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In keeping with the University of Kentucky’s mission of becoming an outstanding research institution the Athletic Training Program has focused a large portion of its efforts into the area of research. Part of The University of Kentucky’s mission is to improve the lives of people in the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world through teaching, research and service. One major component of improving the quality of life of people in the Commonwealth and society at-large is to enhance their health. At the Department of Athletic Training and Clinical Nutrition, our primary focus is to improve the health of all people interested in having a physically active lifestyle. We are very fortunate to have the resources of a comprehensive public university with a major medical center housed within it that is available to our graduate athletic training students. Services ranging from biomechanical evaluation, physiological testing, body composition, radiological assessment, nutritional sciences, and basic science are available for our students as they pursue their respective research interests. The graduate athletic training students have the opportunity to work with some of the leading experts in the fields of Orthopedics, Biomechanics, Physiology, Radiology and Nutrition. The primary focus of our musculoskeletal research interests is in the areas of evaluation, treatment and prevention of sports medicine injuries.

Research Projects

Three-Dimensional Loads on the Shoulder During Push-up and Pull-ups

Prospective Assessment of Return to Pre-Injured Levels of Activity in Collegiate Athletes – supported by The Legacy Grant from the Sport Physical Therapy Section

Self-Efficacy Assessment in Rehabilitation

Epidemiology of Upper Extremity Injuries in High School Athletes

Neuromotor Function of Upper Extremity after Rucksack Marching

Long-term consequences of Ankle Instability: Clinical and Laboratory Measures in Young, Middle and Older Adults - supported by the NATA-REF

Prevention of Ankle Sprains in Football Players

The Effects of Formalized Rehabilitation on Ankle Sprain Recurrence Rate - supported by SEATA

Examining the Effects of Ankle Sprains on Ankle Osteoarthritis - supported by SEATA

The Effects of Chronic Ankle Instability on Brain Structural Integrity and Postural Control

Investigating the Effects of Massage on Muscle at UK
Learn more about Dr. Tim Butterfield's lab and the research being conducted in his lab.

Musculoskeletal Laboratory Research Meeting Fridays from 1:00 - 2:00pm



Research Coordinator and Industry - Cale Jacobs



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