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Hometown: Media, PAEducation:Pennsylvania State University; 2005; B.S.University of Virginia; 2006; M.Ed.University of Michigan; 2010; Ph.D.
Understanding the neuromuscular and biomechanical consequences of joint injury and how that contributes to osteoarthritis development. Determining the causes of persistent muscle weakness following anterior cruciate ligament injury/reconstruction and developing appropriate rehabilitation strategies to counter the resultant weakness.
Weight Bearing Biofeedback to Improve Lower Extremity Biomechanics Following Total Knee ArthroplastyUnderstanding Mechanisms for Quadriceps Central Activation Deficits
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Physical Therapy Program, University of Colorado-Denver; 2010-PresentGraduate Student Instructor, School of Kinesiology, University of Michigan; 2009-2010.
Student’s Choice Teaching Award, School of Kinesiology, University of Michigan, 2009-2010Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowship, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan, 2010Student Research Award, Biomechanics Interest Group of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2009Living Memorial Doctoral Scholarship, Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association, 2009Alumni Recognition of Student Excellence Award, Department of Kinesiology Pennsylvania State University, 2005
National Athletic Trainers’ Association, 2004-presentAmerican College of Sports Medicine, 2008-present
Peer Reviewed Manuscripts
Palmieri-Smith RM, Thomas AC, Karvonen-Gutierrez C, Sowers MF. The efficacy of neuromuscular electrical stimulation at improving quadriceps activation in women with mild and moderate osteoarthritis: a randomized clinical trial. Phys Ther. 2010 Jul 29. Epub Ahead of Print.
Thomas AC, Palmieri-Smith RM, McLean SG. Isolated hip and ankle fatigue are unlikely risk factors for ACL injury. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2010 Jan 31 Epub Ahead of Print.
Palmieri-Smith RM, Thomas AC, Karvonen-Gutierrez C, Sowers MF. Isometric quadriceps strength is not different amongst women with mild, moderate, and severe knee osteoarthritis. Am J Phys Med Rehabil.2010;89(7):541-8.
Thomas AC, McLean SG, Palmieri-Smith RM. Isolated quadriceps and hamstrings fatigue alters hip and knee mechanics. J Appl Biomech. 2010;26(2):159-70.
Thomas AC, Sowers MF, Karvonen-Gutierrez C, Palmieri-Smith RM. Lack of quadriceps dysfunction in women with early knee osteoarthritis. J Orthop Res. 2010;28(5):595-9.
Palmieri-Smith RM and Thomas AC. Neuromuscular mechanisms of post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Exercise Science and Sport Reviews. 2009;37(3):147-53.
Palmieri-Smith RM, Thomas AC, Wojtys EM. Maximizing quadriceps strength after ACL reconstruction. Clin Sports Med. 2008;27(3):405-24.
Medina JM, Thomas A, Denegar CR. Knee osteoarthritis: Should your patient opt for hyaluronic acid injection? J Fam Pract. 2006;55:669-75.
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