My research team and I focus on injury prevention and human performance neuroscience. Our long-term research goals are to understand the underlying mechanisms of sports-related injuries. With this knowledge, we hope to develop innovative strategies to reduce the risk of injury and to support healthy and active lifestyles in young people.
I came to sports medicine as a college athlete, after sustaining many sports injuries that required surgery. This helped me see the value of this field to the lives of young athletes and the impact that injury prevention could provide. I switched from being a math major to sports medicine early in my studies, and I’ve been a researcher since 1998. In 2001, I came to Cincinnati Children’s.
Our team is considered to be a thought leader in the science of investigating the mechanisms of sports-related injuries, as well as the biomechanical adaptations to neuromuscular rehabilitation. We’ve also developed collaborations with pain research teams to better understand the mechanisms of pain, as well as the potential for exercise interventions to support treatment strategies for young people with chronic pain.
I have published over 375 medical manuscripts related to our research on injury biomechanics, human performance, pediatric exercise science, preventive medicine and sensorimotor neuroscience.
I’ve also received the following awards:
- American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award (2005, 2015)
- NCAA Research Award (2010)
- National Strength and Conditioning Association Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist of the Year (2011)
- Association of Bone and Joint Surgeon’s Nicolas Andry Award (2012)
- George J. Davies – James A. Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award (2014, 2016)
- Clint Thompson Award for Clinical Advancement in Athletic Training (2005, 2010, 2013)
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Kappa Delta/OREF Clinical Research Award (2016)
- British Journal of Sports Medicine Systematic Review Award (2015)
- American Journal of Sports Medicine Systematic Review Award (2013)
- Sports Health Journal T. David Sisk Research Award (2017)
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Outstanding Alumnus Award (2016)
- Franklin College Distinguished Alumni Award (2017)
The passion of our research team in sports medicine, along with the collaborations with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, are the key elements that drive our successful innovations that help youth play and stay well.
Injury biomechanics; human performance; pediatric exercise science; preventative medicine; sensorimotor neuroscience.
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Professor, UC Department of PediatricsProfessor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery