Paul A. Ullucci, Jr, PT, PhD, DPT, ATC, SCS, CSCS, EMR

Paul A. Ullucci, Jr, PT, PhD, DPT, ATC, SCS, CSCS, EMR

Assistant Professor

Paul joined the faculty of Sacred Heart University as an assistant professor in the department of Physical Therapy in the Fall of 2016. Paul comes to SHU having worked for two years as an assistant professor and Director of their Musculoskeletal Care Clinic at California State University, Fresno. As director of the Musculoskeletal Care Clinic he was instrumental in developing an interdisciplinary Sports Medicine Clinic in which athletic training and physical therapy students worked side by side to evaluate and treat emergent sports injuries in non-varsity athletes on campus. Previously, Paul owned his one private practice in Rhode Island providing physical therapy, athletic training and massage therapy services in East Providence, RI. Paul and his staff have worked directly with the numerous professional athletes including the Providence Bruins hockey club, Providence Anchors ABA team as well as the student athletes of Brown University, Providence College and a number of local high schools, club sports teams and youth organizations.

Degrees and Certifications

    • Ph.D. Orthopedics and Sports Science Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, Utah 2014
    • tDPT, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, Utah, 2009
    • B.S. Physical Therapy, Northeastern University, Boston-Bouve College of Human Development Professions, Boston, Massachusetts, 1991

Teaching Responsibilities

    • PT 611 Structure and Function: Tutorial
    • PT 621 Examination and Documentation I: Lab Assistant
    • PT 631 Evaluation – Intervention I: Lab Assistant

     

Research Interests and Grants

    Current/Active Research Activity:        

    Ullucci P, Rivera M, White K : The Validation of a Tool to Measure Self-Confidence and Anxiety in Physical Therapy Students While Making Clinical Decisions. 

    Ullucci P, Pomaville F. Proper hydration increases flexibility and decreases stiffness.

    Ullucci P, Rivera M, White K : Measuring Competence, Anxiety and Confidence in First Year DPT Students During an Integrated Clinical Experience. 

    Ullucci P, Pomaville F, Olson M. Proper hydration improves flexibility and stiffness in the posterior leg and vocal cords. 

    Olson M, Pomaville F, Maul C, Ullucci P. Vocal Function Measures Before and After Hydration

    Professional Interests 

    • Sports Medicine
    • Cervicogenic origins of headache and concussive like symptoms
    • Orthopedics
    • Manual Therapy 

    Professional Interests/Activities 

    Services (Recent)

    U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative 

    • 6/18/2016 – Present    Treasurer
    • 6/10/2011 - Present     Member Board of Directors
    • 6/19/2014 - Present     Organizational Structure Committee
    • 6/13/2014 - Present     Budget Committee
    • 12/15/2013 - Present   Research Committee
    • 2015 – Present             Chair Communications Committee

     

    American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) – membership # 0004117 

    • Sports Section of the APTA (1986 – present)
    • Education Section of the APTA (2015 – present)
    • Private Practice Section of the APTA (1998-2015)

     

    San Joaquin Valley District: California Physical Therapy Association

    • 1/1/2016-8/11/16         Chair


    National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) – membership # 931851

    • 2016-present       NATA Health Care Reform Workgroup: committee member
    • 2013-2015          NATA Vision Quest Workgroup #4c co-chair – Research initiatives
    • 2011-2015          NATA Vision Quest Workgroup # 4a Chair – Advocacy Research
    • 2012-2014          NATA Secretary/Treasurer
    • 2010-2014          Liaison to Honors and Awards
    • 2011-2014          Finance Committee
    • 2010-2011          Liaison to BOC
    • 2010-2011          Liaison to NATAPAC
    • 2005-2010          NATA Honors and Awards Committee – Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award
    • 1996-2001          NATA - Clinical, Industrial and Corporate Committee member

    Far West Athletic Trainers Association

    • 2014 – 2016       Research and Grant Committee member


    Athletic Trainers’ Osteoarthritis Consortium 

    • 2015-Present       Public Relations Committee Member
    • 2013-Present       Committee Member

