Joseph M. Hart, PhD, ATC is an assistant professor of orthopaedic research at the University of Virginia, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Hart also has an academic appointment in the Curry School of Education where he teaches and mentors graduate students in the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Program. Dr. Hart earned his BS degree in Sports Medicine from Marietta College, MS in Athletic Training from West Virginia University and a PhD in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia. Dr. Hart has been a certified and Licensed athletic trainer since 1997 with experience at the high school level, college, professional sports and clinic settings. Dr. Hart's research focus is in the area of neuromuscular consequences of joint injury, in particular neuromuscular factors that contribute to the progression of osteoarthritis following ACL reconstruction and factors that contribute to the low back pain recurrence.