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Dustin Grooms honored with NATA New Investigator Award for 2020

Dustin Grooms honored with NATA New Investigator Award for 2020

Dustin Grooms, PhD, ATC, CSCS, an associate professor for Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions, has been bestowed with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Research & Education Foundation’s New Investigator Award for 2020.

The national award recognizes a researcher who is likely to continue to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in athletic training and healthcare.

“It is a great honor to receive the New Investigator Award from the NATA and join the ranks of incredible scholars in sports medicine and orthopedic research that have won this award in the past. I greatly appreciate the NATA supporting our research and recognizing the outstanding work of our laboratory,” Dr. Grooms said. “I am very fortunate and owe a great debt to my amazing collaborates here at OHIO, especially, Dr. Brian Clark, Dr. Janet Simon, Dr. Chad Starkey, Dr. Jae Yom, and many more around the country and world that I have had the privilege to work with.”

Starkey, associate director of athletic training in CHSP’s School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness, said of Grooms, “He is a once in a generation scholar. The accomplishments he has made in his short time at OHIO are unprecedented.”

Grooms’ current research focus centers on understanding brain activation related to injuries while also discerning promotion of healing and post-treatment performance. He is involved in a three-year project funded by the Department of Defense to help military members suffering from knee injuries return to full, active duty. OHIO’s ROTC cadets have participated in the study by being monitored while engaging in various physical and cognitive tests.


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