JOHN DEAN, MPT, SCS, ATC, LAT is beginning his eleventh year as the Director of Rehabilitation with the University of Tennessee Sports Medicine staff. Dean is a board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy and provides rehabilitation services for UT student athletes. He has more than a decade of experience working in college football. Dean helped to develop and implement comprehensive concussion management plans at three Division I programs including Southern California, Florida, and Tennessee. Prior to coming to Tennessee, Dean worked as an athletic trainer with the Gators’ football team at the University of Florida (UF) and was a staff athletic trainer at Southern California (USC), working with the football and baseball programs, including the Trojans’ 2003 and 2004 national champion football teams. In 2012 Dean was selected by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association to assist in providing sports medicine coverage for the U.S. men’s alpine ski team.
Dean is an experienced clinician and educator. He has been an instructor at a number of continuing education courses and professional workshops, including manual therapy techniques, joint mobilization, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. He is currently the course instructor for Kinesiology 335, Techniques in Athletic Training at UT. At UF he was also an instructor in the Applied Physiology and Kinesiology Department, teaching a course in rehabilitation.
Dean graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in kinesiology. He completed his Master’s degree in physical therapy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dean is active in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American Physical Therapy Association and has been an invited speaker at numerous regional and national conferences. He previously served on the professional education committee of the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society for three years.