     

    District 1 of the National Athletic Trainers Association 

    • 2010-2014          NATA District 1 Director      
    • 2008-2010          NATA District 1 Treasurer

     

    Eastern Athletic Trainers Association (EATA) 

    • 2007-2014          Registration Committee
    • 2007-2008          EATA 60th Anniversary Meeting Planning Committee
    • 2005-2007          Eastern Athletic Trainers Association – Past President
    • 2003-2005          Eastern Athletic Trainers Association - President
    • 2001-2003          Eastern Athletic Trainers Association - President Elect

     

    Rhode Island Athletic Trainers Association (RIATA)

    • 2015                   Hall of Fame Member
    • 1996 – 2013       Governmental Affairs Chair

     

    Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts (ATOM

    • 1999-2002          ATOM representative to the NATA Reimbursement Advisory Group
    • 1996-2002          Chairman ATOM Reimbursement Committee
    • 1996-2002          ATOM Clinical Representative

     

    National Athletic Trainers Association Political Action Committee

    •  2007-2010         Member Board of Directors


    National Strength and Conditioning Association
     
    Consultative and Advisory Positions Held:   

    • Reviewer              Journal of Athletic Training 2015-present
    • Review                 Journal of Strength and Condition Research 2016-present
    • Reviewer              Chapter on Spine: Low back and neck pain 
                                  http://www.boneandjointburden.org/2014-report/ii/spine-low-back-and-neck-pain
                                 The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States, 3rd edition
                                 US Bone and Joint Initiative. November 2014 

    Community Service:  

    • 2014-Present      Troop 45 Assistant Scout Master and Committee Member, Summer Scout Camp: 2014, 2015, 2016
    • 2014-Present      Merit Badge Counselor Anawon & Narragansett Council Boy Scouts of America: First Aid, Emergency Preparedness, Public Speaking, Chess        
    • 2014-6/1/16       Central Valley Concussion Consortium
    • 2014-6/1/16       Fresno State Sports Medicine Journal Club
    • 2010-2014         Assistant Cub Master - Pack 45
    • 2009-2014         Den Leader – Pack 45, Den #6
    • 2004-2014         Rhode Island Board of Health – Athletic Training Licensing Board appointed By Governor
    • 2007-8/1/14       Rhode Island Interscholastic League Wellness Committee Member – Athletic Trainer Appointed by Governor
    • 1984-Present      National Eagle Scout Association
    • 2005-2010         President Ullucci Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy AAU Club
    • 2005-2010         President Ullucci Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy Weightlifting Club (official USA Weightlifting club)

     

Awards and Fellowships

    • 2016   Pinky Newell Address – Eastern Athletic Trainers Association
    • 2015   Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer – National Athletic Trainers Association
    • 2014   RIATA Hall of Fame – RI Athletic Trainers Association
    • 2010   Athletic Trainer Service Award – National Athletic Trainers Association
    • 2009   Cramer Award – Eastern Athletic Trainers Association
    • 2007   Blankenship Award -  Eastern Athletic Trainers Association
    • 1991   Mary McMillan Scholarship Award - American Physical Therapy Association 

Publications and Presentations

    Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications/Presentations

    Ullucci, P, Casa, D, Matthews, T, Rosene, J.  “Dehydration reduces posterior leg and trunk flexibility and increases stiffness in male collegiate age runners.” In process

    Recent Peer Reviewed Scientific & Professional Presentations

    Ullucci, P. (2016, July 14) Identification and Management of Post-Concussion Syndrome Patients with Cervicogenic and Vestibular Ocular Dysfunction.  Presented at Far West Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting, Kona, HI  ( BOC Approved EBP Presentation

    Ullucci, P. (2016, July 13) Manual therapy interventions for common athletic injuries to the cervical spine.  Presented at Far West Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting, Kona, HI 

    Ullucci P, Maddox V, Arends J. Developing a Multidisciplinary Pro Bono Sports Medicine Clinic. Presented at The Physical Therapy Pro Bono Network, Salt Lake City, UT (2016, April 16) 

