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Houglum Honored as Most Influential Rehabilitation Therapist

Dr. Peggy A. Houglum, associate professor in the Duquesne University Rangos School of Health Sciences’ athletic training department, was named by Therapy Times as Most Influential Rehabilitation Professional in Physical Therapy for 2009. The award is presented to rehabilitation specialists who demonstrate a “passion for therapy and an uncommon dedication to high quality patient care.”A faculty member at Duquesne since 2001, Houglum has more than 30 years of experience in physical therapy and athletic training, and specializes in rehabilitation and therapeutic exercise. She is a practicing physical therapist as well as a renowned educator who literally “wrote the book” on rehabilitation techniques for athletic training students. Therapeutic Exercise for Musculoskeletal Injuries, first published in 2000, is used as an academic textbook for more than 60 percent of athletic training education programs, as well as a reference text for practicing clinicians.

Houglum received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in athletic training from Indiana State University. In 1975, she became a certified athletic trainer and worked as an instructor at Indiana State University and, subsequently, Iowa State University. She also served as head athletic trainer for women’s sports at both institutions.

After relocating to California in 1981, Houglum worked in sports medicine clinics and hospitals for 15 years. She also served as athletic trainer and athletic training coordinator for the XXIII Olympiad in Los Angeles in 1984.

A resident of Gibsonia, Houglum teaches several undergraduate courses and serves as a site mentor and advisor for athletic training students at Duquesne. She is a Hall of Fame member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society and the American Physical Therapy Association.

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