Alex Petruska graduated in 1976 from the Boston University Sargent College of Allied Health Professions with a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, and Physical Therapy Certificate. He was licensed as Physical Therapist in 1976 and licensed as Athletic Trainer in 1983 in the state of Massachusetts.
He attained Board Certification, as Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 1987. At this time (1987), He was the first Sports Clinical Specialist in New England and one of the first 24 Clinical Specialists, in all specialty areas, in the United States. He attained re-certification in 1999, and again in 2009. He was certified as Athletic Trainer, by the National Athletic Trainers Association in 1985 and held that certification until 1995. He was certified as Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 1985 and was one of the first 125 persons ever-certified by this organization. He held that certification until 1995. He was certified as Level I Weight Lifting Coach by the United States Weight Lifting Federation in 1988.
He was an Instructor in the Orthopedic and Sports Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions from 1989-1992. He was an Instructor in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at North Shore Community College from 1981-1982.
He was a Clinical Associate of Physical Therapy for the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University from 1985-2001.
He was the athletic trainer for the Middleboro Cobras Football Team of the Eastern Football League in 1983 and 1984 and was the athletic trainer for the South Boston Chippewas Football Team of the Boston Park League from 1977 to 1982.
He was the Director of Physical Therapy at Sports Medicine Brookline in Brookline from 1985-88 and the Sports Medicine Center in Wareham, MA from 1982-85.
He has co-authored scientific articles in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Hand Surgery and The Harvard Orthopedic Journal.
He served as Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer and Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Sports Medicine Service at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. from 1999 to 2007. In that role he was responsible for the production and implementation of specific post-operative rehabilitation protocols and patient information publications, which laid the foundation for the current Sports Physical Therapy practice at MGH. He continues to practice at the MGH Sports Medicine Center as Senior Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer. He has over 34 years of clinical experience and practice of physical therapy and specializes in knee and shoulder rehabilitation as well as sports conditioning program development
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