Laura Pietrosimone is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division at Duke University. She graduated from Duke University with a BS in Psychology in 2006 and completed her professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Duke University in 2010. She then completed the Proaxis Therapy post-professional sports residency program in 2011 in Greenville, SC, leading to her credentialing as a board-certified sports clinical specialist. She completed her Ph.D. in Human Movement Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018. Laura has ten years of clinical experience treating an orthopedic and sports medicine population, with a particular focus on knee injury rehabilitation. Her primary research interests include lower extremity biomechanics, physical activity, and patient outcomes following knee injury, and improving the effectiveness of rehabilitation strategies to restore normal knee function and maximize long-term health.
Orthopedic and sports physical therapy; Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
Dr. Pietrosimone’s research focuses on lower extremity biomechanics and physical activity in orthopedic and sports medicine populations. Specifically, her work seeks to advance translational science through the development of innovative rehabilitation strategies that address the lasting consequences of knee injury to promote joint health and optimize patient quality of life.
Pfeiffer, Steven J., J Troy Blackburn, Brittney Luc-Harkey, Matthew S. Harkey, Laura E. Stanley, Barnett Frank, Darin Padua, Stephen W. Marshall, Jeffrey T. Spang, and Brian Pietrosimone. “Peak knee biomechanics and limb symmetry following unilateral anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: Associations of walking gait and jump-landing outcomes.” Clinical Biomechanics 53 (March 2018): 79–85. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2018.01.020.
Ward, Sarah H., J Troy Blackburn, Darin A. Padua, Laura E. Stanley, Matthew S. Harkey, Brittney A. Luc-Harkey, and Brian Pietrosimone. “Quadriceps Neuromuscular Function and Jump-Landing Sagittal-Plane Knee Biomechanics After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.” Journal of Athletic Training 53, no. 2 (February 1, 2018): 135–43. https://doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-306-16.
Stanley, L. E., A. Lucero, T. C. Mauntel, M. Kennedy, N. Walker, S. W. Marshall, D. A. Padua, and D. J. Berkoff. “Achilles tendon adaptation in cross-country runners across a competitive season.” Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports 28, no. 1 (January 2018): 303–10. https://doi.org/10.1111/sms.12903.
Mauntel, Timothy C., Darin A. Padua, Laura E. Stanley, Barnett S. Frank, Lindsay J. DiStefano, Karen Y. Peck, Kenneth L. Cameron, and Stephen W. Marshall. “Automated Quantification of the Landing Error Scoring System With a Markerless Motion-Capture System.” Journal of Athletic Training 52, no. 11 (November 1, 2017): 1002–9. https://doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-52.10.12.
Pietrosimone, Brian, Richard F. Loeser, J Troy Blackburn, Darin A. Padua, Matthew S. Harkey, Laura E. Stanley, Brittney A. Luc-Harkey, et al. “Biochemical markers of cartilage metabolism are associated with walking biomechanics 6-months following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.” J Orthop Res 35, no. 10 (October 2017): 2288–97. https://doi.org/10.1002/jor.23534.
Stanley, Laura E., and David J. Berkoff. “Benign Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor in a Distance Runner.” Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy 47, no. 2 (February 2017): 125–125. https://doi.org/10.2519/jospt.2017.6780.
Luc-Harkey, Brittney A., Matthew S. Harkey, Laura E. Stanley, J Troy Blackburn, Darin A. Padua, and Brian Pietrosimone. “Sagittal plane kinematics predict kinetics during walking gait in individuals with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.” Clinical Biomechanics 39 (November 2016): 9–13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2016.08.011.
Stanley, Laura E., Zachary Y. Kerr, Thomas P. Dompier, and Darin A. Padua. “Sex Differences in the Incidence of Anterior Cruciate Ligament, Medial Collateral Ligament, and Meniscal Injuries in Collegiate and High School Sports.” The American Journal of Sports Medicine 44, no. 6 (June 2016): 1565–72. https://doi.org/10.1177/0363546516630927.
Berkoff, D. J., K. Krishnamurthy, J. Hopp, Laura Pietrosimone, J. Spores, and D. Braunreiter. “Corrected error video versus a physical therapist instructed home exercise program: accuracy of performing therapeutic shoulder exercises.” International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy 11, no. 5 (2016): 757–64.
Lane, Amy R., Matthew S. Harkey, Hope C. Davis, Brittney A. Luc-Harkey, Laura Stanley, Anthony C. Hackney, J Troy Blackburn, and Brian Pietrosimone. “Body Mass Index and Type 2 Collagen Turnover in Individuals After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.” Journal of Athletic Training 54, no. 3 (March 1, 2019): 270–75. https://doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-525-17.
Stanley, Laura E., Matthew Harkey, Brittney Luc-Harkey, Barnett S. Frank, Brian Pietrosimone, J Troy Blackburn, and Darin A. Padua. “Ankle Dorsiflexion displacement is associated with hip and knee kinematics in females following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.” Research in Sports Medicine 27, no. 1 (January 2, 2019): 21–33. https://doi.org/10.1080/15438627.2018.1502180.
Eckard, Timothy, Darin Padua, Timothy Mauntel, Barnett Frank, Laura Pietrosimone, Rebecca Begalle, Shiho Goto, Michael Clark, and Kristen Kucera. “Association between double-leg squat and single-leg squat performance and injury incidence among incoming NCAA Division I athletes: A prospective cohort study.” Phys Ther Sport 34 (November 2018): 192–200. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2018.10.009.
Pietrosimone, Brian, J Troy Blackburn, Darin A. Padua, Steven J. Pfeiffer, Hope C. Davis, Brittney A. Luc-Harkey, Matthew S. Harkey, et al. “Walking gait asymmetries 6 months following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction predict 12-month patient-reported outcomes.” Journal of Orthopaedic Research® 36, no. 11 (November 2018): 2932–40. https://doi.org/10.1002/jor.24056.
Pfeiffer, Steven, Matthew S. Harkey, Laura E. Stanley, J Troy Blackburn, Darin A. Padua, Jeffrey T. Spang, Stephen W. Marshall, et al. “Associations Between Slower Walking Speed and T1ρ Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Femoral Cartilage Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.” Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 70, no. 8 (August 2018): 1132–40. https://doi.org/10.1002/acr.23477.
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