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Dr. Daniel Cipriani

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Physical Therapy
Office Location: Rinker Health Science Campus 209
Phone: (714) 744-7899


Dr. Daniel Cipriani has been a licensed Physical Therapist since 1984 with extensive clinical experiences in the areas of orthopaedic rehabilitation, orthopaedic trauma, and sports medicine. His primary area of clinical expertise focuses on lower extremity biomechanics and injury mechanics, with a special interest in running and cycling related injuries.  He has been involved in academia and research since 1991, beginning his academic career at The Medical College of Ohio (now the University of Toledo's Health Science campus), moving to San Diego in 2005 to join the faculty at San Diego State University. At SDSU, he helped develop their Masters degree in Rehabilitation Science.  He has been with the faculty at Chapman University since 2010. His research interests focus on the measurement properties of outcome measures for Physical and Occupational Therapists.

Licensure Information / Registration Number:

Licensed Physical Therapist (Ohio PT5642)


  • PT 511: Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • PT 512: Kinesiological Movement Analysis
  • 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
  • Provider of workshops and lectures related to Lower Extremity Biomechanics and Injury Mechanics nationally
  • 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

Trone D, Cipriani D, Raman R, Wingard D, Shaffer R, Macera C (2014). Self-reported smoking and musculoskeletal overuse injury among male and female U.S. Marine Corp recruits. Military Medicine, 179 (7): 735- 743
Cipriani D, Yu T, Lyssanova O (2014). Perceived influence of a compression, posture-cueing shirt on cyclists’ ride experience and post-recovery. J Chiropractic Medicine, 13(1): 21-27.
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, 29: 421-427
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.