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Michael J. Zarro, PT, DPT

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Secondary Appointment(s):



AHRB, 240I

Phone (Primary):

(410) 706-3449

Education and Training

  • 2009, B.S., Kinesiology, University of Maryland, College Park
  • 2012, D.P.T., University of Maryland, Baltimore

Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Emergency Medical Responder

APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor

Certified in Dry Needling


Dr. Zarro graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. His clinical practice focuses on sports and orthopedic physical therapy. He is an assistant professor for the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. He teaches in the human anatomy, biomechanics, and musculoskeletal content within the program with a focus on sport and exercise rehabilitation. He serves as a clinical instructor for DPT students on their clinical experiences. He currently serves as team physical therapist for the University of Maryland Terrapins and University of Maryland, Baltimore Country Retrievers and previously served as team physical therapist for Loyola University Maryland Greyhounds. He also volunteers with the local running and strength and conditioning community as well as United States Olympic Committee.

Research/Clinical Keywords

sports physical therapy, running injuries, post-concussion syndrome, ACL injuries, throwing injuries, hip/groin injuries, bone stress injuries, tendinopathy, dry needling, blood flow restriction training, load management, mechanotherapy, sports analytics, sports biomechanics

Highlighted Publications

Zarro M, Tamberrino K, Bane EM. Myositis Ossificans of the Adductor Longus in a Soccer Player. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2020 Oct;50(10):586. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2020.9573. PMID: 32998613.

Wu J, Kator JL, Zarro M, Leong NL. Rehabilitation Principles to Consider for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair. Sports Health. August 2021. doi:1177/19417381211032949.

Zarro M, Lee J, Stitzlein M, Rowland R, Packer J, Meredith S, Taylor J, Gray V, Nelson C. Single-Leg Vertical Hop Test Detects Greater Limb Asymmetries Than Horizontal Hop Tests After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in NCAA Division 1 Collegiate Athletes. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2021 Dec 2;16(6):1405-1414. doi: 10.26603/001c.29595. PMID: 34909247; PMCID: PMC8637251.

Ortega M, Marchese V, Zarro M. Film R. Shipper A, & Felter C. Digital and blended curriculum delivery in health professions education: an umbrella review with implications for Doctor of Physical Therapy education programs. Physical Therapy Reviews. 2021 DOI: 10.1080/10833196.2021.2000286.

Zarro M, Silverson O, Soenksen W, Thein-Nissenbaum J, Cataldo Cirone E, Rowland R, Staker J. Roles And Responsibilities Of The Physical Therapist In Collegiate Athletics: Results Of A National Survey. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2022 Oct 1;17(6):1128-1135. doi: 10.26603/001c.38015. PMID: 36237651; PMCID: PMC9528688.

Zarro M, Goel R, Bickhart N, May CC, Abzug JM. Extensor Carpi Ulnaris Tendinopathy in Athletes: A Review of the Conservative and Rehabilitative Options. Hand (N Y). 2022 Oct 15:15589447221127331. doi: 10.1177/15589447221127331. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36250572.

Clinical Specialty Details

Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Emergency Medical Responder

APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor