Scot Morrison is a board certified orthopaedic physical therapist and certified strength coach who views rehabilitation as a process of identifying what goals matter to an individual, where they currently are, and then creating an adaptive and systematic plan to get there. His approach is patient centered, based on fundamental concepts of exercise science, motor control, and physiology. He is actively engaged in advancing the profession via peer reviewed publications and education of sports med practitioners in professional and collegiate sports.
His special interests include the management of tendinopathies and other athletic overuse injuries, return-to-play processes, and the integration of sound exercise prescription into rehabilitation and recovery.
After graduating college with honors in 2008 Scot began working at a hospital based medical fitness center in Florida. During this time he resumed his schooling and graduated with honors from the University of St. Augustine as a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2013. He has worked in private practice as well as in professional sports as the head of medical services for the MLS Professional Referee Organization.
Scot has completed advanced manual therapy training with a focus on the approaches of the Maitlaind-Australian and McKenzie groups. Scot is also a Titleist Certified golf fitness coach and a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is an active member of the NSCA and APTA with peer reviewed articles published in journals sponsored by both.
Scot currently practices as a private contractor out of Black Diamond Physical Therapy and runs a concierge private practice. He also consults with various sports organizations and individual athletes on a regular basis.
Licenses & Certifications
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Titleist Certified Golf Fitness Instructor
Papers and Presentations
Morrison, S., Ward, P., duManoir, G. (2017) Clinical Commentary: Energy System Development and Load Management through the Rehabilitation and Return to Play Process. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy.
“Strength & Conditioning Principles for Sports Med Practitioners.” Presentation to Sports Med and S&C staff at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 2017
“ExRx & Applied Periodization for Sports Med Practitioners.” Presentation to Sports Med and S&C staff at Seattle Seahawks. 2018
“Strength & Conditioning Principles for Rehab Professionals.” Presentation with Erik Meira, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS in Hudson, WI. 2018
Titleist level 1 certification course
Central VA Sports Performance Clinic
APTA Sports TCC – 2012
Private Seminar from Nike coach Patrick Ward at Drive 495
AAOMPT Annual Conference – 2013
Seattle Sounder’s Sport Science Weekend – 2014
APTA Combined Sections Meeting – 2011, 2016, 2017
MAPS – MT 1: Essential Peripheral
MAPS – MT-O: Evidence -Based Orthopedic Diagnostic Evaluation
MAPS – MT-2: Essential Spinal
MAPS – MT-3: Intermediate Spinal
MAPS – MT-4: Differential Assessment & Clinical Reasoning
McKenzie: Part A
Mckenzie: Part C
USA – E1: Extremity Evaluation and Manipulation
USA – S1: Spinal Evaluation and Manipulation
USA – S2: Advanced Evaluation & Manipulation of Pelvis, Lumbar & Thoracic
USA – S3: Advanced Evaluation & Manipulation of Cranio-Facial, Cervical & Upper Thoracic Spine
USA – CF1: Basic Cranio-Facial
Advanced Evaluation and Treatment of Hip Pathologies
Advanced Management of Lower Extremity Injuries in the Athlete
Head2Toe Systems managing the injured runner – private mentorship
Mulligan Lower Extremity Course
Neurodynamic Solutions Upper Quarter Course
Pacific NW Orthopedic & Sports Med Symposium – The Lower Extremity
The Shoulder: Complex doesn’t mean Complicated
Sports Section EMR course
APTA Orthopaedic Section Student Membership Committee Member (former)
NSCA Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation SIG Treasurer/Secretary (former)
AAOMPT sSIG Vice President (former)
Manage Sports Performance SIG social media
Former Co-host on PT Podcast/Inquest
Member of American Physical Therapy Organization
- Member of the Sports section
- Member of the Strength and Conditioning, College and Pro, Residency, and Golf SIG.
Member of National Strength And Conditioning Association