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Michelle C Boling

Associate Professor

Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences | Brooks College of Health

Areas of Expertise

injury prevention, biomechanics, sports-related knee injuries


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Doctor of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Human Movement Science (concentration in Biomechanics), 2008


University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Masters of Science, Kinesiology and Health Promotion (concentration in Athletic Training), 2004.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Bachelor of Arts, Exercise and Sports Science (concentration in Athletic Training), 2002.



ATAF, Educator of the Year Award (2017)


Jacksonville Business Journal, 40 Under 40 (2013)


University of North Florida, Community Scholar (2012-2013)


University of North Florida, Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (2012)

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Co-investigator: $2,100 with Us: Women and Girls’ Health Initiative, Biomechanical Risk Factors for Knee Injuries in High School Female and Male Basketball and Soccer Athletes, Co-investigator: Bernadette Buckley, PhD, ATC. (Awarded August 2011)


Co-investigator: $7,500 with University of North Florida Faculty Development Research Grant, Biomechanical Risk Factors for Knee Injuries in High School Athletes, Co-investigator: Bernadette Buckley, PhD, ATC. (Awarded December 2010)


Principal Investigator (1R03AR057489-01A1): $145,733 with National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases and Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institute of Health, 2010-2012. Epidemiology of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Identifying Gender-Specific Risk Factors. Co-investigators: Stephen Marshall, PhD, Darin Padua, PhD, ATC, Anh-Dung Nguyen, PhD, ATC, Anthony Beutler, MD, Kenneth Cameron, PhD, ATC. (Awarded July 2010)


Research Mentor: $1,500 with University of North Florida Student Mentored Academic Research Team (SMART) Grant, 2009-2010. The validity and reliability of digital imagery and three-dimensional motion analysis in the measurement of lower extremity static alignments. Student investigator: Emily Hartley. (Awarded December 2009)


Principal Investigator: $2,500 with Us: Women and Girls’ Health Initiative, 2008-2009. Biomechanical risk factors for anterior knee pain in male and female midshipmen. Co-Investigators: Darin Padua, PhD, ATC, Stephen Marshall, PhD, ATC, Anthony Beutler, MD. (Awarded March 2009)


Principal Investigator: $1,229.76 with National Academy of Sports Medicine and National Basketball Athletic Trainers’ Association 2007-2008. A prospective investigation of biomechanical risk factors for anterior knee pain. Co-investigators: Darin Padua, PhD, ATC, Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC, Stephen Marshall, PhD, Anthony Beutler, MD, Scott Pyne, MD. (Awarded September 2007)

Publications & Presentations

Wight JT, Garman J, Hooper DR, Robertson CT, Ferber R, Boling MC. Distance running stride-to-stride variability for sagittal plane joint angles. Sports Biomechanics. (accepted October 2019)


Boling MC, Nguyen AD, Padua DA, Cameron KL, Beutler A, Marshall SW. Gender specific risk factor profiles for patellofemoral pain. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 2019. (Published ahead of print)


Bolgla, LA, Boling, MC, DiStefano, MJ, Mace, KD, Fithian, DC, Powers, CM. National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Management of individuals with patellofemoral pain. Journal of Athletic Training, 2018, 53(9):820-836.


Hartley, E, Hoch, M, Boling, MC. Y-Balance Test performance and BMI are associated with ankle sprain injury in collegiate male athletes. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 2018, 21(7): 676-680. 


Nguyen, A, Zuk, EF, Baellow, AL, Pfile, KR, DiStefano, L, Boling, MC. Longitudinal changes in hip strength and range of motion in female youth soccer players: Implications for ACL injury. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 2017, 26: 358-354.


DiStefano, LS, Martinez, JC, Crowley, E, Matteau, E, Kerner, M, Boling, MC, Nguyen, A, Trojian, TH. Maturation and sex differences in neuromuscular characteristics of youth athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2015, 29(9): 2465-73.


