Timothy Sell PhD, PT

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    Title

    Associate Professor, Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition

    Office Location

    Neuromuscular Research Laboratory 3830 South Water Street

    Office phone

    412-246-0460

Academic Appointment

  • Associate Professor, Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition 
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Sports Medicine

Education

  • PhD in Sports Medicine - University of Pittsburgh, 2004
  • MS in Human Movement Science - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001
  • BS in Physical Therapy - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993

Research Interests

  •  Injury prevention and control, knee injury biomechanics, accelerometers, ACL injuries 

Recent Publications

  • Sell T.C., House A.J., Huang H.C., Abt J.P., Lephart S.M. An Examination, Correlation, and Comparison of Static and Dynamic Measures of Postural Stability in Healthy, Physically Active Adults. Physical Therapy in Sport. (In Press)
  • Nagai T., Sell T.C., House A.J., Abt J.P., Lephart S.M. Knee proprioception and strength are correlated with landing kinematics during a single-leg stop-jump task. Journal of Athletic Training. (In Press)
  • Sell, T. C., Abt, J.P., Crawford, K., Lovalekar, M., Nagai, T., Deluzio, J.B., Smalley, B.W., McGrail, M.A., Rowe, R.S., Cardin, S., Lephart, S.M. Warrior Model for Human Performance and Injury Prevention: Eagle Tactical Athlete Program (ETAP) - Part I. Journal of Special Operations Medicine. 2010;10(4):2-21.
  • Abt, J.P., Sell, T. C., Crawford, K., Lovalekar, M., Nagai, T., Deluzio, J.B., Smalley, B.W., McGrail, M.A., Rowe, R.S., Cardin, S., Lephart, S.M. Warrior Model for Human Performance and Injury Prevention: Eagle Tactical Athlete Program (ETAP) - Part II. Journal of Special Operations Medicine. 2010;10(4):22-33.
  • Sell TC, Chu Y, Abt JP, Nagai T, Deluzio JB, McGrail M, Rowe R, Lephart SM. Minimal Additional Weight of Combat Equipment Alters Air Assault Soldiers Landing Biomechanics. Military Medicine. 2010;175(1):41-47.
  • Crawford, K., Fleishman, K., Abt, J., Sell, T.C, Nagai, T., Deluzio, J., Rowe, R., McGrail, M., Lephart, S. Less body fat improves physical and physiological performance in army soldiers. Military Medicine. 2011;176(1):35-43.
  • Chu, Y., Sell, T.C., Lephart, S.M. The relationship between biomechanical variables and driving performance during the golf swing. Journal of Sports Sciences. 28(11):1251-1259.
  • Benjaminse, A., Sell, T.C., Abt, J.P., House, A.J., Lephart, S.M. Reliability and precision of hip proprioception methods in healthy individuals. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. Nov 2009;19(6):457-463.
  • Tsai, Y.S., Sell, T.C., Smoliga, J.M., Myers, J.B., Learman, K.E., Lephart, S.M. Examination of Low Back Pain Related Factors in Golfers. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 40(7): 430-438.
  • Sell, T.C., Abt, J.P., Lephart, S.M. A Method of Golf Specific Proprioception to Address Physical Limitations of the Golf Swing. Proceedings of the World Scientific Congress of Golf V. 2008. 128-132.
  • Fradkin, A.J., Windley, T.C., Myers, J.B., Sell, T.C., Lephart, S.M. Describing the epidemiology and associated age, gender, and handicap comparisons of golfing injuries. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion. 2007; 14(4):264-6.
  • Benjaminse, A., Habu, A., Sell, T.C., Abt, J.P., Fu, F.H., Myers, J.B., Lephart, S.M. Fatigue Alters Lower Extremity Kinematics during a Single-Leg Stop-Jump Task. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. 2008 Apr;16(4):400-7.
  • Sell, T.C., Ferris, C.M., Abt, J.P., Tsai, Y.S., Myers, J.B., Fu, F.H., Lephart, S.M. Predictors of Proximal Anterior Tibia Shear Force During a Vertical Stop-Jump. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 2007 Dec;25(12):1589-97.
  • Abt, J.P., Sell, T.C., Laudner, K.G., Berga, S.L., Loucks, T.L., McCrory, J.L., Lephart, S.M. Variations in neuromuscular characteristics throughout the menstrual cycle. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. 2007 Jul;15(7):901-7.
  • Sell, T.C., Tsai, Y.S., Smoliga, J.M., Myers, J.B., Lephart, S.M. Strength, Flexibility, and Balance Characteristics of Highly Proficient Golfers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2007; 21(4):1166-1171.
  • Lephart, S.M., Smoliga, J.M., Myers, J.B., Sell, T.C., & Tsai, Y.S. An 8-week golf-specific exercise program improves physical characteristics, swing mechanics, and golf performance in recreational golfers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2007; 21(3):860-9.
  • Lephart, S.M., Abt, J.P., Ferris, C.M., Sell, T.C., Nagai, T., Myers, J.B., & Irrgang, J.J. Neuromuscular and Biomechanical Characteristic Changes in High School Athletes: A Plyometric vs. Basic Resistance Program. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2005; 39(12): 932-938.
  • Sell, T.C., Ferris, C.M., Abt, J.P., Tsai, Y.S., Myers, J.B., Fu, F.H., & Lephart, S.M. The Effect of Direction, Reaction, and Sex on the Neuromuscular and Biomechanical Characteristics of the Knee during Tasks that Simulate the Noncontact ACL Injury Mechanism. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 34(1): 43-54, 2006 

Courses Recently Taught 

  • Laboratory Techniques in Sports Medicine and Nutrition I
  • Laboratory Techniques in Sports Medicine and Nutrition II
  • Research Seminar in Sports Medicine
  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment and Injury Prevention 

Biographical Profile

Timothy C. Sell, Ph.D., P.T., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Services. He is the Director of Graduate Studies in Sports Medicine and the Associate Director of the University of Pittsburgh's Neuromuscular Research Laboratory (NMRL). Dr. Sell research interests and current ongoing projects include several injury prevention and performance optimization research studies with the Department of Defense, several studies aimed at female anterior cruciate ligament injury prevention, knee biomechanics during athletic tasks, pathomechanics, integration of accelerometers into injury prevention research, and rotator cuff injury prevention. He is in charge of instruction for the NMRL's graduate course in Laboratory Techniques in Sports Medicine and Nutrition (I and II) and Research Seminar in Sports Medicine. In addition, Dr. Sell serves as an academic and research advisor to graduate students in the department. He earned a bachelor's degree in physical therapy in 1993 and a master's degree in human movement science in 2001, both at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Professional Associations

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine
      
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