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George Mason University
Science and Technology Campus
Katherine G. Johnson Hall 201F
10890 George Mason Circle
MS 4E5
Manassas, VA 20110


Dr. Ambegaonkar is a certified athletic trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and occupational therapist.

He is the founding co-director of the Sports Medicine Assessment Research and Testing (SMART) laboratory at George Mason University, and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS). He also leads the SHARE (Supporting Healthy Arts Research) Consortium - a Vibrant multi-institutional and multi-center collaborative consortium with the overarching vision of improving dancer and performing artists’ health. Furthermore, he has co-founded the SADMSA (South Asian Dance Medicine & Science Association) to help improve the health, wellbeing and fitness of South Asian dancers.

His work focuses on

  1. Promoting Health Related Quality of Life in individuals across the lifespan.
  2. Understanding Lower Body injury Risk Factors
  3. Decreasing Injury Risk and improving performance in the physically active and performing artists and dancers


In the area of performing arts  - his research vision can be summarized as “Arts for Health, Health for Artists.” 

  • In children, using biosensors, he examines how dancing can positively address the childhood obesity epidemic
  • In adult dancers, he uses preventative screenings and epidemiological methods to examine injury risk factors and ways to improve artistic performance
  • In older adults, he is examining how implementing arts (dance and music) engagement programs can reduce falls risk, and positively address social isolation issues.

Dr. Ambegaonkar has published over 50 articles in multiple journals, and has presented his research at nationally and internationally. He serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Athletic Training, The Journal of Dance Medicine & Science and the Journal Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, and reviews articles for over 16 different journals.

Research Interests

Dancers | Performing Artists | Health-related Quality of Life | Physical Activity | Lower Body Injury | Biosensors | Injury Epidemiology | Concussions |

