Sean M. Collins, PT, ScD

Professor of Physical Therapy
Director of Soccer Analytics

Office Location: Samuel Read Hall Rm 211
Office Phone: (603) 535-2891
Mail Stop: MSC 68
Department: Physical Therapy
Email: smcollins1@plymouth.edu

Dr. Sean Collins joined the Men’s Soccer staff for the fall of 2021, in the position of Director of Soccer Analytics.  Dr. Collins and his doctoral students will head up the programs’ Sports Science work, specifically the use of GPS tracking technology, heart rate monitor technology and their relationships to physical, technical, and tactical performance. This project aligns with Dr. Collins’ interest in physiological stability and the implications of causal complexity in understanding multi-causal multi-level and dynamic influences on health and human performance.

Dr. Collins joined Plymouth State University in June 2015 as the founding Program Director to develop and implement the DPT program. He was previously on faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (1998 – 2015), having served as Chair of the PT Department (2008 – 2013) and Program Director of the DPT program (2008 – 2012). In the Fall of 2020, after PSU-DPT program earned initial accreditation, Dr. Collins began the process of relinquishing his administrative role in the DPT program to return to a focus on teaching and scholarship.

He earned a BS in Exercise Physiology (1992), MS in Physical Therapy (1994) and an ScD in Work Environment (occupational stress, work physiology and epidemiology) (2003) from UMass Lowell. Dr. Collins is interested in applying ergonomics, epidemiology and stress physiology to human performance modeling to improve our understanding of multi-causal multi-level and dynamic influences on health and human performance.  Dr. Collins has over 50 publications and presentations in peer-reviewed journals; has presented at local, national, and international conferences, was editor of the cardiopulmonary physical therapy journal from 2016 to 2021 and was awarded the Linda Crane Lecture Award in 2018 by the American Physical Therapy Association for making outstanding and enduring contributions to the profession. 

Dr. Collins teaches clinical physiology, and a three-course sequence in clinical inquiry (statistical modeling and application of research to practice decisions) in the DPT program, and has taught undergraduate courses in anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, exercise physiology and exercise prescription, and PhD courses in biomedical engineering. While at UMass Lowell he provided conducted research on remote physiological monitoring and provided decision support analytics to the strength and conditioning coach for the D1 Hockey East champion and NCAA Final Four Men’s Ice Hockey team. He has had a lifetime interest in soccer with experience as a player, coach and fan. 

Dr. Collins research contributions are available at his ResearchGate Profile.