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Active participation and an interest in learning is a must, and involvement in clinical research is expected.  Time and supervision are provided to produce at least one major publication and/or scientific presentation in the field of sports medicine.

Registration and travel is provided for each fellow to attend the AMSSM Research Workshop for Sports Medicine Fellows.  This national conference on research techniques and experimental design occurs early in his/her fellowship year

The fellow has easy access to Research Director, epidemiologists and research assistants to gain further insights into research design and statistical analysis. One half-day per week is set aside for research and scholarly activity.

Research Opportunities

Clinical research and applied sports medicine at all levels, i.e., little league, high school, college and professional.

Basic research opportunities and ongoing research available in physiology of sports injuries.

Kinesiology-research opportunities at Wake Forest University Biomechanics Lab.

Rehabilitation – research available through both the physical therapy department and Wake Forest University athletic trainers.

Wake Forest University Department of Exercise Science – Fellows are involved in performing graded exercise testing for several studies and community programs.

Current Research (as of March, 2017) 

Concussion biomarker study - in collaboration with Department of Biomedical Engineering: "Geno-metabolomic biomarkers for post-concussion symptoms" - In this study, we aim to take a geno-metabolomics approach, with a particular emphasis on fatty acid metabolism and the fatty acid desaturase (FADS) gene to identify novel biomarkers that are associated with post-concussion symptoms.

Translational study involving investigators from WFBH Bioengineering, Physical Medicine and Rehab, Pediatric Neurosurgery, and Family Medicine/Sports Medicine.

Heat Illness Project:  Exertional heat illness is a preventable, life threatening condition that disproportionately affects high school football players. Fortunately, the National Athletic Trainers Association and Inter-Association Task Force (NATA-IATF) provides preseason heat acclimatization guidelines that have been adopted by seventeen states including North Carolina. As it’s unknown if NC high schools have officially integrated the guidelines into policies, we set out to determine the percentage of NC high schools who have formally included the guidelines in their emergency action plans (EAPs). We found that codification of the 17 NATA-IATF recommended best practices was very low in high school EAPs, thus assisting high schools achieve compliance with the guidelines may be a meaningful role that sports medicine physicians can play.

HITS: iTAKL: imaging Telemetry And Kinematic modeling - This study relates head motions during hits in youth and high school football to neurocognitive and imaging data to determine effects of subconcussive and concussive head impacts, and true incidence of cognitive and objective imaging changes.

Athletic Training in Youth Football - Dr. Rosenbaum is involved with implementing an athletic trainer in a youth football organization as part of our iTAKL efforts.

NCAA-DoD: Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University joined the NCAA-DoD CARE Consortium in the summer of 2016.  The Concussion Assessment Research and Education (CARE) Study involves completing baseline concussion assessments on all athletes before their first official practice as well as post-concussion assessments on athletes that sustain a diagnosed concussion during the year.  Wake Forest University is led by PI and team physician Christopher Miles, MD and PI and team physician, Laura Lintner, DO, leads the study at Winston-Salem State University.


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