Lindsay DiStefano is a Department Head and Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, with a joint appointment in the Department of Orthopaedics at UCONN. Dr. DiStefano is active with conducting research to determine the best ways to promote physical literacy and reduce the risk of youth sports-related injuries in children. She is currently working to identify screening tools for physical literacy, understand the influence of sport sampling and sport specialization on youth athlete development, and disseminate best practices for sport injury prevention.
Areas of Expertise (8)
Anterior Cruciate Ligament
University of North Carolina: Ph.D., Human Movement Science 2009
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill: M.A., Exercise of Sport Science 2005
Boston University: B.A., Athletic Training 2003
Media Appearances (2)
How Tennis Star Reilly Opelka Bounced Back From Injury
Wall Street journal online
Standing nearly seven feet tall, Reilly Opelka towers over most NBA stars. He has eight inches on Steph Curry and three inches on LeBron James. But he prefers to serve balls, not dunk them. The 21-year-old rising tennis star is the tallest player ever in the ATP Top 100 and he’s determined to shatter the notion that big guys can’t win big tournaments.
Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class
New York Times online
Sit still. It’s the mantra of every classroom. But that is changing as evidence builds that taking brief activity breaks during the day helps children learn and be more attentive in class, and a growing number of programs designed to promote movement are being adopted in schools.
No shortage of disagreement between biomechanical and clinical hop symmetry after anterior cruciate ligament reconstructionClinical Biomechanics
2019 Evaluating average performance on functional hop tasks can potentially overestimate physical function, as it masks variability present within individual trials and may lead to clinician oversight regarding the overall movement quality. The purpose was to evaluate the trial-by-trial agreement between hop-distance symmetry and knee biomechanics (knee flexion angle, knee extension moment) to reveal the full extent of agreement between these measures.
Learned Helplessness After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: An Altered Neurocognitive State?Sports Medicine
2019 Traumatic knee injuries, such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprains, have detrimental effects on long-term health as they initiate a cycle of chronic pain, physical inactivity, and disability. Alterations in strength and neural activity are factors that contribute to rehabilitation failure after ACL reconstruction (ACLR); however, psychological deficits also hinder rehabilitative success.
The socioecological framework: A multifaceted approach to preventing sport-related deaths in high school sportsJournal of Athletic Training
2019 The socioecological framework is a multilevel conceptualization of health that includes intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational, environmental, and public policy factors. The socioecological framework emphasizes multiple levels of influence and supports the idea that behaviors both affect and are affected by various contexts. At present, the sports medicine community’s understanding and application of the socioecological framework are limited. In this article, we use the socioecological framework to describe potential avenues for interventions to reduce sport-related deaths among adolescent participants.
Heat Exposure and Hypohydration Exacerbate Physiological Strain During Load CarryingJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
2019 Heat exposure and hypohydration exacerbate physiological strain during load carrying. J Strength Cond Res 33(3): 727-735, 2019-Heat exposure and hypohydration induce physiological and psychological strain during exercise; however, it is unknown if the separate effects of heat exposure and hypohydration are synergistic when co-occurring during loaded exercise.
Application of a preventive training program implementation framework to youth soccer and basketball organizationsJournal of Athletic Training
2019 Preventive training programs (PTPs) can reduce injury rates and improve neuromuscular control and sport performance. However, PTPs must be implemented correctly and consistently over time for athletes to benefit. Coaches represent the best long-term option for implementing PTPs. Youth athletes are at the optimal age for developing good habits before maturation. Although frameworks have been proposed to guide implementation efforts, little is known regarding the feasibility and real-world context of PTP implementation at the youth sport level.