    Ullucci P, Maddox V. Improving Productivity while maintaining patient satisfaction and appropriate faculty to student ratios in a Pro Bono Physical Therapy Clinic. Presented at The Physical Therapy Pro Bono Network, Salt Lake City, UT (2016, April 16) 

    Maddox V, Ullucci P, Arends J. Developing a Multidisciplinary Pro Bono Sports Medicine Clinic. Poster Presented at The Physical Therapy Pro Bono Network, Salt Lake City, UT  (2016, April 16) 

    Ullucci P. Screening Post-Concussion Syndrome Patients for Cervicogenic Dysfunction: An Evidence Based Approach to Evaluating Cervicogenic Causes of Post-Concussion Syndrome like Symptoms. Presented at the Central Valley Concussion Symposium, Fresno, CA (2015, October 17)         

    Ullucci P.  Manual Treatment of Cervicogenic Pain. Presented at Far West Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (2015, April 18)

    Ullucci P.  What You Need to Know About Billing, Coding and Reimbursement. Presented at National Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV (2013, June 25) 

    Ullucci P.  Athletic Shoulder Impingement, an Evidence Based Approach. Presented at the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Meeting, Pawtucket, RI (2012, February 8) 

    Ullucci, P.  Legal Issues in Athletic Training in Maine. Presented at the Maine Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting, Waterville, ME (2011, November 4) 

    Ullucci, P. Concussions: What we think we know today. Presented at the Rhode Island Athletic Trainers Association’s Annual Meeting, Providence, RI  (2011, March 6) 

    Ullucci, P. Managing concussions for the family physician: From the Field To the Office. Presented at the RI Family Physicians Annual Meeting, Providence, RI (2010, May 22) 

    Ullucci, P. Abdominal Injuries in Athletics. Presented at the Bridgewater State College Athletic Training Club Clinical Symposium, Bridgewater, MA (2009, March 22) 

    Ullucci, P. Medical Legal Risk Management for the Certified Athletic Trainer. Presented at the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia, Boston, MA (2009, January 10) 

    Ullucci, P. Medical Legal Risk Management for the Athletic Training Student. Presented at the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia, Boston, MA (2009, January 10) 

    Ullucci, P. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. Presented at the Ullucci Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy, Inc. Clinical Symposium, East Providence, RI (2007, November 8) 

    Ullucci, P. The everyday pain challenge: Partnering with Physicians. Presented at the National Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting and AT Expo, Anaheim, CA (2007, June 21) 

    Ullucci, P. Brachial Plexus Injuries in Non-Traditional Sports. Presented at the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia, Boston, MA (2007, January 6) 

    Ullucci, P. Teaching Olympic Style Lifting for the Certified Athletic Trainer and strength professional. Presented at the Ullucci Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy, Inc. Clinical Symposium, East Providence, RI (2006, May 7) 

    Ullucci, P.  Soft Tissue Mobilization and Facet Joint Manipulation, in athletes with Cervical Spine Pain. Presented at the Bridgewater State College Athletic Training Club Clinical Symposium, Bridgewater, MA (2006, April 30) 

    Ullucci, P. Video Golf Analysis a Business Opportunity for Certified Athletic Trainers. Presented at the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia, Boston, MA  (2005, January 6) 

    Ullucci, P. Biomechanics of spine and how they are affected by Foot and LE mechanics. Presented at the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia, Boston, MA (2003, January 5) 

    Ullucci, P. Gait Analysis and Orthotic Fabrication. Presented at the Bridgewater State College Athletic Training Club Clinical Symposium, Bridgewater, MA (2002, March 24) 

    Ullucci, P. Manual Therapy for the Athletic Trainer. Presented as part of the Brown University Sports Medicine Continuing Education Program. Providence, RI (2002, December 2) 

    Ullucci, P. Mobilization of the Cervical Spine.Presented at the Rebound Sports Medicine & Bridgewater State College Athletic Trainers Club combined clinical symposium, Bridgewater, MA(2001, March 25) 

