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Katelyn Allison is the Co-Director of the Master of Science Program in Sports Medicine within the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition and teaches several courses within the Sports Medicine, Sports Science and Rehabilitation Science programs. She previously served as the Principal Investigator for the University of Pittsburgh’s research effort within the United States Marine Corps Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force and as a co-investigator on the Department of Defense injury prevention and performance enhancement research activities within the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory (NMRL). Prior to becoming faculty, Allison completed her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and master's degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also competed in Cross Country and Track. She completed her doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Pittsburgh and spent four years as a Graduate Research Associate at the NMRL. Her research interests include the effect of fatigue on proprioception and neuromuscular control, exercise and nutritional contributions to injury prevention, health, and performance optimization, and female injury prevention, performance enhancement, and health.

Departments

Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition

Programs

Athletic Training
Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science
Sports Medicine
Sports Science

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Awards

  • AMSUS Sir Henry Wellcome Medal and Prize - Exemplary Published Research in Military Medicine (second author)
  • Freddie H. Fu, MD Doctoral Research Award, 2010, 2012
  • George I. Carson Graduate Athletic Fellowship, 2007-2008
  • Magna Cum Laude, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Health and Physical Activity, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
  • Scholar-Athlete All-Academic Team (Track/Cross Country), 2003-2007

Representative Publications

  • Allison KF, Sell TC, Benjaminse A, Lephart SM. Force Sense of the Knee is not Affected by Fatiguing the Knee Extensors and Flexors. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. (In Press)
  • Chu Y, Keenan K, Allison K, Lephart S, and Sell T. The positive correlation between trunk, leg, and shoulder strength and linear bat velocity at different ball locations during the baseball swing in adult baseball players. Isokinetics and Exercise Science (In Press)
  • Sell MA, Abt JP, Sell TC, Keenan KA, Allison KF, Lovalekar MT, Lephart SM. Reliability and Validity of Medicine Ball Toss Tests as Clinical Measures of Core Strength. Isokinetics and Exercise Science. 2015; 23:151-160.
  • Allison KF, Keenan KA, Sell TC, Abt JP, Nagai T, Deluzio J, McGrail M, Lephart SM. Musculoskeletal, biomechanical, and physiological sex differences in the US Military. Army Medical Department Journal. 2015; Apr-Jun: 22-32.
  • Allison KF, Abt JP, Sell TC, Beals K, Wood D, Lephart SM. The Relationship between Body Fat, Injury and Musculoskeletal/Physiological Performance in Naval Special Warfare Operators. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting; May 27-31, 2014; Orlando, FL.
  • Allison KF, Sell TC, Abt JP, Beals K, Nagle EF, Lovalekar MT, Lephart SM. The Relationship between Physiological and Musculoskeletal Characteristics and Knee Kinesthesia Following Fatiguing Exercise. National Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Meeting; June 24-27, 2013; Las Vegas, NV.
  • Allison KF, Abt JP, Sell TC, Oliver JM, Zimmer AC, Hovey GD, Nott ZJ, Lephart SM. The Relationship between Physiological and Musculoskeletal characteristics and Tactical Performance in Naval Special Warfare Operators. 2013; 45(5) Supplement 2 (In Press).  Poster presentation
  • Dube JJ, Allison KF , Rousson V, Goodpaster BH, Amati F. Exercise Dose and Insulin Sensitivity: Relevance for Diabetes Prevention. Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise. 2012; 44(5):793-799.
  • Allison KF , Akins JS, Sell TC, Abt JP, Lovalekar MT, Crawford K, Lephart SM. Heart Rate and Postural Stability are Similar after Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercise. Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise. 2012; 44(5) Suppl 1, S200.
  • Amati F, Dube JJ, Allison KF , Rousson V, Goodpaster BH. How Much Exercise is Needed to Improve Insulin Sensitivity in Sedentary Adults? Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise. 2012; 44(5) Suppl 1, S334.
  • Crawford K, Fleishman K , Abt JP, Sell TC, Nagai T, Deluzio J, Rowe R, McGrail M, Lephart SM. Less Body Fat Improves Physical and Physiological Performance in Army Soldiers. Military Medicine. 2011; 176(1): 35-43.
  • Fleishman K , Crawford K, Darnell ME, Lovalekar MT, Abt JP, Lephart SM. The Effect of Tart Cherry Juice Blend in Reducing Eccentric-Induced Muscle Soreness. Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise. 2011; 43(5) Suppl 1, S16.
  • Fleishman K , Crawford K, Abt J, Sell T, Lovalekar M, Nagai T, Deluzio J, Rowe R, McGrail M, Lephart S. Optimal Body Composition for Performance of 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Soldiers. Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise. 2010; 42(5) Suppl 1, S622. 

Research Interests

  • Injury prevention in athletic and military populations
  • Overuse injury prevention in females
  • Effects of fatigue on neuromuscular risk factors for injury
  • Exercise and nutritional contributions to health, wellness, and performance optimization