» Dr. Daniel Cipriani
Associate Professor

Department of Physical Therapy
Dr. Daniel Cipriani
Office Location:
Crean Hall 143 (501 W. Palm Ave)
(714) 744-7899
Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science
University of Toledo, Master of Science
University of Toledo, Ph.D.
Licensure Information / Registration Number:

Licensed Physical Therapist (Ohio PT5642)


  • PT 511: Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • PT 512: Kinesiological Movement Analysis
  • PT 530: Physical Therapy Examination
  • PT 650, 752: Scientific Inquiry I
  • PT 702: Evidence Based Physical Therapy

Research Interests:

  • Utility of clinical outcome assessment/measurement tools (clinimetrics and psychometrics)
  • Effectiveness of exercise interventions for musculoskeletal injury recovery
  • Lower extremity pathomechanics, including running related injuries

 Professional Activities

  • Editorial Review Board member, Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Journals of Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Gait and Posture
  • Lecturer, The Functional Foot national continuing education course series
  • Consultant, Engineering Fitness International/Total Gym EFI


    • Outstanding Faculty Award: Department of Physical Therapy, Chapman University, 2012
    • Outstanding Faculty Award: Most Influential Faculty Member, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, San Diego State University 2009
    • Outstanding Research Award: Department of Occupational Therapy, The University of Toledo’s Health Science Campus.Gina Kubec and Danielle McPeck, Rasch Analysis to Evaluate the Care-Givers Self-Assessment Scale, 2008
    • Outstanding Faculty Award: Most Influential Faculty Member, School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences.  College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, San Diego State University 2007
    • California State University Research Competition: First Place, Undergraduate Research, Mr. Daniel Cannon, San Diego State University, 2006
    • Certificate of Recognition for Contribution to Physical Therapy Research Ohio Physical Therapy Association, 2006
    • Manuscript Reviewer of the Year: The Journal of Physical Therapy American Physical Therapy Association, 2005
    • Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence 1993, 1994, 2004,Medical College of Ohio, School of Allied Health
Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Unfried B, Arginaldo A, Cipriani D (2013). Running on a cambered surface: influence on lower extremity muscle activity as measured with electromyography. J Applied Biomechanics, Accepted – in press
Murray N, Cipriani D, O’Rand D, Reed-Jones, R (2013). Effects of Foot Position during Squatting on the Quadriceps Femoris:An Electromyographic Study. International J of Exer Science, 6(2): 114-125
Trone DW, Cipriani D, Raman R, Wingard DL, Shaffer RA, Macera CA (2013). The association of self- reported measures with poor training outcomes among male and female U.S. Navy recruits. Military Medicine, 178 (1): 43-49
Cipriani D (2013). Optimum Performance: Freeing the foot. Training and Conditioning, 13(5) 25-31.
Cipriani, D (2012). Biomechanics and pathomechanics of the foot and ankle. A series of lectures presented at: The functional foot and its impact on the lower extremity. Portland OR, San Francisco CA, and Sacramento CA. sponsored by PESI HealthCare,
Straub R, Cipriani D (2012). Influence of infra-patellar and supra-patellar straps on quadriceps muscle activity and onset timing during body-weight squat. J Str Condit Res, 26(7):1827-1837
Parry J, Straub R, Cipriani D (2012). Shoulder and back muscle activation during shoulder flexion and abduction using a Bodyblade Pro vs. dumbbells. J Sport Rehabil, 21: 266-272.
Cipriani D, Darr F, McPeck D, Kubec G, Thomas J (2012). Rating scale analysis and psychometric properties of the Caregiver Self Efficacy Scale for Transfers. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, Accepted – in press
Cipriani D, Terry M, Haines, M, Tabibnia A, Lyssanova O (2012) Effect of stretch frequency and gender on rate of gain and rate of loss in muscle flexibility during a hamstring stretching program: a randomized single-blind longitudinal study. J Str Condit Res,26(8): 2119-2129
Cipriani, D and Yoakam C (2011). Pathomechanics of the foot and ankle: influence on gait. Series fo lectures presented at: Strategies to Treat Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Dysfunction: Focus on Foot/Ankle Complex Contributions. Livingston Health Care, Livingston Montana
Caparosa S, Nichols J, Marshall S, Cipriani D, Kingsbury T, Lorenz K, Robusto K, Nicaise V (2011). Exergaming: not just for kids anymore. ACE-Sponsored Research. The American Council on Exercise. www.acefitness.org
Black T, Messick B, Cipriani D (2010). Segmental limb length and vertical jump height performance. J Str Condit Res, 24: S1
