Peter Jokl MD
Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; Section Chief, Sports Medicine; Department Vice Chair; Program Director Orthopaedic Residency
Musculoskeletal pathophysiology and the effect of rehabilitation and stress on surgical outcomes; Muscle injury and repair; Psychosocial impact on surgical outcome
In conjunction with the bioengineering section of the Yale Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, we have established an animal model which creates a reproducible muscle contusion injury. At this stage, we are assessing various treatment strategies of this injury which is a common cause of morbidity among athletes; Knee ligament injury model. We are establishing an animal model to establish a reproducible knee ligament injury model. This model will allow us to assess biomechanical parameters involved in causing specific types of knee injuries. In conjunction with this, anatomical and histological sequela of specific injury patterns will be assessed. The model will also be used to study physiologic response to injury and mechanisms of healing; Aging and athletic performance; Future of athletic records; Non surgical factors influencing surgical outcomes in heathy patients.