Hanz Tao

Hanz Tao

Assistant Professor



Phone: (605) 658-6361

Email: Hanz.Tao@usd.edu

Teaching Interests:

Movement Science Orthopedic Physical Therapy Sports Physical Therapy

Research Interests:

Division I athletics Sport-specific movement patterns Ankle injuries and rehabilitation


  • Sports Physical Therapy Residency, Gundersen Sports Medicine/University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2016
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Colorado, 2013
  • BS, Physiology & Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego, 2008

Licensures and Certifications:

  • Sports Certified Specialist (SCS), American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
  • Functional Movement Screen, Level 1
  • Licensed Physical Therapist - South Dakota
  • Credentialed Clinical Instructor, American Physical Therapy Association
  • Graston Technique
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Level 1
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Professionals, American Red Cross
  • Emergency Medical Response, American Red Cross


  • PT/OT Web Conferencing Between Classrooms, Health Affairs Medical Informatics Committee.


  • Berg-Poppe, Patti, Cesar, Guilherme M., Tao, Hanz, Johnson, Cal, Landry, Jessica. Evidence of Concurrent Validity between a Portable Force Plate and an Instrumented Walkway when Measuring Limits of Stability. Presented at the 2018 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, New Orleans. (February 2018)
  • Ness, Brandon, Sudhagoni, Ramu, Tao, Hanz, Zimney, Kory, Full, Olivia, Seehafer, Lucas, Walder, Chelsie. The reliability of a novel heel rise test versus goniometry to assess plantarflexion range of motion. Presented at the Combined Sections Meeting 2018, New Orleans, LA. (February 2018)