Mike Rosenthal, PT, DSc, ATC

Associate Professor

Department of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Physical Therapy Program

984420 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4420

Academic Appointments:
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Program, UNMC: 2021-Present

Assistant Professor, School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, Doctor of Physical Therapy program, San Diego State University: 2016-2020

Associate Professor, Post-professional Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Program, Rocky Mountain University of the Health Professions: 2005-2013

DSc: U.S. Military-Baylor University 2003
MPT: U.S. Army-Baylor University, 1993
BS: Natural Sciences, Doane College, 1991

Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS): American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, 1999-present

Board Certified Electrophysiological Clinical Specialist (ECS): American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, 2002-present

Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), National Athletic Trainers’ Association, 1997-present

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength and Conditioning Association, 1995-present

Primary Teaching Responsibilities:
PHYT 509: Human Movement 3 (course coordinator)
PHYT 720: Differential Screening (course coordinator)
PHYT 606: Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II

Scholarly Activity:
Research interests: blood flow restriction exercise, human performance optimization, and healthcare delivery and outcomes in the management musculoskeletal injuries

Publications: (last 5 years)
Rosenthal MD, Rauh MJ, Cowan JE. Prospective Assessment of Clinical Tests Used to Evaluate Tibial Stress Fracture. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2022;10(9). doi:10.1177/23259671221122356

Bordessa JM, Hearn MC, Reinfeldt AE, Smith TA, Levy SS, Baweja H, Rosenthal MD. Comparison of Blood Flow Restriction Devices and Their Effect on Quadriceps Muscle Activation. Physical Therapy in Sport. In revision.

Post EG, Pennock AT, Rosenthal MD, Rauh MJ. Prevalence and Consequences of Sport Specialization Among Little League Baseball Players. Sports Health. (accepted)

Rosenthal MD. Radiologic evaluation of the pelvis and hip. Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Imaging. 5th ed. McKinnis LN. eds. FA Davis. Philadelphia, PA. 2020.

Rosenthal MD. Radiologic evaluation of the knee. Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Imaging. 5th ed. McKinnis LN. eds. FA Davis. Philadelphia, PA. 2020.

Rosenthal MD. Radiologic evaluation of the ankle and foot . Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Imaging. 5th ed. McKinnis LN. eds. FA Davis. Philadelphia, PA. 2020.

Rauh ML, Tenforde A, Barrack M, Rosenthal MD, Nichols J. High Sports Specialization is Associated with Low Bone Mineral Density in Female High School Distance Runners. Journal of Athletic Training. 2020 Nov 11;55(12):1239-46. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-0547.19

Rosenthal MD, Hawkes N, Garbrecht JD. Popliteal Artery Entrapment Syndrome. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2020 Sep;50(9):531. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2020.9568.

Garbrecht JD, Reynolds W, Rosenthal MD. Upper Extremity Effort Thrombosis. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2020 Sep;50(9):532. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2020.9585.

Fraser JJ, Rosenthal MD, Davenport T. Physical therapy as a force multiplier: population health perspectives to address short-term readiness and long-term health of military service members. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal. 2020;31(1):22-28. doi: 10.1097/CPT.0000000000000129

Post EG, Rosenthal MD, Rauh ML. Attitudes and Beliefs Towards Sport Specialization, College Scholarships, and Financial Investment Among High School Baseball Parents. Sports (Basel). 2019 Dec 10;7(12):247. doi: 10.3390/sports7120247.

Ruffe NJ, Sorce SR, Rosenthal MD, Rauh M. Lower Quarter and Upper Quarter Y-Balance Tests as Predictors of Running-Related Injuries in High School Cross-Country Runners. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2019;14(5):695-706.

Loro WA, Thelen MD, Rosenthal MD, Stoneman PD, Ross MD. The effects of cryotherapy on quadriceps electromyographic activity and isometric strength in patients in the early phases following knee surgery. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2019:27(1):1-8. doi: 10.1177/2309499019831454.

Rauh MJ, Barrack M, Rosenthal MD, Tenforde A, Nichols J. Associations between sports specialization, running-relate injury and menstrual dysfunction among high school distance runners. Athl Train Sports Health Care. 2018;10(6):253-259. https://doi.org/10.3928/19425864-2018-830-02.

Baker RL, Souza RB, Rauh MJ, Fredericson M, Rosenthal MD. Differences in knee and hip adduction and hip muscle activation in runners with and without iliotibial band syndrome. PM R. 2018 Apr 26. Pii: S1934-1482(18)30215-6. doi: 10.1016/j.pmmrj.2018.04.004

Rosenthal MD, Ziemke GW, Bush ML, Halfpap J. Physical therapists forward deployed on aircraft carriers: a retrospective look at a decade of service. Mil Med. 2018 Apr 25. https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usy070.

Rosenthal MD, Moore JH, Lynch JR. Impingement syndrome rehabilitation. Clinical Orthopaedic Rehabilitation. 4th ed. Giangarra CE, Manske RC, and Brotzman SB. eds. Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA. 2017.

Halfpap JP, Cho AA, Rosenthal MD. Cervical fracture with vertebral artery dissection, Journal of Orthopaedics and Sports Physical Therapy, 46(10):929, 2016.


Clinical Experience:
Outpatient orthopedics and sports rehabilitation
Injury prevention
Clinical electrophysiology (EMG/NCS)