The University of West Alabama


R.T. Floyd, EdD, ATC, CSCS

Director of Athletic Training & Sports Medicine
Distinguished Professor of Physical Education & Athletic Training
Chair, Department of Physical Education & Athletic Training

Extended Biography:

R.T. Floyd is in his forty third year of providing athletic training services for the University of West Alabama.  Currently, he serves as the program director for the University of West Alabama's Athletic Training & Sports Medicine Center and is also a distinguished professor in the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training, which he chairs.  His additional responsibilities include insurance and football travel arrangements.  He served two terms as President of the Alabama Council of University Faculty Presidents which was preceded by a two-year term as President of the UWA Faculty Senate After serving several years on the Higher Education Partnership Board of Directors, he became chair in 2013.

He served on the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic athletic training staff for twenty-seven years, including twenty-five classics as head athletic trainer of the Gray Squad.

He is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainersí Association, a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist in the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Certified Athletic Equipment Manager in the Athletic Equipment Managersí Association, a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, the Shape America and is a Licensed Athletic Trainer and a Licensed Emergency Medical Technician.  He serves President of the National Athletic Trainers' Association Research and Education Foundation Board of Directors. He served three terms on the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Directors representing District IX, the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association.

He is a native of Montgomery and a 1974 graduate of Lowndes Academy, where he served as athletic trainer for all sports for four years.  Floyd received a B.S. Degree in Physical Education from UWA in 1980 and a M.A.T. Degree in Physical Education in 1982.  In 1995, he completed an Ed.D. in Human Performance Studies at the University of Alabama.

Floyd was named to "Outstanding Young Men of America" in 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1986.  He was presented the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award by the  National Athletic Trainersí Association in 2003 and received the organizationís Athletic Trainer Service Award in 1996.  He was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 2013.  He received the District IX Award for Outstanding Contribution to the field of Athletic Training by the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association in 1990 and the Award of Merit in 2001 before being inducted into the SEATA Hall of Fame in 2008.  In 2004, he was inducted into the Alabama Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame In 2007, he received the NATA Sayers "Bud" Miller Distinguished Educator AwardThe NATA Foundation recognized him with the Volunteer Service Award in 2011.  He was named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2005.  Also, in 1996 he was presented the Achievement Award by the University of West Alabama National Alumni Association in recognition for career and civic achievements.  In 1997, the University of West Alabama Faculty and Board of Trustees recognized Floyd for outstanding achievement in scholarship, teaching, and leadership by presenting him with a Loraine McIlwain Bell Trustee Professorship.  In 2001, he was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the UWA Athletic Hall of Fame In 2012, he was presented the Great Minds Awards by the UWA Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Nellie Rose McCrory Service Excellence Award by UWA.  In 2014, he was inducted into the Society of the Golden Key at UWA and was selected as the first recipeint of the UWA Distinguished Professorship.  Upon completion of its expansion in 2014, the athletic training facility was named the R.T. Floyd Athletic Training & Sports Medicine Center by the UWA Board of Trustees.  He is also author of the textbook ďManual of Structural Kinesiology", now in its 20th edition and co-author of "Kinesiology for Manual Therapies."

He is married to the former Lisa Neville of Butler and they have four children, Robert Thomas, Jeanna, Rebecca, and Kate.

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