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Distinguished Speaker Series: Kevin Guskiewicz

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Kevin Guskiewicz

Kevin Guskiewicz, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, will speak to CEHD students, faculty and staff April 5 as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series.

Guskiewicz is a neuroscientist and a nationally-recognized expert on sport-related concussions. Previously, he served as senior associate dean for the natural sciences and chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. A 20-year member of Carolina’s faculty, Guskiewicz is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Exercise and Sport Science, co-director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center and director of the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes.

His research has focused on sport-related concussion, investigating its effect on balance and neurocognitive function in athletes and the long-term neurological issues related to playing sports. His work has garnered numerous awards, including fellowships in the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Academy of Kinesiology and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Guskiewicz’s research has also influenced concussion guidelines and recommendations made by these organizations, the NCAA and the NFL. He was named to the NCAA’s Concussion Committee, the NFL Players Association’s Mackey-White Committee and the NFL’s Head, Neck, and Spine Committee. In 2011, he was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for his innovative work on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sport-related concussions.

His presentation, entitled, “The state of sport concussion: Legitimate concern vs. paranoia,” will highlight facts and fallacies of sport-related concussion and concerns about the long-term effects of concussion in sport.

The Distinguished Speaker Series brings cutting-edge researchers at the state and national levels to the college on the first Wednesday of each month. Presentations are held at 12 noon (unless otherwise noted) in the College of Education & Human Development Forum, room 1030.

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