Dr. Bart “Woody” Woodworth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education. Dr. Woodworth has been teaching and coaching at the United States Military Academy at West Point since 1992. He currently serves as the Director for Operations (DOPS) and Course Director for Scuba (PE432), Snowboarding (PE437), and Advanced Sports Development – PIAD (PE471). Dr. Woodworth is Colonel in the US Army Reserves.
Woody Woodworth has been teaching and coaching at the United States Military Academy at West Point since 1992. He is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of Operations in the Department of Physical Education.
Woody began his tour a West Point as a Military Instructor in the Department of Physical Education. His teaching responsibilities have included, boxing, wrestling, close quarters combat, survival swimming, gymnastics, Scuba, Snowboarding, Alpine and Nordic Skiing. In addition, he has served as the Director of Competitive Sports, Cadet Summer Training, Strength Development, Aquatics, and the Rugby program.
His first experience as a coach for the Black Knights was as an assistant throwing coach for the Army Track Team from 1992-94. Throwers he coached went on to be All Americans and also participated in the World Class Athlete Program. In 1994 he resigned his Regular Army Commission to accept a position as the head assistant coach for Army Wrestling. For 6-seasons, from 1994-2000 he was responsible for the recruiting and physical conditioning of the team. In 1997 Army Wrestling snapped a 34-year winless streak against Navy with a 19-12 victory.
In 2000 Woody took over the Competitive Sports program. As the Director of Competitive Sports he supervised 26 intercollegiate club teams and 320 intramural teams. Among his duties at West Point was to oversee the day-to-day operations of the competitive clubs and intramural teams to include scheduling practices and competitions, coordinating athletic participation, and establishing standards for participation in sports for coaches, officials, and athletes.
Woody is a combat veteran serving his country for over 28 years. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and a three-time recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal and earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal while in Iraq. He is currently a Colonel in the US Army Reserves servings as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee and Military Academy Liaison Officer for the United States Military Academy.
Upon his return from Iraq, Woody assumed the duties as the Department of Physical Education’s Director of Operations (DOPS) synchronizing and providing command and control linkage in the major programs of Sport Medicine, Cadet Summer Training, Testing, and Operations. Woody is an instructor with the Professional Ski Instructor of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors, American Sport Educator Program, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character and National Association of Underwater Instructors. In addition, he is an Instructor Trainer with the Josephson Institute of Ethics - “Character Counts,” Instructor for the Adaptive Sports Foundations and Wounded Warriors Project, and a Course Director for the National Association of Underwater Instructors. He is a certified coach with United States Weightlifting Federation and USA Wrestling National Coaches Education Program.
- Ed.D., Health and Behavior ScienceTeachers College, Columbia University, 2000
- M.Ed. Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2000
- M.S. Education - Health Science and Sport Injury and Prevention Management (Summa Cum Laude), Springfield College, 1992
- B.S. Education - Health and Physical Education with a minor in Sports Medicine and Biology (Cum Laude), State University of New York at Cortland College, 1982
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Currently working on a research project with Keller Army Community Hospital, Department of Physical Education and the University of North Carolina and Uniformed Services University entitled “The Effect of a Neuromuscular Training Program on Reducing the Incidence of Lower Extremity Stress Fractures in Military Service Members.” Using funds from the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, the “JUMP-ACL partnership” is conducting studies of prospective, modifiable risk factors for ACL injury among > 6,000 incoming academy cadets (USMA, USNA, USAFA). Over the past year, we have identified differences in cadets who tear their ACL while at the Academies compared with cadets who do not tear their ACL. Major results from the JUMP-ACL study are: Male and female cadets have the same risk of ACL injury; Muscle strength, foot type, and body weight do not predict ACL injury risk; Movement patterns (landing with knock-knees, excessive hip rotation, and hard landings) strongly predict risk of future ACL injury.