John Vairo

 John Vairo

Clinical Assistant Professor; Program Director | Clinical Education Coordinator, Athletic Training Major

Contact Information

146 Recreation Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-865-7936


MS, 2003, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sports Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
PhD, 2012, Kinesiology/Athletic Training and Sports Medicine, The Pennsylvania State University

Teaching Interests

Integrating didactic information and clinical application using an evidence-based practice paradigm in the health sciences.

Research Interests

My research agenda incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to sports medicine focusing on health-related quality of life and human performance in physically active persons. My focal areas of interest include musculoskeletal wellbeing in healthy, injured and post-operative athletic populations as well as the efficacy of sport rehabilitation and performance enhancement techniques using an evidence-based practice approach.


  • Neuromusculoskeletal pathokinesiology of the knee, hip, shoulder and spine
  • Physical rehabilitation and orthopaedic manual therapy interventions
  • Methodology of physical preparation and task-specific training 


Advisor: William Buckley

Selected Publications

Vairo GL. Knee flexor strength and endurance profiles following ipsilateral hamstrings tendons anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2014 Mar;95(3):552-561. (ISI Web of Knowledge Impact Factor: 2.358; 5-Year Impact Factor: 2.807; Highest Eigenfactor in the category)

Williams EE, Miller SJ, Sebastianelli WJ, Vairo GL. Comparative immediate functional outcomes among cryotherapeutic interventions at the ankle. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2013 Dec;8(6):828-837.

Vairo GL, Miller SJ, Sherbondy PS, Sebastianelli WJ, Buckley WE. Standing flexion deficits predict self-reported outcomes in women following ipsilateral hamstrings anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic & Related Surgery. 2013 Nov;29(11):1796-1803. (ISI Web of Knowledge Impact Factor: 3.103; 5-Year Impact Factor: 3.511; Ranked 5th of 63 in the Orthopaedics category)

Osorio JA, Vairo GL, Rozea GD, Bosha PJ, Millard RL, Aukerman DF, Sebastianelli WJ. The effects of two therapeutic patellofemoral taping techniques on strength, endurance, and pain responses. Physical Therapy in Sport. 2013 Nov;14(4):199-206. (ISI Web of Knowledge Impact Factor: 1.043; 5-Year Impact Factor: 1.214)

Oller DM, Vairo GL, Sebastianelli WJ, Buckley WE. Injury/illness physician referral profile from a university-sponsored summer sport camp program. Clinical Pediatrics. 2013 Aug;52(8):730-738. (ISI Web of Knowledge Impact Factor: 1.267; 5-Year Impact Factor: 1.170)

Vairo GL, Duffey ML, Owens BD, Cameron KL. Clinical descriptive measures of shoulder range of motion for a healthy, young and physically active cohort. Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy and Technology. 2012 Sept;4(1):33.

McBrier NM, Vairo GL, Bagshaw D, Lekan J, Bordi PL, Kris-Etherton P. Cocoa-based protein and carbohydrate drink decreases perceived soreness following exhaustive aerobic exercise: a pragmatic preliminary analysis. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2010 Aug;24(8):2203-2210. (ISI Web of Knowledge Impact Factor: 1.831; 5-Year Impact Factor: 2.338) 

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior
  • Populations of Special Interest