Christine D. Pollard, Ph.D., P.T.
Christine Pollard received a Master of Science degree in physical therapy from Pacific University in 1998 and a Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts in exercise science with an emphasis on biomechanics in 2003. Dr. Pollard did her post-doctoral training in musculoskeletal biomechanics at University of Southern California. For 10 years up until 2011, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in biomechanics, human anatomy, applied anatomy, orthopaedic pathology, and orthotics & prosthetics at University of Southern California, California State University Long Beach and University of Massachusetts.
Dr. Pollard’s research is dedicated to improving the scientific understanding of lower extremity injuries, and advancing injury-prevention and rehabilitation programs based on this knowledge. Her research is primarily focused in two areas: 1) identifying potential mechanisms underlying the disproportionate incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in female athletes; and, 2) identifying biomechanical and early articular cartilage changes at the knee in individuals’ post-ACL reconstruction.
Dr. Pollard is on the editorial board for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and serves as a peer reviewer for numerous journals including Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, American Journal of Sports Medicine, Gait & Posture, and Journal of Applied Biomechanics. She has presented her research both nationally and internationally and has been actively involved in the American Physical Therapy Association.
SELECTED, PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
- Lyle MA, Sigward SM, Pollard CD, Powers CM. Influence of maturation on instep biomechanics in female soccer athletes. Med Sci Sports Exerc. Accepted.
- Loudon J, Popovich JM, Winder BR, Pollard CD, Kulig K. Dancers with Achilles tendinopathy demonstrate altered lower extremity take-off kinematics. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 41(8):606-613, 2011.
- Sigward SM, Pollard CD, Powers CM. The influence of sex and maturation on landing biomechanics: Implications for ACL injury. Scand J Med Sci Sports. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0838.2010.01254.x, 2011.
- Sorenson SC, Arya S, Souza RB, Pollard CD, Salem GJ. Kulig K. Knee extensor dynamics in the volleyball approach jump: the influence of patellar tendinopathy. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 40:568-576, 2010.
- Souza RB, Arya S, Pollard CD, Salem GJ, Kulig K. Patellar tendinopathy alters the distribution of lower extremity net joint moments during hopping. J Appl Biomech. 26:249-255, 2010.
- Pollard CD, Sigward SM, Powers CM. Limited hip and knee flexion during landing is associated with increased frontal plane knee motion and moments. Clin Biomech. 25:142-146, 2010.
- Tsai L-C, Sigward SM, Pollard CD, Fletcher MJ, Powers CM. The effects of fatigue and recovery on knee kinetics and kinematics during side-step cutting. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 41:1952-1957, 2009.
- Farrokhi S, Pollard CD, Souza R, Chen Y, Reischl S, Powers CM. Trunk position influences the kinematics, kinetics, and muscle activity of the lead lower extremity during the forward lunge exercise. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 38:403-409, 2008.
- Pollard CD, Sigward SM, Powers CM. Gender differences in hip joint kinematics and kinetics during a side-step cutting maneuver. Clin J Sports Med. 17:38-42, 2007.
- Pollard CD, Braun B, Hamill J. Influence of gender, estrogen and exercise on anterior knee laxity. Clin Biomech. 21:1060-1066, 2006.
- Pollard CD, Sigward SM, Pelley K, Ota S, Powers CM. The influence of in-season injury prevention training on lower extremity kinematics during landing in female soccer players. Clin J Sports Med. 16:223-227, 2006.
- Milner CE, Ferber R, Pollard CD, Hamill J, Davis IS. Biomechanical factors associated with tibial stress fractures in female runners. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 38:323-328, 2006.
- Pollard CD, Heiderscheit BC, Van Emmerik REA, Hamill J. Gender differences in lower extremity coupling variability during an unanticipated cutting maneuver. J Appl Biomech. 21:143-152, 2005.
- Pollard CD, Davis I, Hamill J. Influence of gender on hip and knee mechanics during a randomly cued cutting maneuver. Clin Biomech. 19:1022-1031, 2004.
Powers CM, Pollard CD, Sigward SM. Effect of Prevention Programs on Performance. In: Hewett TE, Griffin LY, Mandelbaum BR, Schultz SJ eds. Understanding and Preventing Non-Contact ACL Injury. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2007.
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