    Ullucci, P. Gait Analysis. Presented at the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia, Providence, RI (2001, January 10)    

    Ullucci, P. Soft Tissue and Joint Mobilization of the Foot and Ankle. Presented at the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia, Providence, RI(2001, January 9) 

    Ullucci, P. Stabilization of an Athlete with Suspected Cervical Spine Injury or extremity Fracture. AMI Annual Educational Symposium, E. Providence, RI (2000, June) 

    Ullucci, P. Upper Extremity Joint Mobilization. Presented at the Combined Rebound Sports Medicine and Bridgewater State College Athletic Trainers Club Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium, Bridgewater, MA (1999)  

    Ullucci, P. Upper Extremity Plyometrics. Presented at the Combined Rebound Sports Medicine and Bridgewater State College Athletic Trainers Club Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium, Bridgewater, MA   (1999) 

    Ullucci, P. Emergency Stabilization of the Cervical Spine.Presented at Rebound Sports Medicine Clinical Symposium, Morton Hospital and Medical Center, Taunton, MA (1997, May 6)

    Ullucci, P. Manual Evaluation and Treatment of the Cervical Spine. Presented at Rebound Sports Medicine Clinical Symposium, Morton Hospital and Medical Center, Taunton, MA (1997, April 15) 

    Ullucci, P. Improving Cervical Mobility. Presented at the 1997 Sports Medicine Seminar. Rhode Island Athletic Trainers Association, Providence, RI(1997, April 5) 

    Ullucci, P. Cervical Stabilization and Airway Access for the Injured Football Player with Suspected Cervical Spine Injury. Presented at Rebound Sports Medicine Clinical Symposium, Morton Hospital and Medical Center, Taunton, MA(1996, October)

     Ullucci, P. Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder Complex, A Hands on Approach for Occupational. Presented at Rebound Sports Medicine Clinical Symposium, Morton Hospital and Medical Center, Taunton, MA (1996, January) 

    Ullucci, P. Treatment of Patellofemoral Syndrome.Presented at Rebound Sports Medicine Clinical Symposium, Morton Hospital and Medical Center, Taunton, MA(1995, May 21) 

    Ullucci, P. Evaluation and Treatment of the Knee. Presented at Rebound Sports Medicine Clinical Symposium, Morton Hospital and Medical Center, Taunton, MA (1995, May 14) 

    Ullucci, P. Closed Chain Exercise for the Treatment of Patellofemoral Pain. Presented at Rebound Sports Medicine Clinical Symposium, Morton Hospital and Medical Center, Taunton, MA (1995, April 4) 

    Ullucci, P. Evaluation of Plantar Fasciitis.Presented at Rebound Sports Medicine Clinical Symposium, Morton Hospital and Medical Center, Taunton, MA (1995) 

    Ullucci, P. Soft Tissue Mobilization of the Plantar Fascia. Presented at Rebound Sports Medicine Clinical Symposium, Morton Hospital and Medical Center, Taunton, MA (1995) 

    Ullucci, P. Patellofemoral Strapping Techniques. Presented at Rebound Sports Medicine Clinical Symposium, Morton Hospital and Medical Center, Taunton, MA (1995) 

    Media appearances:

    5/6/15 - The Gene Valicenti Show, WPRO – Discussed the incidents of injuries involving treadmills and fall centering on death of Mr. Goldberg from SurveyMonkey as well as Senator Reid’s fascial injury with theraband. 

    9/9/14 - Dr. Ira Breite, Doctor Radio (SiriusXM) – The concussion epidemic in youth sports ! Represented the NATA as a content expert on concussions, youth sports injuries in high school and younger athletes. Discussed the need for and the fiduciary responsibility schools and organizations have to provide appropriate medical coverage for their athletes. 

    4/9/14 - Dan Yorke State of Mind – Television interview in conjunction with Timothy Crandall, ATC discussing a life saving event at East Greenwich High School and highlighting the importance of having an Athletic Trainer at all sporting events. 

