ABOUT DONALD A. CHU, Ph.D.


Donald Chu received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1974. His degree in Physical Therapy is also from Stanford. He has a Masters in Kinesiology & Physical Education from CSU, Hayward. He is a professor emeritus from CSU, Hayward after a teaching career spanning over twenty years. During the time from 1997- 2001, Dr. Chu served as the Program Director of the Ohlone College Physical Therapist Assistant program. From 2001-2003, Dr. Chu served as the Director of Athletic Training & Rehabilitation at Stanford University. He is currently Clinic Director of Athercare Fitness & Rehabilitation.

He holds certifications as an Athletic Trainer (ATC) from the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). He has served on the Board of Directors for both organizations, and is a Past-President of the NSCA. Currently, Dr. Chu is the President of the California State Board of Physical Therapy, and serves as a public member on the Board of Interior Design for the State of California.

He is the author of “Jumping into Plyometrics, 2nd edition”, “Power Tennis Training”, “Explosive Strength & Power” (Human Kinetics publisher) and “Plyometric exercises with the Medicine Ball, 2nd edition” (Bittersweet publishing). He has authored several chapters in books on Sports Medicine, particularly in both the area of rehabilitation and performance enhancement.

Dr. Chu has consulted with elite athletes at every level on the development of training and conditioning programs. His past clients include athletes from the 1984, 88, 92, 96 and 2000 Summer Olympics, and Professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, and MLB. He designed training programs for 2002 Winter Olympic hopefuls in the skeleton, and bobsled events. He also designed the strength & conditioning programs for Erica Wheeler, 2003 US National Champion in the Women’s Javelin. He developed strength and conditioning programs for the Bronze Medal winning 2004 US Olympic Synchronized Swimming team.

In addition to his specific work with athletes he does consulting with Physical Therapy practices on improving patient care, business development and expansion into the areas of performance enhancement. He is also serving as an Expert Witness in litigation involving rehabilitation, fitness and physical therapy areas.





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