Laura Schmitt

Laura Schmitt, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC

Physical Therapist
Assistant Professor
Clinical Education Team

Department of Physical Therapy
University of Delaware
160 STAR Health Sciences Complex
540 S. College Avenue
Newark, DE 19713

Phone: (302) 831-8893
Fax: (302) 831-4234

Laura Schmitt, Physical Therapy.

LICENSURE: Delaware Physical Therapist #J1-0000985



  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS), American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (2003-2013)
  • Emergency Response Instructor Trainer, American Red Cross (2009 – present)
  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS), American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (1999 – 2009)
    • Recertification (2009 – 2019)
  • APTA Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor (2008 – present)
  • Emergency Response Instructor, American Red Cross (2002 – present)
  • APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor (2000 – present)
  • Athletic Training Certification, National Athletic Trainers ’ Association (1988 – present)
West Chester University
Beaver College
Temple University
Health & Physical Eduction: concentration in Athletic Training
Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy


University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Department of Physical Therapy

  • Assistant Professor

University of Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic 

  • Physical Therapist


2005-2007 University of Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic, Newark DE

  • Physical Therapist
  • CCCE
2001-2005 University of Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic, Newark DE

  • Associate Director
  • CCCE
1997-2001 University of Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic, Newark DE

  • Physical Therapist
  • CCCE
1995-1997 University of Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic, Newark DE

  • Part-time Clinical Instructor
1995-1997 Union Hospital of Cecil County, Elkton MD

  • Physical Therapist
1991-1995 Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore MD

  • Physical Therapist


  • Lynn Wallace Clinical Education Award (Sports Physical Therapy Section) (2005)


  • American Physical Therapy Association
      • Secretary 2010-2011
      • Chairperson 2011-present



    1. Schmitt LC, Schmitt LA, Rudolph KS. Management of a Patient with a Forearm Fracture and Median Nerve Injury. JOSPT 34(2) 2004; 47-56.
    2. Schmitt L , Snyder-Mackler L. Role of scapular stabilizers in etiology and treatment of impingement syndrome. JOSPT 1999;29(1):31-38.
    3. Schmitt L . Some like it hot. Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation. 1997; 6(9):53-55.
    4. Schmitt L . Breaking the Ice with Cryotherapy. Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation. 1997;6(6):75-77.
    5. Schmitt LA. Fractures. Emergency Management of the Injured Athlete. APTA Home Study Course Sports Section APTA 2004.
    6. Manal T, Schmitt L. Free from Stiff Knee. Physical Therapy Products. Oct/Nov 2002. 26‑29.


    1. Snyder-Mackler L, Schmitt LA, Rudolph K, Farquhar S. Electrophysical agents in sport and exercise injury management. Physical Therapists in Sport and Exercise. 2nd ed. Philadelphia. Churchill Livingstone. 2007; 220-235.
    2. Snyder-Mackler L, Schmitt L, Rudolph K, Woodzell. Electrophysical agents in sport and exercise injury management. In: Kolt GS and Snyder-Mackler L (eds) Physical Therapies in Sport and Exercise. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. 2002.
    3. Wickham R, Schmitt L, Snyder-Mackler L. Scientific Basis for Use of Modalities in Sports Medicine. Medicine, Exercise, Nutrition, and Health. Editor Rippe. Blackwell Science. 1998.


