Sarah J. de la Motte


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Military and Emergency Medicine
Scientific Director, Injury Prevention Research Laboratory
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention, Human Performance Optimization, Readiness
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Postdoc in Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention, USU, Bethesda, MD 2008-2012
MPH, Concentration Epidemiology & Biostatistics, USU, Bethesda, MD 2010-2012
PhD in Rehabilitation & Movement Science, Virginia Commonwealth
University, Richmond, VA 2004-2008
MA in Athletic Training, Concentration Biomechanics, San Diego State
University, San Diego, CA 2000-2002
BS in Sports Science, Concentration Athletic Training, University of the
Pacific, Stockton, CA 1996-2000


Dr. Sarah de la Motte is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine and Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) at the Uniformed Service University. CHAMP is a Department of Defense-designated Center of Excellence for Human Performance Optimization Translation. Dr. de la Motte’s work focuses on human performance, musculoskeletal injury and injury prevention in military service members. She has been an investigator for numerous large-scale multi-site prospective cohort studies in several military populations, including deploying Marines and basic trainees. She is a member of several Department of Defense Working Groups focused on Warrior Readiness, Human Performance Optimization and Research to Practice, and Total Force Fitness, including the US Marine Corps’ Force Fitness Instructor Initiative. She is also a core member of the International Movement Screening and Interventions Group, established through the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis, which aims to develop international consensus on the use of movement screening tools and interventions to develop a strong evidence-based approach for research and clinical practice. Dr. de la Motte holds degrees in Athletic Training, Biomechanics, Rehabilitation & Movement Science and Public Health and has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 2000.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Member, Joint Program Committee-5 Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Workgroup

Member, Defense Health Agency Human Performance Optimization Committee

Member, International Movement Screening Workgroup, Centre for Sport, Exercise & Osteoarthritis, Arthritis Research UK

Member, NATA Continuing Education and Professional Advancement Military Athletic Trainers’ Working Group

Member, AM2020 Injury and Violence Free Living & Physical Performance Service Line Research to Practice Work Group

Member, Faculty Senate Research Policy Subcommittee, Uniformed Services University

Member, MD/PhD Advisory Committee, School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University


de la Motte SJ, Gribbin TC, Deuster PA. Optimizing Musculoskeletal Performance Through Injury Prevention. J Spec Oper Med. 2018;17(4):97-101.

de la Motte SJ, Welsh MM, Castle V, et al. Comparing Self-Reported Physical Activity and Sedentary Time to Objective Fitness Measures in a Military Cohort. J Sci Med Sport. 2018(pii: S1440-2440(18)30181-6).

McBratney CM, de la Motte SJ. Collaboration Needed on Human Performance Optimization for Combat Athletes. Mil Med. 2018;182(7-8):143-145.

Whittaker JL, Booysen N, de la Motte S, et al. Predicting Sport and Occupational Lower Extremity Injury Risk Through Movement Quality Screening: A Systematic Review. Br J Sports Med. 2017;51(7):580-585.

Lisman PJ, de la Motte SJ, Gribbin TC, Jaffin DP, Murphy K, Deuster PA. A Systematic Review of the Association Between Physical Fitness and Musculoskeletal Injury Risk: Part 1 - Cardiorespiratory Endurance. J Strength Cond Res. 2017;31(6):1744-1757.

de la Motte SJ, Lisman P, Gribbin TC, Murphy K, Deuster PA. A Systematic Review of the Association Between Physical Fitness and Musculoskeletal Injury Risk: Part 3 - Flexibility, Power, Speed, Balance, and Agility. J Strength Cond Res. 2017.

de la Motte SJ, Gribbin TC, Lisman P, Murphy K, Deuster PA. Systematic Review of the Association Between Physical Fitness and Musculoskeletal Injury Risk: Part 2 - Muscular Endurance and Muscular Strength. J Strength Cond Res. 2017;31(11):3218-3234.