Jay Hertel

Joe Gieck Professor in Sports Medicine


  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1999
  • M.Ed., University of Virginia, 1994
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, 1993

Jay Hertel is the Joe H. Gieck Professor of Sports Medicine at the University of Virginia where he holds academic appointments in the Department of Kinesiology and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (courtesy) and serves as co-director of the Exercise & Sport Injury Lab. His research interests are at the intersection of lower extremity injury prevention and rehabilitation, clinical biomechanics, and the use of wearable sensors to monitor training loads in team sport athletes and distance runners. He has authored or co-authored over 250 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented at numerous national and international sports medicine conferences. Dr. Hertel is a fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Trainers' Association. He currently serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Athletic Training.

Research Interests


  • Clinical biomechanics
  • ​Lower extremity injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Running injuries
  • Training load monitoring in athletes
  • Wearable sensors