Dr. Sigward is an Assistant Professor of Clinical PT. Dr. Sigward is an Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist. Her teaching responsibilities include Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Orthopedic Pathology. Dr. Sigward is the Director of the USC Community Health and Wellness Research Center at CATZ. The Center is a collaborative project between the University of Southern California’s Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy and the Competitive Athletic Training Zone, Physical Therapy Institute and Sports Performance Center in Pasadena, California. When completed, it will house state of the art biomechanics and exercise physiology research laboratories, dedicated to enhance the physical well-being and quality of life through activity.
Dr. Sigward’s studies abnormal movement patterns related to lower extremity injury and the factors that contribute to their development. In particular, the contribution of experience, age, training and sex to the development of movement strategies that may contribute to knee injuries. Her current research efforts are focused on the identification of factors contributing to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in female athletes. Information obtained from this research will be useful in the development of effective injury prevention and rehabilitation protocols.
Dr. Sigward currently serves as a member of the Orthopedic, Research and Sports Sections of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Chair of the California Research Special Interest Group in the California Chapter of the APTA. In addition, she is a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, American Society of Biomechanics, American College of Sports Medicine, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity and American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.