Larry Gurchiek, D.A., ATC
Office Hours

HKS 1005
MWF 11:15-12:15 and 2:30-3:30
W 5-6
TTH by appointment
Ph: (251) 461-1615
Fax: (251) 460-7252
171 Jaguar Drive
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Larry Gurchiek, D.A., ATC
Professor, Department of Health, Kinesiology and Sport
Athletic Training, Ankle Injuries, Athletic Performance and Injury Prevention

B.S., Recreation/Therapeutic Recreation, Indiana State University, 1974
M.S., Recreation/Adult Fitness, Indiana State University, 1981
M.S., Physical Education/Athletic Training, Indiana State University, 1984
D.A., Physical Education, Middle Tennessee State University, 1993
Teaching Philosophy
The purpose of education is to provide the opportunity for the learner to gain an understanding and appreciation of learning as a lifelong process of analysis and synthesis. Learning, the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes provides the student with competence and the quest for truth. Knowledge of what is right and commitment to what is right motivates one to act. The willingness and ability to act followed by reflective thinking enable the evaluation of self, relationships with others, and the chosen profession or discipline of each student.

The role of the teacher is that of facilitator of active learning. Activities that require the application of knowledge and skills should be the focus of instructors as they develop behavioral and course objectives. Quality teaching includes meaningful experiences that will allow the students to appreciate realistic and futuristic opportunities for contribution and stewardship to physical and social environments and systems.

Critical thinking and communication skills are mentored and proctored throughout a quality institution. The university provides a safe environment for faculty to develop and answer research questions and then apply this knowledge through teaching and service. The value in research lies in developing skills in assessment but more importantly in synthesis or application to further the theory and practice of education.
My research interests have been focused on the development and assessment of instrumentation to measure differences in ankle joint laxity, and the efficacy of foot and ankle orthoses on performance.
I find working with recreational, high school and collegiate athletes as they cope with sport related injuries continues to be a rewarding experience. Currently, I am collaborating with certified athletic trainers, teachers and coaches in the area high schools to develop an Introduction to Athletic Training course. The course will serve high school students interested the prevention and care of sports injuries, human performance, and health related fitness.
Dr. Gurchiek a Certified Athletic Trainer, came to the University of South Alabama in 1993 after serving as Head Athletic Trainer at Georgia Southwestern College and the Baptist Hospital’s Sports Medicine Center. He has worked extensively with local high schools in Mobile and Pensacola providing care to athletes and coaching education programs in athletic training. He continues to work with students pursuing professions in allied health care, athletic training and strength and conditioning.




HPE 572 - Applications of Biomechanical Concepts
PE 482 - Advanced Athletic Training
PE 380 - Kinesiology
PE 282 - Introduction to Athletic Training