Kara Radzak

Assistant Professor
Expertise: Sports Medicine , Biomechanics of Fatigued State Movement, Medical Care Model in Military Populations

Biography

Assistant professor Kara Radzak joined the kinesiology and nutrition sciences department during fall 2015 and teaches courses for the department’s master of science in kinesiology program’s athletic training emphasis and within the undergraduate professional athletic training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

Radzak’s research focuses on utilizing biomechanical analysis of movement to evaluate musculoskeletal injuries, particularly overuse injuries of the knee, and osteoarthritis. Her current research evaluates the relationship of running biomechanics and injuries commonly associated with military training such as iliotibial band syndrome, patellofemoral pain syndrome, and lateral ankle sprains. She is also interested in the influence of physical activity and previous injury history on lower extremity joint health throughout the lifespan. This includes the development and end-range treatment — such as joint replacement surgery — of hip and knee osteoarthritis.

Radzak serves as the Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Young Professional Chair and represents the district to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. She is also professionally involved in the Athletic Trainers’ Osteoarthritis Consortium.

Education

  • Ph.D., Education, Kinesiology, University of Hawaii, 2015
  • M.S., Sports Medicine, University of Colorado, 2010
  • B.S. Kinesiology- Athletic Training, University of Texas, Austin, 2008

Kara Radzak In The News

September 20, 2021
Dr. Kara Radzak discusses recent updates in sport-related concussion assessment and rehabilitation with Dr. Abigail Bretzin, Dr. Jaclyn Caccese, and Dr. Justin Karr.
March 29, 2021
Dr. Kara Radzak interviews Dr. Sandy Shultz, Dr. Lindsey Lepley, and Dr. Shelby Baez about the work investigating ACL injury risk and rehabilitation strategies for patients with ACL reconstruction. This interview is accompanying the release of a special issue of the Journal of Athletic Training women who are scholars in athletic training research.