    12/10/13 - The Gene Valicenti Show, WPRO – Asked to discus the apparent increase in injuries within the NFL and the rehabilitation and projected timeline for Rob Gronkowski return following his injury. 

    8/21/13 - San Francisco Chronicle http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Station-Muscle-breakdown-hospitalizes-3-students-4747384.php  Asked to discussed rhabdomyolysis etiology and treatment by the NATA Staff for an Associated Press Reporter which was first published in the San Francisco Chronicle, later published in numerous other media outlets delivering over 6 million unique impressions. 

    1/15/13 - PT Today – Discussed the importance of the USBJI mission to promote musculoskeletal health in the US and how physical therapists can benefit from USBJI and its various programs 

    10/05/12 - Dr. B, WomensRadio.com – “Youth Sports Injuries in Fall Athletes.” Represented the NATA as a content expert on concussions, youth sports injuries in high school and younger athletes. Discussed the need for and the fiduciary responsibility schools and organizations have to provide appropriate medical coverage for their athletes. 

    8/11/12 - CNN.COM – “Kinesio tape: The latest Olympic accessory”,By Jen Christensen. Represented the NATA as a content expert helping to correct the understanding of what Kinesio Tap is and what it can do for athletes. 

    9/27/11 - USA Today-“Keeping knees pain-free and flexible Represented NATA as a content expert on knee osteoarthritis. Discussed ways to avoid total knee replacement by performing exercise and stretching. 

    9/19/11 - Dr. Ira Breite, Doctor Radio (SiriusXM) “Winterizing your body for exercise, Preventing Injury & of course, Middle Age Exercise/Injuries” Represented NATA as a content expert discussing ways to reduce weight and avoid injuries for middle age men and women 

    4/2011 - Weight Watchers Magazine – “Core Stabilization More than Crunches”Represented NATA as content expert for article on core stabilization. Wrote article providing text and graphics for each exercise. 

    4/1/11 - Dan Yorke Show – discussed the need for Athletic Trainers in the high school setting, the role athletic trainers play in injury assessment and management and discussed current and proposed RI laws governing concussions 

    3/24/11 - Providence Journal – Concussion on Rise; some injuries down. Interviewed for full page article on high school athletic injuries for state wide news paper. 

    2/11/11 - Athletic Business - Rhabdomyolysis Asked by NATA to provide content expertise for both the online and hard copy journal answering questions on Rhabdomyolysis 

    1/21/11 - USA Today - Unusual case at Iowa puts focus on muscle disorder Represented NATA as content expert providing background information on Rhabdomyolysis 

    1/1/10 - 6/30/12 Varsity Life – Ullucci Sports Medicine Minute, weekly cable/internet/podcast show dedicate to high school athletes, 4 episodes per year

    9/7/08-12/31/09  Varsity Life – Ullucci Sports Medicine Minute, weekly cable/internet/podcast show dedicate to high school athletes, 20 episodes per year

     9/6/08-12/31/09  Patriots Injury Report – Weekly 15 minute report highlighting injuries from around the NFL with special attention to the  NE Patriots and their opponents that week 

    9/9/08 - John Depetro Show – 630am 99.7fm. Discussed the injury to and subsequent rehabilitation of Tom Brady’s knee injury 

    9/9/08 - 630am 99.7 morning News with Steve Klamkin. Discussed the injury to and subsequent rehabilitation of Tom Brady’s knee injury 

    8/17/06 - Ron St. Peire show (WPRO 630 AM): Backpack Safety 

    8/2/06 - Tanya Cruz Show (92 PRO-FM): Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion, How to prevent heat injuries in athletes and the elderly 

    8/1/06 - Dan Yoke Show (WPRO 630 AM): Exercise in the Heat, hydration protocols and heat illness prevention 

    10/04 -  Channel 12 News: Explained the surgical procedure used to hold Kurt Schilling’s peroneal tendon in place 

    9/04 - Channel 12 News: Cheerleading injuries epidemiology, prevention and treatment

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