Carl Mattacola, Ph.D., ATC

Division Director, Athletic Training

Professor, Athletic Training

Dr. Mattacola is a NATABOC certified athletic trainer and serves as the director and a professor of the Graduate Athletic Training Program at the University of Kentucky.   He received his bachelor's degree in physical education/athletic training from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. He completed his doctor of philosophy degree in sports medicine and received his masters of education degree, both at the University of Virginia. Dr. Mattacola has held various positions as an athletic trainer and as a professor, including Temple University in Pennsylvania and Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. 

His research has focused  on the study of functional assessments of neuromuscular postural control, resulting in many published articles/abstracts in journals like American Family Physician, Journal of Athletic Training, and Orthopaedics. He will continue to explore factors that relate to athletic injuries and rehabilitation, focusing primarily on issues related to the lower extremity.


Scholarly Interest

Neuromuscular Control/Movement Science — Examines the neuromuscular control of the lower extremity as it relates to balance and postural sway

Examination of the effects of rehabilitation interventions (e.g. exercise and orthotics) on balance and postural sway

Current Publications

Howard AF, Costich JF, Mattacola CG, Svetla S, Bush HM, Scutchfield FD. 2014. A Statewide Assessment of Youth Sports and Recreational Related Injuries Using ED Administrative Records. Journal of Adolescent Health. 

McKeon, J.M., Grubb, E., Baker, C.S., Mattacola, C.G., McKeon, P.O.  Early Deficits in Collegiate Athletes who have Undergone Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Athletic Training & Sports Health Care. 6:2;2014.  Online 

Cripps, A., Mattacola, C.G. Professional Thoroughbred Jockey Injuries: Epidemiology, Causations, and Outcomes.  Journal of Athletic Medicine. 1:4:29-34, 2014. 

Gabler, C.M., Kitzman, P.M., Mattacola, C.G. Targeting Quadriceps Inhibition with Electromyographic Biofeedback: A Neuroplastic Approach. Critical Reviews in Biomedical Engineering. 41:2; 125-135, 2013. 

Hoch, M.C. Andreatta, R.D. Mullineaux, D.R. English, R.A. Medina-McKeon, J.M. Mattacola, C.G., McKeon, P.O. Two-Week Joint Mobilization Intervention Improves Self-Reported Function, Range of Motion, and Dynamic Balance in Those With Chronic Ankle Instability.  Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 1-7, 2012.  DOI 10.1002/jor.22150.

Hoch MC, Staton GS, Medina McKeon JM, Mattacola CG, McKeon PO.  Dorsiflexion and dynamic postural control deficits are present in those with chronic ankle instability.   J Sci Med Sport. 2012 May 8. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:22575498

Kelly, T, Mattacola, C.G. Training and Career Development in Clinical and Translational Science: An opportunity for Rehabilitation Scientists. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 19:4; 369-379, 2010.

 Balke, C.W., Umberger, G.H., Mattacola, C.G.“Oh, the Places You’ll Go” : Transformation of the Nation’s Biomedical Research Enterprise in the 21st Century. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 19:4;359-368, 2010.

McKeon PO, Booi MJ, Branam B, Johnson DL,  Mattacola CG. Lateral ankle ligament anesthesia significantly alters single limb postural control. Gait and Posture. 32: 374–377, 2010.

Jacobs, C., Uhl, T.L., Mattacola, C.G., Shapiro, R., Rayen, W.S. Hip Abductor Function and Lower Extremity Landing Kinematics: Sex Differences. Journal of Athletic Training. 42:1;76-83, 2007. Read the article...

Mattacola, C.G., Dwyer, M.K., Miller, A.K., Uhl, T.L., McCrory, J.L., Malone, T.R. Effect of orthotics on postural stability over a six week acclimation period. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  88:653-60, 2007. Read the article...

Boling, M.C., Bolgla, L.A., Mattacola, C.G., Uhl, T.L., Hosey, R.G. Outcomes of a Weight-Bearing Rehabilitation Program for Patients Diagnosed With Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 87;11. 1428-1435, 2006. Read the article...


Educational Focus

My instruction at UK centers on the facilitation and mentoring of graduate students. I have had the pleasure of working with students in the College of Health Sciences and the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotions. I instruct Sports Medicine (KHP 720) and a series of courses (AT 670, AT 671, AT 672, AT 673) that introduce and shepherd the graduate athletic training students through the research process. In addition, I teach a course titled Special Topics in Athletic Training- Peripheral Anatomy Dissection (AT 680). The focus of the Scientific Inquiry in Athletic Training class is nurturing and developing the research process while specifically dealing with research in the athletic training. The Peripheral Anatomy Dissection class focuses on dissection, study, and the clinical appreciation of the musculoskeletal and nervous system.


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Carl G. Mattacola, Ph.D.

Carl Mattacola, Ph.D., ATC
Professor, Athletic Training


Room 210E Wethington Building
900 South Limestone Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0200
(859) 218-0860
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