Carl Mattacola, Ph.D., ATC

Division Director, Athletic Training

Associate Professor, Athletic Training

Dr. Mattacola is a NATABOC certified athletic trainer and serves as the director and an assistant 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

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...

Miller, T.L., Santiago , M.C., Mattacola, C.G. Influence of varied, controlled distances from the crank axis on peak physiological responses during arm crank ergometry. Journal of Exercise Physiology Online 7(3):61-67, 2004.

Ramsi, M., Swanik,K.A., Swanik,C.B., Straub,S., Mattcola,C.G. Shoulder-Rotator Strength of High School Swimmers Over the Course of a Competitive Season. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation . 13:9-18, 2004.

Dolan, M.G., Mychaskiw,A.M., Mattacola,C.G., Mendel,F.C. Effects of cool water immersion and high voltage electrical stimulation for three continuous hours on edema formation in rats. Journal of Athletic Training, 38:325-329, 2004.

Brindle,T.J., Mattacola,C.G., McCrory,J.L. Electromyographic Comparison Between Subjects Ascending and Descending Stairs With and Without Anterior Knee Pain. Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy. 11:244-251, 2003.

Sawyer PC, Uhl TL, Mattacola CG, Johnson DL, Yates JW. The Effect of Moist Heat on Hamstring Flexibility and Muscle Temperature. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2003 May; 17(2): 285-90.

Hosey, R.G., Mattacola,C.G., Shapiro, R. Real-Time Video Analysis of Head-First and Feet-First Sliding Techniques in Collegiate Baseball Players. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. Jul;13(4):242-4, 2003.

Uhl T.L., Carver T.J., Mattacola C.G., Mair S.D. , Nitz A.J. Shoulder musculature activation during closed chain upper extremity exercise. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 33:109-117, 2003.

Wall, S.P., Mattacola, C.G., Levenstein, S, Swanik,C.B. Actigraph as a tool for monitoring training-induced distress in athletes. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 12:1-12, 2003.


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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