UF Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation research

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Message from the vice chair of research

Heather Vincent, Ph.D., FACSM

We are advancing the field of Physiatry through discovery of new methods to increase and preserve physical and psychological function, to increase efficiency of physiatric care delivery and attain high quality of life. Our faculty are exploring new ways to help individuals successfully navigate the life challenges of acute injury, chronic injury or chronic conditions though rehabilitation, combined medical approaches and patient-focused programs.


Resident Research Accomplishments

Published Research

  • Dr. Fryar: “Orthobiologic Treatment of Throwing Related Injuries in Sport: A Focused Review of the Published Literature.” Curr Sports Med Rep. 2023; 22(6):199-203
  • Dr. Fryar: “A Research and Clinical Framework for Understanding Achilles Injury in Female Collegiate Gymnasts.” Curr Sports Med Reports, 2023, 22(7):260-267
  • Dr. Conic: “Sex-specific differences in the efficacy of traditional low frequency versus high frequency spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain” Bioelectron Med. 2022, 28(1):8.


  • Dr. Patel: “Case report: endoscopic decompression for lumbar stenosis resulting in 75% pain relief”. ASPN conference, July 2023.
  • Drs. Drozda, Thompson: “Low Back Pain Induced Biomechanical Effects on Running Motion, A Case Controlled Comparative Study.” ACSM highlighted poster session, June 2023. Invited presentation.
  • Dr. Thompson: “Functional tests and LESS score differences in lacrosse players of different age brackets: Implications for injury prevention.” ACSM, June 2023.
  • Dr. Madsen: “Leg stiffness features in runners with single and multiple stress fracture histories.” ACSM highlighted poster session, June 2023. ACSM highlighted poster session, Invited presentation

SCope of research


Research services

Our team collaborates extensively with colleagues in several departments in the College of Medicine, the University, and other institutions on grant applications and funded projects that measure fitness, physical function, exercise capacity, body composition and gait in children and adults.

PM&R Research LAbS


Exercise Medicine & Functional Fitness Laboratory

The UF Physical Medicine in the Exercise Medicine and Functional Fitness Laboratory is committed to performing highly impactful rigorous research to improve patient functional capacity and quality of life across the age and ability spectrum. Through multidisciplinary research teams, we employ a combination of epidemiological, clinical, laboratory and community engagement approaches to develop new therapeutics and injury prevention programs. Our research extends into musculoskeletal health and disease, sports medicine, spine and multi-joint pain, inpatient rehabilitation, stroke and traumatic brain injury.



Translational Research in Assessment and Intervention Lab