Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery
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Dr. Pietrosimone’s research focuses on lower extremity biomechanics and physical activity in orthopedic and sports medicine populations. Specifically, her work seeks to advance translational science by developing innovative rehabilitation strategies that address the lasting consequences of orthopedic injury to promote joint health and optimize patient quality of life.



Developing a Novel Clinical Care Model for Chronic Patellar Tendinopathy Utilizing Whole-Person Healthcare

Research Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2023 - 2028



Selected Publications

Repeatability of Rotational 3-D Shear Wave Elasticity Imaging Measurements in Skeletal Muscle.

Journal Article Ultrasound Med Biol · March 2023Shear wave elasticity imaging (SWEI) usually assumes an isotropic material; however, skeletal muscle is typically modeled as a transversely isotropic material with independent shear wave speeds in the directions along and across the muscle fibers. To captu ...Full textLink to itemCite

Parametric Analysis of SV Mode Shear Waves in Transversely Isotropic Materials Using Ultrasonic Rotational 3-D SWEI.

Journal Article Ieee Trans Ultrason Ferroelectr Freq Control · November 2022Ultrasonic rotational 3-D shear wave elasticity imaging (SWEI) has been used to induce and evaluate multiple shear wave modes, including both the shear horizontal (SH) and shear vertical (SV) modes in in vivo muscle. Observations of both the SH and SV mode ...Full textLink to itemCite

Differences in Biomechanical Loading Magnitude During a Landing Task in Male Athletes With and Those Without Patellar Tendinopathy

Journal Article Journal of Athletic Training · November 1, 2022Context: Researchers have not established if overloading or underloading movement profiles are present in symptomatic and asymptomatic athletes with patellar tendon structural abnormality (PTA) compared with healthy athletes. Objective: To compare involved ...Full textCite

Research Opportunities

If you are interested in joining the Pietrosimone Lab team, contact laura.pietrosimone@duke.edu

News and Events

  • 2022: Duke Sports Medicine Research Day (June 22, 2022): Best Scientific Research Presentation (PI) (Sports Physical Therapy Fellow and 1st Author: Tommy Otley)
  • 2020: Kevin Shea Award, Best Scientific Poster: Gregory B, Magill J, Myers H, Pietrosimone L, Le D, Reinke E, Riboh J, Graft Choice in Young Active Patients- Use of Quadriceps Tendon Autograft Increased Likelihood of Meeting Return to Play Criteria at 6 Months Post Surgery. Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRiSM), Phoenix, AZ January 2020.
  • 2019: Duke Sports Medicine Research Day (June 14, 2019): Best Basic Science Abstract (PI) (Sports Physical Therapy Fellow and 1st Author: Christopher LeFever)
  • 2017-2018: Foundation for Physical Therapy, American Physical Therapy Association, PODS II Scholarship Recipient
  • 2017: Louis & Eleanor Duquette Scholarship, Human Movement Science Curriculum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC