Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine staff conducts numerous studies in physical and psychological issues affecting recreational, amateur and professional athletes. Some current areas of research interest include:

  • Clinical, functional and biomechanical screening of high school, collegiate, and Olympic and professional-level athletes
  • Identification of athletes at high risk of primary and secondary anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury
  • Neuromuscular intervention targeted to mechanisms of ACL load in female athletes
  • Prevention of secondary ACL ligament injuries
  • Neural mechanisms of ACL injury and rehabilitation
  • Protective effect of ACL reconstruction in preventing symptomatic arthritis and symptomatic meniscal tears
  • Modeling anterior cruciate ligament injuries in deceased donor specimens
  • Shear wave electrography of muscular and ligamentous structures in deceased donor specimens
  • Lower extremity proprioception

Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine focuses on three areas of research for optimal care and results for athletes:

  • Mechanisms that may identify the anatomical and structural causes of injuries
  • Screening using algorithms to identify athletes at a high risk for injury
  • Intervention and prevention through neuromuscular training protocols

Research on the rate of ACL injuries shows how mechanisms, screening, intervention and prevention provide optimal care and results for athletes. The Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory features information on Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine's team approach to sports injury research.