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Director of Research, Division of Sports Medicine

Director of SPORT Center and The Human Performance Laboratory

Professor, UC Department of PediatricsProfessor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery



Biography & Affiliation


My research team and I focus on injury prevention and human performance neuroscience. Our long-term research goals are to understand the underlying mechanisms of sports-related injuries. With this knowledge, we hope to develop innovative strategies to reduce the risk of injury and to support healthy and active lifestyles in young people.

I came to sports medicine as a college athlete, after sustaining many sports injuries that required surgery. This helped me see the value of this field to the lives of young athletes and the impact that injury prevention could provide. I switched from being a math major to sports medicine early in my studies, and I’ve been a researcher since 1998. In 2001, I came to Cincinnati Children’s.

Our team is considered to be a thought leader in the science of investigating the mechanisms of sports-related injuries, as well as the biomechanical adaptations to neuromuscular rehabilitation. We’ve also developed collaborations with pain research teams to better understand the mechanisms of pain, as well as the potential for exercise interventions to support treatment strategies for young people with chronic pain.

I have published over 375 medical manuscripts related to our research on injury biomechanics, human performance, pediatric exercise science, preventive medicine and sensorimotor neuroscience.

I’ve also received the following awards:

  • American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award (2005, 2015)
  • NCAA Research Award (2010)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist of the Year (2011)
  • Association of Bone and Joint Surgeon’s Nicolas Andry Award (2012)
  • George J. Davies – James A. Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award (2014, 2016)
  • Clint Thompson Award for Clinical Advancement in Athletic Training (2005, 2010, 2013)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Kappa Delta/OREF Clinical Research Award (2016)
  • British Journal of Sports Medicine Systematic Review Award (2015)
  • American Journal of Sports Medicine Systematic Review Award (2013)
  • Sports Health Journal T. David Sisk Research Award (2017)
  • Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Outstanding Alumnus Award (2016)
  • Franklin College Distinguished Alumni Award (2017)

The passion of our research team in sports medicine, along with the collaborations with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, are the key elements that drive our successful innovations that help youth play and stay well.

Research Interests

Injury biomechanics; human performance; pediatric exercise science; preventative medicine; sensorimotor neuroscience.

Read research highlights from the Human Performance Laboratory.

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of PediatricsProfessor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery


Sports Medicine

Cincinnati Children's Blog

Protecting the Brain in Sport

BlogResearch and Discoveries

Protecting the Brain in Sport: Research Shows Promise

By Greg Myer, PhD10/15/2018

Why Strength Training Is Important For Young Athletes

BlogFitness and Nutrition

Why Strength Training Is Important For Young Athletes

By Greg Myer, PhD5/7/2018


BlogFitness and Nutrition

Concussions: It’s OK For Kids To Play Contact Sports

By Greg Myer, PhD3/8/2016


BA: Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana, 1996.

MS: Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1998.

PhD: Rocky Mountain University, Provo, Utah, 2010.

Postdoc: Ohio State University (Sports Medicine, Physiology and Cell Biology).


A Novel Approach to Evaluate Brain Activation for Lower Extremity Motor Control. Grooms, DR; Diekfuss, JA; Ellis, JD; Yuan, W; Dudley, J; Foss, KD B; Thomas, S; Altaye, M; Haas, L; Williams, B; et al. Journal of Neuroimaging. 2019; July 2019:580-588.

Advancing anterior cruciate ligament injury prevention using real-time biofeedback for amplified sensorimotor integration. Bonnette, S; DiCesare, CA; Diekfuss, JA; Grooms, DR; MacPherson, RP; Riley, MA; Myer, GD. Journal of Athletic Training. 2019; 54:985-986.

Anterior cruciate ligament research retreat VIII summary statement: An update on injury risk identification and prevention across the anterior cruciate ligament injury continuum, march 14-16, 2019, Greensboro, NC. Shultz, SJ; Schmitz, RJ; Cameron, KL; Ford, KR; Grooms, DR; Lepley, LK; Myer, GD; Pietrosimone, B. Journal of Athletic Training. 2019; 54:970-984.

"What's my risk of sustaining an ACL injury while playing sports? " A systematic review with meta-analysis. Montalvo, AM; Schneider, DK; Yut, L; Webster, KE; Beynnon, B; Kocher, MS; Myer, GD. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2019; 53:1003-1012.

Sex and Maturation Differences in Performance of Functional Jumping and Landing Deficits in Youth Athletes. Fort-Vanmeerhaeghe, A; Benet, A; Mirada, S; Montalvo, AM; Myer, GD. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2019; 28:606-613.

Lower Extremity Biomechanics Are Altered Across Maturation in Sport-Specialized Female Adolescent Athletes. DiCesare, CA; Montalvo, A; Foss, KD B; Thomas, SM; Ford, KR; Hewett, TE; Jayanthi, NA; Stracciolini, A; Bell, DR; Myer, GD. Frontiers in Pediatrics. 2019; 7.

Evidence-Based Best-Practice Guidelines for Preventing Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in Young Female Athletes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Petushek, EJ; Sugimoto, D; Stoolmiller, M; Smith, G; Myer, GD. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2019; 47:1744-1753.

A Preventive Model for Hamstring Injuries in Professional Soccer: Learning Algorithms. Ayala, F; Lopez-Valenciano, A; Gamez Martin, JA; Croix, MD S; Vera-Garcia, FJ; del Pilar Garcia-Vaquero, M; Ruiz-Perez, I; Myer, GD. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 2019; 40:344-353.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Risk in Sport: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Injury Incidence by Sex and Sport Classification. Montalvo, AM; Schneider, DK; Webster, KE; Yut, L; Galloway, MT; Jr, HR S; Kaeding, CC; Kremcheck, TE; Magnussen, RA; Parikh, SN; et al. Journal of Athletic Training. 2019; 54:472-482.

Examining Motor Tasks of Differing Complexity After Concussion in Adolescents. Howell, DR; Myer, GD; Grooms, D; Diekfuss, J; Yuan, W; III, MW P. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2019; 100:613-619.