David Bell, Ph.D., ATC

Athletic Training | Orthopedics & Rehabilitation

Associate Professor



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1300 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706

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Personal Biography

Dr. David Bell is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Kinesiology and Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Bell earned his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his master’s degree from the University of Virginia. He teaches in the Athletic Training Program and serves as the director of the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory. His research focuses on identifying risk factors for musculoskeletal injuries with a special focus on sport specialization in children.

His work has been funded by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, and the American College of Sports Medicine. He was named the 2017 New Investigator of the Year for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation. He was awarded the 2017 STOP Sports Injuries Award for best research paper on youth sports injury prevention at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting (co-author). He authored the NATA official statement in support of sport specialization recommendations for adolescent and young athletes (2019). He was a guest editor for the Journal of Athletic Training’s Special Issue on Sport Specialization which was published in October of 2019. Recently, he was awarded a 2030 Impact Fellowship (5-year term) from the School of Education.


Ph D, Interdisciplinary Program of Human Movement Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

M Ed, Masters of Education, Athletic Training
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia

BA, Exercise and Sports Science, Athletic Training (CAAHEP Accredited Program)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina