Tricia H Turner
Dr. Tricia Hubbard Turner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology. Her research focuses on ankle instability and osteoarthritis. Chronic ankle instability occurs in approximately 70% of patients after an initial ankle sprain. Determining what causes the development of this instability and finding ways to prevent it has been one of her primary research focuses. Dr. Turner has examined the mechanical changes (ligament laxity, positional faults) that occur after an ankle sprain and how they contribute to chronic ankle instability and ankle osteoarthritis (OA). Additionally, she has begun to use the animal model to look at how physical activity influences OA development, as well as the long term impact an ankle sprain may have on the body. As a result, Dr. Turner’s research crosses multiple disciplines, including athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and rehabilitation sciences. Dr. Turner has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and presented her work at both national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Turner has received both internal (UNCC) and external funding (agencies) to help support her work.
- BS in Athletic Training, University of Florida, 2000
- MS in Exercise & Sports Science, University of Florida, 2002
- PhD in Kinesiology, Penn State University, 2005
Dr. Turner teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Kinesiology.
- Applied Kinesiology
- Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professions
- Therapeutic Exercise Foundations
- Medical Terminology
- Exercise Prescription for Musculoskeletal Disorders
Research Interests/Areas of Expertise
- Chronic ankle instability
- Acute ankle sprain
- Ligament healing
- Physical activity after an ankle sprain
Awards & Honors
- Awarded Fellow National Athletic Trainers Association, June 2016
- Awarded Fellow American College of Sports Medicine, May 2012
- National Athletic Trainers’ Association Freddie H. Fu New Investigator Award Winner, June 2008
Peer Reviewed Journals:
Bruce CM, Turner MJ, Hubbard-Turner T, Simon JE, Gribble PA, Thomas AC. Number of knee and ankle injuries is associated with poor physical but not mental health. Physician and Sports Medicine. In Press
Hubbard-Turner T, Wikstrom EA, Guderian S, Turner MJ. Acute ankle sprain in a mouse model: Changes in Knee Joint Space. Journal of Athletic Training. In Press
Thomas A, Hubbard-Turner T, Wikstrom EA, Palmieri-Smith R. Epidemiology of post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Journal of Athletic Training. In Press
Hicks-Little CA, Peindl RD, Hubbard-Turner T, Cordova ML. The relationship between early-stage knee osteoarthritis and lower-extremity alignment, joint laxity, and subjective scores of pain, stiffness and function. Journal of Sports and Rehabilitation. 2016;25:231-218.
Turner MJ, Schmitt E, Hubbard-Turner T. Weekly physical activity levels of older adults regularly using a fitness facility. Journal of Aging Research. vol. 2016, Article ID 5010285, 6 pages, 2016. doi:10.1155/2016/5010285
Turner MJ, Guderian S, Wikstrom EA, Huot JR, Peck BD, Arthur ST, Marino JS, Hubbard-Turner T. Altered left ventricular performance in aging and physically active mice with an ankle injury. AGE. 2016;38:15.
Wikstrom EA, Anderson RB, Hubbard-Turner T. Post-traumatic ankle osteoarthritis alters stair ascent and descent kinetics. International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training. 2015;20:37-43.
Hubbard-Turner, T, Wikstrom EA, Guderian S, Turner MJ. An Acute Lateral Ankle Sprain Significantly Decreases Physical Activity across the Lifespan. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 2015;14:556-562.
Hubbard-Turner T, Turner, MJ. Physical Activity Levels in College Students with Chronic Ankle Instability. Journal of Athletic Training. 2015;50:742-747
Wikstrom EA, Hubbard-Turner T, Turner MJ. Developing a mouse model of chronic ankle instability. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. 2015;47:866-872.
Hubbard-Turner T, Guderian S, Turner MJ. Lifelong physical activity and knee osteoarthritis development in mice. Int J Rheum Disease. 2015;18:33-39.
Turner MJ, Chavis MN, Turner TH, Enhanced diastolic filling performance with lifelong physical activity in aging mice. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. 2013;45:1933-1940.
Hubbard-Turner T, Wikstrom EA, Turner MJ. Acute Ankle Sprain in a Mouse Model. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. 2013;45:1623-1628.
Wikstrom EA, Hubbard-Turner T, McKeon P. Understanding and Treating Lateral Ankle Sprains and their Consequences: A Constraints-Based Approach. Sports Med. 2013;46:385-393.
Hubbard-Turner T. The relationship between Mechanical Ankle Joint Laxity and Subjective Function. Foot and Ankle International. 2012;33:852-856.
Hubbard-Turner T. Should I Immobilize and Restrict Weight Bearing for an Acute Ankle Sprain and if so with What and for How Long? In: Quick Questions in Ankle Sprains: Expert Advice in Sports Medicine. (Ed: Sauers E). ISBN-13: 978-1617118173
McKeon P, Hubbard T, Wikstrom E. Consequences of ankle inversion trauma: a novel recognition & treatment paradigm. In: Sports Medicine & Sports Injury (Ed: Zaslav K) ISBN: 979-953-307-096-3