Mark Anderson has been a staple in the sports medicine and physical therapy world for decades, working with the NCAA, World Sitting Volleyball Championships, and the U.S. Paralympic Team. His work in creating the Sports Physical Therapy Graduate Program at the University of Oklahoma has helped to train many physical therapist that will continue Mark’s legacy in the sporting world.

Mark Anderson has a PhD in Sports Medicine as well as a MS in Physical Education, and has passed his knowledge to many of the fields newest members through the University of Oklahoma where he has been an instructor for almost four decades. Due to his presence in Oklahoma, Mark was asked to help set up the medical care for the NCAA Wrestling Championships and the World Sitting Volleyball Championships that were held in Oklahoma City. In addition to his work at The University of Oklahoma, Mark has worked with the U.S. Paralympic team, first at the 1990 Olympic Festival with tennis and power lifting, then again as the man in charge of coordinating medical coverage for the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games.

In 1997 Mark met Shelly Weinstein at the EMR instructor training course. The two became friends, and in 2014 when Shelly created Cogent Steps, she asked Mark to join her as an instructor for the company. In 2015 they began teaching the EMR course, and have continued doing so to this day. Mark’s assistance with Cogent Steps has helped to grow the company to what it is today. All of us at Cogent Steps are proud to have had the chance to work with Mark and to have Cogent Steps be a part of his impressive resume.

The career of Mark Anderson has been a long and successful one in which he has accomplished many awe inspiring goals. His work in the world of physical therapy and sports medicine has helped to grow the science into what it is today. The wonderfully multifaceted career that Mark has led can be boiled down to a quote he would often provide to his students: “There is no change without perturbation.” His career has been all about moving forward, and helping everyone he could along the way. For these and so many more reasons, we thank Mark Anderson for his decades of work in the medical field and for the example that he has provided us.


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