A photo of Adam Kiefer.

Director of Research Education, Division of Sports Medicine

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Biography & Affiliation


Dr. Kiefer's research takes a complex systems approach to performance enhancement and injury prevention in sport, and integrates innovative technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, eye tracking, and biofeedback tools with established training practices to improve training outcomes. His expertise in behavioral dynamics and dynamical disease provides an innovative approach to measuring, modeling and analyzing the complexity of healthy and pathological human performance in a variety of contexts. Opportunities for mentorship in the research process are available, and participation by interested fellows and prospective graduate students is encouraged.

Research Interests

Antifragility; augmented/virtual reality; behavioral dynamics; complex systems modeling; dynamical disease; individual/team coordination; nonlinear dynamics; sensorimotor neuroscience; quantitative methods.

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Sports Medicine


BS: University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, La Crosse, WI.

MS: Barry University, Miami, FL.

PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

Post Doctoral: Brown University, Providence, RI.


Kiefer AW, Myer GD. Training the antifragile athlete: A preliminary analysis of neuromuscular training effects on muscle activation dynamics. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences. 2015; 19, 489-510.

Kiefer AW, Barber Foss K, Rehes A, Gadd B, Gordon M,Rushford K, Laufer I, Weiss M, Myer GD. Brain network activation as a novel biomarker for the return-to-play pathway following sport-related brain injury. Frontiers in Neurology. 2015; 6, 3-5.

DiCesare CA, Kiefer AW, Nalepka P, Myer GD. Quantification and analysis of saccadic and smooth pursuit eye movements and fixations to detect oculomotor deficits. Behavior Research Methods. 2015; 1-9.

Paterno MV, Kiefer AW, Bonnette S, Riley MA, Schmitt LC, Ford KR, Myer GD, Shockley K, Hewett TE. Prospectively identified deficits in hip-ankle coordination in female athletes who sustain a second anterior cruciate ligament injury after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and return to sport. Clinical Biomechanics. 2015.

Quatman-Yates CC, Bonnette S, Hugentobler JA, Betovens M,Kiefer AW, Kurowski BG, Riley MA. Post-concussion postural sway changes in young athletes: Postural sway variability is important. Pediatric Physical Therapy. 2015; 27, 316-327.

Kiefer AW, Kushner AM, Groene, J, Williams C, Riley MA, Myer GD. A commentary on real-time biofeedback to augment neuromuscular training for ACL injury prevention in adolescent athletes. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 2015; 14, 1-8.

Kiefer AW, Rhea CK, Warren WH. (2013). VR-based assessment and rehabilitation of functional mobility. In J. Campos, A. Lécuyer, F. Steinicke, Y. Visell (Eds.), Human walking in virtual environments: Perception, technology and applications. Springer.

Kiefer AW, Ford KR, Paterno MV, Schmitt LC, Myer GD, Riley MA, Shockley K, Hewett TE. Intersegmental postural coordination measures differentiate ACL reconstructed athletes from healthy controls. Gait & Posture. 2013;37, 149-153.

Rhea CK, Kiefer AW, Haran FJ, Glass SM, Warren WH. A new measure of the CoP trajectory in postural sway: Dynamics of heading change. Medical Engineering and Physics. 2014;36, 1473-1479.

Kiefer AW, Riley MA, Shockley K, Sitton CA, Hewett TE, Cummins-Sebree S, Haas JG. Multi-segmental postural coordination in professional ballet dancers. Gait & Posture. 2011;34, 76-80.