M, Wikstrom E, Dover G. Lower Leg Cold Immersion Does Not Impair Dynamic Stability in Healthy Females. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation 14 (3), 234-247, AUG 2005.

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