Dr. Davis is a Professor in the Program of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware and conducts research in the Motion Analysis Laboratory and is the Director of the University of Delaware Running Injury Clinic.
Dr. Davis is also the Director of Research for Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, aimed at advancing the science of sports medicine and improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sports-related injuries leading to good health.
"...the world is nothing but an evolving network of relationships."
~Lee Smolin, Three Roads to Quantum Gravity~
“Step with care and great tact, and remember that life’s a great balancing act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft, and never mix up your right foot with your left.”
~Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You'll Go~
Dr. Davis’ research is aimed at understanding the relationship between lower extremity structure, mechanics and injury. A number of studies have focused on the biomechanics associated with common running-related injuries, such as stress fractures and patellofemoral joint pain. Studies of runners with high and low arches have also been performed. In addition, varying running styles, such as rearfoot and forefoot strike patterns have been examined. Dr. Davis is also interested in the contributions of lower extremity stiffness and joint coordination to injury risk in runners. Investigations into the risk factors associated with ACL injuries have also been performed. Once the various risk factors associated with these different injuries are identified, the long-term goal of Dr. Davis’ research is to develop optimal treatment interventions to reduce these risks. One common treatment for lower extremity dysfunction is the use of foot orthoses. A study is currently underway to understand the effect of wedged foot orthoses on knee osteoarthritis. Finally, the lab is currently investigating the ability to train running gait mechanics through realtime feedback.
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