News – Athletic Trainer Kevin Guskiewicz Receives MacAurthur Grant!

22 Sep

Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC, has been awarded the prestigious MacAurthur Foundation Grant for his ongoing research on concussions.  The “Genius Grant” of $500,000 will help fund his research for the next 5 years.  Kevin has helped to write the Position Statement on Concussions for the NATA and the ACSM.  He also has performed research on NFL players and the correlation between concussions and early cognitive changes.

Becker’s Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Review Online sums his work up nicely:

Mr. Guskiewicz’s research has documented the high correlation between retired National Football League athletes who have suffered multiple concussions during their careers and the early onset of neurodegenerative changes. He and his colleagues have measured the impact of concussions on UNC football players through the use of accelerometers and learned that the location and force of the hit did not necessarily relate to the clinical outcome of the concussion. They also found that head impact data can change a player’s behavior by educating them about poor techniques that can predispose them to concussions.

Mr. Guzkiewicz began his career as an athletic trainer with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is now the Kenan Distinguished Professor and chair of the department of exercise and sport science at UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences. He is also the co-director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center and research director for the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes. 

Congratulations Kevin!$500k-genius-grant-for-concussion-work






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