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Tab Blackburn

Tab Blackburn

Tab Blackburn MEd, PT, ATC

  • Vice President of Corporate Development Clemson Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • Clinic Director, ATI Physical Therapy of Manchester, GA
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of St. Augustine
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Medical University of SC
  • Principle, North American Sports Medicine Institute

A highlight in Tab’s sports medicine career was serving the sports medicine team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta at the Sports Center and Track and Field. Tab served seven years as Executive Director and Adjunct Professor at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine in New Orleans. He is currently Vice President of Corporate Development for Clemson Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and Clinic Director of SportsPlus Physical Therapy of Manchester GA. He serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Augustine.


Tab has lectured nationally and internationally on shoulder, knee, and foot and ankle pathology and has constructed orthotics for over 20 years. Tab received SPTS’s top award in 1994: the Ron Peyton Award. He was honored by SPTS for his long time support of the Section with the ‘Turner A. Blackburn Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2005. The National Athletic Trainers Association presented Tab with the “Most Distinguished Athletic Trainers” award in 2008.

  • Bachelors in Physical Therapy, 1975, Medical College of Virginia
  • Masters in Education, 1973, University of Virginia
  • Bachelors in Education, 1972, University of Virginia

Past Professional Appointments:

  • Executive Director, Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine and Tulane Orthopaedic Service Line, 1998 – 2005
  • Co-Founder: Teton Physical Therapy, 1996-2001
  • Co-Founder: Berkshire Institute Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, 1993-1998
  • Co-Founder: North American Sports Medicine Institute, 1990-Present
  • Director Hughston Sports Medicine Center at the Human Performance and Rehabilitation Center/Rehabilitation Services of Columbus in Columbus GA. 1975-1993

Academic Appointments:

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor University of St. Augustine, 1996-Present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor Medical University of South Carolina 2013-Present
  • Tulane University School of Orthopedics, 2000-2006

Professional Organizations:

  • APTA: SPTS/Private Practice
  • PTAG

Professional Activities:

  • Vice President Board of Directors Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
  • Liaison SPTS/AOSSM
  • Editorial Board North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
  • Editorial Board Journal of Sports Rehabilitation
  • Reviewer Sports Health, Journal of Athletic Training, American Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Past Treasure, Secretary, President SPTS
  • Past Interim President Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy

Professional Awards:

  • SPTS Ron Peyton Award
  • SPTS Turner A Blackburn Lifetime Achievement Award
  • NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award