Theresa Miyashita, PhD


Theresa Miyashita, PhD, is a professor at Concordia-Chicago and an athletic trainer by trade. She completed her BS degree in Athletic Training from Canisius College in 2003 before heading to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill to complete her masters in Exercise & Sport Science with a concentration in Athletic Training.

While in North Carolina, Dr. Miyashita served as the athletic trainer for the university’s women’s basketball and women’s rowing teams.

“I was always very passionate about injury evaluation, and seeing an injury from its onset to that athlete returning back to the field,” Dr. Miyashita says. “That’s the piece that I love, being able to be a part of that entire process from start to finish.”

After graduation, she moved to Denver, CO and became an athletic trainer at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, working with the men’s and women’s soccer, women’s basketball, and men’s baseball teams. Dr. Miyashita eventually became the Clinical Education Coordinator for the Athletic Training Education Program.

While teaching full-time, she began work on a doctoral degree from Colorado State University and began to work as a content expert for the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Dr. Miyashita’s areas of interest include injury prevention and rehabilitation, and her area of research focuses on sports related concussions.


PhD: Colorado State University, Education & Biomedical Sciences
MA: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Exercise & Sport Science concentration in Athletic Training
BS: Canisius College, Athletic Training


AES 6500 – Principals of Human Movement Science
AES 6520 – Program Design in Corrective Exercise
AES 6540 – Practicum: Human Movement Science
AES 6600 – Principles of Sports Performance Training
AES 6620 – Program Design in Strength and Conditioning
AES 6640 – Practicum: Strength and Conditioning

Research Interests

Cumulative effect of subconcussive impacts
Traumatic brain injuries


Kilian J, Snyman K, Miyashita TL. Comparision of in-game external load metrics among positions and between halves for Division I collegiate women’s lacrosse athletes. International Journal of Strength and Conditioning. 2022.

Titcomb D, Melton BF, Miyashita TL, Bland H. Evidence-based corrective exercise intervention for forward head posture in adolescents and young adults without musculoskeletal pathology: A critically appraised topic. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2022. DOI: 10.1123/jsr2021-0381

Stedge H,
Miyashita TL. Effect of the use of high-fidelity manikin simulation for learning emergency cardiovascular care skills: A critically appraised topic. International Journal of Athletic Therapy & Training. 2021. DOI:10.1123/ijatt.2020-0120

Miyashita TL,
Cote C, Terrone D, Diakogeorgiou E. Reliability of the C3Logix to detect changes in postural sway. Journal of Biomechanics. 2020;107(23).

Kessinger TK, Melton B, Miyashita TL, Ryan G. The effectiveness of frequency-based resistance training protocols on muscular performance and hypertrophy in trained males: A critically appraised topic. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2020;29(7):1024-2013. DOI:10.1123/jsr.2019-0491

Miyashita TL, Diakogeorgiou E, Marrie K. The role of subconcussive impacts on sway velocities in Division I men’s lacrosse players. Sports Biomechanics. 2020;19(2):180-188. DOI: 10.1080/14763141.2018.1458892

Miyashita TL, Ulluci PA. Correlation of head impact exposures to vestibular ocular assessments. Journal of Sports Rehabilitation. 2020;29(3):310-314. DOI: 10.1123/jsr.2017-0282

Diakogeorgiou E, Miyashita TL. Head impacts exposures effect on changes in cognitive testing. Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2018;6(3). DOI: 10.1177/2325967118761031