Luke Buffum is an American Physical Therapy Association Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist physical therapist and serves the NCSU Sports Medicine Department as the Rehabilitation Consultant. His primary role is to collaborate with the athletic trainers in developing effective rehabilitation plans. Although Luke is available to assist with all the sports, his main areas of focus are football and track and field. Luke Buffum developed his interest in sports medicine while an NCSU basketball player. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1998 with a BS in Zoology. He was a three- year letterman, three- time member of the ACC Honor Roll and twice awarded the Jon Speak's Award for Best Teammate. Upon graduation, Luke continued his education at UNC-Chapel Hill where he earned a Master of Physical Therapy degree. He was one of only three medical allied health students to receive a Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund Scholarship.
Following graduation, Luke became the clinical director of Careworks, Inc. in Selma, NC. While at this job, he also served as a rehab/game day consultant for the Smithfield-Selma Senior High School football team. In 2002, Luke and his wife Emily, a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer, started their own practice, Trinity Wellness Center Inc. in Raleigh. This was a collaborative effort with Tommie Austin-Young who had served NCSU and other locally based professional athletes as a neuromuscular massage therapist. Their clinic specializes in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, with an emphasis on individualized one-on-one care, manual therapy, and sport-specific rehabilitation. Luke and Emily were honored to receive the 2004 Charles P. Schuch Award for Excellence in Clinical Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. Luke began working with the NCSU Sports Medicine Department in 2004 on a consulting basis and became a staff member in 2007.
In addition to serving as clinic owner, director, and lead physical therapist for Trinity Wellness Center and as the Rehabilitation Consultant for NCSU Sports Medicine, Luke has committed himself to continuing to hone his clinical skills and serve the community. He is certified in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Level 1 and 2, SASTM (Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) a tool based technique developed by David Graston and completed formal coursework in McKenzie and Maitland approach spinal techniques. He served two years as the NC Legislative Liaison for the American Physical Therapy Association where he worked to educate members of Congress on the effects of Medicare Legislation. He has presented various lectures to groups including Core Stabilization Training to the NC State Highway Patrol Training Academy, Injury Prevention to The Galloway Running Group, and is a regular participant in The Athlete's Foot Ask the Expert Series. He is also a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Luke and Emily have four daughters - Ginny Grace, Caroline, Victoria, and Amelia.