Thomas Ruediger

Associate Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences
(260) 203-2901 | ruedigert@trine.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Degrees Earned:

Doctor of Physical Therapy in Physical Therapy, University of Montana.

Doctor of Science in Clinical Electrophysiology, Rocky Mountain University.

Master of Physical Therapy in Physical Therapy, Baylor University.

Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science, Concordia College – Seward.

Work History:

Trine University | 2014 - Present

  • Assistant Director
  • Associate Professor

University of Michigan-Flint | 2008 - 2014

  • Assistant Professor

Indiana Physical Therapy | 2006 - 2008

  • Senior Therapist

Fort Drum, NY | 2004 - 2006

  • Assistant Chief/Director of Research

Fort Rucker, AL | 2001 - 2004

  • Chief, Physical Therapy

Fort Knox, KY | 1998 - 2001

  • Staff Physical Therapist

Publications:

Ruediger T, Dombkowski R. Predicting V̇O2 Change from a Single Unidirectional Trial of Cadence Manipulation in Recreational Runners. Int J Sports Exerc Med. 2017;3:049.

Smith L, Ruediger T, Alsalaheen B, Bean R. Performance of high school players on clinical measures of deep cervical flexor endurance and cervical active range of motion; is history of concussion a factor? Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2016;11(2):156-163.

Yorke A, Ruediger T, Voltenburg N. Doctor of physical therapy students’ attitudes towards people with disabilities: a descriptive study. Disabil Rehabil. 2016:1-7. doi:10.3109/09638288.2016.1140830.

Ruediger T, Allison S, Moore J, Wainner R. Reliability, reference values and predictor variables of the ulnar sensory nerve in disease free adults. Neurophysiol Clin. 2014;44(3):281-9.doi:10.1016/j.neucli.2014.04.005

Lester M, Sharp M, Werling W, Walker L, Cohen B, Ruediger T. Effect of specific short-term physical training on fitness measures in conditioned men.  J Strength Cond Res. 2014;28(3):679-688.  doi:10.1519/JSC.0b013e318299912b.

Gill N, Ruediger T, Gochis R, et al. Test-retest reliability of the ulnar F-wave minimum latency in normal adults. Electromyo Clin Neur, 1999;39(4):195-200.

Hugus S, Sank K, O’Daniel K, Baumgartner M, Dombkowski R, Ruediger T. The effects of physical activity and sleep on the physiologic response to stress in doctor of physical therapy students. Poster presented at the 2016 Indiana American Physical Therapy Fall Conference.Indianapolis, November, 2016.

Ruediger T, Dombkowski R, Negrete C, Collins, S, Neil L. The effect of cadence manipulation on VO2 in recreational runners. Poster presented at the 2016 Indiana American Physical Therapy Fall Conference. November, 2016.

Dombkowski R, Handshoe E, Koeneman H, Law K, Marsh E, Ruediger T. The effect of upper extremity support on VO2 at constant work rates on the Stairmaster Freeclimber 4600CL. Poster presented at the 2016 Indiana American Physical Therapy Fall Conference. November, 2016.

Stork M, Nihart J, Copeland, Waddups E, Ruediger T, Dombkowski R. Survey of physiological and psychological indications of perceived stress in Doctor of Physical Therapy students. Poster presented at the 2016 Indiana American Physical Therapy Fall Conference. November, 2016.

Ruediger T. Trigger point dry needling in a competitive mountain bike racer with chronic gluteal pain – a case report. Poster presented at the 2015 Indiana American Physical Therapy Fall Conference. October, 2015.

Dombkowski R, Ruediger T, Jones P. A baseline assessment of cardiovascular and catecholamine responses to moderate Red Bull® consumption in female college students. Poster presented at 2015 Indiana American Physical Therapy Fall Conference. October, 2015.

Thieme J, Colegrove C, Smith L, Ruediger T. Comparing the Y-Balance Test to a novel modification of the Star Excursion Balance Test.  Poster presented at 2015 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting. February 2015.

Yorke A, Ruediger T. Student Engagement in Learning Research Methods: Searching for the Holy Grail. 2014 Lilly Evidence Based Teaching Conference. October 2014.

Suitor J, Shafer C, Meeks B, Ruediger T. The Effects and Duration of Eccentric Training of the Lower Extremities in Healthy Adults. Poster presented at the 2014 Michigan Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference. October 2014.

Raphael L, Vierk C, Kennedy A, McCue C, Ruediger T, Smith L. Normative values of the Functional Measures Screen (FMS), Y-Balance, strength, power, flexibility, and agility in high school athletes. Poster presented at the 2014 Michigan Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference. October 2014.

Lobert L, Ruediger T. The effect of off-ice strength and conditioning program on on-ice skating performance in adolescent female ice hockey players.  Poster presented at 2014 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting; February 2014.

Acuna S, Burnett K, Mckaig S, Oldenberg P, Ruediger T. Effect of barefoot running training on various performance measures in recreational athletes.Poster presented at the 2013 Michigan Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference. October 2014.

Boespflug K, Jonatzke K, Owens K, Hatcher J, Brown J, Ruediger T. Effects of Progressive Multi-Planar Exercise on Measures of Fitness. Poster presented at the 2013 Michigan Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference. October 2014.

Ruediger T, Allison S, Moore J, Wainner R. Electrophysiologic measures of ulnar sensory nerve function: reference values and reliability. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Evidence Based Practice Symposium – Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. August 2010.

Ruediger T. Electrophysiologic measures of ulnar sensory nerve function: reference values and reliability of the measure. Presented at the 19th Annual Electroneuromyographic Symposium - Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. April 2008.

Dobbins D, Lester M, Sharp M, et al. Reliability of selected measures of physical fitness and combat relevant tasks in infantry soldiers. Presented at the American College of Sports Medicine annual conference. June 2007.

Mouneimneh LA, Lester ME, Sharp MA, et al. Effects of two training programs on military tasks and physical fitness in infantry soldiers. Presented at the American College of Sports Medicine annual conference. June 2007.

Cohen BS, Lester ME, Sharp MA, et al. Improvements in soldier group norms following short-term physical training. Presented at the American College of Sports Medicine annual conference. June 2007.

Ruediger T. Reference values for the ulnar nerve at the elbow: review and recommendations. Presented at the 16th Annual Electroneuromyographic Symposium. April 2005.