This week Kevin Guskiewicz of the University of North Carolina, "a researcher and athletic trainer who has made major advances in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports-related concussions," was awarded a $500,000 fellowship by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The so-called MacArthur Genius Awards are given to "talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction."
Guskiewicz currently is Kenan Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina. He also is founding director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center and research director of the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes. His research on sport-related concussions has been instrumental in the recent wave of changes that has swept through all levels of football pertaining to concussion recognition, treatment and return-to-play policies.
Congratulations Dr. Guskiewicz!