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 earned her bachelor’s in kinesiology-athletic training from the University of Texas at Austin, her master’s in sports medicine from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and her Ph.D. in education-kinesiology from the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
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.