Marc Norcross, PhD, ATC
Langton Hall 214A
2450 Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, which often occurs during cutting or landing from a jump, negatively impacts physical activity both acutely and across the lifespan due to early-onset osteoarthritis. However, the precise mechanism of injury and most efficacious intervention techniques to prevent this injury remain elusive. Our research utilizes the quantification of lower extremity energy absorption during landing to identify landing strategies that may result in greater ACL-injury risk. We then attempt to identify specific, modifiable biomechanical factors (i.e. muscle strength, joint positions and motion, muscle activation) that are predictive of these higher risk landing strategies in hopes of designing and implementing an ACL-injury prevention program that is both successful and feasible.
Dr. Norcross earned his doctorate in Human Movement Science with a Biomechanics concentration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011. He earned his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Boston University in 2001 and completed a Master's degree in Exercise and Sport Science (Athletic Training Specialization) from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2003. He then worked clinically as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at UCLA from 2003-2007. He resides in Corvallis with his wife, Emily, and daughters, Kendal and Kate.