Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

Our Faculty and Staff: Sandra Shultz

Sandra Shultz, Ph.D.

252 Coleman Building/235 Stone Building
(336) 334-3027
Curriculum Vitae

About Dr. Shultz

Dr. Shultz’s research interests stemmed from her clinical practice as a certified athletic trainer, and has focused on the underlying factors that increase a female’s susceptibility to ACL injury. She has received over $1.6M in external funding and published 100+ peer-reviewed publications. She teaches an undergraduate course in the recognition of injury and illness, and graduate level courses in neural control of human movement and in grant writing. She has chaired 15 PhD dissertations and 20 MS theses focused on ACL risk and prevention. Dr. Shultz is a Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the National Academy of Kinesiology and the American College of Sports Medicine, and was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 2015.

Courses taught

  • KIN 353 Injury and Illness
  • KIN 730 Neural Aspects of Motor Control
  • KIN 798 Doctoral Seminar in Grant Writing

Scholarly & Professional Keywords

Athletic Training, Applied Neuromechanics, ACL Injury Risk in the Female Athlete

Selected Publications

Wang HM, Shultz SJ, Ross SE, Henson RA, Perrin DH, Kraft RA, Schmitz RJ.  Sex Comparisons of In-Vivo ACL Morphology.  Journal of Athletic Training (In Press; Accepted April 7th, 2018)

Taylor JB, Ford KR, Schmitz RJ, Ross SE, Ackerman TA, Shultz SJ. Sport-specific biomechanical responses to an ACL injury prevention program: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Sports Sciences(In Press; Accepted April 10th, 2018).

Padua DA, DiStefano L, Hewett TE, Garrett W, Marshall S, Gilchrist J, Golden G, Shultz SJ, Sigward S.  National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Prevention of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury.  Journal of Athletic Training. 2018;53(1):5-19

Montgomery MM, Tritsch AJ, Cone JR, Henson R, Schmitz RJ, Shultz SJ. Relationships between Relative Lean Body Mass and Lower Extremity Biomechanics during Prolonged Exercise.  Journal of Athletic Training.  2017;52(8): 738-746

Vacek PM, Tourville TW, Sturnick DR, Gardner-Morse M, Holterman LA, Smith HC, Slauterbeck J, Hashemi J, Shultz SJ, Johnson RJ, Beynnon BD.  Multivariate analysis of the risk factors for first-time non-contact ACL injury Part II: A prospective cohort study of college and high school athletes with a nested, matched case-control analysis.  American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2016;44(6): 1492-501.

Shultz SJ, Schmitz RJ, Benjaminse A, Collins M, Ford K, Kulas AS. ACL Research Retreat VII: An Update on Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Risk Factor Identification, Screening and Prevention: March 19-21, 2015; Greensboro, NC. Journal of Athletic Training. 2015;50(10):1076-93

Shultz SJ. ACL Injury Risk in the Physically Active: Why are Females more Susceptible? Kinesiology Review 2015;4:52-62

Taylor JB, Wang HM, Schmitz RJ, Rhea CK, Ross SE, Shultz SJ. The influence of multi-planar knee laxity on perceived function in healthy individuals during activities of daily living and sport. Journal of Athletic Training 2015;50(11):1199-206

Shultz SJ, Schmitz RJ, Cone JR, Henson RA, Montgomery MM, Pye ML, Tritsch, AJ. Changes in Fatigue, Multi-planar Knee Laxity, and Landing Biomechanics during Intermittent Exercise. Journal of Athletic Training. 2015;50(5):486-97 (Accepted March 3rd, 2014)

Shultz SJ, Pye ML, Montgomery MM, Schmitz RJ. Associations Between Lower Extremity Muscle Mass and Knee Laxity: A Potential Contributor to Sex Differences in Frontal and Transverse Plane Knee Laxity. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2012;40(12):2836-2844.

Bell RD, Henrich VC, Wideman L, Shultz SJ. Genetic Polymorphisms Previously Associated with ACL Injury are also Associated with Knee Joint Laxity. Journal of Sports Health 2012; 4: 312-318

Shultz SJ, Wideman L, Montgomery MM, Beasley KN, Nindl BC. Changes in Serum Collagen Markers, IGF-I and Knee Joint Laxity Across the Menstrual Cycle. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 2012; 30:1405–1412

Shultz SJ, Schmitz RJ, Kong Y, Dudley WN, Beynnon BD, Nguyen AD, Kim HS, Montgomery MM. Cyclic Variations in Knee Joint Laxity Profiles Influence Landing Biomechanics. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. 2012 May;44(5):900-9

Shultz SJ, Schmitz RJ, Beynnon BD. Variations in Varus/Valgus and Internal/External Rotational Knee Joint Laxity and Stiffness Across the Menstrual Cycle. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 2011;29(3):318-25. PMID: 20882589 NIHMSID #323478. [PMC3176732]

Shultz SJ, Perrin DH, Nguyen AD, Montgomery MM, Kim HS, Levine BJ. A Comparison of Cyclic Variations in Anterior Knee Laxity, Genu Recurvatum and General Joint Laxity Across the Menstrual Cycle. Journal of Orthopaedic Research 2010;28(11):1411-7. PMC2947333

Shultz SJ, Schmitz RJ, Nguyen AD, Levine BJ. Joint Laxity is Related to Lower Extremity Energetics During a Drop Jump Landing. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2010; 42(4):771-780. PMC2936657