Dr. Donna Duffy is an AP Associate Professor in the Department Kinesiology and is the Associate Director of the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Duffy leads a team of international researchers focused on the physiological and neurological outcomes of concussive and sub-concussive head trauma among female athletes. Dr. Duffy and her team are particularly interested in developing a better understanding of how head trauma influences female athlete reproductive health throughout the lifespan. Dr. Duffy and her team are committed to understanding head trauma in female athletes from a holistic perspective and conduct MRI research, as well as biomarker and psycho-social research.
Dr. Duffy was quoted in the New York Times about her research on head injuries and female football players and she serves on three different national boards as a research advisor. These boards include: (1) Pink Concussions, (2) The Women’s GridIron Foundation, and (3) Women’s Rugby Coaches Association.
Dr. Sandra Shultz (Sandy) is Director for the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness and Professor and Co-Director of the Applied Neuromechanics Research Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology.Early in her career, Sandy worked as a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist, serving as associate director of Women’s TRACC (Training Room and Conditioning Center) in Los Angeles (1985-1991) and associate director of athletic training and rehabilitation services for UCLA Intercollegiate Athletics (1991-1996).
As a clinician, she treated numerous females who suffered from season ending anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, which are 2-4 times more prevalent in females and result in significant time loss from sport and long-term consequences to joint health and quality of life later in life.
Her desire to pursue an academic research career was largely driven by her interests to identify the risk factors that increase a young female’s susceptibility for knee injury, and to develop effective injury screening and intervention strategies to mitigate that risk.
Since receiving her PhD in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia in 1999, Dr. Shultz has published more than 135 peer-review publications, including 6 consensus statements related to ACL injury risk and prevention in the physically active female. Her research has been supported by more than $1.75M in external funding from the National Institutes of Health, the NATA Research Foundation, NFL Charities, and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. Dr.
Shultz has extensive experience in leading administrative units, national conferences, and externally funded interdisciplinary research teams focused on women’s health and wellness.She was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 2015 and is recipient of the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research, the 2012 Sayer “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator, the 2005 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, and the 2003 Freddie H Fu New Investigator awards from the National Athletic Trainers Association.
She is a Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the National Academy of Kinesiology and the American College of Sports Medicine, and currently serves as Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Athletic Training.