HPU’s Congdon School of Health Sciences Hosts Lecture on Orthopedic Rehabilitation

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HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 22, 2020 – High Point University’s Congdon School of Health Sciences will present Dr. Riann Palmieri-Smith, director of the Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Biomechanics Laboratory in the School of Kinesiology at The University of Michigan, as keynote for its semiannual Distinguished Lecture Series.

The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 in Congdon Hall’s Callicutt Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Palmieri-Smith’s lecture, titled “Maximizing Muscle Strength After ACLR: New Insights into a Clinical Challenge,” aligns with the goal of HPU’s Department of Athletic Training to explore topics on medical rehabilitation.   

“Dr. Palmieri-Smith is a prolific scholar whose research informs clinicians in best practices for rehabilitating patients with traumatic knee injuries,” says Dr. Jolene Henning, HPU’s chair of athletic training. “Her work is cutting edge, and we are honored to have her as the Distinguished Lecturer in the Congdon School of Health Sciences.”

Palmieri-Smith has published nearly 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Athletic Training, American Journal of Sports Medicine, Clinical Biomechanics, Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology and Arthroscopy. She has given more than 80 presentations for organizations like the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, International Ankle Symposium and the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual convention.

She currently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Athletic Training and Journal of Applied Biomechanics, and serves as an associate editor for Sports Health: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach.

Palmieri-Smith has received more than $3 million in grant funding from organizations such as the National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases, the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, National Athletic Trainers’ Research & Education Foundation, and the National Football League.

She has also received multiple awards for her work, including the New Investigator Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Research & Education Foundation. She earned Fellow status in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2017.

Palmieri-Smith researches the neuromuscular consequences of joint injury, including functional limitations and biomechanical adaptations resulting from arthrogenic muscle inhibition (AMI) and the neural networks in initiating AMI. She is also interested in the role of traumatic knee injury in the development of post-traumatic osteoarthritis.

She is a certified athletic trainer, and she completed her Ph.D. in sports medicine/athletic training at the University of Virginia.

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