Recent Publications

  1. Kerr Z., Cortes, N., Ambegaonkar, J. P., Caswell, A. M, Prebble, M., Hallsmith, K. R., & Caswell, S.V. (In Press) The epidemiology of injuries in middle school football, 2015-2017: The ACHIEVES Advancing Healthcare Initiatives for Underserved Students Project American Journal of Sports Medicine
  2. Aquino J, Amasay T. & Ambegaonkar, J.P., (In Press) Lower extremity biomechanics and muscle activity differ between “new” and “dead” pointe shoes in professional ballet dancers Sports Biomechanics Jan 31:1-12. doi: 10.1080/14763141.2018.1561931
  3. Ambegaonkar J.P., Pierce C, Cortes N, Marttinen R, Matto H, & Caswell SV (2018)  Physical activity and enjoyment during dance focused physical education classes in middle school girls International Journal of Physical Education 55(4), 23–34
  4. Ambegaonkar, J.P., Caswell, S. V. Cortes, N. & Wyon, M. (2018) Single Leg Hop distance but not Vertical jump height predicts injury incidence in female collegiate dancers Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 32(7):2018-2024
  5. Hansberger BL, Slater L, Hart JM, & Ambegaonkar, J.P., (2018) Peak lower extremity landing kinematics in dancers and non-dancers Journal of Athletic Training 53(4):379-385
  6. Ambegaonkar, J.P., Caswell, S. V. & Cortes, N. (2018) Lower extremity horizontal work, vertical power, and balance are related, but only horizontal work predicts balance in female collegiate dancers Journal of Dance Medicine & Science 15;22(2):75-80
  7. Nolton, E A. & Ambegaonkar, J.P., (2018) Recognizing and managing snapping hip syndrome in dancers to decrease the risk of concomitant issues Medical Problems of Performing Artists 33(4) 286-291
  8. Fauntroy V., Fyock M, Hansen-Honeycutt J, & Ambegaonkar JP (In Press) Using the selective functional movement assessment (SFMA) to evaluate dancers’ functional limitations and dysfunctions: a critical appraisal of the topic Journal of Sports Rehabilitation 10.1123/jsr.2018-0054
  9. Popovic T., Caswell S, Benjaminse, A, Siragy, T., Ambegaonkar, J.P., & Cortes, N.  (2018) Effects of reduced relative implicit and explicit feedback on lower extremity jump-landing mechanics: a preliminary analysis Journal of Experimental Orthopedics
  10. Estep, A., Morrison, S., Caswell S.V., Ambegaonkar, J.P., & Cortes, N. (2018) Differences in the pattern of variability for lower extremity kinematics between walking and running Gait & Posture 60:111-115.
  11. Hallsmith KE, Ambegaonkar J.P., Caswell A.M., Cortes N, Parham C, Kerr, Z., Broshek, D., & Caswell S.V. (2018) School Teachers and Administrators differ in their perceptions of concussions, management, and implementation of return-to-learn (RTL) guidelines Journal of School Health 88(11):813-820.
  12. Kerr Z., Cortes, N, Caswell, A. M., Ambegaonkar, J. P., Hallsmith, K. R., Milbert, F. & Caswell, S.V. (2017) Concussion rates in United States middle school athletes American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 53(6) 914-918
  13. Ambegaonkar, J. P (2017) Weight training for South Asian Dancers, Loud Applause, May
  14. Ambegaonkar, J.P., Cortes, N., Caswell, S.V., Ambegaonkar, G.P., & Wyon, M. (2016) Lower extremity hypermobility, but not core muscle endurance influences balance in female collegiate dancers. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 11(2), 220-229
  15. James, J., Ambegaonkar, J. P., Caswell, S. V., Onate, J., & Cortes, N., (2016) Analyses of landing mechanics in Division I athletes using the landing error scoring system. Sports Health 8(2) 182-86
  16. Shimokochi, Y., Ambegaonkar, J. P., & Meyer E., (2016) Changing sagittal plane body positions influences tibiofemoral forces and noncontact anterior cruciate ligament injury risk during single-leg landing. Journal of Athletic Training 51(9) 669-681
  17. Caswell S.V., Ausborn A., Diao G., Johnson D.C., Johnson T.S., Atkins R., Ambegaonkar J.P., & Cortes N. (2016) Anthropometrics, physical performance, and injury characteristics of youth American football. Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine 4(8) doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2016.08.084
  18. Ambegaonkar, J.P. Mettinger, L., Burtt, A., Caswell, S.V., Ambegaonkar, S. J. & Cortes, N. Hip strength, balance, and risk of ACL injury (2015) Lower Extremity Review, June, 51-61.
  19. Caswell, S. V., Cortes, N., Chabolla, M., Ambegaonkar, J. P., Caswell, A.M., & Brenner, J., (2015) Preparticipation physical evaluation policies and cardiovascular screening differ among states. Pediatrics 135(1) 26-32.
