Don Hoover

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Don Hoover, PT, PhD, CSCS; Camp Director, Sport Science Shooting College

Dr. Hoover has over 25 years experience in the areas of sport science and sports medicine.  His central focus over this period has been the evaluation and improvement of human performance, and his professional resume includes extensive experience in areas of university teaching, scientific research, clinical practice as a licensed physical therapist, coach, and consultant.

Professor Hoover has been recognized consistently throughout his career as a highly effective teacher.  He makes sport science easy to understand and implement.

Dr. Hoover has taught and practiced in a variety of high stakes university and clinical environments over the past 2 decades.  In this capacity he has helped thousands of students, patients, and athletes improve their movement skills.  These experiences enable him to quickly analyze high speed human movement — such as a player’s shot — and prescribe 1,2, or 3 key changes which result in higher performance — such as a better shot and higher shooting percentages.

Professor Hoover is also presently an Associate Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Western Kentucky University.

Don Hoover’s Sport Science Credentials

Professional Education

  • PhD, Biomechanics, University of Kansas
  • Master of Science, Physical Therapy, University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Master of Science, Kinesiology, Kansas State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, Indiana State University

Basketball (Playing Experience)

  • College:  Minnesota State University-Moorhead
  • NAIA National Tournament Team
  • Coached by former consensus 1st team All-American, NBA 1st round draft choice, and member of Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame


  • 18 years experience as “instructor of record” on the collegiate level in the areas of exercise science, human performance, and rehabilitation (Western Kentucky University, Rockhurst University, UINDY, University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Illinois, and Kansas State)
  • Consistently recognized for teaching excellence by students, peers, and administrators


  • Over 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications (full manuscripts and abstracts) in the areas of sport science, sports medicine, and rehabilitation
  • Over 75 national and international presentations at professional and scientific conferences
  • His research focuses on the role of fatigue on the interactions between exercise physiology, motor control, and biomechanics during gross motor activities


  • 20 years as a licensed physical therapist
  • Has conducted qualitative and quantitative functional motion analysis on thousands of patients

Sample Basketball Coaching, Teaching (University Courses), and Consulting Experiences

  • Assistant Coach, Gibault School:  1985-1987
  • Kansas State University, Department of Kinesiology:  1987-1990
  • University of Illinois, Department of Kinesiology: 1989-1990
  • Indiana Pacers/Fever (Directed analysis of injury/time loss for franchises):  2002-2005

Professional Memberships

  • Dr. Hoover is a member of many sport science professional organizations

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