Erin Futrell | Springfield College

Erin Futrell

Erin Futrell

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Contact Info


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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 610/611 Foundations of Physical Therapy Practice
  • PHTH 644/645, 671/672, 676/679  PT Mgmt of Patients with Musculoskeletal Conditions I, II, III
  • PHTH 640 Therapeutic Interventions
  • PHTH 726 Applied Research in Physical Therapy II
Certifications and Memberships
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Graston Technique
  • Blood Flow Restriction, Owens Recovery System

Selected Works


Karbowski S, Dawin T, Nadereski K, Futrell EE. (November 2020) Treatment model for patients with chronic low back pain with suspected central sensitization: A patient-derived systematic investigation. Presented online at: Regional Virtual Annual Conference, APTA CT, MA, NH, RI.

Futrell EE. (October 2019) Gait retraining and other interventions for injured runners. Presented at University of Rhode Island for the General Administration of Sports of China. Kingston, RI.

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 load rates 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.


Futrell EE, Roberts D, Toole E. The effects of intrinsic foot muscle strengthening on functional mobility in older adults: A systematic review. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2022;70(2):531-540. doi:10.1111/jgs.17541

Futrell EE, Gross KD, Mullineaux DR, Davis IS. Exerted running results in altered impact mechanics and footstrike patterns following gait retraining. Journal of Sports Sciences. 2021;39(11):1302-1311. doi:10.1080/02640414.2020.1868089

Futrell EE, Gross KD, Reisman D, Mullineaux DR, Davis IS. Transition to forefoot strike reduces load rates more effectively than altered cadence. Journal of Sport and Health Science. 2020;9(3):248-257. doi:10.1016/j.jshs.2019.07.006

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;27(1):339-55.