Professor Receives Grant from NIH to Research Knee Injury Risk Factors in Young Athletes

Kevin Ford

Kevin FordHIGH POINT, N.C., June 5, 2013 – Dr. Kevin Ford, director of the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory and associate professor of physical therapy at High Point University, has received a prestigious grant from National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct athletic injury prevention research at HPU. The total project funded through the NIH was over $200,000.

Dr. Ford’s research focuses on how growth spurts during puberty may contribute to the risk of knee injuries in young female athletes.

“Our collaborative funded project seeks to identify important knee injury risk factors that may occur in young female athletes,” says Ford. “We hope this research eventually helps to reduce devastating ACL injuries in sports such as soccer, basketball and volleyball.”

Ford serves as the principal investigator on the project that began when he worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital before coming to HPU, where the study is now being finalized. The innovative research utilizes previously collected data from more than 1,000 middle and high school athletes.

This study represents the first NIH funded project awarded at HPU under The Office of Research Administration and Sponsored Programs.

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