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Matthew J. Gage, Ph.D., LAT, ATC

Director, Athletic Training Program
Professor of Health Sciences

(434) 592-3763


  • Ph.D., Brigham Young University
  • M.S., Eastern Kentucky University
  • B.A., University of Northern Iowa


Dr. Gage serves as a Professor and is the Director of Athletic Training Program at Liberty University. He began his career as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Northern Iowa where he practiced clinically for seven years. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Gage served as an Assistant Professor at Indiana State University as well as the Chair of the Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation Department’s Research Center and Committee.

Courses Taught

  • ATTR 221 Clinical Education I
  • ATTR 225 Clinical Kinesiology
  • ATTR 226 Clinical Kinesiology Laboratory
  • ATTR 300 Lower Extremity Injury Evaluation
  • ATTR 301 Lower Extremity Injury Evaluation Laboratory
  • ATTR 302 Upper Extremity Injury Evaluation
  • ATTR 320 Clinical Education II
  • ATTR 321 Clinical Education III
  • ATTR 325 Evidence-Based Research in Athletic Training
  • ATTR 400 Therapeutic Exercise & Rehabilitation
  • ATTR 402 Practical Application of Therapeutic Exercises
  • ATTR 420 Clinical Education IV
  • ATTR 440 Senior Seminar


  • Member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association, Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association
  • President of the Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association (2016-2018)
  • Author of 10 peer-reviewed manuscripts
  • Completed over 20 presentations at professional conferences
  • Indiana State University Teaching Award for First Year Students (2012)
  • Brigham Young University’s Department of Exercise Sciences Doctoral Student of the Year Recipient (2009)
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation Doctoral Scholarship Recipient (2008)
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association Multimedia Contest, 1st place non-commercial category for “Basic Athletic Training Taping and Wrapping DVD” (2008)
  • University of Northern Iowa Athletic Training Service Award (May 2004)
  • Training and Conditioning Magazine, “Collegiate Female Comeback Athlete of March 2004” (former patient)

Research Interests

  • The effect abdominal muscles have on lower extremity function
  • Manual therapy techniques effect on patient outcomes
  • Rehabilitation of the lower extremity
  • Ankle instability
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