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Kate Pfile, PhD, ATC

Associate Professor

Address: Silcox Center, Room #315
Phone: (843) 953-3607

Kate Pfile is an Associate Professor and serves as the Director of the Exercise Science Program. She is also a Faculty Fellow within the Honors College, teaching an advanced studies course titled “Evidence-Based Medicine: Throwing Out the Cookbook in the 21st Century.”  Her research interests are centered around anterior cruciate ligament injuries, specifically, identifying risk factors and developing prevention measures. In addition, she is interested in the role of the core musculature in lower extremity function and performance.  She completed her graduate education from the University of Virginia, where she held Graduate Assistantships with the University of Virginia's Swim and Dive teams as well as acting as the Head Athletic Trainer at the Blue Ridge School. A graduate of the College of Charleston in 2004, Dr. Pfile is happy to be back at her alma mater and a part of the Department of Health and Human Performance.


  • PhD - Sports Medicine, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA,
  • MEd - Athletic Training, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • BS - Athletic Training & Physical Education concentration in Exercise Science, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

Research Interests

  • Anterior cruciate ligament injury risk factors
  • Design and implementation of ACL prevention programs
  • The influence of gender and maturation on lower extremity biomechanics

  • Core muscle function as a contributor to lower extremity function

Courses Taught

  • EXSC 211 - Neuromuscular Assessment and Exercise Prescription
  • EXSC 330 - Kinesiology (online and face to face formats)
  • ATEP 346 - Athletic Injury Evaluation II
  • ATEP 430 - Therapeutic Exericse
  • ATEP 375.01 - Clinical Education Experience in Athletic Training Level 1
  • ATEP 375.03 - Clinical Education Experience in Athletic Training Level 3
  • ATEP 375.05 - Clinical Education Experience in Athletic Training Level 5

Honors and Awards

Student Club Advisor of the Year, awarded by the Higdon Student Leadership Center


Selected Publications:

Pfile KR, Curioz BA. Coach Led Prevention Programs Are Effective in Reducing ACL Injury Risk in Female Athletes: A Number-needed-to-treat Analysis. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 2017; 1-9.

Nguyen A, Zuk EF, Baellow AL, Pfile KR, DiStefano LJ, Boling MC. Longitudinal Changes in Lower Extremity Strength and Range of Motion in Female Youth Soccer Players. Accepted for publication by Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, July 2016.

Pfile KR, Pietrosimone BG, Gribble PA, Buskirk GE, Meserth SL. Sustained Improvements in Dynamic Balance and Landing Mechanics Following a 6-week Neuromuscular Training Program in Collegiate Female Basketball Players. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 2016 Aug;25(3):233-40.

Pfile KR, Hart JM, Herman D, Hertel J, Kerrigan DC, Ingersoll CD. Different Exercise Training Interventions Alter Drop Landing Biomechanics in High School Female Athletes. Journal of Athletic Training 2013;48(4):450-62.

Gribble PA, Brigle J, Pfile KR, Pietrosimone BG, Webster KA. Intra-rater Reliability of the Functional Movement Screen. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 2013;27(4):978-81.

Ericksen HM, Gribble PA, Pfile KR, Pietrosimone BG. Different Modes of Feedback on Peak Vertical Ground Reaction Force during Jump Landing: A Systematic Review. Journal of Athletic Training 2013;48(3).

McLeod MM, Gribble PA, Pfile KR, Pietrosimone BG. Effects of Arthroscopic Partial Meniscectomy on Quadriceps Strength: A Systematic Review. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2012;21:285-95.

Dalton EC, Pfile KR, Weniger JR, Ingersoll CD, Herman D, Hart JM. Neuromuscular Changes in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstructed Individuals after Aerobic Exercise. Journal of Athletic Training 2011;46(5):476-83.

Jackson KR, Garrison JC, Ingersoll CD, Hertel J. Similarity of Hip and knee kinematics and kinetics among prepubescent boys and girls during a drop vertical jump. Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, 2010:2(2).

Grindstaff TL, Jackson KR, Garrison JC, Diduch DR, Ingersoll CD. Decreased quadriceps activation measured hours prior to a non-contact anterior cruciate ligament tear: A case report. Journal of Orthopedic Sports Physical Therapy. 2008;38(8):502-507.