William Gear, Ph.D., LAT, ATC
Director, Athletic Training Program
Department of Kinesiology & Dance
New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001, MSC 3M
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Phone: (575) 646-1782
Dr. Gear is an Associate Professor and Director of the Athletic Training Program in the Kinesiology and Dance Department at NMSU. Prior to coming to NMSU, Dr. Gear served as a faculty member and Program Director of Athletic Training at Marywood University in Scranton, PA; the University of Minnesota Duluth in Duluth MN; California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA; and at California State University Dominguez Hills in Dominguez Hills, CA. Dr. Gear has over twenty-five years of experience as an Athletic Trainer, and over eighteen years experience as an Athletic Training educator.
Dr. Gear holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with a specialization in Athletic Training from California State University, Long Beach; a Master’s degree in Physical Education with a specialization in Exercise Physiology from California State University, Sacramento; and a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Gear’s current research interests include examining the effect of low-level laser therapy on healing, the effect of lower extremity taping techniques on balance and stability in injured and non-injured populations, and joint proprioception changes due to increasing muscular fatigue and how this relates to joint injury.