Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory (WISL)
Assistant Professor in Kinesiology - Athletic Training
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Principal Research Interests
Neuromuscular control of the lower extremity and the relationship to knee injury
with emphasis on Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries; identification of risk
factors associated with second or multiple ACL injuries; validation of clinical
movement examinations for identifying muscle imbalances and injury risk.
Research in the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory (WisL) focuses on the prevention
of lower extremity injuries with special focus on the ACL. Females are at a greater
risk of suffering a non-contact ACL injury compared to males that participate in
similar sports. After sustaining a non-contact ACL injury, the risk of suffering
a subsequent injury is tenfold. Unfortunately, the course of treatment for an ACL
sprain (i.e. conservative/non-surgical versus surgical reconstruction) does not
influence the high prevalence of osteoarthritis. Thus, adolescent individuals who
suffer an ACL injury may develop osteoarthritis by the time they reach their 20s.
These consequences demonstrate the need to intervene with individuals with a history
of an ACL injury to find ways to prevent osteoarthritis development and subsequent
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