Chris Carcia

Department Chair & Associate Professor
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Physical Therapy

Rangos 106
Phone: 412.396.5545


Ph.D., Kinesiology - Sports Medicine, University of Virginia, 2002
M.S., Physical Therapy - Orthopedics, Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital, 1999
B.S., Physical Therapy, Arcadia University, 1989
Bio and Expertise

Prior to pursuing my PhD, I was the director of an orthopedic/sports physical therapy clinic in the Greater Hartford, Connecticut area for 10 years. In addition to being an Associate Professor, I serve as the Department Chair of the Physical Therapy Program as well as the Program Director for the PhD program in Rehabilitation Science. When not at Duquesne, I can be found either working part-time at Tri-State Physical Therapy in Seven Fields, on my bike or spending time with my family.

Evaluation and treatment of shoulder and knee pathologies
Ankle and foot biomechanics
Running and cycling related injuries


Functional Kinesiology & Biomechanics/Lab (HLTS 437)
Orthopedic Science Foundations (PHYT 518)

Evaluation & Treatment of Shoulder and Knee Pathologies

Ankle & Foot Biomechanics

Running & Cycling related injuries

Cacolice PA, Carcia CR, Scibek JS, Phelps AL. The use of functional tests to predict sagittal plane knee kinematics in NCAA-D1 female athletes. Intl J Sports Phys Ther. 10(4):1-12, 2015.

Scibek JS, Carcia CR. Validation of a new method for assessing scapular anterior-posterior tilt. Intl J Sports Phys Ther. 9(5):644-656, 2014.

Carcia CR, Cacolice PA, Scibek JS. Sidelying glenohumeral internal rotation values in healthy collegiate populations. Intl J Sports Phys Ther. 8(6):793-799, 2013.

Scibek JS, Carcia CR. Validation and repeatability of a shoulder biomechanics data collection methodology and instrumentation. J Appl Biomech. 29(5):609-615, 2013.

Carcia CR, Scibek JS, Seagrave CJ. Evaluation & management of common cycling injuries. Invited monograph for APTA, Orthopaedic Section. ISC 23.1.2:pp.1-34, August, 2013.

Kivlan BR, Carcia CR, Clemente FR, Phelps AL, Martin RL. Reliability and validity of functional performance tests in dancers with hip dysfunction. Intl J Sports Phys Ther. 8(4):360-369, 2013.

Carcia CR, Scibek JS. Causation & management of calcific tendonitis and periarthritis. Current Opinion in Rheumatology. 25(2):204-209, 2013.

Lindenberg KM, Carcia CR. The Influence of Heel Height on Vertical Ground Reaction Force During Landing Tasks in Recreationally Active and Athletic Collegiate Females. Intl J Sports Phys Ther. 8(1):1-8, 2013.

Scibek J, Carcia CR. Presentation and conservative management of acute calcific tendinopathy: a case study & literature review. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 21:334-342, 2012.

Carcia CR, Kivlan B, Scibek JS. Time to peak force is related to frontal plane landing kinematics in females. Physical Therapy in Sport, 13(2):73-79, 2012.

Lindenberg KM, Carcia CR, Phelps AL, Martin RL, Burrows AM. The influence of heel height on sagittal plane knee kinematics during landing tasks in recreationally active and athletic collegiate females. Intl J Sports Phys Ther., 6(3):186-189, 2011.

Carcia CR, Kivlan B, Scibek JS. The relationship between lower extremity closed kinetic chain strength and sagittal plane landing kinematics in female athletes. Intl J Sports Phys Ther. 6(1):1-9, 2011.

Carcia CR, Martin RL, Houck J, Wukich DK. Achilles pain, stiffness and muscle power deficits: Achilles tendinitis: Clinical practice guidelines,  Orthopaedic section of the APTA. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 40(9):A1-A26, 2010.