Academic Title

Clinical Professor, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Research Interests
  • Anatomy
  • Biomechanics
  • Musculoskeletal Clinical Measures
  • Physical Therapy
  • Running-Related Injury
  • Sports Medicine
Research Summary

My interests reside in the area of running-related injury prediction and prevention, the use and/or misuse of simple clinical measures and their potential over application across varied populations and promoting undergraduate independent research. We have an ongoing investigation utilizing our 3-D Gait image capture system, Cybex isokinetic strength data and musculoskeletal clinical measures looking at their relationship to injury across collegiate distance runners. We have published a study looking at hip external and internal rotation differences between male and female collegiate distance runners and non runners. We have an abstract published on the clinical measure of straight leg raise and how it varies by lumbar spine position. A recent undergraduate directed study student of mine, a SHS 2019 graduate, was awarded the prestigious Undergraduate Researcher of The Year for the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine for her investigation titled “ Club Figure Skater Lower Extremity Physical Performance in and out of Skates”.

  • M.H.S., Orthopedic Health Science, University of Indianapolis
  • B.S., Physical Therapy, Northeastern University
  • S.C.S., Board-Certified Sports Physical Therapist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
  • C.S.C.S., Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association
Areas of Expertise
  • Clinical Measures as Injury Predictors
  • Musculoskelatal Clinical Biomechanics
  • Running Injury Prediction and Prevention
  • Variability of Clinical Measures Within Specific Athletic Populations
Recent Publications

PUBLICATIONS (Peer Reviewed Manuscripts):

Thistle, T. N., Cannon, A., and Gallagher, J. A. ( 2020). Pressure Distribution Across the Handle of an Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Tool. ASME. J. Med. Devices. June 2020; 14(2): 024501.

Cannon A, Finn K, and Yan Z. (2018). Comparison of hip internal and external rotation between intercollegiate distance runners and non-running college students. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 13(6), 956-962.

PUBLICATIONS (Peer Reviewed Abstracts):

Campbell, E, Cannon, A, and Finn, K. (2018). Effects of Lumbar Spine Position on Hamstring During Passive Straight Leg Raise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 50 (5) Supplement.


Cannon, A., Boyd, A. Student Athlete Self Report Survey for Injury Prevention and CLinical Intervention. New England Regional ACSM Conference. Providence, RI. November, 2020.

Cannon, A. Preventing your Athlete from Becoming a Lumbar Spine Patient. New England Regional ACSM Conference. Providence, RI. November, 2019.

Cannon, A., Finn, K., Yan, Z. Comparison of hip internal and external rotation between intercollegiate distance division II runners and non-running college students. New England Regional ACSM Conference. Providence, RI. November, 2015.

Cannon, A., Running injuries: predictors, interventions. 19th Annual Boston Sports Medicine Symposium. October 2014

Cannon, A, Finn, K. The relationship between gait biomechanics, selected lower extremity strength, static lower extremity measures and injury history in division II collegiate middle to long distance runners, International Calgary Running Symposium. Calgary. August, 2014.