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Timothy Eckard

Timothy Eckard

Assistant Professor

College of Health and Human Sciences

Physical Therapy

Contact Information

Office: 236 Health and Human Sciences Building


<b>Experience</b><br>Dr. Eckard served as a physical therapist in the US Army for six years, practicing in acute care and orthopedic outpatient settings in Europe, the Middle East, and the US Pacific Northwest. Dr. Eckard’s course content areas include evidence informed practice, applied pathophysiology, and introductory examination and intervention techniques.<br><br><b>Education</b><br>BS, Kinesiology, James Madison University<br><br>Doctor of Physical Therapy, US Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy<br><br>PhD, Interdisciplinary Human Movement Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Ph D, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • DPT, Other US Institution
  • BS, James Madison University

Teaching Interests

<b>Primary Teaching Responsibilities</b><br>PT 812 – Physical Therapy InterventionsPT 817 & 818 - Movement System Examination I & IIPT 832 – Applied PathophysiologyPT 841 & 842 – Evidence Informed Practice I & IIPT 899 – Doctoral Project

Research Interests

<b>Research Interests</b><br><br>Dr. Eckard's primary research interests involve developing screening tools to identify athletes and military service members at high risk for lower extremity injury. His current projects involve developing models to predict ACL tears and stress fractures during military basic training.<br><br><b>Recent Publications and Presentations</b><br><br>Eckard TG, Padua DA, DiStefano LJ, Marshall SW, Cameron KL. Trends in lower extremity movement quality among US Military Academy cadets, 2005-2017: a JUMP-ACL study. CSM 2020 American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy Platform Presentation Abstracts (SPL1–SPL118). <i>Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. </i>2019;50(1):CSM30-CSM80.<br><br>Eckard TG, Padua DA, Miraldi SFP, Peck KY, Posner MA, DiStefano LJ, Marshall SW, Cameron KL. Association between performance on the landing error scoring system and bone stress injury risk in US Military Academy cadets. <i>Journal of athletic training</i>. 2019;54(6s):126.<br><br>Eckard TG, Padua D, Mauntel T, Frank B, Pietrosimone L, Begalle R, Goto S, Clark M, Kucera K. Association between double-leg squat and single-leg squat performance and injury incidence among incoming NCAA Division I athletes: A prospective cohort study. <i>Physical therapy in sport.</i> 2018;34:192-200.Eckard TG, Padua DA, Hearn DW, Pexa BS, Frank BS. The Relationship Between Training Load and Injury in Athletes: A Systematic Review. <i>Sports medicine (Auckland, NZ). </i>2018;48(8):1929-1961.<br><br>Eckard TG, Padua DA, Dompier TP, Dalton SL, Thorborg K, Kerr ZY. Epidemiology of Hip Flexor and Hip Adductor Strains in National Collegiate Athletic Association Athletes, 2009/2010-2014/2015. The American journal of sports medicine (2017).

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