Susan Sigward, PhD, PT, ATC

Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy
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(323) 442-2454



Human Performance Laboratory

Mailing Address:

1540 Alcazar St., CHP 155, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9006

Current Research:

Professional Interests
Dr. Sigward’s research focuses on the identification and amelioration of impaired mechanics as they relate to lower extremity injury with a focus on knee injury. Her work has contributed to the understanding of how factors such as experience, age, training and sex influence the development of movement strategies that contribute to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Current studies are focused on rehabilitation following ACL reconstruction, with a specific emphasis on the effects of early rehabilitation interventions on long-term outcomes. Dr. Sigward is the Director of the Division’s Human Performance Laboratory at the Competitive Athletic Training Zone, Physical Therapy Institute and Sports Performance Center in Pasadena.
  • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,University of California, Los Angeles, CA; Postdoctoral Fellow, Biomechanics, 2004-2005
  • Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; PhD, Biokinesiology, 2004
  • Department of Anatomy, Wright State University, Dayton, OH; MS, Anatomy,1999
  • Department of Physical Therapy, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO; BS, Physical Therapy 1990

 Grant Support  

  • 2014-2015 - PI,SC CTSI (NIH/NCATS; UL1TR000130), “ Effects of Gait Training on Knee Loading Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction”. Award amount $27,525
  • 2014-2015 - PI, Boston Rehabilitation Outcomes Measurement Pilot Project (NIH R24 HD05688). “Tools to quantify gait behaviors in individuals recovering from anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction”. Award amount $30,000
  • 2014-2015 - PI, California Physical Therapy Fund, “Does Early Gait Training Improve Lower Extremity Sagittal Plane Loading Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction?”. Award amount $9,095
  • 2012-2013 - PI, Zumberge Fund Individual Grant, “The Development of Postural Strategies in Children”. Award amount: $27,000
  • 2011 – 2016 - Scholar, NIH, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NICHD), National Institutes of Health Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program, K12-HD055929 (Ottenbacher, PI)
  • 2005 – 2009 - Project Manager (70% effort), “Mechanics of non-contact ACL injuries in female athletes”, NIH, R01 AR053073-01A1(Powers, PI) Powers (PI) 
  • 2002 – 2003 - Project Manager (50% effort), “Biomechanical and Neuromuscular aspects of non-contact ACL injuries: The influence of gender, experience and training”, National Athletic Trainer’s Foundation Grant (Powers, PI)


Selected Publications
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