  20. Ambegaonkar, J. P., Caswell, A. M., Kenworthy, K., Cortes, N. & Caswell, S. V., (2014) Lumbar lordosis in female collegiate gymnasts and dancers Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 29(4) 189-92
  21. Ambegaonkar, J. P., (2014) Encouraging upper body fitness training for dancers, (2014) The IADMS Bulletin for Teachers, 5(1) 11-12
  22. Cortes, N., Porter, L.D., Ambegaonkar, J.P., & Caswell, S. (2014). Postural stability does not differ among female sports with high risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 29(4) 216-20.
  23. McCabe T.R., Ambegaonkar J. P., Wyon M, Redding E. (2014) Extension Neck Injury in Female DanceSport Competitors International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy. 19(3) 32-36
  24. McCabe T.R., Ambegaonkar J. P., Redding E., Wyon M, (2014) Fit to dance survey: A comparison with DanceSport injuries. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 29(2) 102-110.
  25. Ambegaonkar, J.P. Mettinger, L., Burtt, A., Caswell, S.V., & Cortes, N. (2014) Relationships among core endurance, hip strength, and balance in collegiate female athletes. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy 9(5) 605-16
  26. Cortes, N., Greska, E., Ambegaonkar J.P., Kollock, R.O., Caswell, S.V., & Onate, J. A. (2014) Knee kinematics is altered post-fatigue while performing a crossover task. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy 22(9) 2202-8
  27. Caswell, S. V., York, M., Ambegaonkar, J. P., & Cortes, (2014) Neck strengthening and concussion risk reduction in youth sport International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy 19(6) 22-27
  28. Ambegaonkar, J. P., Caswell, S. V., Winchester, J., Shimokochi, Y., Cortes, N., & Caswell, A. M. (2013) Balance comparisons between female dancers and active non-dancers. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport 84(1) 24-29.
  29. McCabe T.R., Wyon M, Ambegaonkar J. P., Redding E. (2013) A bibliographic review of medicine and science research in DanceSport. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 28(2) 70-79.
  30. Cortes, N. C., Greska, E., Kollock, R., Ambegaonkar, J. P. & Onate J. (2013) Changes in lower extremity biomechanics due to a short-term fatigue protocol. Journal of Athletic Training 48(3) 306-13.
  31. Shimokochi, Y., Ambegaonkar, J. P., Lee, S. Y., Meyer E., & Shultz, S. J. (2013) Changing sagittal plane body position during single-leg landings influences the risk of non-contact anterior cruciate ligament injury Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy 21(4) 888-97.
  32. Gordon, A., Ambegaonkar, J. P. & Caswell S.V. (2013) Relationships among core strength, hip external rotator muscle strength, and star excursion balance test scores in female lacrosse players. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy 8(2) 97-104.
  33. Ambegaonkar, J. P., Cortes, N., & Ambegaonkar, S. J. (2012) Ankle braces and athletic performance, Lower Extremity Review, June, 51-61.
  34. Krasnow, D., Ambegaonkar, J. P., Wilmerding, G., Stecyk, S., Koutedakis, Y. & Wyon, M., (2012) Electromyographic comparison of grand battement devant at the barre, in the center, and traveling. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 27(3) 143-156.
  35. Rickman, A., Ambegaonkar, J. P., & Cortes, N. (2012) Core stability and injuries: implications for dancers. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 27(3) 159-165.
  36. Ambegaonkar, J. P., Caswell, S. V., Winchester, J. B., Caswell, A. M. & Andre, M. (2012) Upper-body muscular endurance in female university-level modern dancers: a pilot study. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. 16(1) 3-7.
  37. Bowles, C., Ambegaonkar, J. P., Cortes, N., & Caswell S. V. (2012) Footwear for distance runners: The minimalism trend. International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy. 17(4) 14-18.
  38. Ambegaonkar, J. P., Caswell, S. V., & Caswell, A. M. (2012) Relationships of approved clinical instructors’ evaluations of athletic training student clinical performance and grade point average. Athletic Training Education Journal 7(4) 152-56.
  39. Jones, M. T., Ambegaonkar, J. P., Nindl, B. C., Smith, J., & Headley, S. A. (2012) Effects of unilateral and bilateral lower-body heavy resistance exercise on muscle activity and testosterone responses. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 26(4) 1094-1100.
  40. Gunning, S., Ambegaonkar, J. P., Caswell, A. M., Porter, P. Johnson, T. S., Johnson, D. C. & Caswell, S. V. (2012) Tibial eminence fracture in a youth football player.  International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy. 17(2) 16-20.
