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Susan Sigward, PT, PhD

Assistant Professor

Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
Director, Human Performance Lab
University of Southern California


Phone: (323) 442-2454

Lead Mentor

R. Gregor, PhD

Research Areas

Influence of motor adaptions on long-term outcomes following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

  • 1995 St. Louis University Physical Therapy BS
  • 1999 Wright State University Anatomy MS
  • 2004 University of Southern California Physical Therapy PhD


Research Funding

Southern California CTSI; NIH/NCATS; UL1TR000130 (PI-Sigward) 06/01/2014-12/31/2016 Effects of Gait Training on Knee Loading Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

Boston Rehabilitation Outcomes Measurement Pilot Project (PI-Sigward) 06/01/2014-05/31/2016 Tools to quantify gait behaviors in individuals recovering from anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

K12 HD055929 (PI - Ottenbacher) 09/25/2007 - 08/31/2017 National Institutes of Health Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program The goal of this program is to prepare Scholars, trained Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists, to initiate successful and independent careers as rehabilitation researchers. Role: Scholar

California Physical Therapy Fund (PI-Sigward) 01/01/2014-01/31/2016 Does Early Gait Training Improve Lower Extremity Sagittal Plane Loading Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction?

Publications (past 5 years)

Sigward SM, Chan M-S and Lin PE. Characterizing Knee Loading Asymmetry in Individuals Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Using Inertial Sensors. Gait and Posture, 49: 114-119, 2016

Cesar GM and Sigward SM. Predictors for Dynamic Stability during Running Gait Termination: A comparison between adults and children. Human Movement Science, 48:37-43, 2016 Sigward SM, Lin PE, Pratt KA. Knee loading asymmetries during gait in early recovery are related to asymmetries in late recovery and during running following ACL reconstruction. Clinical Biomechanics, 32:249-54; Feb 2016.

Lawrence EL, Cesar GM, Bromfield M, Peterson R, Valero-Cuevas FJ, Sigward SM. Strength, multi-joint coordination, and sensorimotor processing are independent contributors to overall balance ability. BioMed Research International, Nov19; 2015

Cesar GM, Sigward SM. Dynamic stability during running gait termination: Differences in strategies between children and adults to control forward momentum. Human Movement Science, 43:138-145, 2015

Havens KL and Sigward SM. Whole Body Postural Mechanics of Running Turn Maneuvers. Gait & Posture, 42(3):240-245, 2015

Havens KL and Sigward SM. Joint and Segmental Mechanics of Running Turn Maneuvers. Gait & Posture, 41(1):33-38, 2015

Havens KL and Sigward SM. Cutting Mechanics: Relationship to Performance and ACL Injury Risk, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 47(4): 818-824, 2015.

Sigward SM, Guilherme GM, Havens KL. Predictors of Frontal Plane Moments During Side-step Cutting to 450 and 1100 in Men and Women: Implications for ACL Injury. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 25(6):529-534, 2015.

Roll SC, Rana M, Sigward SM, Yani MS, Kirages DJ, Kutch JJ. Reliability of superficial male pelvic floor structural measurements using linear-array transperineal sonography. Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 41:610-617, 2015

Ota S, Ueda M, Aimoto K, Suzuki Y, Sigward SM. Influence of restricted ankle dorsiflexion angle on knee joint mechanics during gait, The Knee, 21(3): 669-675, 2014

Diaz A and Sigward SM. Commentary on Performance of Functional Gait and Balance Measures in High School Adolescents. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 26(2):200-01, 2014

Sigward SM, Pollard CD, Havens KL, Powers CM. The influence of Sex and Maturation on Knee Mechanics During Side-step Cutting. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 44(8):1497-503, 2012

Song J, Sigward S, Fisher B, Salem G. Altered dynamic Postural Control During Step Turning in Persons with Early Stage Parkinson's Disease. Parkinson's Disease, vol. 2012, Article ID 386962, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/386962

Sigward SM, Pollard CD, Powers CM. The Influence of Sex and Maturation on Landing Biomechanics: Implications for ACL Injury. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 22(4):502-9, 2012

Lyle MA, Sigward SM, Tsai L-C, Pollard CD, Powers CM. The influence of Maturation and Lower Extremity Biomechanics on Peak Foot Velocity in Young Females During a Soccer Kick. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 43(10):1948-1954, 2011.

Sigward SM, Havens KH, Powers CM. The relation between knee separation distance and lower extremity kinematics during a drop land: Implications for clinical screening. Journal of Athletic Training, 46(5): 471- 75, 2011

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