We are actively recruiting research participants. Please click here to find more information.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AFTER ACL RECONSTRUCTION
Physical inactivity is the strongest predictor of morbidity and premature mortality among the American population. Significant musculoskeletal injury early in the life span can have major implications for subsequent functional limitations, reductions in athletic performance, and premature progression of osteoarthritis but if these injuries also result chronic reductions in physical activity, this points towards a greater public health dilemma. Our research is focused on assessing and addressing the effects of ACL reconstruction on objective and patient reported measures of physical activity among young and otherwise healthy individuals. 
NEUROMUSCULAR FUNCTION AFTER ACL RECONSTRUCTION
Identification of individuals at risk for poor outcomes following ACL reconstruction (ACLR) is an essential step in facilitating a timely, safe, and healthy return to physical activity. Our research focuses on identifying peripheral and central neuromuscular risk factors for compromised joint health and poor knee related outcomes following ACLR. Currently, the SIRL is utilizing a variety of techniques including assessment of muscle strength and function, direct and indirect assessment of muscle structure, and 3D biomechanical analysis to pursue this area of research.
CLINICAL INTERVENTION AFTER ACL RECONSTRUCTION
Improving quadriceps strength and knee joint function can be a frustrating goal following ACLR. In many cases, individuals experience plateaus in quadriceps function and overall functional performance late in the rehabilitation process or after return to physical activity that are not adequately addressed using common strength training approaches. Our research focuses on the integration of disinhibitory modalities such as cryotherapy and electrical stimulation into the rehabilitation process in an attempt to facilitate clinically meaningful improvements following ACLR.
INNOVATIVE ASSESSMENT OF LOWER EXTREMITY FUNCTION
Cost effective and objective assessment of lower extremity function represents a potential improvement over standard tools for clinical evaluation of injury risk factors as well as progression throughout clinical rehabilitation. Our current research focuses on the integration of commercially available video game technology as well as basic clinical equipment to facilitate easy objective measurement of lower extremity function in the clinical environment.