Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Richard K. Shields, PT, PhD, FAPTA


Chair & DEO, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Contact Information

Primary Office: 1-254 MEB
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-9803

Web: Human Movement Control/Performance Laboratory


BS, Biology, Catawba College
Certificate, Physical Therapy, Mayo Clinic of Health Related Sciences
MA, Exercise Physiology, University of Iowa
PhD, Exercise Physiology, University of Iowa

Research Summary

Central Research Theme: Prescribed Activity (Exercise) is medicine.

1) Neuro-musculoskeletal adaptation to various “activity based” interventions in humans with spinal cord injury: muscle molecular and physiological adaptations, segmental and central reflex adaptations, and trabecular bone image adaptations.

2) Neuromuscular control of movement in humans after acute and chronic perturbations from reduced activity (Age, ACL injury, muscle fatigue, CNS injury).

3) Acute responses to passive heat stress on extra-cellular proteins (HSP70, hormones), motor cortical excitability, and motor learning. Funding: NIH, Private Foundations, Industry.

Selected Publications

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Shields R, Dudley-Javoroski S.  Fatigue modulates synchronous but not asynchronous soleus activation during stimulation of paralyzed muscle..  Clin Neurophysiol.  2013 September 1. 124(9):1853-60.

Iguchi M, Littmann A, Chang S, Webster L, Knipper J, Shields R.  Heat stress and cardiovascular, hormonal, and heat shock proteins in humans..  J Athletic Train.  2012 March. 47(2):184-90.

Tseng S, Shields R.  Limb segment load inhibits post activation depression of soleus H-reflex in humans..  Clin Neurophysiol.  2012 March. 124(5):982-90.

Littmann A, Iguchi M, Madhavan S, Kolarik J, Shields R.  Dynamic position sense impairment is independent of perceived knee function in woman with ACL reconstruction.  J Sport Rehabil.  2012 February. 21(1):44-53.

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