HPU Physical Therapy Professor Tapped for Two Research Awards

High Point University Professor Kevin Ford

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 15, 2016 – Dr. Kevin Ford, associate professor of physical therapy and director of the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory at High Point University, is the recipient of two prestigious awards for manuscripts he co-authored.

Ford has earned the 2016 Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) Clinical Research Award and the 2015 O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award.

He earned the OREF Clinical Research Award for “Mechanisms and Prevention of ACL Injuries: Cutting ACL Injury Risk with Finely Sharpened Tools.” The award recognizes outstanding clinical research related to musculoskeletal disease or injury from original manuscripts that represent a large body of cohesive scientific work generally reflecting years of investigation. He will officially accept the award during a presentation on March 6 in Orlando, Florida.

He received the O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award for a paper titled, “Utilization of ACL Injury Biomechanical and Neuromuscular Risk Profile Analysis to Determine the Effectiveness of Neuromuscular Training: A Prospective Cohort Double Blind Randomized Controlled Trial.” The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine gives the award annually to the best overall paper that deals with clinical-based research or human in-vivo research.

”These are two exceptional honors for our research team at High Point University to receive,” Ford says. “I am especially grateful to have the opportunity to continue to work alongside innovative and well-respected experts from research institutes in North America and Europe.”

Ford is an accomplished researcher in sports medicine and biomechanics. His innovative studies seek to find out why devastating injuries happen and how they can be prevented. Much of his work takes place in the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Lab at HPU, and he regularly involves students in his research

He has published more than 115 peer-reviewed articles, which have been referenced thousands of times in leading medical journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, British Medical Journal and American Journal of Sports Medicine.

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