Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD

Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD

1300 University Avenue
Room 4120 Medical Sciences Center
Madison, WI 53706-1532
(608) 263-5428

Education and Certification

  • Bachelor of Science - Physical Therapy
    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI, 1994
  • Master of Science - Biomechanics
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 1998
  • PhD - Biomechanics
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 2000

Teaching Responsibilities

  • PT 627: Tissues Mechanics and Adaptations
  • PT 628: Neuromuscular Mechanics and Control

Clinical Interests

Dr. Heiderscheit practices physical therapy at the UW Health Sports Rehabilitation Clinic and is the Director of the UW Runners Clinic.  He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with running-related injuries.

Professional and Service Activities

  • Member, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA); also member of the Sports and Research Sections of the APTA
  • Treasurer, Sports Physical Therapy Section, APTA
  • Member, American Society of Biomechanics
  • Editor, Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
  • Manuscript Reviewer: Journal of Biomechanics, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and American Journal of Sports Medicine

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Visiting Professor, Dept of Physical Therapy, George Fox University, Newberg, OR
  • 2014 Dr. James Naismith lecturer, Dept of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Kansas
  • 2014 Guest Editor, Running special issue, J Orthopedic Sports Physical Therapy
  • 2012 Leader in Physical Therapy award, The Ohio State University
  • 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award, Division of Physical Therapy, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • 2008 Mentor Award, Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association

Research Interests and Scholarly Activities

Dr. Heidersheit's research addresses various aspects of human movement, with an emphasis primarily on the underlying mechanics and their relation to injury. His current projects include:
  • Understanding the immediate and long term changes in the morphology and function of the hamstring muscles in individuals with acute and chronic hamstring injuries.
  • Determining if running form modification can serve as an effective adjunct to the standard of care for various running-related injuries.
  • Developing a web-based animated exercise library of rehabilitation exercises that can be accessed over the Internet by patients under the care of physical therapists.
Additional information regarding these projects can be found on the UW Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory website.

Active Grants


Functional Testing as Additional Criteria for Return to Play following an ACL Sprain

Funding Source: UW Sports Medicine Research Foundation (Co-PI: Sanfilippo/Heiderscheit)
The objective of this study is to investigate changes in body composition and dynamic force measures following an acute ACL sprain with the goal of improving return to play criteria.

Once 'Stepping On' Ends: Continuing a Group Falls Prevention Program via the Internet

Funding Source: UW PERC Collaborative Health Sciences Program (Co-PI: Mahoney/Heiderscheit/Gustafson)
The proposed study will develop and test a real-time online video program to facilitate long-term falls prevention behavioral maintenance.

Physical Therapy vs. Internet-Based Exercise Training for Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis

Funding Source: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) (PI: K Allen)
The proposed study will compare the effectiveness of standard physical therapy management and a novel, tailored internet-based exercise training program on physical activity levels and associated patient-centered outcomes among patients with knee OA.

Stepped Exercise Program for Knee OsteoArthritis (STEP-KOA)

Funding Source: VA Health Services Research & Development (PI: K Allen)
This clinical trial will determine whether a stepped exercise training system is effective for increasing physical activity and improving key outcomes in veterans with knee osteoarthritis.

An Innovative Tool for Assessment of Gait Dysfunction in the Clinical Setting

Funding Source: NIH/NICHD SBIR (PI: K O'Connor)
The goal of this Phase II proposal is to develop a refined instrumented gait analysis system (including hardware, clinical user interface, measurement protocol, and reporting) that is clinically useful and cost effective.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy for Patellar Tendinopathy: A Randomized Controlled Trial Correlating Clinical, Biomechanical, and Novel Imaging Biomarkers

Funding Source: NBA-GE Healthcare Research Collaboration (PI: K Lee)
This project is a double-blinded randomized controlled trial to investigate if platelet-rich plasma is effective for treating patellar tendinopathy based on clinical and biomechanical outcomes, and novel imaging techniques.
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