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Kevin Ford PhD, FACSM

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Kevin R. Ford, PhD, FACSM is the Director of the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory and Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Sciences at High Point University. Dr. Ford is an accomplished researcher in sports medicine and biomechanics. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles, which have been referenced over 1,800 times in leading medical journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, British Medical Journal, and American Journal of Sports Medicine. A recent paper, co-authored by Dr. Ford, that identified biomechanical predictors of a second anterior cruciate ligament injury in young athletes was selected for the prestigious American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s NCAA Award. He has been funded on multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants as a principal investigator or co-investigator. His research involves innovative studies, which answer the question of why devastating injuries occur and to determine how they can be prevented. He analyzes the biomechanics of complex movement patterns and sport skills that relate to prevention of injury or enhanced performance in a variety of populations from healthy athletes to patients suffering from traumatic injuries. Dr. Ford received his PhD in exercise science and biomechanics from the University of Kentucky. He previously worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, most recently as the Co-Director of Research in Sports Medicine and Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Ford is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Co-Chair of the ACSM Biomechanics Interest Group. 


Select Publications (Selected from over 80 peer-reviewed publications)

1. Reed CA, Ford KR, Myer GD, Hewett TE. The Effects of Isolated and Integrated ‘Core Stability’ Training on Athletic Performance Measures: A Systematic Review. Sports Med. in press.

2. Paterno MV, Rauh MJ, Schmitt LC, Ford KR, Hewett TE. Incidence of contralateral and ipsilateral anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury after primary ACL reconstruction and return to sport. Clin J Sport Med. Mar 2012;22(2):116-121.

3. Hewett TE, Myer GD, Ford KR, Paterno MV, Quatman CE. The 2012 ABJS Nicolas Andry Award: The Sequence of Prevention: A Systematic Approach to Prevent Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury. Clin Orthop Relat Res. Jun 29 2012.

4. Ford KR, Minning SJ, Myer GD, Mangine RE, Colosimo AJ, Hewett TE. Landing adaptations following isolated lateral meniscectomy in athletes. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. Oct 2011;19(10):1716-1721.

5. Carson DW, Ford KR. Sex Differences In Knee Abduction During Landing: A Systematic Review. Sports Health. 2011;3(4):373-382.

6. Ford KR, Myer GD, Schmitt LC, Uhl TL, Hewett TE. Preferential Quadriceps Activation in Female Athletes with Incremental Increases in Landing Intensity. J Appl Biomech. 2010 in press.

7. Mendiguchia J, Ford KR, Quatman CE, Alentorn-Geli E, Hewett TE. Sex differences in proximal control of the knee joint. Sports Med. Jul 1 2011;41(7):541-557.

8. Harrison AD, Ford KR, Myer GD, Hewett TE. Sex differences in force attenuation: a clinical assessment of single-leg hop performance on a portable force plate. Br J Sports Med. Mar 2011;45(3):198-202.

9. Ford KR, Shapiro R, Myer GD, van den Bogert AJ, Hewett TE. Longitudinal Sex Differences during Landing in Knee Abduction in Young Athletes. Med Sci Sports Exerc. Oct 2010;42(10):1923-1931.

10. Ford KR, Myer GD, Hewett TE. Longitudinal effects of maturation on lower extremity joint stiffness in adolescent athletes. Am J Sports Med. Sep 2010;38(9):1829-1837.

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