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Chris Kuenze - Michigan State University. Lansing, MI, US

Chris Kuenze Chris Kuenze

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology | Michigan State University


Chris Kuenze is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and a clinical professor in the Department of Orthopedics.


Chris Kuenze's primary research interests include characterizing and improving physical activity participation patterns among adolescent and young adult patients with a sports-related knee injury with the goals of reducing ACL re-injury risk and promoting positive long-term patient outcomes. In addition, Kuenze is working to develop low-cost mobile technologies to assist in the promotion of physical activity participation following knee joint injury.

Kuenze is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and a clinical professor in the Department of Orthopedics at Michigan State University. He also serves as the director of the Sports Injury Research Laboratory.

Areas of Expertise (8)

Sports Medicine

Physical Activity


Sports Injury

Athletic Training

ACL Reconstruction

Quadriceps Neuromuscular Function

Orthopedic Injury

Education (3)

University of Virginia: PhD, Sport Medicine 2013

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: MA, Athletic Training 2009

Boston University: BS, Athletic Training 2007

Journal Articles (4)

Sex differences in physical activity engagement after ACL reconstruction

Physical Therapy in Sport

Christopher Kuenze, Caroline Lisee, Karin A. Pfeiffer, Lisa Cadmus-Bertram, Eric G. Post, Kevin Biese, David R. Bell

2019 To investigate the effects of sex as an effect modifier of objectively measured moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in individuals following ACLR and healthy controls.

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Perceptions of Rehabilitation and Return to Sport Among High School Athletes With Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Qualitative Research Study

Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy

DiSanti J, Lisee C, Erickson K, Bell DR, Shingles M, Kuenze C

2018 Adolescent athletes struggle to return to sport following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) for physical and psychosocial reasons. The ability to integrate contextual evidence obtained directly from patients with the growing body of quantitative rehabilitation research may aid clinicians in taking an evidence-based approach to rehabilitation and return to sport within the adolescent population.

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Relationship Between Physical Activity and Clinical Outcomes After ACL Reconstruction

Journal of Sport Rehabilitation

Christopher Kuenze, Lisa Cadmus-Bertram, Karin Pfieffer, Stephanie Trigsted, Dane Cook, Caroline Lisee and David Bell

2017 Context: Reductions in objectively measured moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) have been reported among individuals with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR). Self-reported measures of physical activity are commonly used to assess participation in physical activity after ACLR despite the lack of evidence to support the validity of such measures within this population. Objective: The objective of this research was to determine the relationships between objectively measured MVPA, self-reported physical activity, and knee function among individuals with ACLR. Setting: University laboratory. Patients (or Other Participants): Thirty-one participants with a history of ACLR (sex: 23 females and 8 males; age = 19.8 [1.4] y) and 31 matched controls (sex: 23 females and 8 males; age = 20.6 [1.7] y) enrolled in this study. Intervention(s): None. Main Outcome Measures: Participants completed self-reported physical activity using the Tegner Activity Scale and the Marx Activity Rating Scale. Participant MVPA was objectively measured using an ActiGraph wGT3X-BT accelerometer for a 7-day period during which the monitor was worn for not less than 10 hours per day. Primary outcome measures were the amount of time spent in MVPA (minutes per week) and time spent in MVPA performed in bouts of ≥10 minutes (minutes per week). Relationships between the Tegner Activity Score, Marx Activity Rating Scale, and objectively measured MVPA variables were assessed using partial Spearman’s rank correlation coefficients after controlling for activity monitor wear time. Results: There were no significant relationships between objectively measured MVPA and self-reported physical activity (ρ ≤ 0.31, P ≥ .05) or self-reported knee-related function (ρ ≤ .41, P ≥ .05) among ACLR participants. Conclusions: Objectively measured physical activity is not significantly related to self-reported physical activity or self-reported knee function among individuals with a history of ACLR. Consideration of objective and self-reported physical activity within this population may provide key insights into disconnects between perception and the reality of physical activity engagement following ACLR.

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Objectively Measured Physical Activity in Patients After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

The American Journal of Sports Medicine

Bell DR, Pfeiffer KP, Cadmus-Bertram L, Hart JM, Kelly AR, Trigsted SM, Post EG, Dunn WR, Kuenze CM

2017 Returning to a healthy level of physical activity is among the most commonly discussed clinical goals for patients recovering from anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR). However, physical activity has not been objectively measured in this population.

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