Susan Sigward, PT, ATC, PhD

Associate Professor Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy University of Southern California

    Susan Sigward, PT, ATC, PhD is an Associate Professor Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy University of Southern California, the director of the Division’s Human Performance Laboratory and the director of the MS Sports Science program. She received a BS in Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University and an MS in Anatomy from Wright State University. After 10 years of sports medicine clinical practice as a PT/ATC she returned to academics to complete a PhD in Biokinesiology from the University of Southern California. With her expertise in the influence of maturation and sex on the development of movement strategies that increase risk for anterior cruciate ligament injuries she contributed to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Prevention of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury. Dr. Sigward’s current research, motivated by her clinical practice, aims to identify factors underlying impaired biomechanics following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. With a specific emphasis on early rehabilitation, her work challenges long held assumptions about early movement recovery. Dr. Sigward’s studies highlight the persistence of biomechanical impairments past rehabilitation expectations and draw attention factors that contribute to their persistence. She works to translate her work to the clinic by developing mechanisms to simplify the process of using technology to identify and resolve these impairments.