    1. Schmitt LA, Bell KA, Snyder-Mackler L, Manal TJ. Use of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) to Assist Strength Return Following Achilles Rupture. Poster Presentation. ACSM (2010)
    2. Danks KA, Schmitt LA, Hutchinson AD, Hunter-Giordano AO, Manal, TJ.  Screening Complicated Patients Waiting for a Total Knee Arthroplasty May Provide Insight into Worsening Condition?  Poster Presentation. CSM (2010).
    3. Schmitt LAManal TJ. A Training Program Proven Effective in the ACL Deficient Population Assisted an Inseason Lacrosse Player to Return to Play Following an Acute PCL Injury.
    4. Schmitt LA, Manal TJ. Emergency Response. Harkness Dance (2008)
    5. Schmitt LA. Management of a Patient with Bilateral Knee Multiligament Involvement. CSM (2008)
    6. Manal TJ, Petterson S, Schmitt LA. Advancing Current Clinical Concepts in Total Knee Arthroplasty: Conventional Treatment and Advancing Outcomes. APTA Annual (2006)
    7. Schmitt LA. An Impairment Based Treatment Program for a Patient Following a Meniscal Transplantation. Poster Presentation. CSM (2006)
    8. Schmitt LA. Impairment Based Approach Treatment Design for Patients Following TKA Surgery to Improve Functional Outcomes. CSM (2005)
    9. Stackhouse S, Schmitt LA. Locomotor Training Using Partial Bodyweight Support to Improve Gait Speed and Balance in a Person with Transverse Myelitis. Poster Presentation. CSM (2005)
    10. Schmitt LA, Rudolph KS. Improving Tolerance to High Intensity NMES of the Quadriceps in Patients Following Total Knee Arthroplasty. APTA Combined Sections Meeting (2004)
    11. Schmitt LA. Use of a Drop-Out Cast as an Intervention to Treat the Stiff Knee. CSM (2004)
    12. Manal TJ, Schmitt LA . Clinical Instructor Training. Inservice presented to Johns Hopkins Hospital Physical Therapy Staff. (2003)
    13. Schmitt LA. Use of an Extension Cast to Address 4 th Digit PIP Extension Loss Following Finger Fracture. CSM (2003)
    14. Kutcha CM, Manal TJ, Schmitt LA. Use of High-Intensity Electrical Stimulation for the Treatment of Patellofemoral Pain. CSM (2003)
    15. Schmitt LC, Rudolph KS, Schmitt LA. Use of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation in a Patient with a Forearm Fracture and Median Nerve Injury: CSM (2003)
    16. Storaska JA, Schmitt LA, Manal TJ. Use of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation to Treat Radicular Weakness of the Lower Extremity: CSM (2003)
    17. Kutcha CM, Schmitt LA. “Differential Diagnosis of Hip Pathologies as it Relates to Athletes”. Medical Aspects of Sports Conference. January 2003
    18. Manal TJ, Schmitt LA, Axe MJ. Arthrofibrosis: Management of the A Stiff Knee @ : APTA Annual (2002)
    19. Schmitt LA , Dickerson-Schnatz A. “Evidence Based Practice for the use of Therapeutic Ultrasound”. New Jersey State Physical Therapy Conference. April 2002.
    20. Schmitt LA. Treatment of a Figure Skater with Achilles and Posterior Tibialis Tendonitis Using the Guide to Physical Therapy. CSM (2002)
    21. Padamonsky W, Schmitt LA. Use of Electrical Stimulation with Quadriceps Muscular Re-education: CSM (2002)
    22. Schmitt, LA. Staff Member USFSA Chevrolet Team 2006, Novice: Boston, MA (2001)
    23. Manal TJ, Schmitt LA. A Model of Clinical Education Provided On-site at an Academic Institution. Poster Presentation. CSM (2000)
    24. Schmitt, LA. Staff Member USFSA Junior Nationals: Buffalo, NY (2000)
    25. Schmitt, LA. Evaluation and Treatment of the Lumbar Spine: Beebe Medical Center (1999)
    26. Schmitt, LA. Muscles: Testing and Function (Florence Kendall), Lab Assistant, NATA National Convention (1999)
    27. Schmitt, LA. Progression of Lumbar Stabilization Exercises using a Physioball: Medical Aspects of Sports – University of Delaware (1999)
    28. Schmitt, LA. Evaluation of the SI Joint and Muscle Energy Techniques: Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association (1997)
    29. Schmitt, LA. Shoulder Rehabilitation (Pat Provance, PT), Lab Assistant, Helix Health Systems (1996)
    30. Schmitt, LA. Lower Leg, Ankle and Foot Injuries: Maryland State Coaches Certification Symposium (1994)


    • University of Delaware Department of Physical Therapy
      • Generic Abilities Committee


