Sophia Ulman, PhD
I completed my masters and doctorate degrees in engineering with a concentration in biomechanics at Virginia Tech under the NIOSH Training Fellowship. My primary research interests include evaluating movement patterns and muscle activity to determine injury risk and enhance functional performance, movement efficiency, and long-term health in the youth athletes. Throughout my career, I have worked with a variety of active populations, ranging from youth to professional athletes as well as military cadets and soldiers. This research experience undoubtedly translated to my current work with youth athletes. I started as the Assistant Director of the Movement Science Lab at Scottish Rite for Children in 2019, performing clinical research with pediatric patient populations and focusing primarily on patients treated for sports-related injuries. Consequently, I have considerable experience with motion analysis testing and a strong understanding of how biomechanics data can directly inform clinical treatment and return-to-play decision-making. With support from our physical therapists and sports medicine physicians, the Movement Science Lab has numerous, sports-focused research studies aimed to better understand injury risk in our youth athlete population.