We are interested in the biomechanics and neuromuscular coordination of human movement, with applications to orthopedics, rehabilitation, sports medicine, and sports performance. Our group is comprised of two primary areas: UW Neuromuscular Biomechanics and Badger Athletic Performance.
The overall goal of our research is to establish a scientific basis for the prevention and clinical treatment of impairments that limit performance and lead to injury.
Dan Cobian, DPT, PhD, CSCS is a Faculty Associate in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. His research focuses on the neuromuscular implications of musculoskeletal trauma and characterizing the effects of injury on biomechanics and sports performance to improve treatment and rehabilitation to facilitate better post-injury outcomes.
Scott Crawford, PhD, CSCS is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. His research utilizes quantitative ultrasound imaging to provide evidence-based approaches for sports medicine clinicians to provide better care for athletes at risk for hamstring strain injuries and to reduce the rate of re-injury.
Colin is a board-certified Clinical Specialist in Neurological Physical Therapy as well as a PhD Student in Clinical Investigation at UW-Madison.
Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD is the Director of Research for Badger Athletic Performance and a Professor in the Departments of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation and Biomedical Engineering. His research is aimed at understanding and enhancing the management and prevention of orthopedic injuries, with particular focus on sports-related injuries.
Mikel Joachim, MS is a Administrative Program Specialist in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. Her interests primarily focus on utilizing running biomechanics to screen for and monitor recovery after lower-extremity injury, with particular focus on prevention of running-related injuries and returning-to-sport after ACL reconstruction.
Keith Knurr, DPT is a PhD Student at the University of Wisconsin. His interests are understanding the effects of musculoskeletal injuries on neural activation, biomechanics, and performance during maximal effort tasks such as sprinting, jumping, and cutting. Additionally, he is interested in investigating rehabilitative interventions that reduce asymmetries or deficits and improve performance in athletes following musculoskeletal injuries. Keith is currently working on a research project investigating changes in the rate of neural activation during running and jumping following ACLR.
Demitra Philosophos is an Undergraduate Student at the University of Wisconsin. Her current research interests are in athletic performance, as well as the prevention of sports-related injuries. Currently, she is working on a project comparing countermovement jump profiles between freshman and senior student-athletes at the University of Wisconsin. In addition, she is analyzing the effects of ACL reconstruction on the ground reaction force-time curves of student-athletes.
Jen Sanfilippo, MS is a PhD Student at the University of Wisconsin. Her research interests include injury prevention and biomechanical assessment for improved athletic performance. She is currently working with the Badger Athletic Performance program looking at biomechanical assessments across movements and their effects on injury risk.
Lizzy Schmida is an Undergraduate Student at the University of Wisconsin. Her research aims to develop normative data ranges for biomechanical variables during running among athletic populations and evaluate relationships between variables of interest and injury.
Christa Wille, PT, DPT is a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin. Her research interests are focused on musculoskeletal injuries related to human movement, including hamstring strain injuries and overuse injuries of the lower extremity in runners. She is interested in using clinical tools such as three-dimensional movement analysis and novel magnetic resonance imaging techniques to better understand the relationship of human biomechanics at the cellular level and the whole-body level. It is Christa’s goal that a better understanding of these injuries across all scales will allow for improved prevention and treatment of hamstring strains and running-related overuse injuries.
Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD
Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
1685 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705-2281