FACULTY
Chris Kuenze, Ph.D., ATC
Dr. Kuenze is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University. He serves as the Director of the Graduate Program in Athletic Training as well as the Director of the Sports Injury Research Laboratory. His primary research interest revolves around the impact of ACL reconstruction on physical activity, response to exercise, and quadriceps neuromuscular function with the goals of reducing ACL re-injury risk and promoting positive long term patient outcomes. In addition, Dr. Kuenze is working to develop low cost evaluation and intervention technologies to assist in the restoration of quadriceps muscle function and the optimization of functional movement patterns following knee joint injury. His recent work has been featured in the Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and Journal of Orthopaedic Research. Contact Dr. Kuenze at kuenzech@msu.edu.
Tracey Covassin, Ph.D., ATC, FNATA
Dr. Tracey Covassin joined MSU's College of Education in the Fall 2005 from Shippensburg University, where she was an assistant professor of Exercise Science. Dr. Covassin serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and as a certified athletic trainer within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Her research focuses on neuropsychological impairments of concussions and epidemiology of sports injuries. She most recently served as the project coordinator of the Philadelphia Sports Concussion Project, and was a National Athletic Trainers Association Foundation Student Research Award Finalist in 2004. Dr. Covassin earned her PhD from Temple University in 2003. Presently, Dr. Covassin is involved as the Undergraduate Athletic Training Educational Program Director in conjunction with her ongoing research projects. Tracey was honored in June 2016 by the National Athletic Trainers' Associationwith the "Fellow Award" recognizing achievement in research and/or education combined with service to the profession. Only the most accomplished scholars in the athletic training profession earn this distinction and are allowed to use the prestigious designation of "FNATA." Contact Dr. Covassin at covassin@msu.edu.
GRADUATE STUDENTS

Abby Bretzin, M.S., ATC
Abby is a second year Ph.D. student interested in sports-related concussion (SRC). Currently, her focus is on neurocognitive deficits and sex differences following a SRC as well as investigating preventative interventions for both SRC and head impacts below the threshold of a concussion. Her master’s thesis evaluated the relationship of head impact kinematics and strength of various muscle groups in the cervical spine in soccer athletes. Abby is currently a research assistant in the Sports Related Concussion Lab and teaching assistant in the Department of Kinesiology. Contact Abby at bretzina@msu.edu
Jennifer Savage, M.S., ATC
Jennifer is currently a second-year Ph.D. student in Kinesiology with a concentration in Athletic Training, studying under Dr. Tracey Covassin. Her interest includes the long-term effects of sports-related concussions in athletes and the self-efficacy of certified athletic trainers in the use of concussion assessment and management. She completed her Master's Degree in Sports Medicine in 2015, at Georgia State University. Her interest examined the effects of the short-foot exercise in athletes with chronic ankle instability. She completed her Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training in 2013, at Western Carolina University. She serves as a research assistant and teaching assistant in the Department of Kinesiology. Contact her at savage25@msu.edu
Caroline Lisee, M.Ed., ATC
Caroline is a first-year Ph.D. student interested in neuromuscular adaptations after traumatic knee injuries. Specifically, she studies different aspects of muscular performance after ACL injury to help identify clinical tools to reduce risk of re-injury and developing osteoarthritis. Her master’s research assessed limb symmetry in healthy subjects as a means for guiding objective return to play criteria following ACL reconstruction. She serves as a research assistant and teaching assistant in the Department of Kinesiology. Contact Caroline at liseecar@msu.edu
Kyle Petit, M.S., ATC
Kyle is a first-year Ph.D. student who currently serves as a research and teaching assistant in the Department of Kinesiology. His research interests primarily focus around sport-related concussions and how they affect high school and collegiate athletes. Kyle is particularly interested in assessing population and sport differences along with various components of the evaluation process. His master’s research assessed caffeine’s effect on select concussion evaluation tools. Contact Kyle at petitkyl@msu.edu
Morgan Anderson, M.S.
Morgan is a first year Ph.D. student. Her research interests include the neuropsychological, psychosocial, and physical effects of sport-related concussion (SRC). She completed her Master’s Degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science at the University of Arkansas in 2017. Her thesis compared before-school and after-school neurocognitive performance and symptoms to determine the optimal time to administer computerized neurocognitive testing. Morgan is currently a research assistant in the Department of Kinesiology. Contact her at ande1997@msu.edu
Tom Birchmeier MS, ATC, CSCS
Tom is a first year Ph.D student in the Department of Kinesiology, where he serves as a teaching and research assistant. Tom received his Master's Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Indiana. His master’s research focused on treating plantar fasciitis with instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. His current research interests include quadriceps function and return to physical activity following ACL reconstruction. Contact Tom at birchm48@msu.edu