Dr. Mangum’s primary role is to initiate and coordinate the research efforts of the faculty and students in the AT Program as it transitions to the graduate level. Her research expertise is in the lumbopelvic-hip complex, low back pain, and the connection between core stability and lower extremity function. She also has specific interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging and muscle function in chronic lower extremity injuries. Dr. Mangum graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with her Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science – Athletic Training in 2010. In 2014, she received her Post-Professional Athletic Training Master’s Degree from the University of Virginia, and in 2018 received her PhD in Sports Medicine from UVA as well.
In the past, Dr. Mangum has taught courses in Emergency Medical Care, Gross Anatomy, Therapeutic Modalities, and Lower Extremity and Postural Evaluation. Her work as an athletic trainer includes Cross Country Track and Field at the College of Charleston and Field Hockey at the University of Virginia.
At UCF, Dr. Mangum will assist with both of the Recognition and Evaluations courses and the Advanced Rehabilitation course, as well as teach a course to non-AT majors.
- Ph.D., Sports Medicine, University of Virginia
- MEd, Athletic Training, University of Virginia
- ATC, Athletic Training, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sports medicine and movement science research tackle many topics that plague patient quality of life, level of activity, and chronic pain. This chronic pain and disability has a resounding effect on how these individuals live out their daily lives and what level of physical activity they are able to achieve, which all has a profound effect regarding muscular activity and therapeutic exercise. Exploring innovative methods of quantifying muscle activity and using those methods to supplement traditionally used measurement techniques has become a large focus within Dr. Mangum’s research agenda to date. Various muscle activity measurement techniques provide us with similar, yet unique information to one another and can provide clinicians and researchers very useful information in the assessment and treatment of individuals with musculoskeletal injury, especially low back pain and chronic lower extremity conditions. Dr. Mangum has utilized ultrasound imaging to measure muscle thickness and cross-sectional area of deeper musculature surrounding the lumbar spine, hips, and lower extremity, with a focus on the transverse abdominis, lumbar multifidus, gluteus maximus, and gluteus medius. Connection of this lumbopelvic-hip muscle function to overall lower extremity function, injury, and rehabilitation is at the center of Dr. Mangum’s research agenda.
- Lumbopelvic-Hip Complex Muscle Function
- Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging
- Core Stability and Athletic Function
- Innovative Assessment and Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain, Patellofemoral Pain