Name: Tricia Austin, Ph.D., PT, ATC
Department: Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
Research Focus: Dr. Austin has two primary areas of research focus. The first area focuses on identifying risk factors associated with overuse bone injury. The second area focuses on promoting clinicians’ use of evidence-based practice
Current Research Projects
Title: Lower Extremity Overuse Bone Injury Risk Factors in Collegiate Athletes
Study Design: Prospective cohort design
Objective: The purposes of this project are to: 1) quantify the occurrence of new cases (for the 9-10 month duration of the study) of LEOBI (stress fractures and MTSS) with confirmatory medical diagnosis by a physician and 2) determine whether or not there is an association between LEOBI (stress fractures and MTSS) and selected potential risk factors including sport, sex, hip abductor strength, foot type, body mass index (BMI), calcaneal bone density, and in women, menstrual function
Title: Development and implementation of a survey instrument to assess physical therapists’ use of the abstract for evidence-based practice
Study Design: Observational – cross sectional
Objective: The purpose of this project is to determine how physical therapists use the abstract for evidence-based practice.
Grant/Sponsor: Irma Ruebling Endowed Research Fund
Title: The Epidemiology and Diagnosis of Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome: A Systematic Review
Study Design: Systematic review
Objective: The purpose of this project is to provide a systematic review of the literature related to medial tibial stress syndrome.
Austin TM, Richter RR, Sebelski CA. Introduction to the GRADE approach for guideline development: considerations for physical therapist practice. Physical Therapy. 2014 (Accepted pending revisions)
Reinking MF, Austin TM, Hayes AM. A survey of exercise-related leg pain in community runners. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2013 Jun;8(3):269-76.
Reinking MF, Hayes AM, Austin TM. The effect of foot orthotic use on exercise related leg pain in cross country athletes. Physical Therapy in Sport. 2012;13(4):214-8.
Richter RR, Austin TM. Mapping rehabilitation search terms to MeSH (Medical Subject Heading). Physical Therapy. 2012;92(1):124-32.
Richter RR, Austin TM, Reinking MF. Foot orthoses use in lower limb overuse conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis - critical appraisal and commentary. Journal of Athletic Training. 2011; 46(1): 103-6.
Reinking MF, Austin TM, Hayes AM. Risk factors for self-reported exercise related leg pain in high school cross-country athletes. Journal of Athletic Training. 2010; 45:51-57.
Austin TM, Reinking MF, Hayes AM. Menstrual function in female high school cross-country athletes. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. 2009; 21:555-565.
Austin TM, Richter RR, Frese T. Using a partnership between academic faculty and a physical therapist liaison to develop a framework for an evidence-based journal club: a discussion. Physiotherapy Research International. 2009; 14:213-223.