Kevin R. Ford, PhD, FACSM is the Dean of the Congdon School of Health Sciences and Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at High Point University. Dr. Ford is an accomplished researcher in sports medicine and biomechanics. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed articles, which have been referenced over 20,000 times in leading medical journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, British Medical Journal, and American Journal of Sports Medicine. He is a world-renowned expert in biomechanics and has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on multiple NIH funded grants in addition to consistent industry support. Dr. Ford was the previous Chair of the Biomechanics Interest group of the American College of Sports Medicine and the recipient of several research awards highlighting his contributions to the scientific literature. He was awarded the Nicolas Andry Award (2012), from the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, for a body of work conducted and published over an extended period of time that deals with the musculoskeletal system and has significantly contributed to orthopaedic knowledge and practice. Additionally his research has received the prestigious O’Donoghue Award twice (2005, 2015), from the American Society for Sports Medicine, awarded to the best overall paper which deals with clinical based research or human in-vivo research.

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).


Select Publications (Selected from over 140 peer-reviewed publications)

  • Taylor JB, Ford KR, Nguyen AD, Shultz SJ. Biomechanical Comparison of Single- and Double-Leg Jump Landings in the Sagittal and Frontal Plane. Orthopaedic journal of sports medicine. Jun 2016;4(6):2325967116655158.
  • Hewett TE, Myer GD, Ford KR, Paterno MV, Quatman CE. Mechanisms, prediction, and prevention of ACL injuries: Cut risk with three sharpened and validated tools. Orthop. Res. Sep 9 2016.
  • Ford KR, Taylor JB, Baellow AL, Arpante AK, Wright KE, Nguyen A-D. Effects of plate stiffness on first metatarsophalangeal joint motion during unanticipated cutting and resisted sled pushing in football players. Footwear Science. 2016:1-8.
  • Farina KA, Wright AA, Ford KR, Wirfel LA, Smoliga JM. Physiological and Biomechanical Responses to Running on Lower Body Positive Pressure Treadmills in Healthy Populations. Sports Med. Jul 5 2016.
  • Smoliga JM, Wirfel LA, Paul D, Doarnberger M, Ford KR. Effects of unweighting and speed on in-shoe regional loading during running on a lower body positive pressure treadmill. Biomech. Jul 16 2015;48(10):1950-1956.
  • Paterno MV, Kiefer AW, Bonnette S, Riley MA, Schmitt LC, Ford KR, Myer GD, Shockley K, Hewett TE. Prospectively identified deficits in sagittal plane hip-ankle coordination in female athletes who sustain a second anterior cruciate ligament injury after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and return to sport. Clin Biomech. Dec 2015;30(10):1094-1101.
  • Hewett TE, Myer GD, Kiefer AW, Ford KR. Longitudinal Increases in Knee Abduction Moments in Females during Adolescent Growth. Sci. Sports Exerc. Dec 2015;47(12):2579-2585.
  • Ford KR, DiCesare CA, Myer GD, Hewett TE. Real-time biofeedback to target risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury: a technical report for injury prevention and rehabilitation. J Sport Rehabil. Jun 23 2015;Technical Notes(13).

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