Anthony Luke, MD, MPH
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San Francisco CA 94158
A major area of research I am working to develop is running injuries. I have also been expanding my clinical services to include RunSafe, a multi-disciplinary running injury prevention program, which we will enroll runners for injury surveillance and study of running injuries risk factors. The CHR for this study is being submitted and data should be able to be gathered this fall 2008. I was awarded a REAC grant to perform a MRI study on marathon runners, to better understand the effects of running on articular cartilage. This research was published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in 2010. This new MRI technology can be applied in other treatments for osteoarthritis that I perform, so that athletes and patients can be studied further to identify cartilage protective interventions. A future will study marathon runners with a history of meniscal problems. The Mount Zion Health Fund has supported a scholarship fund to provide this valuable service to underprivileged participants in order to help improve health. Media coverage for the program include the SF Chronicle and San Francisco Magazine.
My work as Director of the Human Performance Lab will also generate more research opportunities in the realms of biomechanics using an optical 10-camera system (VICON) and force plates. Exercise physiology testing with a metabolic cart (VO2 max testing) will also enable me to understand further on how to treat and train competitive athletes. I am supervising students who are conducting pilot studies in knee and ankle biomechanics, specifically in patients with patellar tendinopathy and ankle sprains.
Over the past three years, I have been developing my research program to incorporate injury prevention and activity promotion, especially in the adolescent population. Through my work with the San Francisco Unified School District through the UCSF PlaySafe program, there are many opportunities to study a high school population for both clinical sports medicine problems and activity promotion issues. I have recently received a grant from the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine that will allow use of a developed web-based survey to assess students in the United States, Canada and Switzerland, to better understand whether there are cultural issues affecting sports participation. At the present time, I have the heat injury prevention survey study which is approaching completion and will be submitted for publication. I will continue to build an infrastructure for research through the high school system in San Francisco, with hope to also study sports injury prevention. I am just completing a multi-center paper involving assessment of overscheduling concerns in youth sport.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound is an imaging modality which I intend to use for research purposes. I am co-investigator on a large research industry funded grant to examine rotator cuff repair patients. I will be scanning patient pre-surgery and with regular post-op visits.
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