Marshall S, Nicaise V, Lorenz K, Kingsbury T, Caparosa S, Robusto C, Cipriani D, Nicols J (2010). Old dogs and new tricks: a qualitative study of older adults’ experience with Exergames. Annual Meeting, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Seattle WA
Cipriani D, Kingsburry T (2010). Exergame systems and dynamic balance in elderly individuals. American Physical Therapy Association National Conference, Indianapolis IN.
Rancour J, Terry M, Holmes C, Cipriani D (2010). Superficial precooling on a 4-week static stretching regimen: a randomized trial. Sports Health, 2(4): 433-436.
May C, Cipriani D, Lorenz K (2010). Power development through complex training for the Division I collegiate athlete. Str and Condit J, 32(4): 30-43.
King J, Cipriani D (2010). Effects of frontal and sagittal plane plyometric training on vertical jump height in high school basketball players. J Str Condit Res, 24(8), 2109-2114.
Marshall Z, Cipriani D (2009). Reliability and responsiveness of a gait measure for individuals with low back pain. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther, 39: A99
Rancour J, Holmes C, Cipriani D (2009). Influence on stretch frequency on range of motion retention in the hamstring. J Str Condit Research, 23(8): 2217-2222.
Cipriani D, Haines M, O’Rand D, Levy S (2009). Reliability and validity of a lower extremity partial weight bearing performance measure. North Am J of Sports Phys Ther, 4(2): 49-59.
Cipriani D, Noftz, J (2007): Utility of Orthopedic Clinical Tests for Diagnosis. In, Scientific Foundations and Principles of Practice in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (Edited by Magee, Zachazewski, and Quillen. WB Saunders, Philadelphia PA)., 557-567.
Cipriani D, Falkel, JE (2007): Physiologic Principles of Resistance Training and Functional Integration for the Injured and Disabled. In: Scientific Foundations and Principles of Practice in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (Edited by Magee, Zachazewski, and Quillen. WB Saunders, Philadelphia PA), 432-457.
Cambell B, Cipriani D, Yaggie J (2007). Influence of a functional knee brace and exercise on lower extremity kinematics during jogging. Clinical Kinesiology, 61(2): 7 – 13.
Cannon DT, Kolkhorst FW, Cipriani DJ (2007). Electromyographic data do not support a progressive recruitment of muscle fibers during exercise exhibiting a VO2 slow component. J Physiol Anthropol 26(5): 541-546.
Thomas J, Shuford D, Duke J, Cipriani D (2007). Development and Psychometric Properties of the Self-Efficacy Scale for Transfers for Caregivers of Children Requiring Transfer Assistance Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 88(4): 481-488 .
Cannon D, Grout S, May C, Strom S, Wyckoff K, Cipriani D, Buono M (2007). Recruitment of the Serratus Anterior as an accessory muscle of ventilation during graded exercise. . J Physiologic Sciences, 57: 127-131.
Cannon D, Kolkhorst F, Cipriani D (2007). Effects of pedaling position on muscle activity and cycling efficiently. European J of Applied Physiology, 99: 659-664.
Masterson M, Morgan A, Multer C, Cipriani D (2006). The role of lower leg muscle activity in blood pressure maintenance of older adults. J Clinical Kinesiology, 60(2): 8-17.
Campbell B, Yaggie J, Cipriani D (2006). Temporal influences of functional knee bracing on torque production of the lower extremity. J Sports Rehabilitation, 15: 216-227.
Cipriani D, Fox C, Khuder S, Boudreau N (2005). Comparing Rasch Analyses Probability Estimates to Sensitivity, Specificity and Likelihood Ratios when Examining the Utility of Medical Diagnostic Tests. Journal of Applied Measurement 6(2): 180-201.
Cipriani D, Abel B, Pirwitz D (2003). A comparison of stretching protocols: effects of total time stretching. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 17(2): 274-278.
Nelson D, Cipriani D, Thomas J. (2002) Physical therapy and occupational therapy: partners in rehabilitation for persons with movement impairments. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 15 (3/4), 35-57.
Li S, Armstrong C, Cipriani D. (2001) Three-point gait crutch walking: variability in ground reaction forces during weight bearing. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 82: 86-92.
Bulthaup S, Cipriani D, Thomas J. (1999)An electromyography study of wrist extension orthoses and upper- extremity function. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 53(5): 434-440.
Cipriani D, Swartz J, Hodgson C. (1998) Triathlon and the multisport athlete. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 27(1): 42-50.
Munich H, Cipriani D, Hall C, Nelson D, Falkel J. (1997) Test re-test reliability of an inclined squat strength test protocol. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 26(4): 209-213.
Cipriani, D., Armstrong C., Gaul S. (1995) Backward walking at three different levels of treadmill inclination: an EMG and kinematic analysis. J Orthop and Sports Phys Ther, 22(3):95- 102.
Cipriani, DJ. "Open and closed kinetic chain rehabilitation of the shoulder." In: The Athlete’s Shoulder (Andrews, J. and Wilk, K.editors). Churchill Livingstone, New York, NY, pp. 577-588, 1994.