Department of Kinesiology

ACL Research Retreat VI, 2012

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


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 15-minute 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 2010 research retreat based on progress in the field.

Meeting Highlights

  • Welcome reception Thursday Night, March 22
  • Keynote Speakers & Topics
  • Abstract Presentations
  • Ample Discussion Time
  • Development of Updated Consensus Statement
  • Approved CEU provider for BOC Certified Athletic Trainers

Keynote Presentations

Ajit Chaudhari

Ajit Chaudhari, PhD
OSU Sports Medicine
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH, USA

Trunk Motor Control & Its Influence on Lower Extremity Mechanics and ACL Injury Prevention - Anecdotal data throughout the scientific literature and popular press advocate for improved trunk control for lower extremity injury treatment and prevention. Despite this widespread assertion that “you need to work on your core,” a critical barrier to progress in the prevention of ACL injuries is the lack of understanding of the mechanism by which trunk control could modulate known biomechanical predictors of injury risk. Dr. Chaudhari will discuss what is currently known about the role of trunk control in lower extremity mechanics, and the ongoing work in his laboratory and elsewhere that is exploring these relationships relative to ACL injury risk and prevention. Based on these insights, future research directions aimed to improve our understanding of ACL injury mechanisms and the development of more efficient and effective ACL injury prevention programs will also be discussed.

Malcolm Collins

Malcolm Collins, PhD
UCT/MRC Research Unit
Exercise Science and Sports Medicine
Department of Human Biology
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa

Identification of Genetic Risk Factors: Implications for understanding the molecular mechanisms of ACL injury - ACL injuries have been well described at the clinical level.  Although various intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors have been indentified, the exact aetiology of these injuries remains poorly understood.  Recent evidence suggests that a familial predisposition, and specific genetic sequence variants, such as variants within the COL5A1 gene, should also be included as intrinsic risk factors for ACL injuries.  This keynote will review what is known about the genetic risk factors associated with ACL injuries, and the implications of these associations on our understanding of the molecular basis of ACL injury. Determining these biological mechanisms is an important prerequisite before we can fully understand and effectively prevent or treat ACL injuries.

Tron Krosshaug

Tron Krosshaug, PhD
Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center
Oslo, Norway

The Mechanism of ACL Injury - What do we know and where do we need to go from here? - Non-contact ACL injuries in females predominantly occur during cutting or one-leg landing maneuvers. However, the detailed injury mechanism is still a matter of controversy. Both sagittal and non-sagittal plane mechanisms have been suggested. Several different research approaches have been utilized for investigating the injury mechanism, including athlete interviews, video analysis, clinical studies, laboratory motion analysis, cadaver studies and computer simulations. In this talk, Dr. Krosshaug will discuss what we have learned from  these studies and how future studies can be conducted to arrive at a solution to the problem.

Scientific Program Committee

  • Scott McLean PhD - University of Michigan
  • Yum Nguyen PhD ATC - College of Charleston
  • Darin Padua PhD ATC - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 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