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Erik Wikstrom, PhD, ATC, LAT

Assistant Professor – Athletic Training
Katherine Smith Gunter Fellow
Associate Director, MOTION Science Institute

Department of Exercise and Sport Science
311 Woollen Gym
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599



Erik Wikstrom is an Assistant Professor and the Katherine Smith Gunter Fellow in the Department of Exercise and Sports Science. Prior to joining the UNC faculty in 2015, he was the Co-Director of the Biodynamics Research Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2008-2014). Dr. Wikstrom graduated with his B.S. in Athletic Training from Roanoke College in 2001. He completed his Masters in Exercise Science and his Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, both with specializations in Athletic Training, from the University of Florida in 2003 and 2007, respectively.

Dr. Wikstrom’s primary research interest is on the impact of musculoskeletal injury on sensorimotor control of the lower extremity with particular emphasis on the coordination of balance following ankle joint injury. His current research focuses on developing sensory-targeted interventions for ankle joint injury and evaluating how lower extremity injury alters sensory- and somatosensory reweighting during the maintenance of balance. Dr. Wikstrom’s research has been funded by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Defense among others. He was the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation David H. Perrin Outstanding Dissertation Award (2010) and was named a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (2011).