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Liz practices physical therapy at the UW Health Sports Rehabilitation Clinic. Liz has a special interest in helping moms return to running following childbirth and uses her training in ultrasound imaging to retrain the abdominal muscles following childbirth. She also has an interest in sports related concussions and is the co-coordinator of the UW Sports Rehabilitation Active Moms and Concussion clinics. She is licensed by the state of Wisconsin for physical therapy. Liz sees patients upon referral and through Physical Therapy Direct Access (self referral).


Liz holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with her dissertation focus on understanding the mechanisms of hamstring strain injuries in sprinting athletes and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



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Professional Certifications and Education

Education University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Iowa State University, Ames, IA

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Liz has a research interest regarding how the abdominal muscles recover post-pregnancy and how this relates to running biomechanics. She also has an interest in developing rehabilitation programs using ultrasound imaging as biofeedback to help with retraining of the abdominal muscles following pregnancy. Liz also has a research interest regarding the timing of rehabilitation following sports related-concussions.

PubMed Articles
Blyholder L Chumanov E Carr K Heiderscheit B Exercise Behaviors and Health Conditions of Runners After Childbirth. Sports Health . 2017 Jan Feb;9(1):45-51
[PubMed ID: 27742879]
Fiorentino NM Rehorn MR Chumanov ES Thelen DG Blemker SS Computational models predict larger muscle tissue strains at faster sprinting speeds. Med Sci Sports Exerc . 2014 Apr;46(4):776-86
[PubMed ID: 24145724]
Lenhart RL Thelen DG Wille CM Chumanov ES Heiderscheit BC Increasing running step rate reduces patellofemoral joint forces. Med Sci Sports Exerc . 2014 Mar;46(3):557-64
[PubMed ID: 23917470]
Tolly B Chumanov E Brooks A Ground reaction forces and osteogenic index of the sport of cyclocross. J Sports Sci . 2014;32(14):1365-73
[PubMed ID: 24669907]
Thein-Nissenbaum JM Thompson EF Chumanov ES Heiderscheit BC Low back and hip pain in a postpartum runner: applying ultrasound imaging and running analysis. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther . 2012 Jul;42(7):615-24
[PubMed ID: 22446476]
Chumanov ES Wille CM Michalski MP Heiderscheit BC Changes in muscle activation patterns when running step rate is increased. Gait Posture . 2012 Jun;36(2):231-5
[PubMed ID: 22424758]
Chumanov ES Schache AG Heiderscheit BC Thelen DG Hamstrings are most susceptible to injury during the late swing phase of sprinting. Br J Sports Med . 2012 Feb;46(2):90
[PubMed ID: 21727236]
Chumanov ES Heiderscheit BC Thelen DG Hamstring musculotendon dynamics during stance and swing phases of high-speed running. Med Sci Sports Exerc . 2011 Mar;43(3):525-32
[PubMed ID: 20689454]
Heiderscheit BC Chumanov ES Michalski MP Wille CM Ryan MB Effects of step rate manipulation on joint mechanics during running. Med Sci Sports Exerc . 2011 Feb;43(2):296-302
[PubMed ID: 20581720]
Wall-Scheffler CM Chumanov E Steudel-Numbers K Heiderscheit B Electromyography activity across gait and incline: The impact of muscular activity on human morphology. Am J Phys Anthropol . 2010 Dec;143(4):601-11
[PubMed ID: 20623603]
Chumanov ES Remy CD Thelen DG Computational techniques for using insole pressure sensors to analyse three-dimensional joint kinetics. Comput Methods Biomech Biomed Engin . 2010 Oct;13(5):505-14
[PubMed ID: 20521187]
Heiderscheit BC Sherry MA Silder A Chumanov ES Thelen DG Hamstring strain injuries: recommendations for diagnosis, rehabilitation, and injury prevention. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther . 2010 Feb;40(2):67-81
[PubMed ID: 20118524]
Chumanov ES Wall-Scheffler C Heiderscheit BC Gender differences in walking and running on level and inclined surfaces. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon) . 2008 Dec;23(10):1260-8
[PubMed ID: 18774631]
Chumanov ES Heiderscheit BC Thelen DG The effect of speed and influence of individual muscles on hamstring mechanics during the swing phase of sprinting. J Biomech . 2007;40(16):3555-62
[PubMed ID: 17659291]
Thelen DG Chumanov ES Sherry MA Heiderscheit BC Neuromusculoskeletal models provide insights into the mechanisms and rehabilitation of hamstring strains. Exerc Sport Sci Rev . 2006 Jul;34(3):135-41
[PubMed ID: 16829741]
Heiderscheit BC Hoerth DM Chumanov ES Swanson SC Thelen BJ Thelen DG Identifying the time of occurrence of a hamstring strain injury during treadmill running: a case study. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon) . 2005 Dec;20(10):1072-8
[PubMed ID: 16137810]
Thelen DG Chumanov ES Best TM Swanson SC Heiderscheit BC Simulation of biceps femoris musculotendon mechanics during the swing phase of sprinting. Med Sci Sports Exerc . 2005 Nov;37(11):1931-8
[PubMed ID: 16286864]
Thelen DG Chumanov ES Hoerth DM Best TM Swanson SC Li L Young M Heiderscheit BC Hamstring muscle kinematics during treadmill sprinting. Med Sci Sports Exerc . 2005 Jan;37(1):108-14
[PubMed ID: 15632676]