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Reed Ferber

Reed Ferber is an Assistant Professor in the Faculties of Kinesiology and Nursing at the University of Calgary. His research projects include pain treatment in runners, the biomechanics of running injuries and optimal treatment protocols for knee osteoarthritis. 

Published manuscripts

64. Phinyomark A, Osis ST, Hettinga BA, Kobsar D, Ferber R.  (2016).  Gender differences in gait kinematics for patients with knee osteoarthritis.  BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 17(1): 157.

63. Osis ST, Hettinga BA, Ferber R.   (2016).  Predicting ground contact events for a continuum of gait types: an application of targeted machine learning using principal component analysis.  Gait & Posture. 46: 86-90.

62. Hamstra-Wright K, Aydemir B, Bolgla L, Earl-Boehm J, Emery CA, Ferber R.  (2016).  Patient-Reported Outcomes Remain Improved 6-Months Post Patellofemoral Pain Rehabilitation.  Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. In press.

61. Hamstra-Wright K, Earl-Boehm J, Bolgla L, Emery CA, Ferber R.  (2016).  Individuals with Patellofemoral Pain Have Less Hip Flexibility than Controls Regardless of Treatment Outcome.  Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. In press.

60. Fukuchi R, Stefanyshyn D, Stirling L, Ferber R.  (2016).  Effects of strengthening and stretching exercise programs on kinematics and kinetics of running in older adults: a randomized controlled trial.  Journal of Sports Sciences. 34(18):1774-81.

59. Leigh RJ, Osis ST, Ferber R.  (2016). Kinematic gait patterns and their relationship to Pain in mild-to-moderate hip osteoarthritis. Clinical Biomechanics. 34: 12-17.

58. Watari R, Hettinga BA, Osis ST, Ferber R.  (2016).  Validation of a torso-mounted accelerometer for measures of vertical oscillation and ground contact time during treadmill running.  Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 32(3): 306-310.

57. Osis ST, Hettinga BA, Macdonald S, Ferber R.   (2016).  Effects of simulated marker placement errors on calculated running kinematics and evaluation of a morphometric-based error detection method.  PLoS One. 11(1): e0147111.

56. Phinyomark A, Osis ST, Hettinga BA, Ferber R.  (2015).  Kinematic gait patterns in healthy runners: A hierarchical cluster analysis. Journal of Biomechanics. 48(14): 3897-3904.

55. Kobsar D, Osis ST, Hettinga BA, Ferber R.  (2015).  Gait biomechanics and patient-reported function as predictors of response to a hip strengthening exercise intervention in patients with knee osteoarthritis.  PLoS ONE. 10(10): e0139923. 

54. Phinyomark A, Osis ST, Hettinga, B.A., Ferber, R.  (2015).  Do intermediate- and higher-order principal components contain useful information to detect subtle changes in lower extremity biomechanics during running? Human Movement Science. 44:91-101.

53. Ferber R, Hettinga BA.  (2015).  A comparison of different over-the-counter foot orthotic devices on multi-segment foot biomechanics.  Prosthetics and Orthotics International. In press.

52. Phinyomark, A., Osis, S.T., Hettinga, B.A., Leigh, R.J., Ferber, R.  (2015).  Gender differences in gait kinematics in runners with iliotibial band syndrome.  Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. 25(6): 744-753.

51. Bolgla L., Earl-Boehm J., Emery C.A., Hamstra-Wright K., Ferber R.  (2015).  Comparison of hip and knee strength in males with and without patellofemoral pain.  Physical Therapy in Sport.  16(3):215-221.

50. Kendall K., Wiley P., Emery C.A., Ferber R.  (2014).  The effect of the addition of hip strengthening exercises to a lumbopelvic exercise programme for the treatment of non-specific low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. Finalist for the Aspire Academy Early Career Researcher Award for Exercise Science & Health: ESSA.  Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 18(6): 626-631.

49. Pohl M.B., Kendall K.D., Patel C., Wiley P., Emery C.A., Ferber R.  (2014).  The role of experimentally reduced hip abductor muscle strength on frontal plane biomechanics during gait.  Journal of Athletic Training. 50(4):385–391.

