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Honoring Scientific Leadership in an Era of Change

from By Jeffrey S. Kutcher, M.D.

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Dr. Kutcher is Director of the Michigan Neurosport Program and a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology with the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. His research focuses on the neurologic aspects of sports injuries, particularly related to concussion, migraine and sleep disorders. He is a leader is sports neurology and recently was appointed to direct the National Basketball Association’s new Concussion Program. His statement below was extracted and adapted from his recent commentary, which appears in the May-June 2012 issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports (CSMR).

Dr. Guskiewicz recently was named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow, an internationally prominent award, for his work in sport concussion. He is the Kenan Distinguished Professor and director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also serves as the chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science and holds joint appointments in the Department of Orthopaedics, University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center, and Doctoral Program in Human Movement Science. For 17 years, Dr. Guskiewicz has focused his research on sport-related concussion in high school and collegiate athletes. The range of his investigations has encompassed such issues as consequences of sport-related concussion on balance, neuropsychological function, and the long-term neurological issues. He has received 20 funded research grants and published more than 75 journal articles on these topics. He currently holds memberships on the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Concussion Committee, the National Football League Players Association’s Mackey-White Committee, and the National Football League’s Head, Neck, and Spine Committee. Dr. Guskiewicz’s work in sport-related traumatic brain injury was recently profiled in the May-June 2012 issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports (CSMR), along with a statement of historic perspective and tribute by Dr. Kutcher.

SMB is pleased to share with our readers some of Dr. Guskiewicz comments from that profile article in CSMR. SMB join’s Dr. Kutcher in congratulating Dr. Guskiewicz for his persistent focused efforts, creativity, and leadership in advancing the understanding of concussive injury in sports - and this prestigious honor he has received from the MacArthur Foundation. For more, see The MacArthur Foundation. more

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