Michael Higgins

Athletic Training Program Director; Professor of Education


  • Ph.D., University of Delaware, 2003
  • M.Ed., University of Virginia, 1991
  • B.S., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1988
  • B.A., William Penn University, 1986

Michael Higgins is a Professor and Director of the Professional Graduate Athletic Training Program at the University of Virginia.  Michael has over 30 years of experience working in both the clinical and collegiate settings. His clinical work focuses on manual therapy and athletic specific training.  He has worked at the Union Memorial Sports Medicine Center in Baltimore, MD, was as an Assistant Professor/Associate Athletic Trainer at Duquesne University and University of Delaware where he worked primarily with, men’s lacrosse, men’s basketball, and women’s soccer. His research focuses on protective equipment and head impacts in lacrosse. He was program director of the Athletic Training Program at Towson University. He also worked at Sports Performance Training Systems providing sport specific training for athletes of all ages. 

He has presented at local, state, regional, national and international conferences on head impact biomechanics in lacrosse, soccer and manual therapy for the extremities and spine, and athlete specific rehabilitation/training. He is the author of the textbook Therapeutic Exercise from Theory to Clinical Practice. 

He was awarded the NATA Service Award and Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association for his contribution to the Athletic Training profession.