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Scott Duesterhaus Minor, P.T., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Clarkson University
PO Box 5880
Potsdam, NY 13699-5880
Phone: 315-268-4266

B.A.,  Swarthmore College - History (1971)
Cert. in P.T.,  University of Pennsylvania - Physical Therapy (1972)
M.S.,  Boston University - Physical Therapy, (1975)
Ph.D.,  University of Iowa - Exercise Science (1987)

Teaching Interests
My primary teaching interest is in kinesiology – the science of movement.  The most interesting aspect is teaching the physical therapy clinical correlates to kinesiology.  My primary focus within kinesiology is occupational health and occupational injury prevention.  The issues of human movement and injury prevention are closely inter-related and cases of occupational injury prevention serve as excellent examples of the application of physics and engineering to the science of human movement.

Within the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program:

  1. Coordinate the major first semester course (Fall semester), PT 505: Foundation Sciences for Physical Therapy.  In addition to coordinating this course, I serve as the instructor for Clinical Lab, as assist as possible in the Anatomy Lab;
  2. Serve as a group tutor (PBL tutorials) for PT 515: Cardiopulmonary/Exercise Science during the Spring semester; and
  3. Teach PT 528: Research Design during the Summer semester.


  1. Teach PT 460: Kinesiology, during alternate Spring semesters (odd years); and
  2. Participate in teaching PT 105 and PT 305, the pre-physical therapy seminars.

Research Interests
My research focus is occupational health and occupational injury prevention.  In doing so, I link anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics with job tasks and processes.  Currently I am focusing on the effect of:

  1. Submaximal skeletal muscle fatigue; and
  2. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on the prevention of foot injuries.

Highlighted Publications

  1. Minor MAD and Minor SD.  Patient Care Skills, 7th ed.  Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2013 (in press)
  2. Minor MAD and Minor SD. Muscle Testing: Evidence-Based Practice.  F.A. Davis, Philadelphia, PA, 2014 (in preparation)
Scott Duesterhaus