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Jared Vagy, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

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Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy


1540 Alcazar St., CHP 155,
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9006


Jared Vagy is a clinical assistant professor of physical therapy in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Southern California. He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California and completed a one-year residency in orthopedics and an additional one-year fellowship in movement science. He is an orthopedic clinical specialist and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Dr. Vagy is a mentor in both the Orthopedic Residency and Upper Extremity Elite Athlete Fellowship programs.

Dr. Vagy is an innovator in the area of online education and remote learning. He held leadership roles in several courses during the conversion of the in-person USC DPT program into an online hybrid format. He teaches patient management courses in the USC DPT hybrid pathway and develops web-based post-professional continuing education courses for physical therapists.

He is considered an international authority on rock climbing injuries, has published numerous articles on the topic, and is the author of the best-selling book, Climb Injury-Free.

Dr. Vagy has diverse experience working in elite athletics. He has served as a physical therapist in China for the Chinese National Track and Field Team, has worked with USA Track and Field at the Olympic Team Trials, completed a rotation at the US Olympic Training Center working primarily with USA Men’s gymnastics, and has provided medical care at international events such as the International Weightlifting Federation World Championships. Dr. Vagy has rehabilitated several world champions, gold medalists and Olympic athletes. His assessments and treatments are rooted deeply in an understanding of The Movement System and he teaches lectures and seminars worldwide on the topic.

  • Movement Science Fellowship, Kaiser Permanente, 2013
  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency, Physical Therapy Works, 2011
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Southern California, 2009
  • Bachelor of Science, Exercise Biology, Minor in Psychology, University of California-Davis, 2006
  • Vagy, Jared S. “Prepare the Wrists and Fingers to Climb” Climbing Magazine. May. 2018: 34-35.
  • Vagy, Jared S. “Soaring Beyond Borders.” Advance Jun. 2016: 10-12.
  • Vagy, Jared. “Mirroring Movement” Climbing Magazine Dec. 2015.
  • Vagy, Jared and Bechtel, Steve “Core Training for Climbers” Climb Magazine Sept. 2015. 43.
  • Vagy, Jared S. “Injury Free Movement” Climbing Magazine Jun. 2015: 44-45.
  • Vagy, Jared S. “The Missing ACL Link.” Advance Dec. 2014: 16-18.
  • Vagy, Jared S. “Ask The Dr.” DPM Magazine Jun. 2014: 8.
  • Vagy, Jared S. “Emerging Concepts in Injury Prevention: Pulley Strain.” DPM Climbing Sep. 2014: 46.
  • Vagy, Jared S. “What is the true core?” Advance Dec. 2014: 9-10.
  • Vagy, Jared S. “Emerging Concepts in Injury Prevention: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.” DPM Climbing Jun. 2014:40-41.
  • Vagy, Jared S. “Emerging Concepts in Injury Prevention: Belayer’s Neck.” DPM Climbing March. 2014:53.
  • Vagy, Jared S. “Emerging Concepts in Injury Prevention: Climber’s Elbow.” DPM Climbing Dec. 2013:50-51.
  • Vagy, Jared S. “Forward Posture in Runners.” Advance Nov. 2013: 10-11.
  • Vagy, Jared S. “Emerging Concepts in Injury Prevention: Climbing Warm-Up.” DPM Climbing Sep. 2013:50-51.
  • Vagy, Jared S. “Emerging Concepts in Injury Prevention: Rotator Cuff Strain.” DPM Climbing June. 2013:14-15.

Professional Journal Reviews

  • Uzo Ehiogu, MSc,BSc,BSc; Gareth Stephens, MSc, BSc; Volker Schöffl, MD, MHBA, PhD “Heel Hook Injuries in Climbers Current Rehabilitation Concepts.” Journal of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine. Sept 2019.
  • Ludovic Seifert et al. “Climbing skill and complexity of climbing wall design: Assessment of Jerk as a novel indicator of performance fluency.” Journal of Applied Biomechanics. March 2014.


Book Publications

  • Vagy, Jared. Climb Injury-Free. Los Angeles: The Climbing Doctor, 2016.
  • Vagy, Jared and Grosserode, Steve. Prevent Soccer Injuries. Los Angeles: Movement Solutions Press. 2016.
  • Vagy, Jared. The Ultimate Climber: Prevent Injury and Peak Performance. Los Angeles: The Climbing Doctor, 2014.


Book Contributions

  • MacDonald, Dougald and Davis, Pete. Adaptive Climbing. Boulder: Paradox Sports, 2015.