48. Ferber, R., Bolgla, L.A., Earl-Boehm, J.E., Emery, C.A., Hamstra-Wright, K.L.  (2015).  Hip and core versus knee-muscle strengthening for the treatment of patellofemoral pain: a multicentre randomized controlled trial. Journal of Athletic Training.  50(4):366–377.

47. Osis, S.T., Hettinga, B.A., Macdonald, S., Ferber, R.  (2014).  A novel method to evaluate error in anatomical marker placement using a modified generalized Procrustes analysis.  Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering. 2015; 18(10):1108-1116.

46. Phinyomark A., Hettinga B.A., Osis S.T., Ferber R.   (2014).  Gender and age-related differences in bilateral lower extremity mechanics during treadmill running.  PLoS ONE 9(8): e105246.

45. Osis S.T., Hettinga B.A., Leitch J., Ferber R.   (2014).  Predicting timing of foot strike during running, independent of striking technique, using principal component analysis of joint angles.  Journal of Biomechanics. 47(11): 2786-2789.

44. Kobsar, D., Osis, S.T., Hettinga, B.A., Ferber, R.  (2014). Classification accuracy of a single tri-axial accelerometer for training background and experience level in runners. Journal of Biomechanics. 47(10): 2508-2511.

43. Eslami, M., Damavandi, M., Ferber, R.  (2014).  Association of navicular drop and selected lower-limb biomechanical measures during the stance phase of running.  Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 30(2): 250-254.

42. Leigh, R.J., Pohl, M.B., Ferber, R.  (2014).  Does Tester Experience Influence the Reliability With Which 3D Gait Kinematics are Collected in Healthy Adults?  Physical Therapy in Sport. 15(2): 112-116.

41. Fukuchi, R., Stefanyshyn, D.J., Stirling, L., Duarte, M., Ferber, R. (2014).  Flexibility, muscle strength and gait biomechanical adaptations in older runners.  Clinical Biomechanics. 29(3): 304-310.

40. Mills, K., Hettinga, B.A., Pohl, M.B., Ferber, R.  (2013).  Between-limb kinematic asymmetry during gait in unilateral and bilateral mild-to-moderate knee osteoarthritis.  Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 94(11): 2241-2247.

39. Mills K, Hunt MA, Leigh, R.J., Ferber R.  (2013).  A systematic review and meta-analysis of lower limb neuromuscular alterations associated with knee osteoarthritis during level walking. Clinical Biomechanics. 28(7): 713-724.

38. Ferber R, Webber T, Everett B, Groenland M.  (2013).  Validation of Plantar Pressure Measurements for a Novel in-Shoe Plantar Sensory Replacement Unit.  Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. 7(5): 1167–1175.

37. Mills K, Hunt MA, Ferber R.  (2013).  Biomechanical deviations during level walking associated with knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Arthritis Care and Research. 65(10): 1643-1665.

36. Eslami, M., Ferber, R.  (2013).  Can orthoses and navicular drop affect foot motion patterns during running?  Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 16(4): 377-381.

35. Pohl, M.B., Patel, C., Wiley, P., Ferber, R.  (2013).  Gait biomechanics and hip muscular strength in patients with patellofemoral osteoarthritis.  Gait & Posture. 37(3):440-444.

34. Kendall, K., Pohl, M.B., Patel, C., Wiley, P., Emery, C.A., Ferber, R.  (2013).  Steps Toward the Validation of the Trendelenburg Test: The Effect of Experimentally Reduced Hip Abductor Muscle Function on Frontal Plane Mechanics.  Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 23(1):45-51. 

33. Schnackenburg, K.E., Macdonald, H.M., Ferber, R., Wiley J.P., Boyd, S.K. (2011).  Bone quality and muscle strength in female athletes with lower limb stress fractures.  Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. 43(11), 2110-2119.

32. Rabbito, M., Pohl, M.B., Humble, N., Ferber, R. (2011). Biomechanical and Clinical Factors Related to Stage I Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.  41(10), 776-784.

31. Ferber, R., Benson, B.  (2011). Changes in multi-segment foot biomechanics with a heat-mouldable semi-custom foot orthotic device. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. 4:18, 1-8.

30. Ferber, R., Kendall, K.D., and Farr, L.  (2011).  First runner-up for the “Clint Thompson Award for Clinical Practice Advancement:” Changes in knee biomechanics following a hip abductor strengthening protocol for runners with patellofemoral pain syndrome.  Journal of Athletic Training. 46(2), 142-149.

