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Tracy Dierks

School of Health and Human Sciences

Expert Bio

Tracy Dierks has been an assistant/associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health and Human Sciences at IUPUI since the fall of 2005. He is a founding member of St. Vincent Sports Performance Science, where he conducts research.

His primary research involves running and walking gait, most notably in the area of patellofemoral pain syndrome, in addition to intervention and rehabilitation for gait related injuries and training for sports performance.

He received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Ph.D. in biomechanics and human movement science from the University of Delaware.

Areas of Expertise

Running and walking gait, patellofemoral pain syndrome, running-related injuries, running mechanics, running injury prevention, Dynamical Systems Theory and Chaos Theory, run training, AlterG treadmill running, the influence of chronic stroke on gait mechanics and endurance, sports performance and injury prevention, multidisciplinary training, physical training, medical, nutrition and psychological training to comprehensively train athletes, Special Olympics physical fitness assessment.