Aaron Gray, MD

Aaron Gray, MD, practices general sports medicine at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute. He is the medical director for the MU Human Performance Institute. He is also a physician for University of Missouri athletes. He has served as a team physician for United States Youth National Soccer teams on international trips. He is board certified in family medicine and has a certificate of added qualifications in primary care and sports medicine. He specializes in pediatric and adult sports medicine and non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. His specific areas of interest include stress fractures, overuse injuries, pitching and throwing injuries, sports concussions and injury prevention. A graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center-College of Medicine, Gray completed his family medicine residency at the University of Missouri. He also completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the University of California-Los Angeles. While at UCLA, he was the team physician for men’s soccer, baseball, men’s volleyball and women’s golf and assistant team physician for football.

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Trent M. Guess, PhD

Trent M. Guess, PhD, is an associate professor in the Departments of Physical Therapy and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Missouri. He holds the HealthSouth Professorship at Missouri and is the founding director of the Mizzou Motion Analysis Center (mizzoumotioncenter.com). He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Kansas, and his area of expertise is in musculoskeletal biomechanics. His research focuses combine experimental and computational methods in movement analysis to study mechanical loading in the knee.

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Marjorie Skubic, PhD

Marjorie Skubic received her PhD in computer science in 1997 from Texas A&M University, where she specialized in human-robot interaction. She is currently a professor in the electrical engineering and computer science departments at the University of Missouri. She has spent 14 years working in industry on real-time applications. Her current research interests include sensor networks for ambient intelligence, preventative health screening and rehabilitation tools, and exergames for rehabilitation and pre-habilitation. In 2006, Skubic established the Center for Eldercare and Rehabilitation Technology at the University of Missouri and serves as the center director for this interdisciplinary team. The center’s work supports proactive models of health care, such as monitoring systems that noninvasively track the physical and cognitive health of elderly residents in their homes and generate alerts for health changes, increasing fall risk and actual falls. The center’s recent work has also investigated automated screening of athletes and pianists to flag injury risks, with support for preventative exercises to reduce the risk, as well as rehabilitation support for stroke patients and patients recovering from hand surgery.

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Brad W. Willis, MPT

Brad W. Willis, MPT, is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions at the University of Missouri. Since graduating with a master’s degree in physical therapy in 2008, Willis has focused his clinical practice on youth and adult orthopaedic rehabilitation. His primary clinical experience has been in a outpatient rehabilitation setting with Mizzou Therapy Services at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute. Willis became a faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy at MU in 2015 with ongoing multi-disciplinary research interests focused on the advancement of motion-analysis technology for injury-prevention screening as well as monitoring rehabilitation outcomes. Additional information about Willis’s experience, certifications and scholarly activity may be viewed in his curriculum vitae.

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Seth Sherman, MD

Seth Sherman, MD, is co-division director of sports medicine and associate professor with tenure at the University of Missouri. He completed orthopaedic surgical residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and a sports medicine fellowship at Rush University in Chicago. Sherman is a third-generation team physician and surgeon. He is a team physician for University of Missouri athletics. His clinical interest is knee joint preservation, including ligament repair/reconstruction, osteotomy, meniscal repair/meniscal allograft transplantation (MAT) and cartilage restoration. He is also passionate about the treatment of patellofemoral joint disorders. Sherman published more than 50 peer-reviewed texts and has more than 100 podium presentations. He is on the editorial board of the “Arthroscopy Journal” and “American Journal of Orthopedics.”  He is chair of the AAOS Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy Committee, deputy co-chair of the ICRS “NexGen” committee, member of the Knee and Joint Preservation Committee for ISAKOS, Publication Committee for AOSSM and Advocacy Committee for AANA. He is a member of the International ACL Study Group and International Patellofemoral Study Group.

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Bryan Mann, PhD, CSCS, SCCC

Bryan Mann, PhD, CSCS, SCCC, formerly an assistant director of strength and conditioning for the University of Missouri Department of Athletics, serves as director of research for the MU Human Performance Institute. He also serves as an assistant professor of physical therapy and athletic training at MU. Mann worked with nearly all of the MU sports teams in in some capacity over the course of 12 years. He is a pioneer in Velocity Based Training (VBT), having given presentations all over the world on the topic. Recently of note is his work on the effects of academic stress on illness and injuries in college football. Mann received his degree in health promotion from Missouri State University in 2003, a graduate certificate in sports management from Missouri State in 2004, a master’s degree in health education and promotion in 2006 and his doctorate in 2011.

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David Echelmeyer, MPT, OCS

David Echelmeyer, MPT, OCS, is a physical therapist and the orthopaedic residency director at Mizzou Therapy Services. In addition to his orthopaedic clinic duties, David is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions at the University of Missouri. Echelmeyer graduated with a master’s degree in physical therapy from Rockhurst University in 2001. He has been a board-certified orthopaedic specialist since 2011. Echelmeyer’s research focus is on the use of motion analysis to determine safe return to sport and identification and correction of faulty movement patterns within an orthopaedic physical therapy population. He currently collaborates with other faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy and physicians at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute on research using innovative technologies for markerless motion capture.

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