Darin A. Pauda

Darin A. Padua, PhD, ATC
Professor and Chair, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
Director, Sports Medicine Research Laboratory
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Padua serves as a Professor and Chair of Exercise and Sport Science and Director of the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory.  He is an adjunct faculty member in the following Departments at UNC:
Orthopaedics, Biomedical Engineering, and Allied Health Sciences.  Over the past 15 years, Dr. Padua’s research has focused on the prevention of sport-related musculoskeletal injuries.  Specifically, his research centers on understanding the role of movement quality and biomechanics in ACL and other lower extremity injuries.  In addition his work seeks to develop effective interventions to prevent ACL and other lower extremity injuries during sport.
In support of this research, Dr. Padua has been the recipient of multiple research grants, and has published over 100 journal articles and textbook chapters related to the prevention of sport-related musculoskeletal injury.  In 2006, Darin was awarded the Young Investigator Award by the National Athletic Trainers’Association.  In 2008 he was awarded the O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award for the most outstanding sport injury related research paper by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. 
He attained Fellow status in the American Academy of Kinesiology in 2013 and in 2015 he was received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award by the NATA.

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