Begalle, RL, Walsh, MC, McGrath, ML, Boling, MC, Blackburn, JT, Padua, DA. Ankle dorsiflexion displacement during landing is associated with initial contact kinematics but not joint displacement. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 2015, 31(4): 205-210.


Boling, MC, Padua, DA. Relationship between hip strength and trunk, hip, and knee kinematics during a jump-landing task in individuals with patellofemoral pain. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 2013, 8(5): 661-669.


Nguyen, AD, Boling, MC, Slye, C, Hartley, E, Parisi, G. Various methods for assessing static lower extremity alignment: Implications for prospective risk-factor screenings. Journal of Athletic Training, 2013, 48(2): 248-257.     


Walsh, M, Boling, MC, McGrath M, Blackburn, JT, Padua, DA. Lower extremity muscle activation influences knee flexion angle during a jump-landing task. Journal of Athletic Training, 2012, 47(4): 406-413.


Macrum, EC, Bell, DR, Boling, MC, Lewek, MD, Padua, DA. Limiting ankle dorsiflexion range of motion alters lower extremity kinematics and muscle activation patterns during a squat. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 2012, 21: 144-150.


Bolgla, LA, Boling, MC. An update for the conservative management of patellofemoral pain syndrome: A systematic review of the literature from 2000 to 2010. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 2011, 6(2): 112-125.


Padua, DA, Boling, MC, DiStefano, LJ, Onate, JA, Beutler, AI, Marshall, SW. Reliability of the Landing Error Scoring System-Real Time, a clinical assessment tool of jump-landing biomechanics. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 2011, 20(2):145-156.


Boling, MC, Padua, DA, Marshall, SW, Guskiewicz, K, Pyne, S, Beutler, A. Gender differences in the incidence and prevalence of patellofemoral pain syndrome. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 2010, 20: 725-730. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2009.00996.x.


Boling, MC, Padua, DA, Marshall, SW, Guskiewicz, K, Pyne, S, Beutler, A. A prospective investigation of biomechanical risk factors for patellofemoral pain syndrome: the JUMP-ACL cohort. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2009, 37(11): 2108-2116.


Padua, DA, Marshall, SW, Boling, MC, Thigpen, CA, Garrett, WE, Beutler, AI. The Landing Error Scoring System (LESS) is a valid and reliable clinical assessment tool of jump-landing biomechanics: the JUMP-ACL study. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2009, 37(10): 1996-2002.


Nguyen, A, Boling, MC, Levine, B, Schultz, SJ. Relationship between lower extremity alignment and the quadriceps angle. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 2009, 19: 201-206.


Boling, MC, Padua, DA, Creighton, RA. Concentric and eccentric torque of the hip musculature in individuals with and without patellofemoral pain. Journal of Athletic Training, 2009, 44(1): 7-13.


Liu, H, Boling, MC, Padua, DA, Creighton, RA, Weinhold, P. In vivo evaluation of patellar tendon stiffness in individuals with patellofemoral pain syndrome. Journal of Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, 2008, 5(2): 59-63.


Bennett, DR, Blackburn, JT, Boling, MC, McGrath, M, Walusz, HA, Padua, DA, The relationship between anterior tibial shear force during a jump landing task and quadriceps and hamstring strength. Clinical Biomechanics, 2008, 23: 1165-1171.


Boling, MC, Bolgla, LA, Mattacola, CG, Uhl, TL, Hosey, RG. Outcomes of a weight-bearing rehabilitation program for patients diagnosed with patellofemoral pain syndrome. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2006, 87(11): 1428-1435.


Boling, MC, Padua, DA, Blackburn, JT, Petschaurer, MA, Hirth, CJ. Hip adduction does not affect VMO amplitude or VMO:VL ratios during a dynamic squat exercise. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 2006, 15:195-205.

Contact Information

Building 39, Room 2012

(904) 620-1563