Dr. Sandy Shultz ATC, CSCS, Professor
Dr. Sandra Shultz is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she serves as Co-Director of the Applied Neuromechanics Research Laboratory. She teaches program specific graduate courses in Athletic Training and Applied Neuromechanics, and department wide courses in Applied Research Methods and Grant Writing.
Dr. Shultz received her B.S. in Physical Education with Athletic Training emphasis from California State University, Fullerton (1984), M.S. in Kinesiology at the University of Arizona (1985), and Ph.D. in Sports Medicine at the University of Virginia (1999). Prior to obtaining her doctorate, she was the associate director of athletic training and rehabilitation at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1991-1996. She has been a Board Certified Athletic Trainer since 1985.
Her research focuses primarily on the sex-dimorphic factors (e.g. sex hormones, knee joint laxity, and lower extremity anatomical alignment / structure) that contribute to "high risk" knee joint biomechanics more often observed in females, and thought to contribute to their greater risk of ACL trauma. In support of this work, she has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH-NIAMS #RO3 AR47178; #R01AR053172), the National Athletic Trainers Association Foundation, and the National Football League Charities. The ultimate goal of this work 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. Journals in which her work may be found include the Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Medicine & Science in Sport and Exercise, Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, American Journal of Sports Medicine, and Journal of Sports Health.
Dr. Shultz is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is currently Chair of the NATA Fellows Committee, a Section Editor for the Journal of Athletic Training and an editorial board member for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and The Journal of Sport Health. She is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Trainers' Association. She is also the primary author of Musculoskeletal Examination of Athletic Injuries.