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Jennifer Reneker, PT, MSPT, PhD

Reneker, Jennifer.jpgAssociate Professor
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Prior to coming to UMMC in April 2016, Dr. Reneker was a faculty member at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. While there, she received grant funding and conducted collaborative research with Akron Children's Hospital Sports Medicine Center, authoring multiple publications on sports-related concussion and rehabilitative management of symptoms after concussion. She is recognized as an expert in concussion and has spoken at multiple national level conferences to an array of health care providers on this topic.

In addition to her faculty appointments, Jennifer holds a telework appointment at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, as a research mentor within the orthopedic and geriatric physical therapy residency programs. Employed by the VA since 2003, she has contributed on multiple national workgroups, including being a contributor to the Falls Toolkit for the National Patient Safety Center, the primary author for the Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Practice Recommendation for Mobility Dogs, and a leader within the Physical Therapy Field Advisory Council on Education Committee. Dr. Reneker is currently occupied with efforts to expand concussion prevention and management practices in Mississippi and is engaged with a variety of stakeholders across the state. She was recently awarded an intramural grant to study a novel concussion prevention intervention in collegiate soccer players.

Dr. Reneker holds a board certification in neurological physical therapy and a certificate in vestibular rehabilitation. She has a PhD in public health, specializing in epidemiology, from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

Research interests

  • Sport-related concussion
  • Injury epidemiology
  • Management of neurologic conditions
  • Geriatric fall prevention
  • Educational outcomes

Recent publications

  • Reneker JC, Cheruvu VK, Yang J, James MA, Cook CE. Physical examination of dizziness in athletes after a concussion: A descriptive study. Musculoskelet Sci Pract. 2017 Nov 26;34:8-13. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2017.11.012.
  • Reneker JC, Latham L, McGlawn R, Reneker, MR. The effectiveness of kinesiology tape on sports performance abilities in athletes: A systematic review. Phys Ther in Sport. 2017. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2017.10.001.
  • Thorpe ER, Garrett KB, Smith AM, Reneker JC, Phillips RP. Outcome measure scores predict discharge destination in patients with stroke: a systematic review and meta- analysis. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2018 Jan;42(1):2-11. doi: 10.1097/NPT. 0000000000000211
  • Hassen A, Klingaman A, Reneker, JC. A Comparison of Return to Learn and Return to Play in Adolescents Following a Sports-Related Concussion: An Observational Study. Int J of Sport Exer Med. 2017:3(4) DOI: 10.23937/2469-5718/1510066.
  • Reneker JC, Hassen A, Phillips RS, Moughiman MC, Donaldson M, Moughiman J.  Feasibility of Early Physical Therapy for Dizziness after a Sports-Related Concussion: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2017;00:1-10. doi:10.1111/sms. 12827.