JOHN DEAN, MPT, SCS, ATC, LAT is starting his fourteenth year as the Director of Rehabilitation with the University of Tennessee Sports Medicine staff. Dean is a licensed physical therapist, a certified athletic trainer, and a board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy. He is a credentialed provider for Graston Technique instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) from the McKenzie Institute, and Owens Recovery Science Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation. He provides rehabilitation services for UT student athletes and is the course instructor for Kinesiology, Recreation & Sports Studies (KNS 335), an introduction to the foundations and principles of athletic training and sports medicine. Dean has volunteered with the United States Ski and Snowboard Association medical pool since 2012, providing sports medicine coverage for the U.S. men’s alpine ski team.
Prior to coming to Tennessee, Dean worked at the University of Florida with the Gators football team. At UF he was also an instructor in the Applied Physiology and Kinesiology Department, teaching a course in rehabilitation. He started his career at Southern California, working with the football and baseball programs.
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 an experienced clinician and educator who is active in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American Physical Therapy Association, and has been an invited speaker at regional and national conferences.