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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


  • 1990 St. Louis University Physical Therapy BS
  • 1999 Wright State University Anatomy MS
  • 2004 University of Southern California Physical Therapy PhD
  • 2005 University of Southern California Biomechanical Postdoc

Current Research Funding

008378-00001 (Chan) 06/01/2017 – 05/31/2018 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. Limb loading behaviors in individuals following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Investigating underuse in individuals following major orthopedic surgery. Role: Mentor

Recent Publications

Pratt KA, Sigward SM. Inertial Sensor Angular Velocities Reflect Dynamic Knee Loading during Single Limb Loading in Individuals following ACL Reconstruction, Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Accepted

Sigward SM, Chan MS, Lin P, Almonsouri SY, Pratt KA. Inter and Intra limb compensation patterns during bilateral squat differ across time in individuals following ACL reconstruction: A longitudinal assessment. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Accepted

Padua D, DiStefano L, Hewett T, Garrett W, Marshall S, Gilchrist J, Golden G, Shultz S, and Sigward S. National Athletic Trainers' Association Position Statement: Prevention of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury.  Journal of Athletic Training, 53(1):5-19, 2018

Hashish R, Samarawickrame S, Sigward S, Azen S, Salem G. Lower-Limb Dynamics and Clinical Outcomes for Habitually Shod Runners who Transition to Barefoot Running. Physical Therapy in Sport, 29: 93-100, 2018

Cesar GM, Lewthwaite R, Sigward SM. Effect of Practice on the Control of Whole-Body Momentum in Active Children and Adults. Journal of Motor Learning and Development. 1-21, 2017

Pollard CD, Sigward SM, Powers CM. ACL Injury Prevention Training Results in Modification of Hip and Knee Mechanics During a Drop-landing Task. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, 5:2325967117726267, 2017

Pratt KA and Sigward SM. Knee Loading Deficits during Dynamic Tasks in Individuals following ACL Surgery. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 47 (6):411-419, 2017

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