Staff Profiles: Dr. Craig Pfeifer

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Staff Profile: Dr. Craig Pfeifer
Academic Course Leader for MSc Sports Therapy

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Dr. Craig Pfeifer

Academic Course Leader for MSc Sports Therapy

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

I joined the University in 2019 after lecturing in the United States at The University of South Carolina and Lander University. I am a certified Athletic Trainer and have worked with patients from youth through professional sport.


As an Athletic Trainer, I aim to bring enthusiasm and my varied experience to my teaching. I have a clinical and educational background comprised from many facets of sport and exercise. I have a particular interest in understanding and mitigating injury risk in youth sport.


Award Title Institution Date
BSc Athletic Training Salisbury University 2009
MSc Physical Education: Athletic Training University of South Carolina 2014
PhD Physical Education: Motor Behavior University of South Carolina 2017


Certified Athletic Trainer


National Athletic Trainers’ Association Doctoral Oral Presentation Award Finalist 2015

Membership of professional bodies

National Athletic Trainers' Association

National Strength and Conditioning Association

South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers' Association

South Carolina Athletic Trainers' Association

Teaching and research


I teach Sports Therapy, mainly at postgraduate level.




The focus of my research is the development of motor coordination and control, health-related fitness, and the applications to injury prevalence and prevention across the lifespan. The integration of these constructs emphasizes the need to understand and address mechanisms and causal factors for injury in youth and adult sport participants. My scholarly publications and presentations include content in the following areas: Injury Prevention, Health-related Fitness, Long Term Athlete Development, Motor Skill Performance.


More publications from Dr. Craig Pfeifer can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Subjects for media interviews

Long Term Athlete Development

Sports trauma, injury risk, and prevention

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Professional positions

Executive Council for Long Term Athletic Development Special Interest Group - National Strength and Conditioning Association