Curriculum Vitae Susan Saliba

Susan Saliba

  • Professor

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Student Health and Wellness Building 323
550 Brandon Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903


Susan Saliba is a professor and co-director of the Exercise and Sports Injury Laboratory (EASIL) for musculoskeletal injury research. She has 18 years of clinical experience as both a physical therapist and athletic trainer. She currently teaches courses in the master of science in athletic training program, and is the director of the undergraduate major in kinesiology. She has a joint appointment in Orthopedic Surgery and collaborates with the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences on clinically relevant research trials. Saliba has been recognized by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association for service and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association

Saliba’s research focus is developing the efficacy and effectiveness of therapeutic interventions during rehabilitation. Recent projects include electrical stimulation, blood flow restriction therapy, and biofeedback to improve functional outcomes. Her research has been supported by the General Clinical Research Center for studies that have examined the use of intravenous fluids in football players, and mechanisms of iron deficiency in female athletes. She has also been funded by the NATA Foundation for a mechanistic study to examine the clinical application of phonophoresis, a common therapeutic modality. She was recently awarded a grant by the Orthopedic Section of the APTA to investigate the use of cryotherapy and transcutaneous electrical stimulation on atherogenic muscle inhibition in patients with knee osteoarthritis.


Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1999
M.P.T., Hahnemann University, 1989
M.Ed., University of Virginia, 1987
B.S., University of Virginia, 1986

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Association of altered frontal plane kinematics and physical activity levels in females with patellofemoral pain

Altered frontal plane kinematics during step-down and jogging provide insight for clinicians to identify females with patellofemoral pain that may be less physically active, while step-down and squatting kinematics related to fear avoidance beliefs.


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