Dr. Darin Padua is a Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science and Director of the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory at UNC. He serves as the Chair of the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Research Institute and is the acting Chair of the Research Committee for the National Athletic Trainersâ Association Foundation.
Dr. Padua is an adjunct professor in the following Departments: Orthopaedics, Biomedical Engineering, and Allied Health Sciences. His primary research interests focus on lower extremity injury prevention (ACL injury and patello-femoral pain), neuromuscular control of knee and lumbo-pelvic stability, identification of risk factors associated with knee injury, identification of evidence based prevention strategies for ACL injury, strategies for preventing and alleviating knee osteoarthritis, and validation of performance enhancement training techniques.
â¢ BA in Athletic Training, San Diego
â¢ MA in Athletic Training, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
â¢ PhD in Sports Medicine, University of Virginia
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There are several different types of injuries that commonly occur in runners: Patellofemoral pain (pain underneath the knee cap, typically on the outside portion) IT band friction syndrome (tightness of the IT band causes it to constantly rub over the femur as the knee flexes and extends during..
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Jodie, Great to hear from you and see the amazing work you've been doing. I appreciate your feedback and wanted to let you know that it sounds like you are doing all of the right things. I know from personal experience the issues with having chronic knee problems. Continual work on maintain good flexibility and strictly monitoring your form when doing your exercises are two key things to keep moving while minimizing discomfort. In doing so your body will adapt and develop the neuromuscular control and strength needed to achieve your goals. Keep up the fantastic work, your an inspiration to all.