• PhD student (current), School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University
  • Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency 2012, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Marquette University 2011
  • Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, Marquette University 2009


Research Interests: Relationships among physical activity, physical literacy, clinical impairment-level measures, knee function, and knee biomechanics over time in young individuals after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction

Background: Christy is a board certified orthopedic physical therapy specialist at the Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute, where she has been working with patients since 2017.  She is also a current PhD student and graduate research associate in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at OSU.  Prior to her appointments at OSU, Christy gained expertise in pediatric sports medicine and rehabilitation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  Specialty topics of focus in her research, published work and national presentations include the female athlete, the soccer player, outcomes following ACL reconstruction, lower extremity biomechanics, physical literacy and injury prevention.  She is the Chair of the Female Athlete Special Interest Group within the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy (AASPT) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Dr. Zwolski also holds a national role as representative of the APTA and the AASPT at the Aspen Institute’s Project Play summits and workshops.  Outside of her clinic and research time at Ohio State, she enjoys playing semi-pro soccer, rock climbing, cycling, traveling, and summiting mountains.


  • 2019 New Horizon Award, American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy
  • 2019 American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy Legacy Grant,

    “The Impact of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction on the Physical Activity Profile of Young Athletes”

  • 2016 Clinical Excellence Award, Department of Occupational and Physical Therapy, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • 2013 Emerging Leader Award, Ohio Physical Therapy Association