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Tak Fukunaga, DPT, ATC, CSCS

Senior Physical Therapist/Research Assistant

Tak Fukunaga, DPT, ATC, CSCS, is a senior physical therapist and research assistant at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma (NISMAT). He is a licensed physical therapist, certified athletic trainer, and certified strength and conditioning specialist. As a physical therapist, Tak specializes in the treatment of orthopaedic and sports-related injuries, as well as rehabilitation after surgery. As a research assistant, Tak works within a multidisciplinary research team and conducts clinical and applied science research in physical therapy, exercise science, and orthopedic surgery.

Tak holds an academic appointment at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine as assistant professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation.  He is the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education for physical therapy interns at NISMAT and a Master Clinician for the Department of Physical Therapy at New York University. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, orthopedic and sports physical therapy sections, and the running special interest group. At NISMAT, Tak leads the runners’ program and founded the runners’ injury clinic, which is held open to the public on a monthly basis.

His clinical and research interests include treatment of running-related injuries, rehabilitation after joint arthroscopy and replacement surgery, and fall prevention in the elderly. Tak graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca College with Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and Exercise Science. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at New York University. Tak has served as an athletic trainer for intercollegiate athletics at New York University, and currently is the athletic trainer for the NYU men’s ice hockey team.