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  • Doctor of Philosophy, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, Mass., 2018
  • Master of Physical Therapy, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga., 2007
  • Bachelor of Science, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga., 2004

Erin Futrell has been a physical therapist since 2007 and a board-certified specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy since 2010. She has practiced clinically in Atlanta, Ga., and Boston, Mass. Her doctoral dissertation work regarded impact-reducing gait retraining methods for runners, and was conducted at The Spaulding National Running Center in Cambridge, Mass., under the mentorship of founding director Irene Davis, PT, PhD. Futrell is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. She has published and presented research regarding running gait retraining interventions. She continues to research clinical interventions related to running gait retraining and intrinsic foot muscle strengthening in running and non-running populations.

Research Interests

  • Gait retraining for the rehabilitation of injured runners
  • Intrinsic foot muscle strength and its role in foot posture

Courses Taught

  • PHTH 644 and 672 Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Musculoskeletal Conditions I & II
  • PHTH 639 Foundations of Physical Therapy Practice II: Therapeutic Agents
  • PHTH 640 Foundations of Physical Therapy Practice III: Health Promotion, Wellness and Exercise Principles
  • PHTH 726 Applied Research in Physical Therapy II

Certifications and Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association, Massachusetts Chapter, Orthopaedic Section
  • American College of Sports Medicine

Selected Works

Presentations

Futrell, EE. (October 2018) Treatment strategies for the injured runner. Presented at the APTA of MA Annual Conference, Norwood, MA.

Futrell, EE. (October 2018) Treatment strategies for the injured runner. Presented at the APTA of MA Annual Conference, Norwood, MA. Futrell, EE, Davis, IS. (July 2018) Forefoot striking is more effective in reducing loadrates than increasing cadence in runners. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Specialist, Boston, MA.

Futrell, EE, Gross, KD, Reisman, DS, Davis, IS. (February 2018) Short-and Long-Term Effects of Forefoot Strike and Increased Cadence Gait Retraining Methods on Impact Loads in Runners. Orthopaedic Section Platform Presentation, presented by Irene Davis, American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Futrell, EE, Gross, KD, Reisman, DS, Davis, IS. (May 2017) A Comparison of the Effect of Forefoot Striking and Cadence on Vertical Load Rates. Abstract and poster presented at annual meeting of American College of Sports Medicine, Denver,CO.

Futrell, EE. (April 2017) Effects of Gait Retraining when used in training and rehabilitation. Presented at the American Medical Athletic Association’s 46th annual Sports Medicine Symposium at the Boston Marathon, Boston, MA.

Futrell, EE, Jamison, ST, Tenforde, AS, Davis, IS. (May 2016) Relationships between Natural Cadence and Vertical Load Rates in Injured and Healthy Runners. Abstract and poster presented at annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Boston, MA.

Ruder, MC, Atimetin, P, Futrell, EE, Davis, IS. (May 2015). Effect of Highly Cushioned Shoes on Ground Reaction Forces during Running. Abstract and poster presented at annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, San Diego, CA.

Publications

Futrell EE, Jamison ST, Tenforde AS, Davis IS. Relationships between Habitual Cadence, Footstrike, and Vertical Load Rates in Runners: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2018;50(9):1837-1841.

Davis, IS, Futrell, EE. Gait Retraining: Altering the Fingerprint of Gait. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America. 2016;Feb;27(1):339-55.