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Michael P. Smith Ph.D. ATC LAT

Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Master of Athletic Training Program

Director, Clinical Anatomy Research Laboratory


1994 Bachelor of Science: Biology – State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY

1997 Master of Science: Sports Health Care – Arizona School of Health Sciences, Mesa, AZ

2005 Doctor of Philosophy: FCSE, emphasis in Biomechanics – Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX


  • 1994 ATC: Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) Certified Athletic Trainer
  • 2000 LAT: Texas License: Athletic Trainer
  • 2006 American Red Cross Fundamentals Instructor


  • The influence of stress hormones, particularly cortisol, on ACL remodeling
  • The effects of stress hormones on neuromuscular control of the lower extremities
  • The effects of stress hormones on the tensile strength of ACL
  • Biomechanical differences between women and men, specifically identifying implications for ACL injury
  • Neural Dynamics
  • Functional Anatomy and Histology


James CR, Scheuermann BW, & Smith MP. (In-Press). Effects of two methods of neuromuscular fatigue on landing performance. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology.

Smith MP, Sizer PS, & James CR. (2009). Effects of fatigue on frontal plane knee motion and ground reaction forces in men and women during landing. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 8, 419-427.

Brismée JM, Sizer PS, Dedrick GS, Sawyer BG, & Smith MP. (2009). An Immunohistochemical and Histological Study of Human Uncovertebral Joints. Spine. 34, 1257-1263.

Slauterbeck JR, Fuzie SF, Smith MP, Clark RJ, Xu KT, Starch DW, & Hardy DM. (2002). The Menstrual Cycle, Sex Hormones, and Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury. Journal of Athletic Training, 37(3), 275 – 278.

Smith, M. (2000). Acute Traumatic Compartment Syndrome of the Anterior Thigh in a Collegiate Men’s Soccer Player: A Case Study. Athletic Therapy Today. 5,42-43.

Smith, M. (1998). NSAID’s: The Most Common Drug in Sports Health Care: Literature Review. Athletic Therapy Today. 3, 30-35.