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Ulrike Mitchell

Associate Professor
Exercise Sciences

268 SFH
Provo, UT 84602

801-422-3344

Biography

Ulrike grew up in the Black Forest, Germany; received a Bachelor's in Romance Languages and Sport Sciences from University of Heidelberg, Germany; received a BS in Physical Therapy in Germany; emigrated to the USA in 1990; received MS in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine in FL in 2000; had worked as a physical therapist for 20 years (receiving certifications in McKenzie and manual therapy) before joining BYU as a student; earned PhD in Exercise Sciences from BYU in 2005; has been working as faculty in the Exercise Sciences Department at BYU since 2008. She completed her fellowship program with the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists in 2016. Her husband, a physical therapist as well, and she have 2 children, Hanna (20, on her Mission in Louisville, KY) and David (17). They live in Provo.

Teaching Interests

  • ExSc 440: Advanced Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • ExSc 460: Orthopedic Impairment and Therapeutic Exercises
  • ExSc 625R: Principles and History of Strength Rehabilitation

Research Interests

  • Spine and intervertebral disc
  • Low back pain: etiology and interventions
  • Dry needling (acupuncture-like technique for muscles, used in physical therapy for pain control and range of motion restrictions)

Courses Taught

Winter 2019

  • EXSC 460: Ortho Impairments & Ther Exer Section 002, 003
  • EXSC 497R: Undergrad Research & Study Section 012
  • EXSC 799R: Doctoral Dissertation Section 001

Fall 2018

  • EXSC 497R: Undergrad Research & Study Section 004
  • EXSC 799R: Doctoral Dissertation Section 003

Spring 2018

  • EXSC 799R: Doctoral Dissertation Section 003

Winter 2018

  • EXSC 440: Adv Musskl Hum Anat (incl lab) Section 003
  • EXSC 460: Ortho Impairments & Ther Exer Section 005
  • EXSC 497R: Undergrad Research & Study Section 009
  • EXSC 799R: Doctoral Dissertation Section 002

Publications

Journal Articles

Mitchell UH, Johnson AW, Feland JB, Vehrs PR. 2016. Performance on the functional movement screen in older active adults. Journal of Sport and Health Science. 5(1):119-125.

Nielson C, Lockhart BD, George JD, Hager RL, Eggett DL, Steffen PR, Mitchell UH, Bailey BW. 2016. The Effect of CardioWaves Interval Training on Resting Blood Pressure, Resting Heart Rate, and Mind-Body Wellness. International Journal of Exercise Science. 9(1):89-100.

Mitchell UH, Johnson AW, Adamson B. 2015. Relationship between functional movement ability, core strength, posture and BMI in school children in Moldova. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 29(5):1172-1179.

Ulfberg J, Mitchell UH. 2015. Efficacy of sildenafil in a patient with restless legs syndrome/Willis-Ekbom disease: A case report. Clinical Neuropharmacology. 38(2):67-68.

Johnson PK, Feland JB, Johnson AW, Mack GW, Mitchell UH. 2014. Effect of whole body vibration on skin blood flow and nitric oxide production. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. 8(4):889-894.

Johnson AW, Meek K, Mitchell UH, Feland JB. 2014. Hamstring flexibility increases the same with 3 or 9 repetitions of stretching held for a total time of 90 seconds. Physical Therapy in Sport. 15(2):101-105.

Mitchell UH, Hilton SC. 2014. Change of International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group Rating Scale subscales with treatment and placebo - a pilot study. Journal of Parkinsonism and Restless Legs Syndrome. 4:1-7.

Mitchell UH, Johnson PK. 2014. Vibration and skin blood flow changes in subjects with RLS. Journal of Parkinsonism and Restless Legs Syndrome. 4:9-16.

Ridge SE, Johnson AW, Mitchell UH, Hunter I, Robinson E, Rich BS, Brown SD. 2013. Foot Bone Marrow Edema after 10-week Transition to Minimalist Running Shoes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 45(7):1363-8.

Johnson AW, Eastman CS, Mitchell UH, Feland JB, Mortensen BB, Eggett DL. 2013. Effect of high-speed treadmill training with a body weight support system in a sport acceleration program with female soccer players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 27(6):1496-1502.

Mitchell UH, Mack GW. 2013. Low level laser treatment with near-infrared light increases venous nitric oxide levels acutely: single blind, randomized clinical trial of efficacy. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 92(2):151-156.

Mitchell UH, Johnson AW, Myrer JW, Hager RL, Eggett DL. 2012. A randomized single-blind controlled trial comparing two near-infrared light devices: implications for tissue heating and safety. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 91(9):789-796.

Mitchell UH, Johnson AW, Ridge SE, Standifird T. 2012. "Natural Running" - Joggen im Minimalschuh. pt Zeitschrift fuer Physiotherapeuten. 64(7):47-49.

Mitchell UH, Helgeson K. 2011. Ekbom Disease (formerly known as Restless Legs Syndrome) and Physical Therapy – a systematic review. pt Zeitschrift für Physiotherapeuten. 63(6):46-48.