29. Ferber, R.,  Pohl, M.B.  (2011). Changes in joint coupling and variability during walking following tibialis posterior muscle fatigue. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. 4(6), 1-8.

28. Fukuchi, R.K., Eskofier, B.M., Duarte, M., Ferber, R. (2011). Support Vector Machines for Detecting Age-Related Changes in Running Kinematics.  Journal of Biomechanics. 44(3), 540-542.

27. Kendall, K.D., Schmidt, C.S., Ferber, R.  (2010). The relationship between hip abductor muscle strength and the magnitude of pelvic drop in patients with low back pain. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 19, 422-435.

26. Pohl, M.B., Lloyd, C., Ferber, R. (2010).  Can the reliability of three-dimensional running kinematics be improved using functional joint methodology?  Gait & Posture. 32(4), 559-563.

25. Ferber, R. Kendall, K.D., and McElory, L.  (2010).  Normative values and critical criterion for iliotibial band and iliopsoas muscle flexibility. Journal of Athletic Training. 45(4), 344–348.

24. Pohl, M.B., Rabbito, M., Ferber, R. (2010). The role of tibialis posterior fatigue on foot kinematics during walking.  Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 3(6), 1-8.

23. Ferber, R., Noehren, B., Hamill, J.,  Davis, I.S. (2010). Competitive female runners with a history of iliotibial band syndrome demonstrate atypical hip and knee kinematics. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 40(2), 52-58.

22. Ferber, R., Sheerin, K., Kendall, K.D.  (2009).  Measurement error of rearfoot kinematics during running between a 100Hz and 30Hz camera. International SportMed Journal, 10(3), 152-162.

21. Butler, R.J., Minick, K., Ferber, R., Underwood, F.B. (2009).  Gait mechanics following ACL rupture: Implications for the early onset of knee osteoarthritis.  British Journal of Sports Medicine, 43(5), 366-370.

20. Ferber, R., Hreljac, A., Kendall, K.D.  (2009).  Suspected mechanisms in the aetiology of overuse running injuries: a clinical review.  Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 1(3), 242-246.

19. Ferber, R.  (2007) The influence of custom foot orthoses on lower extremity running mechanics: Invited Review Paper.  International SportMed Journal, 8(3), 97-106.

18. Vickers, J.N., Ronsky, J.L., Loitz-Ramage, B., Panchuck, D., Morton, B., Gotch, M., Ferber, R., & Robu, I.  (2006).  Gaze and postural stability of elite ballet dancers, ACL-deficient and normal controls during the quiet stance and lunge.  Cognitive Processing, 7(1), 176.

17. Milner, C.E., Ferber, R., Pollard, C.D., Hamill, J., & Davis, I.S.  (2006).  Biomechanical Factors Associated with Tibial Stress Fracture in Female Runners.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 38(2):323-328.

16. Hreljac, A., Ferber, R.  (2006).  A Biomechanical Perspective of Predicting Injury Risk in Running.  International SportMed Journal, 7(2): 98-108.

15. Hamstra-Wright, K.L., Swanik, C.B., Sitler, M.R., Swanik, K.A., Ferber, R., & Ridenour, M.  (2006).  Gender comparisons of dynamic restraint and motor skill in children.  Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine 16(1), 56-62.

14. Nigg, B.M., Hintzen, S., Ferber, R.  (2005).  Effect of an unstable shoe construction on lower extremity gait characteristics.  Clinical Biomechanics 21(1):82-88.

13. Ferber, R., McClay Davis, I., & Williams III, D.S.  (2005).  Effect of foot orthotics on rearfoot and tibia joint coupling patterns and variability.  Journal of Biomechanics 38(3), 477-483.

12. DeLeo A.T., Dierks, T.A., Ferber, R., & Davis, I.S.  (2004).  Lower extremity joint coupling during running: a current update.  Clinical Biomechanics 19(10), 983-1074.

11. Ferber, R., Osternig, L.R., Woollacott, M.H., Wasielewski, N.J., & Lee, J-H.  (2004).  Bilateral accommodations to anterior cruciate ligament deficiency and surgery. Clinical Biomechanics 19(2), 136-144.

