Researchers at the University of Kentucky are working on three National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, totaling over $8 million, to better understand one of the most common sports injuries among athletes — anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

The research team from the UK College of Health Sciences Biomotion Lab is headed by physical therapist Brian Noehren, Ph.D., professor and interim associate dean for research in the college, and Chris Fry, Ph.D., associate professor in Health Sciences’ Department of Athletic Training and Clinical Nutrition. They are collaborating with Darren Johnson, M.D., chief of UK HealthCare Sports Medicine and a nationally recognized orthopedic knee surgeon, to better understand how movement and muscle dysfunction affect pain and function within injured orthopedic populations.

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