Mitchell UH. 2011. Ekbom Syndrom behandeln. pt Zeitschrift für Physiotherapeuten. 6:46-48.

Mitchell UH, Johnson AW, Myrer JW. 2011. Comparison of two infra red devices in their effectiveness in reducing symptoms associated with RLS. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 27(5):352-359.

Mitchell UH, Myrer JW, Johnson AW, Hilton SC. 2011. Restless Legs Syndrome and Near-Infrared Light Treatment: an alternative treatment option. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 27(5):345-351.

Mitchell UH. 2011. Non-drug related aspect of treating Ekbom Disease, formerly known as Restless Legs Syndrome. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment. 7:251-257.

Mitchell UH, Myrer JW, Hopkins JT, Hunter I, Feland JB, Hilton SC. 2009. Neurophysiological reflex mechanisms' lack of contribution to the success of PNF stretches. Journal of Sports Rehabilitation. 18:343-357.

Abstract

Mitchell UH, Johnson AW. 2016. Dry needling the rhomboid major: Considerations for positioning. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. 24(3):118-120.

Johnson AW, Evanson A, Mitchell UH, Myrer JW, Eggett DL. 2013. MULTIFIDUS MUSCLE SIZE AND ATROPHY AMONG DANCERS WITH AND WITHOUT LOW BACK PAIN. Physical Therapy. 1084.

Johnson AW, Mitchell UH, Ridge SE, Hunter I. 2013. Intrarater and interrater reliability using the varifit accu-Pin scanner in assessing foot arches. Journal of Orthopedic and Sport Physical Therapy. 43(1):A104.

Mitchell UH, Johnson AW, Eastman CS. 2012. Effect of high-speed treadmill training with a body weight support system in a sport acceleration program with female soccer players. Physical Therapy Journal.

Mitchell UH, Johnson AW, Myrer JW, Hager RL, Eggett DL. 2011. Comparison of two near-infrared light devices in regards to skin and tissue heating in a randomized single-blind controlled trial.

Johnson AW, Nagel A, Mitchell UH. 2011. Preliminary cross-cultural comparison of young women's core strength in Ghana, Africa, and Utah, USA. World Physical Therapy Congress 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands June 2011.

Mitchell UH, Helgeson K. 2011. Restless Legs Syndrome and Physical Therapy - a systematic review.

Mitchell UH, Johnson AW, Hager RL, Johnson PK. 2011. Treatment with near-infrared light increases tissue temperature away from the treatment site in diabetic patients. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 43(5):798.

Mitchell UH, Johnson AW, Myrer JW. 2010. Infrared and infrared with red light significantly alleviate symptoms associated with restless legs syndrome.

Mitchell UH, Myrer JW, Hopkins JT, Hunter I, Feland JB, Hilton SC. 2009. Neurophysiological reflex mechanisms do not contribute to the success of PNF stretches (PO-144-RR-TH). Physical Therapy.

Mitchell UH, Myrer JW, Hopkins JT, Hunter I, Feland JB, Hilton SC. 2009. Neurophysiological reflex mechanisms do not contribute to the success of pnf stretches. Physical Therapy.

Mitchell UH, Myrer JW, Hopkins JT, Hunter I, Feland JB, Hilton SC. 2006. Reciprocal inhibition, successive inhibition, autogenic inhibition, or stretch perception alteration: why do PNF stretches work?. Proceedings of the American College of Sports Medicine 53rd Annual Meeting.

Presentations
Johnson AW, Mitchell UH. Dry Needling in the upper thorax: Hand dominance does not affect tissue thickness to the pleura. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting. San Antonio, TX. 2017 .

Mitchell UH, Johnson AW. Dry needling the rhomboid major: considerations for positioning. Annual conference of the AAOMPT. St. Louis, MO. 2016 .

Richardson S, Tingey J, Mitchell UH. A comparison of exercise ability and flexibility between children in urban and rural areas in Kenya. Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. Costa Mesa, CA. 2014 .

Richardson S, Tingey J, Mitchell UH. A comparison of FMS between male and female children in Kenya. Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. Costa Mesa, CA. 2014 .

Bowden J, Mitchell UH, Wisco JJ. Intervertebral disc fluid flow changes using traction: a cadaveric pilot study. Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. Costa Mesa, CA. 2014 .

Hunsaker EK, Mitchell UH. Restless Legs Syndrome and dopamine, flux and whole body vibration treatment. Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. Costa Mesa, CA. 2014 .

Parker S, Mitchell UH, Johnson AW. Inter-tester and inter-medium reliability of the FMS. Utah Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference. Layton, UT. 2014 .

Bowden J, Mitchell UH. Intervertebral disc and fluid flow with traction - a pilot study. Utah Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference. Layton, UT. 2014.

Richardson S, Tingey J, Mitchell UH. Research in Kenya, experiences and challenge. Utah Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference. Layton, UT. 2014.

Mitchell UH. The clinical prediction rule in spinal stabilization. Utah Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference. Layton, UT. 2014.

