David Bell, Ph.D., ATC

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2031 Gymnasium-Natatorium | (608) 265-2891 | drbell2@wisc.edu

Anterior Cruciate Ligament, ACL Injury Prevention, ACL Rehabiliation, Sport Specialization, Screening Examinations

Dr. David Bell is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Kinesiology and Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Bell earned his B.A. and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001 & 2010) and his Master’s Degree from the University of Virginia in 2002. He teaches in the Athletic Training Program and serves as the director of the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory. His research is focused on identifying risk factors for knee injury including neuromuscular asymmetries and sport specialization. Additionally, he is focused on improving outcomes after knee surgery including refining rehabilitation strategies, return to activity guidelines, and risk factors for second ACL injuries.
He has athletic training clinical experience at the Division I and II levels as well as high school clinic outreach. He has over 30 peer-reviewed publications and 70 abstract presentations. His work has been funded by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, and the American College of Sports Medicine. He received the 2017 New Investigator Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation.

  • Education

    Ph D, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010.
    Major: Interdisciplinary Program of Human Movement ScienceDissertation Title: Hamstring Neuromechanical Properties and Biomechanics in an ACL Injured Population
    M Ed, University of Virginia, 2002.
    Major: Masters of EducationSupporting Areas of Emphasis: Athletic TrainingDissertation Title: Posterior truck position increases reflex amplitude at the knee in response to a perturbation.
    BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001.
    Major: Exercise and Sports ScienceSupporting Areas of Emphasis: Athletic Training (CAAHEP Accredited Program)

Select Awards & Honors

New Investigator Award, NATA Research & Education Foundation. (2017).

Research Interests

Injury Prevention, ACL reconstruction, Sport Specialization, Musculoskeletal injury risk factors

Select Creative Works & Performances

Landing Error Scoring System Application for iPad

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Select Presentations

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(1970),Prevalence and Consequences of Early Sport Specialization Among Adolescent Athletes, Illinois Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting, Lisle, IL.
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(1970),Prevalence and Consequences of Early Sport Specialization Among Adolescent Athletes, Michigan State University Visiting Scholar, East Lansing, MI.

Select Grants & Sponsored Projects

2015 - 2017 - "Changes in landing mechanics and balance in ACL reconstructed patients," Private,
2015 - 2016 - "An analysis of sport specialization in the high school setting and its effect on lower extremity biomechanics," Private,
2015 - 2016 - "The Prevalence of Sport Specialization in Youth Athletes by Age, Gender, and Sport," University of Wisconsin-Madison,
2013 - 2015 - "Risk factors for lower extremity injury in physically active youth: A prospective pilot study," University of Wisconsin-Madison,
2013 - 2014 - "The effect of exertion and landing force asymmetry," State,
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2012 - 2014 - "Landing Error Scoring System Application for the iPhone/iPad," University of Wisconsin-Madison,
2011 - 2013 - "The biomechanics and reliability of the overhead squat test," State,
2012 - 2013 - "Jump landing mechanics and balance in individuals with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction," University of Wisconsin-Madison,
2011 - 2013 - "Clinical and outcome measures in Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstructed individuals," University of Wisconsin-Madison,
2011 - 2012 - "Biomechanics of the Overhead Squat in Females with Medial Knee Displacement," University of Wisconsin-Madison,
2016 - 1970 - Amount $1,500 "Coach Knowledge of Sport Volume Recommendations and Attitudes and Beliefs towards Sport Specialization.,"
2016 - 1970 - Amount $30,500 "Physical Activity after Knee Injury: The PAAKI Study," University of Wisconsin-Madison,
2016 - 1970 - Amount $20,000 "Knowledge of Sport Volume Recommendations and Attitudes and Beliefs towards Sport Specialization,"
2015 - 1970 - "The Effect of Fear on Neuromuscular Control during Clinical Tests following ACL Reconstruction," Private,

Professional Service

Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association Research Assistance Committee (2015 - present).
Committee Member (present).
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