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Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory (WISL)


David R. Bell, Ph.D., ATC

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.


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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 injuries.


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