Sandra Shultz, Ph.D., ATC
Professor and Chair


Office: 250 HHP Building, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Phone: 334-3027
Email address:
Curriculum Vitae


B.S. in Physical Education / Athletic Training from CSU Fullerton (1984)
M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Arizona (1985)
Ph.D. in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia (1999)

Research Interests

Applied Neuromechanics

Recent Publications

  • Shultz SJ, Schmitz RJ, Cone JR, et al. Knee Laxity Increases During Intermittent Exercise Influence Landing Biomechanics. Journal of Athletic Training. (In Press; Accepted March 3rd, 2014)
  • Shultz SJ, Pye ML, Montgomery MM, Schmitz RJ. Associations Between Lower Extremity Muscle Mass and Knee Laxity: A Potential Contributor to Sex Differences in Frontal and Transverse Plane Knee Laxity. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2012;40(12):2836-2844.
  • Shultz SJ, Schmitz RJ, Kong Y, Dudley WN, Beynnon BD, Nguyen AD, Kim HS, Montgomery MM. Cyclic Variations in Knee Joint Laxity Profiles Influence Landing Biomechanics. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. 2012 May;44(5):900-9
  • Bell RD, Henrich VC, Wideman L, Shultz SJ. Genetic Polymorphisms Previously Associated with ACL Injury are also Associated with Knee Joint Laxity. Journal of Sports Health 2012; 4: 312-318
  • Shultz SJ, Wideman L, Montgomery MM, Beasley KN, Nindl BC. Changes in Serum Collagen Markers, IGF-I and Knee Joint Laxity Across the Menstrual Cycle. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 2012; 30:1405–1412

Brief Bio

Dr. Sandra Shultz is Professor and Chair in the Department of Kinesiology. Prior to her doctorate, she worked clinically for 12 years as associate director of Women’s TRACC Sports Medicine and associate director of athletic training and rehabilitation at UCLA (1991-1996). Her clinical experiences formed the foundation for her research interests, which focus on the sex-dependent factors that contribute to “high risk” knee biomechanics and ACL injury risk in women. Her primary line of research has characterized sex differences in knee laxity, and the consequences of greater magnitudes of knee laxity (both absolute and acute increases that occur during the female menstrual cycle and during exercise) on knee joint neuromechanics during sport related activity. She is currently exploring the genetic and anatomical factors (e.g. muscle mass) that precipitate high risk knee laxity profiles in an effort to develop effective intervention strategies to reduce or otherwise counteract the associated risk. This work has been supported by more than $1.6M in external funding from the National Institutes of Health, the NATA Foundation, and NFL Charities, and is the focus in 66 of her 104 peer-reviewed publications. Additionally she is primary author (1) or co-author (3) on 4 published consensus statements related to ACL injury risk and prevention in the female athlete. She has also chaired 14 PhD student dissertations and 19 MS student theses on ACL risk and prevention, with 6 of her PhD students receiving NATA foundation dissertation grants in the last 10 years. Her overarching goal is to determine the underlying factors that increase a female’s susceptibility for ACL injury, so that we can more effectively identify and address these factors in our ACL injury prevention strategies. Dr. Shultz is recipient of the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research, the 2012 Sayer “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator, the 2005 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, and the 2003 Freddie H Fu New Investigator awards from the National Athletic Trainers Association, and is a Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the National Academy of Kinesiology and the American College of Sports Medicine. She serves as Section Editor for the Journal of Athletic Training, grant review panelist for NIH, and editorial board member for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Sports Health, and Isokinetic and Exercise Science.