Riann Palmieri-Smith


Dr. Riann Palmieri-Smith is an associate professor of Athletic Training, adjunct associate professor of Movement Science, and director of the Orthopaedic Rehabilitation and Biomechanics (ORB) Laboratory at the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology. She also serves as program chair for Athletic Training. Dr. Palmieri-Smith ​completed her PhD in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training at the University of Virginia and is a certified athletic trainer.

Dr. Palmieri-Smith researches the neuromuscular consequences of joint injury, including functional limitations and biomechanical adaptations resulting from arthrogenic muscle inhibition (AMI), and the neural networks in initiating AMI. She is also interested in the role of traumatic knee injury in the development of degenerative joint disease.

She has published nearly 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, and the International Journal of Neuroscience. She has given more than 80 presentations for organizations like National Athletic Trainers’ Association, International Ankle Symposium, and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Convention. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, and Sports Health: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach. She has also reviewed manuscripts for American Journal of Sports Medicine, Ergonomics, and Muscle and Nerve.

Dr. Palmieri-Smith has received more than $3 million in grant funding from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, National Athletic Trainers’ Research & Education Foundation, and the National Football League. She has also received multiple awards for her work, including the New Investigator Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Research & Education Foundation. She earned Fellow status in the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) in 2017.


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
AT 375 Pathophysiology for the Allied Health Professions 2 Fall, Winter Palmieri-Smith
Course Name RO: Path Allied Hlt Prof
Course Level: Undergraduate
This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for disease processes.
Prerequisites: Advisory Prerequisite: AT/HF 220
Component: LEC