  41. Ambegaonkar, J. P., Shultz, S. J., Perrin, D. H., Schmitz, R. J., Ackerman, T. A., & Schulz, M. R. (2011) Lower body stiffness and muscle activity differences between female dancers and basketball players during drop jumps. Sports Health, 3(1) 89-96.
  42. Ambegaonkar, J. P., Redmond, C., Winter, C., Cortes, N., Ambegaonkar, S. J., Guyer, S., & Thompson, B. (2011) Effects of ankle stabilizers on vertical jump, agility, and dynamic balance performance. Foot and Ankle Specialist. 4(6) 366-372.
  43. Ambegaonkar, J. P., & Caswell, S. V. (2011) Development and implementation of an in-house healthcare program for university-level performing artists. Work. 40(3) 261-268.
  44. Krasnow, D., Ambegaonkar, J. P., Stecyk, S., Wilmerding, G., Wyon, M., & Koutedakis, Y. (2011) Development of a dynamometer anchoring system for collection of maximal voluntary isometric contractions in biomechanics research on dancers. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 26(4) 185-194.
  45. Long, A. S., Ambegaonkar, J. P. & Fahringer, P. M. (2011) Injury reporting rates and injury concealment patterns differ between high-school cirque performers and basketball players. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 26(4) 200-205.
  46. Ambegaonkar, J. P., Shultz, S. J., & Perrin, D. H. (2011) A subsequent movement alters lower extremity muscle activity and kinetics in drop jumps versus drop landings. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 25(10) 2781-2788.
  47. Snyder J. G., Ambegaonkar, J. P., & Winchester, J. B. (2011) Efficacy of cryotherapy in treating delayed onset muscle soreness. International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy 16(4) 28-32
  48. Magness, S., Ambegaonkar, J. P., Caswell, S. V & Jones, M. (2011) Lower extremity stress fractures in runners: risk factors and preventive interventions. International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy 16(4) 11-15.
  49. Ambegaonkar, J. P., & Shultz, S. J. (2010) Changing filtering parameters affects lower extremity pre-landing muscle activation onset times. Isokinetics and Exercise Science, 18(3) 125-132.  
  50. Brazen, D. M., Todd, M. K., Ambegaonkar, J. P., Wunderlich, R., & Peterson, C. (2010) The effect of fatigue on landing biomechanics in single-leg landings. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 20 286-292.
  51. Caswell, S. V., Ambegaonkar, J P., & Caswell, A. M. (2010) Examination of personality traits in athletic training students. Athletic Therapy Today 15(6) 37-40.
  52. Ambegaonkar, J. P. (2009) Future directions in dance medicine and science research (part 2): Athletic training, International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Newsletter, 16(4), 2-4.
  53. Caswell, S. V., Ambegaonkar, J. P., Caswell, A. M., & Gould, T. E. (2009). Antecedents of ethical decision making: intercollegiate sporting environments as clinical education and practice settings. Journal of Allied Health, 38(1) 39-46.
  54. Ambegaonkar, J. P., Shultz, S. J., Perrin, D. H., & Schulz, M. R. (2009) Anterior cruciate ligament injury in collegiate female dancers. Athletic Therapy Today, 14(4) 13-16.
  55. Ambegaonkar, J. P., & Caswell, S. V. (2009). Dance program administrators’ perceptions of athletic training services. Athletic Therapy Today, 14(3) 17-19.
  56. Sides, S. N., Ambegaonkar, J. P., & Caswell, S. V. (2009) High incidence of shoulder injuries in collegiate modern dance students. Athletic Therapy Today, 14(4) 43-46.
  57. Shultz, S. J., Shimokochi, Y., Nguyen, A., Ambegaonkar, J. P., Schmitz, R. J., Beynnon, B. D., et al. (2006). Non-weight bearing anterior knee laxity is related to anterior tibial translation during transition from non-weight bearing to weight bearing. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 24(3) 516-523.
  58. Ambegaonkar, J. P. (2005). Dance medicine: at the university level. Dance Research Journal, 37(2) 113-119.

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Recent Grant Funders and Projects

  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA): Arts Engagement in Older Adults
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) via the Virginia Department of Health (VDH): Virginia Concussion Initiative - Concussion Policy Implementation
  • Potomac Health Foundation: ACHIEVES - Athletic Training Healthcare in Schools, POISED - Falls Risk Prevention in Older Adults using Dance-based (Lebed Method) and Multi-modal Exercise (SAIL)
  • Novant Hospital Community Foundation: Physical Activity and Enjoyment during dance focused and other Physical Education in Middle Schools
  • US Department of State: Sport Diplomacy Program