• Matthew Ithurburn, PT, DPT, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and an Associate Scientist in the Center for Exercise Medicine and the Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, Bone, and Autoimmunity Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has a clinical background as a sports medicine physical therapist. Dr. Ithurburn's research focuses on improving rehabilitation and outcomes for young, active individuals following lower extremity musculoskeletal injuries. Specifically, to date, this work has occurred in adolescents and young-to-middle-aged adults with knee injuries and intra-articular, non-arthritic hip pain. His approach to achieve these goals includes leveraging clinical and biomechanical data to determine factors associated with successful or unsuccessful outcomes over time. These outcomes include improvement or change in pain, symptoms, and function, continuation of sports participation or physical activity, and the occurrence of additional injury. With an understanding of factors associated with outcomes, a long-term step includes developing and testing the efficacy of rehabilitation-specific interventions in these patient populations.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2021 Young athletes after ACL reconstruction with asymmetric quadriceps strength at the time of return-to-sport clearance demonstrate drop-landing asymmetries two years laterKnee.  29:520-529. 2021
    2021 Reduced 2-d frontal plane motion during single-limb landing is associated with risk of future anterior cruciate ligament graft rupture after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and return to sport: A pilot studyJournal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.  51:82-87. 2021
    2021 Quadriceps and hamstring strength symmetry after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: A prospective studyJournal of Sport Rehabilitation.  30:1-8. 2021
    2019 Change in Drop-Landing Mechanics Over 2 Years in Young Athletes After Anterior Cruciate Ligament ReconstructionAmerican Journal of Sports Medicine.  47:2608-2616. 2019
    2019 Lower patient-reported function at 2 years is associated with elevated knee cartilage T1rho and T2 relaxation times at 5 years in young athletes after ACL reconstruction 2019
    2019 Strength and Function Across Maturational Levels in Young Athletes at the Time of Return to Sport After ACL Reconstruction 2019
    2019 Clinical measures associated with knee function over two years in young athletes after ACL reconstructionKnee.  26:355-363. 2019
    2019 Knee function, strength, and resumption of preinjury sports participation in young athletes following anterior cruciate ligament reconstructionJournal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.  49:145-153. 2019
    2019 Chronic Inflammation in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Mediators of Skeletal Muscle Pathology and Physical Impairment: A ReviewArthritis Care and Research.  71:173-177. 2019
    2019 Subacromial Spacer Implantation for the Treatment of Massive Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears: A Systematic ReviewArthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopy and Related Surgery.  35:607-614. 2019
    2019 The relationship between frontal plane trunk control during landing and lower extremity muscle strength in young athletes after anterior cruciate ligament reconstructionClinical Biomechanics.  62:58-65. 2019
    2018 Young athletes after ACL reconstruction with quadriceps strength asymmetry at the time of return-to-sport demonstrate decreased knee function 1 year later 2018
    2017 Young athletes cleared for sports participation after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: How many actually meet recommended return-to-sport criterion cutoffs?Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.  47:825-833. 2017
    2017 Young Athletes after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction with Single-Leg Landing Asymmetries at the Time of Return to Sport Demonstrate Decreased Knee Function 2 Years LaterAmerican Journal of Sports Medicine.  45:2604-2613. 2017
    2017 Hamstring Strength Asymmetry at 3 Years after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Alters Knee Mechanics during Gait and JoggingAmerican Journal of Sports Medicine.  45:97-105. 2017
    2016 Knee Function, Strength, and Maintenance of Pre-Injury Sports Participation After Anterior Cruciate Ligament ReconstructionMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  48:445-445. 2016
    2015 Young athletes with quadriceps femoris strength asymmetry at return to sport after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction demonstrate asymmetric single-leg drop-landing mechanicsAmerican Journal of Sports Medicine.  43:2727-2737. 2015

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services / Allied Health / Health Sciences, Ohio State University System : Columbus 2017
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy / Therapist, Duke University 2012
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Kinesiology and Exercise Science, California State University System : Chico 2009
  • Full Name

  • Matthew Ithurburn