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David Ortiz-Weissberg, MScPO

Research Interests

Musculoskeletal pathologies frequently result in impaired function and reduced quality of life. My research interests are in the mechanisms by which the motor and sensory systems adjust to such pathologies. My current work aims to characterize the multi-system adaptations induced by Achilles tendon degeneration and their relation to biomarkers of disease progression, such as symptom development and the state of the structural morphology. This work will provide insight into the capability of the human body to adapt to musculoskeletal pathologies, will identify the mechanisms by which these modifications occur, and will allow for improved diagnostic procedures and rehabilitation programs.

 

 


Contact

Office Phone: (323) 442-2089

Email: ortizdav@usc.edu

Office: Center for Health Professionals (CHP), G12


Education

  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, MSc Prosthetics and Orthotics, 2015
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, BSc Rehabilitation Science, 2013

Abstracts

  • Ortiz DW, Laine CM, Shih HJS, Yamaguchi AC, Kulig K. (2020). Influences of Continuous Physical Activity on Muscle Recruitment: Findings from Rate-Controlled Sauté Jumps in Dancers. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting. Denver, CO, USA. Poster.
  • Ortiz D, Shih HJS, Yamaguchi AC, Kulig K. (2019). Exertion due to dance creates phase-specific alterations of interlimb force coordination. XXVII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics/43rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics. Calgary AB, Canada.
  • Fietzer AL, Ortiz D, Kulig K. (2019). Between-limb symmetry in movement variability structure in healthy individuals hopping. XXVII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics/43rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics. Calgary AB Canada, 2019.

Publications

  • Kulig K, Chang Y-J, Ortiz-Weissberg D. (2020). A Perspective on Reversibility of Tendinosis-Induced Multi-Level Adaptations. Front. Physiol. Epub ahead of print. doi:10.3389/fphys.2020.00651

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