Dr. Adrian Aron

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Brief Bio

Dr. Adrian Aron is Professor and Director of the Applied Cardiopulmonary Physiology Laboratory in the Department of Physical Therapy at Radford University.  He received his Ph.D. in clinical exercise physiology from Virginia Tech after having received a M.S. from Bloomsburg University in 2005. His areas of expertise include cardiac rehabilitation, cardiorespiratory function, and sleep apnea.  He has published original research in the International Journal of CardiologyResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, among other journals


Aron, A., Harper, B. A., Andrews, R., Boggs, E., Stanley, A. The effect of whole-body fatigue on King-Devick Test and balance. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. (published ahead of print)

Harper, B. A., Aron, A., John, E. The role of pre-season health characteristics as injury risk factors in female adolescent soccer players. Journal of Physical Therapy Science. 2021; 33:5, 439-443.

Aron, A., Powell, J., Esther, K., Gidu, D., Jagger, K. L., Paul, A. The effect of localized upper extremity fatigue on balance in young and older adults. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics. 2021; 39:1, 11-21.

Miner, D., Aron, A., DiSalvo, E. Therapeutic effects of forced exercise cycling in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Neurological Sciences. 2020; 410, 116677

Jagger, K., Frazier, A., Aron, A., Harper, B. A. Scoring performance variations between the y balance test, a Modified Y Balance Test, and the Modified Star Excursion balance test. The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2020;15(1):34-41.

Malloy, B., Furrow, D., Cook, H., Smoot, E., Cash, L., Aron, A., Jagger, K., Harper, B. A. Anterior talofibular ligament and superior extensor ankle retinaculum thickness: relationship with balance. Journal of Korean Foot and Ankle Society. 2019;23(4):173-182.

Harper, B. A., Steinbeck, L., Aron, A. Fascial manipulation vs. standard physical therapy practice to low back pain diagnoses: A Pragmatic Study. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies. 2019;23(1):115-121.

Harper, B. A., Aron, A., Siyufy, A. M., Mickle, A. M., Cox, K. M. Feasibility assessment of the Reebok CHECKLIGHT™ and King-Devick tests as screening tools in youth football. Journal of Sports Medicine and Allied Health Sciences: Official Journal of the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association. 2018; 4(2):1-7.

Aron, A., Herbert, W., Zedalis, D. Influences of obstructive sleep apnea on acute cardiac changes associated with a Mueller maneuver challenge test. Minerva Pneumologica. 2017, 56(2): 69-77.

Harper, B. A., Jagger, K., Aron, A., Steinbeck, L., Stecco, A. A commentary review of the cost effectiveness of manual therapies for neck and low back pain. Journal of body work and movement therapies. 2017, 21(3): 684-691.

Aron, A., Yost, M. The effects of patient positioning in wheelchairs on cardiac and metabolic function. Palestrica of the third millennium, 2016, 17(1): 46-50.

Hargens, T. A., Aron, A., Newsome, L. J., Austin, J. L., Shafer, B. M. Effects of obstructive sleep apnea on hemodynamic parameters in patients entering cardiac rehabilitation. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. 2015;35: 181-185.


Current Projects


Aron, A., Parcetich, K. M., Bower, K., McNeary-Keyes, L., McPherson M., DiSalvo, E, Brooks, C., Stratton, R. Causative fall risk factors leading to readmission in acute care.

        The aim of this project is to investigate the effectiveness of current fall risk screening practices by acute care therapists to determine if inconsistent fall risk screening is associated with readmission to the hospital due to fall after discharge

Aron, A., Cunnigham, S., Brown, O., Dickson, C., Gravley, E., Yoder, I. Diagnostic momentum in PT.

        The purpose of this study is to determine whether diagnostic momentum is present in physical therapy and the effect it has on evaluation of patients. This is measured through the use of vignettes on randomly-assigned therapists with variable levels of experience.

Aron, A., Quiroga, L., Pitts, Q. Impact of OSA on Congestive Heart Failure cost.

        Our research wanted to know if there is an increased health care cost in congestive heart failure patients that also have obstructive sleep apnea as a comorbidity. Understanding the increased cost of congestive heart failure associated with obstructive sleep apnea may drive the health care systems to identify cost effective strategies for screening and treating sleep apnea before it becomes an excessive medical expense.

Aron. A, Weber, N., Reese, H., Lu, D., Piper, E. Ankle injury prevention in gymnastics

        The purpose of this study is to understand what characteristics can predict ankle injuries in female gymnasts. Measuring these characteristics before the competition season would allow for specific, individualized training aimed at reducing the risk of injury in gymnasts during their competition season.