ACL Research Retreat VII - March 19-21, 2015

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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Kinesiology is pleased to announce the ACL Research Retreat VII.


Proximity Hotel
704 Green Valley Road
Greensboro, NC

*See Registration Form for Hotel Discount

Meeting Information -


The format will feature presentations by well known experts in the field and abstract podium presentations of research relating to ACL injuries. Significant time will be provided for group discussion following each keynote and each group of podium presentations.

At the conclusion of the meeting our goal will be to revisit and update the consensus statement from the 2012 research retreat based on progress in the field.

Meeting Highlights

  • Welcome reception Thursday Night, March 19
  • Keynote Speakers & Topics
  • Abstract Presentations
  • Ample Discussion Time
  • Development of Updated Consensus Statement
  • Approved CEU provider for BOC Certified Athletic Trainers

Keynote Presentations

Bruce Beynnon

Bruce Beynnon, PhD
McClure Professor of Musculoskeletal Research
Director of Research
Dept of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT

A Sex-Stratified Multivariate Risk Factor Model for ACL Injury - A thorough understanding of the risk factors for ACL disruption is important for determining who is at increased risk for suffering this severe knee injury and developing intervention programs to mitigate risk. However, most risk factor information has come from unmatched case-control studies that focused on one risk factor.  Rigorous, prospective evaluation of multiple risk factors is needed for both risk prediction and development of effective interventions to reduce risk. This presentation will highlight findings of a prospective cohort of 109 participants suffering their first non-contact ACL injury and 227 matched controls.

Mark Paterno

Mark Paterno, PT PhD MBA SCS ATC
Coordinator of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Associate Professor, Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center
Acting Scientific Director, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH

The Incidence and Predictors of Second ACL Injury after Primary ACL Reconstruction and Return to Sport - Recent evidence has identified the incidence of second ACL injury to either the ipsilateral or contralateral knee is much higher than previously reported.  Identification of modifiable risk factors which can predict patients who go onto suffer additional ACL injuries is critical to help reduce the incidence of subsequent ACL injury in this population.  This presentation will review prospective studies which have identified these risk factors of second ACL injury and discuss means to implement these findings into end stage rehabilitation and into the development of new criteria to return to sports.

Buz Swanik

Buz Swanik, PhD ATC
Associate Professor
Director, Biomechanics & Movement Science
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
Biomechanics & Movement Science
University of Delaware
Newark, DE

Brains and Sprains:  The Brain’s Role in Non-contact ACL Injuries - Growing evidence suggests neuropsychological factors may predispose some individuals to errors in judgment and the momentary loss of coordination preceding injury.  Both cognitive processes and emotional regulation may interact to alter ones motor planning and reaction to unanticipated stimuli, which precipitate injury events and subsequent repeat episodes of “giving way.” This presentation reviews anecdotal, theoretical and recent clinical research evidence attempting to unravel the brain's role in maintaining joint stability and identify predictive factors that may render individuals injury prone.

Scientific Program Committee

  • Anne Benjaminse MSc - University of Groningen
  • Kevin Ford PhD - High Point University
  • Chris Powers PhD PT - University of Southern California
  • Randy Schmitz PhD ATC - University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Sandy Shultz PhD ATC -University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Conference Organizers

We look forward to welcoming all of you to Greensboro. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Sandy Shultz at OR 336.334.3027.

Best Regards,
Sandy Shultz, PhD ATC
Randy Schmitz, PhD ATC
Conference Co-Chairs