Ridge SE, Nelson J, Dahle L, Mitchell UH, Johnson AW, Hunter I, Standifird T, Bruening D. Lower Extremity Kinematics After 10-week Transition to Minimalist Running Shoes. World Congress of Biomechanics. Boston, MA. 2014.

Mitchell UH, Johnson PK. Vibration and Skin Blood Flow Changes in Subjects with Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). SLEEP 2014. Minneapolis, Minnesota. 2014.

Johnson AW, Mitchell UH, Vehrs Z, Uvacsek M, Toth M, Mako L, Vehrs PR. Gender Differences in Hungarian Children on the Functional Movement Screen and Arm Strength. Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Orlando, Florida. 2014.

Ridge SE, Mitchell UH, Hunter I, Johnson AW. Muscle Size Difference Before and After 10-week Minimalist Shoe Transition: Preliminary Comparison of Injured vs. Non-injured Runners. Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Orlando, FL. 2014.

Mitchell UH, Johnson AW, Adamson B. Association of core strength and functional movement ability with BMI in school children in Moldova. American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting. Las Vegas, NV. 2014.

Mitchell UH, Johnson AW, Feland JB, Vehrs PR. BMI, predicted VO2max and total FMS score in the active elderly population. American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting. Las Vegas, NV. 2014.

Mitchell UH, Ridge SE, Johnson AW, Hunter I. Light, Lighter, Barefoot; Symposium. Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. Newport Beach, CA. 2013.

Mitchell UH, Johnson PK. Vibration and Skin Blood Flow Changes in Subjects with Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). SWACSM Annual Conference. Newport Beach, CA. 2013 .

Vehrs PR, Johnson AW, Mitchell UH, Feland JB. Performance on the Functional Movement Screen is related to BMI and physical activity levels in senior men and women. UPTA Fall Conference. Layton UT. 2013.

Vehrs Z, Vehrs PR, Johnson AW, Mitchell UH, Nomiyama M, Barker H, Martina U, Toth M, Mako L. Functional Movement Screen performance and it relationship to BMI and body fat in children. Utah Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference. Layton UT. 2013.

Standifird T, Mitchell UH, Ridge SE. Lower extremity muscle activation during barefoot, minimalist, and shod running. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics. Omaha, NE. 2013.

Johnson AW, Evanson A, Mitchell UH, Myrer JW, Eggett DL. Multifidus muscle size and atrophy among dancers with and without low back pain. Physical Therapy 2013: American Physical Therapy Association ’s Annual Conference & Exposition. Salt Lake City. 2013.

Johnson AW, Mitchell UH, Ridge SE, Hunter I, Myrer JW. Abductor hallucis cross-sectional area increased after a 10-week transition period of running in Vibram five-fingers running shoes. Physical Therapy 2013: American Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference & Exposition. Salt Lake City. 2013.

Mitchell UH, Eggett DL. Re-evaluation of the IRLS - a pilot study. SLEEP 2013. Baltimore, MA. 2013.

Mitchell UH, Johnson AW, Ridge SE, Hunter I. Intra- and Inter-tester Reliability of the Varifit Foot Assessment Device. American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting. 2013.

Mitchell UH, Killpack A. Near-infrared light treatment and blood changes. Utah Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference. Layton, UT. 2012.

Smyres A, Johnson AW, Mitchell UH, Myrer JW, Feland JB, Seeley MK, Brooks C, Mortensen BB, Anderson J. Electromyography comparison of three isometric lumbar spine extensor strengthening exercises. Annual Meeting of the ACSM. San Francisco. 2012.

May M, Ridge SE, Johnson AW, Hunter I, Mitchell UH, Benson B. Effect of Training in Vibram FiveFiners on Running Economy: Preliminary Results. SW ACSM. Reno, NV. 2011.

Johnson AW, Mitchell UH, Ridge SE, Hunter I, Asay J, Petersen J, Olson T. Inter-tester reliability of the varifit foot assessment device. SW ACSM. Reno. 2011.

Johnson AW, Olson T, Ridge SE, Mitchell UH, Hunter I, Assay J, Petersen J. Intra-rater reliability of foot intrinsic muscle size measured by ultrasound. SW ACSM. Reno. 2011.

Mitchell UH, Johnson AW, Simmons B. A comparative cross-cultural comparison of posture, core strength, height, age and BMI. Utah Physical Therapy Association Annual Meeting. Layton, UT. 2011.

Johnson AW, Sommerfeldt R, Mitchell UH, Seeley MK, George JD. Upper extremity dexterity changes due to neck extensors or forearm muscle fatigue. Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Denver, CO, USA. 2011.

Johnson AW, Nagel AE, Mitchell UH. Preliminary cross-cultural comparison of young women's core strength in Ghana, Africa, and Utah, USA. World Physical Therapy Congress 2011. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 2011.

Other

Mitchell UH. 2012. Commentary on: Restless legs syndrome and near-infrared light: an alternative treatment option. Lee-Chiong, T, editors.