Lindsay J. DiStefano, PhD, ATC

Associate Professor, Department Head, Kinesiology (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research interests center around sport-related musculoskeletal injury prevention with a specific focus towards ACL injury prevention and injury prevention in a youth population. I am currently studying an injury prevention program in a military population, evaluating the development of risk factors for injury in children, and investigating new methods to translate injury prevention to the community. Past research experiences include studying the effects of injury prevention programs in youth athletes, evaluating the necessary components of injury prevention programs, and prospectively investigating risk factors for ACL injury.


1999-2003 Bachelor of Science – Athletic Training; Boston University, Boston, MA

2003-2005 Master of Arts – Exercise and Sport Science; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

2005-2009 Doctor of Philosophy – Human Movement Science; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Recent Publications


Featured Publications

1: DiStefano LJ, Padua DA, Blackburn JT, Garrett WE, Guskiewicz KM, Marshall SW. Integrated Injury Prevention Program Improves Balance and Vertical Jump Height in Children. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 24(2): 332-342, 2010.

2: East MN, Blackburn JT, DiStefano LJ, Zinder SM, Norcross MN. The Effects of Fibular Repositioning Tape on Ankle Kinematics and Muscle Activity. Athletic Training Sport Health Care. (In Press, Accepted December 2009).

3: DiStefano LJ, Padua DA, Clark MA. Evidence Supporting Balance Training in Healthy Individuals: A Systematic Literature Review. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 23(9):2718-2731, 2009.

4: DiStefano LJ, Blackburn JT, Marshall SW, Padua DA. Gluteal Muscle Activation During Common Therapeutic Exercises. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sport Physical Therapy 39(7):532-40, 2009.

5: DiStefano LJ, Padua DA, DiStefano MJ, Marshall SW. Influence of Age, Sex, Technique, and Exercise Program on Movement Patterns Following an ACL Injury Prevention Program in Youth Soccer Players. American Journal of Sports Medicine 37:495, 2009.

6: Padua DA, DiStefano LJ. Sagittal Plane Knee Biomechanics and Vertical Ground Reaction Forces are Modified Following ACL Injury Prevention Programs: A Systematic Review. Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach. 1(2):165-173, 2009.

7: DiStefano LJ, Padua DA, Brown CN, Guskiewicz KM. Lower extremity kinematics and ground reaction forces after prophylactic lace-up ankle bracing. Journal of Athletic Training 43(3):234-41, 2008.


Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Kinesiology
2095 Hillside Road, Unit 1110
Storrs, CT 06269-1110
Office LocationGampel Pavilion