Ali El-Kerdi

Ali El-Kerdi
Program Director
MS in Athletic Training
Email: elkerdia@philau.edu

Dr. El-Kerdi graduated with a Ph.D. in Health Science with a focus on Movement Science from Seton Hall University. Dr. El-Kerdi also has Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland Easten Shore. His background is in Athletic Training and Exercise Science. He earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Oregon in Exercise and Movement Science, specializing in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology. Prior to that, he completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Concordia University in Exercise Science, specializing in Athletic Therapy. Dr. El-Kerdi is a licensed physical therapist, licensed athletic trainer (USA and Canada) and a certified strength and a certified conditioning specialist. He has extensive sports medicine, orthopedic and manual therapy experience. He has worked with multiple professional sports clubs (locally and internationally) and has been involved in athletics at the highest levels (World Championships, Olympics, PanAm games, and National Teams).

Dr. El-Kerdi’s research interest focuses on the physiology and biomechanics of movement, injury prevention and sports performance. He has taught courses in the areas of Therapeutic Modalities, Biomechanics, Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Tissue Pathology, Spine Assessment and Rehabilitation, Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Anatomy, Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Extremity Assessment and Rehabilitation, Nutrition, and Manual Therapy, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

In addition to his work at PhilaU, Dr. El-Kerdi is a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. He is also a journal reviewer for the Journal of Athletic Training, the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and Strength and conditioning Journal. Lastly, he also serves as the technical director of the MossRehab Community Falls and Injury Prevention Initiative as well as a faculty member of the MossRehab Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program.

Awards/Publications

  1. In 2016, Dr. El-Kerdi was awarded a grant from MossRehab to investigate the Inter-rater reliability of performing palpatory/dynamic movement testing and pain provocation testing of the sacroiliac joint. This is Dr. El-Kerdi’s second major grant from MossRehab and his 3rd grant in as many years to conduct research related to Orthopedics and Sports Medicine rehabilitation.

  2. Dr. El-Kerdi recently presented at the National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference (New Orleans, LA) on the Effects of Isolated Core Stability Training on Standing Static Postural Control, Recovery of Standing Postural Control and Kicking Velocity in Soccer Athletes.

  3. El-Kerdi A, Cabell L, Zipp J, Fortunato B (2016). The Effects of Isolated Core Stability Training on Standing Static Postural Control, Recovery of Standing Postural Control and Kicking Velocity in Soccer Athletes. Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (Accession Order No 10139)