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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).


Altered brain microstructure in association with repetitive subconcussive head impacts and the potential protective effect of jugular vein compression: A longitudinal study of female soccer athletes. Myer, GD; Barber Foss, K; Thomas, S; Galloway, R; Dicesare, CA; Dudley, J; Gadd, B; Leach, J; Smith, D; Gubanich, P; et al. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2019; 53:1539-1551.

EMG-Informed Musculoskeletal Modeling to Estimate Realistic Knee Anterior Shear Force During Drop Vertical Jump in Female Athletes. Navacchia, A; Ueno, R; Ford, KR; DiCesare, CA; Myer, GD; Hewett, TE. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 2019; 47:2416-2430.

'What's my risk of sustaining an ACL injury while playing football (soccer)?' A systematic review with meta-analysis. Montalvo, AM; Schneider, DK; Silva, PL; Yut, L; Webster, KE; Riley, MA; Kiefer, AW; Doherty-Restrepo, JL; Myer, GD. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2019; 53:1333-1340.

Injury Risk Factors Integrated Into Self-Guided Real-Time Biofeedback Improves High-Risk Biomechanics. Bonnette, S; DiCesare, CA; Kiefer, AW; Riley, MA; Barber Foss, KD; Thomas, S; Kitchen, K; Diekfuss, JA; Myer, GD. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2019; 28:831-9.

Relative Head Impact Exposure and Brain White Matter Alterations After a Single Season of Competitive Football: A Pilot Comparison of Youth Versus High School Football. Barber Foss, KD; Yuan, W; Diekfuss, JA; Leach, J; Meehan, W; DiCesare, CA; Solomon, G; Schneider, DK; MacDonald, J; Dudley, J; et al. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 2019; 29:442-450.

Diffusion tensor imaging in athletes sustaining repetitive head impacts: A systematic review of prospective studies. Schneider, DK; Galloway, R; Bazarian, JJ; Diekfuss, JA; Dudley, J; Leach, JL; Mannix, R; Talavage, TM; Yuan, W; Myer, GD. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2019; 36:2831-2849.

Sport specialization and coordination differences in multisport adolescent female basketball, soccer, and volleyball athletes. DiCesare, CA; Montalvo, A; Barber Foss, KD; Thomas, SM; Hewett, TE; Jayanthi, NA; Myer, GD. Journal of Athletic Training. 2019; 54:1105-1114.

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.