Chris Hughes has been on staff with NHOSPT since 1993. His clinical practice interests include shoulder, spine, gait analysis, and joint replacement. Chris received his physical therapy degree (MPT) from Slippery Rock University in 1992. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, PhD (Sports Medicine1990) and Springfield College, BS (Exercise Science 1983), MS. (Biomechanics 1986). Chris has been a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) since 1986. He received his advanced board certification in orthopedics (OCS) in 2001. 

Chris is a full-time Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Slippery Rock University. He has been an award-winning faculty member in the Graduate School of Physical Therapy at SRU since 1990. His research and graduate teaching is in the area of skeletal biomechanics, orthopedics, and therapeutic exercise. He frequently consults with industry in ergonomics and initiatives related to product research and development. 

Chris served as editor of the APTA orthopedic section’s Independent study course series (2007– 2020) and Orthopedic PT practice (2004 – 2019). His service to the profession includes leadership roles and presentations at regional and national levels. He is a long-standing member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He also serves as a manuscript reviewer for many peer reviewed publications including American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Clinical Biomechanics, and Journal of Applied Biomechanics, and Sports Health.