Rob Mason is a recent graduate from the University of Melbourne (Victoria, Australia). His PhD thesis focused on coach-athlete verbal feedback, with a focus on elite-level team sports. He is particularly interested in the reception of feedback by athletes, and the way that feedback changes based on the context in which it is given. He also works as a coach developer with an Australian Football League team, where he provides support to coaches around their use of feedback and teaching strategies.
Summary: While there have been previous lower extremity injury surveillance datasets conducted in a variety of athletes post-concussion, this article was the first to demonstrate a specific relationship between concussion and ACL injury. Those with a concussion history in the previous 3 years were 1.6x more likely to sustain and ACL injury compared to controls. About half of the total cases examined in this study were due to sport.
Summary: Injury prediction is the holy grail of sports science. This article provides a nice overview of why current injury prediction methods are flawed (namely due to cross-sectional nature of screening) and provides opportunities to improve our models.
Summary: This article reviews biomechanical and physiological adaptations that occur after ACL injury and offers integrated strategies to restore motor control post-ACLR. Commentary is provided through perspectives including neuroscience, biomechanics, motor control/learning, and psychology.
Summary: One of the first articles to demonstrate the influence of neurocognition on musculoskeletal injury. Collegiate athletes who sustained a noncontact ACL injury performed worse on assessments of reaction time, working memory, and processing speed compared to matched controls.
Summary: This paper offers possible neuromuscular explanations for increased risk of musculoskeletal injury after concussion. Neuromuscular control post-concussion may be better understood by utilizing dynamic tasks during clinical rehabilitation, including gait and/or sport-specific scenarios.
Adam is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Human Functioning and Rehabilitation Science at The University of Vermont (UVM). For his Ph.D., Adam is focused on learning more about relationships between perceptive measures, such as the rating of perceived exertion (RPE), and sport-specific performance outcomes in athletes. He also serves as the Sports Science Coordinator at UVM where organizes the collection, interpretation, visualization, and applied integration of physiological data from the Men’s Ice Hockey and Men’s Basketball teams.
Prior to UVM, Adam was the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach (2013-2015) and Sport Scientist (2015-2019) for the New York Rangers.
Through his personal brand, Adam also creates tools and sports science resources including Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets tutorials, plug-and-play sheets/files, and infographics. You can find all of that at his website, adamvirgile.com.
Mike is a lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science and Sport Performance courses at Leeds Beckett University in the UK. Currently Mike is completing a PhD on tackle injury mechanisms in elite rugby league and is also a performance analyst for the England Korfball national team. Mike has previously worked as a graduate teaching assistant within Leeds Beckett, a biomechanics research assistant at University of Central Lancashire and a strength and conditioning coach at elite rugby league club. Mike has a strong interest in performance analysis and is currently utilising video analysis methodology within research to better understand dynamic, open natured events, such as the tackle event in rugby league. Mike has previously presented at the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport conference in Budapest, Hungary, winning the Routledge young researcher of year award at the conference. He currently has two studies from his PhD in the final processes of publication in peer review journals.
Toby Edwards is a 3rd year PhD candidate and sessional tutor at The University of Notre Dame Australia. His PhD research explores the assessment and development of sprint acceleration and horizontal force-velocity-power characteristics in junior Australian football players. Toby is also the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the South Fremantle Football Club junior development program.
Kelsey is a 5th year doctoral student in the Biomechanics & Movement Science program at the University of Delaware. She is originally from Winnipeg, Canada (Go Jets Go!) where she completed her Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biopsychology. She then moved on to earn her Masters of Science in Health & Exercise Science in Kelowna, BC, Canada. She became interested in the brain and neuroscience after watching a lot of Grey’s Anatomy in high school, but her interest in concussions came a few years later in undergrad while watching, naturally, ice hockey. Kelsey’s research in the concussion world has been pretty broad over the past few years, but she began to realize that most concussion research was on high school, college, or professional athletes and she couldn’t help but think “what about the everyday person?” This led her to what is now her dissertation project – investigating the neurological health of adults with persistent symptoms from a concussion. When she is not working on her dissertation, she loves to attend spinning classes, go for hikes, and loves planning her next trip to a new place!
Sean Cochran is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the department of Kinesiology and Dance at NMSU with an emphasis in motor control and learning. His primary research interests are the effects of virtual reality training on motor and cognitive performance. He received his M.S. in Applied Neuromechanics as well as his B.S. in Sport Medicine from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.