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Jeff Russell

Jeff Russell
Associate Professor
Grover Center E182
Athens Campus

Dr. Jeff Russell is associate professor of Athletic Training and researcher within the Science and Health in Artistic Performance (SHAPe) at Ohio University. Dr. Russell assists a team of athletic trainers and researchers who care for and study artists in dance, music, theatre, entertainment, and marching band. He earned his Ph.D. in dance medicine and science from the University of Wolverhampton in England. He is a Fellow of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (FIADMS) and a member of the Research Advisory Group of Cirque du Soleil.


  • BA, Sports Medicine, Rice University, 1981
  • MS, Athletic Training, University of Arizona, 1982
  • PhD, Dance Medicine and Science, University of Wolverhampton (UK), 2010

Research Interests

  • Medical aspects of performing arts
  • Concussions in theatre and entertainment
  • Ankle and foot anatomy and function
  • Ankle osteoarthritis in classical ballet
  • Injury prevention in performing arts

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Awards and Honors

  • Bruning Teaching Fellow, Ohio University (2017-18)
  • Ronald P. Socciarelli Award for Outstanding Service to the Ohio University Marching 110 (2018)
  • Fellow (FIADMS), International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (2015)
  • Member of Research Advisory Group, Cirque du Soleil

University Services

  • AHSW Curriculum Committee Chair
  • CHSP Curriculum Committee
  • Intercollegiate Athletics Committee