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James K. Buskirk, PT, DPT, SCS, MS Ed, AIB-CON, MTC

Assistant Professor

Dr. Buskirk received his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School. He later completed the Musculoskeletal track in the Orthopedic.

Master’s degree in Physical Therapy program at Northwestern University, as well as a Master’s degree in Exercise Sciences at the University of Miami in Kinesiology and Sports Sciences. He completed his DPT in Physical Therapy at NOVA Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where he also became a Certified Musculoskeletal Manual Physical Therapist. He is currently pursuing a PhD degree in Exercise Science at the University of Miami.

Dr. Buskirk is a Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties of the APTA and as a certified Exercise Physiologist by the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Buskirk is also certified by the American Institute of Balance as a Concussion Specialist.

Dr. Buskirk owned and operated for over 25 years a private practice, BCA Holding, LLC, with offices in the Chicago area and in Miami, FL.  He is CEO/President of the physical therapy program at PEAK & Balance Centers of America, Inc. with offices located in metro Chicago, IL, and suburbs, and is CEO of The Institute of Therapeutic Research and Development in Miami, FL.  Dr. Buskirk has also worked in conjunction with the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and NASA on projects of mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) / Concussion, dizziness and balance disorders, where he treated various retired and active duty military personnel, agents, and astronauts.  He has worked in conjunction with Neurology, Neurotology, ENT, and Sports Medicine physicians to develop the Comprehensive Hearing & Dizziness and Balance Center located in Chicago, Lake Forest, and Wilmette, IL where he has treated patients with all disorders related to balance and dizziness, as well as associated neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunctions.  He has established the Institute for Therapeutic Research and Development, in Miami, FL, which conducts clinical research on dizziness and balance disorder topics, including mTBI and Sports Related Concussion (SRC).

Previously, Dr. Buskirk has served as the team Physical Therapist for the Chicago Wolves Professional Hockey Team for 23 years, and worked with the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Lions, Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves, and other Chicago pro sports teams. Currently he works in the UHealth U of Miami Sports Medicine Institute Concussion program, INDYCAR, British Touring Cars, American Flat Track and MotoAmerica motorsports organizations, and with various youth sports associations.

Currently, Dr. Buskirk’s primary research interest is in the recovery of function following mTBI/concussion in sports. He is involved in research of peripheral and central vestibular disorders, and the use of eye tracking technologies for assessment and management of Concussion with balance and proprioceptive retraining for associated lower extremity musculoskeletal injury. Dr. Buskirk serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Concussion and has published his work related to the assessment of mTBI.