John Vairo

 John Vairo

Clinical Education Coordinator, Athletic Training Major

Contact Information

146 Recreation Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-865-7936


M.S., 2003, Health and Rehabiliation Sciences in Sports Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
PhD, 2012, Kinesiology/Athletic Training and Sports Medicine, Pennsylvania State University

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, 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. (In Press)

Vairo GL. Neuromuscular responses to initial contact following hamstrings anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Athletic Training & Sports Health Care. 2011 Mar/Apr;3(2):86-94.

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.

Vairo GL, Miller SJ, McBrier NM. ACL-Reconstruction autografts, musculotendinous stiffness, and knee osteoarthritis. Athletic Therapy Today. 2010;15(2):32-38.

Vairo GL, McBrier NM, Miller SJ, Buckley WE. Premature knee osteoarthritis after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction dependent on autograft. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2010 Feb;19(1):86-97.

Vairo GL, Miller SJ, McBrier NM, Buckley WE. Systematic review of efficacy for manual lymphatic drainage techniques in sports medicine and rehabilitation: an evidence-based practice approach. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy. 2009;17(3):e80-89.

Vairo GL, Myers JB, Sell TC, Fu FH, Harner CD, Lephart SM. Neuromuscular and biomechanical landing performance subsequent to ipsilateral semitendinosus and gracilis autograft anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. 2008 Jan;16(1):2-14.