10. Ferber, R., McClay Davis, I., & Williams III, D.S.  (2003).  Gender differences in lower extremity mechanics during running.  Clinical Biomechanics 18(4), 350-357.

9.    Ferber, R., Osternig, L.R., Woollacott, M.H., Wasielewski, N.J., & Lee, J-H.  (2003).  Gait perturbation response in anterior cruciate ligament deficiency and surgery. Clinical Biomechanics 18(2), 132-141.

8.    Ferber, R., Osternig, L.R., Woollacott, M.H., Wasielewski, N.J., & Lee, J-H.  (2002).  Reactive balance adjustments to unexpected perturbations during human walking.  Gait and Posture 16(3), 238-248.

7.    Ferber, R., Osternig, L.R., Woollacott, M.H., Wasielewski, N.J., & Lee, J-H.  (2002). Gait mechanics in chronic ACL deficiency and subsequent repair.  Clinical Biomechanics 17(4), 274-285.

6.    Ferber, R., Osternig, L.R., & Gravelle, D.  (2002).  Effect of PNF stretch techniques on knee flexor muscle EMG activity in older adults.  Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 12(5), 391-397.

5.    Ferber, R., Osternig, L.R., & Gravelle, D. (2002).  Effect of PNF stretch techniques on trained and untrained older adults.  Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 10(2), 132-142.

4.    Ferber, R., McClay Davis, I, Williams III, D.S., & Laughton, C.  (2002).  A Comparison of between-day reliability of discrete 3-D lower extremity variables in runners.  Journal of Orthopaedic Research 20, 1139-1145.

3.    Hreljac, A., Arata, A., Ferber, R., Mercer, J., & Row, B.S.  (2001).  An electromyographical analysis of the role of dorsiflexors on the gait transition during human locomotion.  Journal of Applied Biomechanics 17(4), 287-296.

2.    Osternig, L.R., Ferber, R., Mercer, J., & Davis, H.  (2001).  Effects of position and speed on joint torques and knee shear after ACL injury.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 33(7): 1073-1080.

1.    Osternig, L.R., Ferber, R., Mercer, J., & Davis, H.  (2000).  Human hip and knee torque accommodations to anterior cruciate ligament dysfunction.  European Journal of Applied Physiology 83(1): 71-76.


Ferber, R., Macdonald, S.  (2014).  Running Mechanics and Gait Analysis.  Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois.  ISBN-10: 1-4504-2439-2.

Ferber, R., Nettleton, J.  (2015).  Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab Manual.  Wiley.  Toronto, ON.  ISBN: 9781119189329.

Ferber, R., Nettleton, J.  (2016).  Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab Manual.  Wiley.  Toronto, ON.  ISBN: 9781119255369

Book chapters

Chmielewski, T., & Ferber, R.  (2004).  Rehabilitation considerations for the female athlete.  In: Andrews, J.R., Harrelson, G.L., & Wilk, K.E. (ed.), Physical Rehabilitation of the Injured Athlete, 3rd ed.  Saunders, Philadelphia, PA. p. 315-329.

Ferber, R.  (2014).  The Science Behind Foot Orthotics.  In: Wilder R, O'Connor F, Magrum E. (eds): Running Medicine, 2nd ed. Healthy Learning, Monterey, CA. Chp 52, p. 2050-2074 (eBook ed.).

Fukuchi R and Ferber R.  Detecção Automática de Padrões de Movimento Associados a Lesões de Corrida.  In: SONAFE: Fisioterapia Esportiva E Traumato-Ortopédica. Chp.5, Vol 3, p. 9-44.

Non-refereed publications

  1. Ferber, R. Contributor to the Running Room Magazine (Bi-monthly publication: July 2010 – present)
  2. Ferber, R., Leigh, R,J.  (2011).  New Frontiers in Injury Prevention.  Vicon Inc. The Standard, 1, 24-25.
  3. Ferber, R.  Hip to the Core.  Canadian Running Magazine.  Jan/Feb Issue 2009.
  4. McClay Davis, I and Ferber, R.  (2002) Gait Retraining in Runners:  An Application of the VICON Real-Time System.  Vicon Inc. The Standard, 1, 23-24.




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