Richard DeMont, PhD, CAT(C), ATC
Associate Professor, Health, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology
After working clinically and serving as the athletic therapist at St. Francis Xavier University for six years, Dr. DeMont returned to graduate studies and followed on to Concordia University in January of 1999. He won writing awards from the Journal of Athletic Training and from the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) for his work in muscle function of lower extremities in dynamic conditions. He served on the Program Accreditation Committee of the CATA, including two terms as Chairperson. Dr. DeMont also served as CATA President for 3 terms. Internal to Concordia, he served as Vice-Chair, of the Concordia University Human Research Ethics Committee, multiple Department Chairperson search committees, Chair of the Dept Curriculum committee, and currently serves as the Athletic Therapy Program Director.
PhD (University of Pittsburgh); MSc (Indiana State University); Diploma (Sport Injury Management, Sheridan College); BSc (St. Francis Xavier University).
Richard DeMont is certified by the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) as an Athletic Therapist [(CAT(C)]. He also holds the certified credential from the National Athletic Trainer's Association (Board of Certification) [ATC].
Dr. DeMont is Director of the AthleticTherapy Research Laboratory. His focus of research is on the neuromuscular system as it relates to injury, prevention, and rehabilitation. Specifically, the role of pre-activation as a form of dynamic joint stability is examined. He has explored additional aspects of this theme examining effects of cognitive distraction on neuromuscular control and musculoskeletal loading when exposed to whole body vibration. Specific to the injury prevention theme, current projects involve investigation of children’s development of physical skill and movement, which can be applied to injury prevention strategies.
Taught over the years:
CATA 263: Principles of Athletic Therapy
CATA 337: Assessment Upper & Lower Extremities
CATA 338: Assessment and Rehabilitation of the Extremities
CATA 348: Modalities
CATA 380 and 490: Clinical and Field Internship Director
CATA 447: Special Topics in Athletic Therapy
Fraser SA, Li KZ, DeMont RG, Penhune VB. Effects of Balance Status and Age on Muscle Activation While Walking Under Divided Attention. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 62:P171-P178 (2007).
Mandapuram S, Rakehja S, Ma S, DeMont R, Boileau P-E. Influence of back support conditions on the apparent mass of seated occupants under horizontal vibration. Industrial Health, Industrial Health, 43(3), July 2005.
DeMont RG, Lephart SM. The effects of gender on pre-activation of the gastrocnemius and hamstring muscles. Brit J Sports Med. 38(2):120-124, 2004 (Winner, Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, Writing Award)
Riemann BL, DeMont RG, Ryu KH, Lephart SM, Rubinstein EN. The effects of sex, joint angle, and the gastrocnemius muscle on ankle joint complex stiffness.J Athl Train. 36(4):369-376, 2001. (Runner Up, Journal of Athletic Training (NATA), Kenneth L Knight Award, Outstanding Research Manuscript)
DeMont RG, Lephart SM, Giraldo JL, Swanik CB, Fu FH. Muscle pre-activity of anterior cruciate ligament deficient and reconstructed females during functional activities. J Athl Train. 34(2);115-120, 1999. (Winner, Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, Writing Award)
Swanik CB, Lephart SM, Giraldo JL, DeMont RG, Fu FH. Reactive muscle firing of anterior cruciate ligament deficient and reconstructed females during functional activities. J Athl Train. 34(2);121-129, 1999. (Winner, Journal of Athletic Training (NATA), Kenneth L Knight Award, Outstanding Research Manuscript)