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Tricia Turner

Tricia Turner

Associate Professor
UNC Charlotte


Dr. Tricia Turner earned her BS degree in Athletic Training (1996-2000) and her MSESS degree in Exercise Science (2000-2002) from the University of Florida. She earned her PhD in Kinesiology with emphasis in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine from Penn State University (2002 – 2005). Dr. Turner came to UNC Charlotte in 2005 to direct the athletic training education program and continue to pursue her research. In 2008, Dr. Turner was awarded the Freddie H. FU New Investigator Award by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research & Education Foundation. Currently, Dr. Turner serves on the Journal of Athletic Training, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach, and Athletic Training & Sports Health Care editorial boards. Additionally, Dr. Turner is affiliated with the Center for Biomedical Engineering Systems at UNC Charlotte.

Research Interest

My research area focuses around chronic joint injury especially at the ankle. I am particularly interested in ligament healing post ankle sprain, and mechanical instability in those with chronic ankle instability. I am also focused on examining the effect long term ankle injury has on local and global changes as patient’s age. Additionally I examine knee osteoarthritis and the impact of physical activity.