Riann Palmieri-Smith

Associate Professor, Athletic Training
Adjunct Associate Professor, Movement Science
Director, Neuromuscular Research Laboratory
Associate Professor, Orthopedics


Dr. Palmieri-Smith is a certified athletic trainer whose primary research interest is aimed at understanding the neuromuscular consequences of joint injury. More specifically, she is interested in understanding the functional limitations and biomechanical adaptations that occur as a result of arthrogenic muscle inhibition (AMI) as well as the involvement of neural networks in initiating AMI. Dr. Palmieri-Smith is also interested in the role of traumatic knee injury in the development of degenerative joint disease.

Areas of interest

Neuromuscular consequences of joint injury relating to arthrogenic muscle inhibition; mechanisms of post-traumatic osteoarthritis.


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Course Course Title Credits Term Instructor
AT 115 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries 3 Winter Palmieri-Smith
Course Name RO: PrevCare Ath Inj
Course Level: Undergraduate
This course introduces clinical approaches to the prevention and treatment of injuries common to active lifestyles, including acute and overuse injuries. This class is designed to give a general overview of all aspects of athletic training.
Prerequisites: AT major or permission of instructor.
Component: LEC