Hall of Fame Physical Therapist and Researcher Keith Kleven

“I think, physically, there is no better trainer in the world. You can see who has trained with him: Mark O’Meara, Tiger Woods, plus our team and all the other great athletes. He is absolutely the best. If a person is really serious about playing professional golf and reaching the highest level they can, he is the kind of trainer you would look for.” — Head coach Dwaine Knight

Rebel golfers have had the incomparable opportunity to come under the tutelage of one of the nation’s leaders in physical therapy, Keith Kleven. A clinical educator and researcher, Kleven has bachelor’s and master’s degrees and served a one year residency in physical therapy under the school of Physical Therapy and Medicine at the University of Southern California, and is a certified athletic trainer.

Kleven has been a groundbreaker in his emerging field for more than 30 years and has been directly involved with the UNLV golf program since 1989. He was inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame as part of its 2005 class. Currently the owner/director of the Keith Kleven Institute of

Orthopaedic Sports and Dance Rehabilitation in Las Vegas, he is a clinical instructor for 18 colleges and universities as well as the personal trainer and therapist for many U.S. sports teams, professional teams, professional athletes and entertainers. Tiger Woods, Mark O’Meara, Chris Riley, John Cook and Emilee Klein are just some of the professional golfers who have worked with Kleven.

“Keith has been with us from the start, and I think, physically, there is no better trainer in the world,” said UNLV head coach Dwaine Knight. “You can see who has trained with him: Mark O’Meara, Tiger Woods, plus our team and all the other great athletes. He is absolutely the best. If a person is really serious about playing professional golf and reaching the highest level they can, he is the kind of trainer you would look for. He is so individually specific, which is what makes him such a valuable part of our program. We are very fortunate to have him on campus as a professor and have him in our program. There is no question that without his support and help we would not be a top program.”

Presently doing research in injury prevention and training to enhance golf performance, Kleven is also the author of numerous articles and is a highly sought-after speaker.