Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz - 2014 Huffines Discussion Scholar

Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz

Kenan Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

“Sport-Related Concussion: Legitimate Concern vs. Paranoia?

Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz is the Kenan Distinguished Professor and Co-Director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center and Director of the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He holds joint appointments in the Department of Orthopaedics, UNC Injury Prevention Research Center, and Doctoral Program in Human Movement Science.  In July 2013, Dr. Guskiewicz was appointed as the Senior Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Over the past 18 years, Dr. Guskiewicz’s research has focused on sport-related concussion. He has investigated the effect of sport-related concussion on balance and neuropsychological function in high school and collegiate athletes, and the long-term neurological issues related to playing sport. Dr. Guskiewicz has been the recipient of 23 funded research grants, and has published over 90 journal articles and six textbook chapters related to concussion in sport. He was awarded Fellowships in the American College of Sports Medicine in 2003, the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education in 2006, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2008.  In 2010 he was named to NCAA’s Concussion Committee, the NFLPA’s Mackey-White Committee, and the NFL’s Head, Neck, and Spine Committee.  In 2011, Dr. Guskiewicz was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, the first MacArthur Fellowship awarded in Sports Medicine.