    1. National Conferences 
      • APTA Annual Conference (2002-2010, 1998-2000)
      • APTA Combined Sections Meeting (1998-2010)
      • NATA Annual Conference(1999)
      • ACSM Annual Conference (2003, 2001)
      • ASPE (Association for Standardized Patient Educators)(2010)
    2. Lower Extremity
      • Advanced Techniques for Evaluation and Treatment of the Knee, CEN, Inc (1998)
      • Athletic Injuries of the Adolescent Knee and Cadaver Dissection, AI duPont Hospital (1997)
      • Diagnosis and Treatment of Muscular Imbalances and Associated Movement Impairment Syndromes, Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA (1995)
      • Union Memorial Hospital (UMH) Spring Sports Symposium A Meniscal Injuries (1995)
      • UMH Spring Sports Symposium A New Concepts and Techniques in Management of Foot and Ankle Problems in the Athlete (1994)
      • Evaluation, UMH (1993)
      • Kin Com Basic Training, Chattanooga (1993)
      • McConnell Patellofemoral Treatment Plan (1993)
      • Chain Reaction (1993)
      • UMH Spring Sports Symposium A Advances in ACL Surgery, UMH (1992)
      • Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Home Study 92-1 (1992)
      • When the Feet Hit the Ground … Take the Next Step (1992)
      • When the Feet Hit the Ground Everything Changes (1992)
    3. Upper Extremity
      • Latest Concepts in Shoulder Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy Seminars (1998)
      • Orthopaedic Therapy of the Shoulder, Kelley and Clark (1996)
      • Musculoskeletal Evaluation of the Shoulder Girdle, Kendall and Sahrmann (1995)
      • ASMI – Injuries in Baseball (1995)
      • A Comprehensive Approach to the Orthopaedic Shoulder (1994)
      • Shoulder and Elbow Treatment and Testing Utilizing the Kin-Com, Good Samaritan Hospital (1994)
      • UMH Spring Sports Symposium A New Concepts and Techniques in Management of Shoulder Disorders (1993)
    4. Spine
      • Evidence-Based Examination and Management of Neck Pain. Joshua Cleland, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS (2009)
      • Teaching Grade 5 Mobilizations: An Evidence Based Approach; A Clinical Instructor and Faculty Workshop (2005)
      • S-3 Advanced Evaluation and Manipulation of the Cranio-facial Region, Cervical and Upper Thoracic Spine (1995)
      • S-1 Introduction to Spinal Evaluation and Manipulation (1993)
    5. Clinical Education 
      • Education Leadership Conference (2008, 2010)
      • Association for Standardized Patient Educators (2010)
      • Embracing Clinical Education Standards: A Work in Progress. Harcum College. (2009)
      • APTA Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor (2008)
      • APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor, University of Delaware (2000)
      • Evaluation of Clinical Competencies: Strategies for Clinical Educators, University of Delaware (1997)
    6. Other
      • Emergency Response Instructor Training, Jacksonville, FL (2009)
      • Human Simulation: Effecting a New Paradigm for Acute Care Education, CSM (2009)
      • Dance Medicine, CSM (2004)
      • Emergency Response, CSM (2001)


    • HESC 481: Postural Assessment Lab/Lecture: Lower Extremity and Spine Evaluation, University of Delaware Athletic Training (2010)
    • HESC 467 Special Topics: Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries II – Lecturer, “Evaluation and Treatment of the Sacroiliac Joint” (2008)
    • PHYT 830 Introduction to Clinical Education (2007-present)
    • PHYT 631 Physical Therapy in the Acute Care Environment (2004-present)
    • PHYT 807 Emergency Response (2002-present)
    • PHYT 805 Rehabilitation – Lecturer, “Orthotic Management” (2007)
    • PHYT 614 Sports and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Elective – Lecturer, “Management of the Stiff Knee” (2004-present)
    • PHYT 602 Acute Care – Lecturer, “Emergency Procedures” (2001-2003); “Prescriptive Therapeutic Exercise” and “Traction” (2001)
    • HESC 449 Advanced Topics in Sports Medicine (University of Delaware Athletic Training) – Lecturer, “SI Dysfunction” (1997-2004)
    • PHYT 608 Musculoskeletal Evaluation – Lab Instructor (1998-2000)
    • Prosthetics (BKA & AKA) and Patient Managment (1998)
    • Physical Agents – Lab Instructor (1995-1996)