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Carl Mattacola, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Office Location: 

Room 123F Wethington Building

900 South Limestone Street

Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0200

Office Phone Number: 
(859) 218-0860
Fax Number: 
(859) 323-6003
Position Title: 
Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs

Dr. Mattacola is a Professor and the Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs at the University of Kentucky.   He received his bachelor's degree in physical education/athletic training from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. He completed his doctor of philosophy degree in sports medicine and received his masters of education degree, both at the University of Virginia. Dr. Mattacola has held various positions as an athletic trainer and as a professor, including Temple University in Pennsylvania, Hampden-Sydney College, and Woodberry Forest School in Virginia.

His research has focused on postural and functional considerations in the treatment and rehabilitation of lower extremity injury and the study of cognitive, functional, and safety interventions  for jockeys.  He will continue to explore factors that relate to athletic injuries and rehabilitation, focusing primarily on issues related to the lower extremity. 

Scholarly Interest
Neuromuscular Control/Movement Science — Examines the neuromuscular control of the lower extremity as it relates to balance and postural sway
Examination of the effects of rehabilitation interventions (e.g. exercise and orthotics) on balance and postural sway

Current Publications

  • PubMed
  • Burland JP, Toonstra J, Werner JL, Mattacola CG, Howell DM, Howard JS.  Decision to Return to Sport After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction, Part I: A Qualitative Investigation of Psychosocial Factors. J Athl Train. 2018 Mar 5. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-313-16. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Werner JL, Burland JP, Mattacola CG, Toonstra J, English RA, Howard JS.  Decision to Return to Sport Participation After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction, Part II: Self-Reported and Functional Performance Outcomes. J Athl Train. 2018 May;53(5):464-474. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-328-16. Epub 2018 May 18.

  •  Cripps A, Livingston S, Jiang Y, Mattacola C, Kitzman P, McKeon P, Dressler E, Quintana C. Visual Perturbation Impacts Upright Postural Stability in Acutely Concussed Athletes. Brain Injury. 2018.

  • Jochimsen, K.S., Whale Conley, C.E., Malempati, C.S., Jacobs, C.A., Mattacola, C.G. Lattermann, C. DO. Meniscus Transplantation: A Systematic Review of Return-to-Play Rates Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. 10:2; 76-81, 2018.

  • Sugimoto, D., Mattacola,CG., Bush, HM., Thomas SM., Foss, KD., Myer, GD., Hewett, TE.  Preventive Neuromuscular Training for Young Female Athletes: Comparison of Coach and Athlete Compliance Rates. Journal of Athletic Training. 52(1):58-64, 2017. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-51.12.20. Epub 2016 Dec 15.

  • Toonstra, JL, Howell, D., English, T.R., Lattermann, CL, Mattacola, C.G. Patient Experiences of Recovery Following Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Athletic Training. 51:12;1028–1036, 2016.

  • Harput G, Howard, JS., Mattacola CG. Comparison of Muscle Activation Levels Between Healthy Individuals and Persons who have Undergone Different Phases of Weight Bearing Exercises. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther:1-29. Epub 12 Oct 2016. doi:10.2519/jospt.2016.5896. ​

  • Howard JS, Toonstra JL, Meade A, Whale Conley CE, Mattacola CG "Feasibility of Conducting a Web-Based Survey of Patient-Reported Outcomes and Rehabilitation Progress" Digital Health. 2:1-10, 2016.

  • Gabler CM, Lepley AS, Uhl TL, Mattacola CG. Comparison of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation and Cryotherapy for Increasing Quadriceps Activation in Patients With Knee Pathologies. J Sport Rehabil. 2015 Jan 5. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Mateer JL, Hoch JM, Mattacola CG, Butterfield TA, Lattermann C. Serum Cartilage Oligomeric Matrix Protein Levels in Collegiate Soccer Athletes over the Duration of an Athletic Season: A Pilot Study. Cartilage. 2015 Jan;6(1):6-11. doi: 10.1177/1947603514557944.

Educational Focus
My instruction at UK centers on the facilitation and mentoring of graduate students. I have had the pleasure of working with students in the College of Health Sciences and the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotions. I instruct Sports Medicine (KHP 720) and a series of courses (AT 670, AT 671, AT 672, AT 673) that introduce and shepherd the graduate athletic training students through the research process. In addition, I teach a course titled Special Topics in Athletic Training- Peripheral Anatomy Dissection (AT 680). The focus of the Scientific Inquiry in Athletic Training class is nurturing and developing the research process while specifically dealing with research in the athletic training. The Peripheral Anatomy Dissection class focuses on dissection, study, and the clinical appreciation of the musculoskeletal and nervous system.