Per Gunnar Brolinson, D.O.
Associate Dean for Clinical Research
Co-Chair, VCOM Institutional Review Board and Human Subjects Committee
|Currently Teaching:||Principles of Primary Care / Sports Medicine
Clinical Case Correlations
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
|Academic Appointments:||Associate Dean for Clinical Research - VCOM
Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering - Virginia Tech
Professor of Family Practice - VCOM
Discipline Chair of Sports Medicine - VCOM
Head Team Physician, Virginia Tech
Team Physician - United States Ski and Snowboard Association
Volunteer Physician - United States Olympic Committee
| Dean's Council
Former Senior Editorial Board Member, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine
Editorial Board Member, JAOA
Former Editorial Board Member, Current Sports Medicine Reports
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association
North Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association
Medical Society of Virginia
Board Member, Center for Innovation in Construction Safety & Health Research, Blacksburg, VA
AOASM, AMSSM, AOA, AODME, AAO, ACOFP, ACSM, AMA, AAFP, OSMA, OOA
|Honors and Awards:||Recipient of 2010 Beehler Research Mentor of the Year Award
Named in America’s Top Family Physicians, 2008-2009 Edition
William J. Legg D.O. Distinguished Lecture Award
Olympic Sports Medicine Society, 2006 - Present
Fellow, American College of Osteopathic Family Practice, 2006
Named in America's Top Family Physicians, 2004-2005 Edition
Named Outstanding Young Physician by the Ohio State Medical Association
Fellow of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine
Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice
Editorial Board Member, Current Sports Medicine Reports
|Recent Publications and Presentations:||
Concussions in sports are a significant problem for today’s athletes, especially on the football field. Dr. Gunnar Brolinson, Associate Dean for Clinical Research, is conducting collaborative research with the Center for Injury Biomechanics at Virginia Tech to understand the biomechanical basis of mild traumatic brain injury and to develop better methods for detecting these injuries sooner. This long-term project, funded by the National Institutes of Health, involves the implementation and testing of special mechanical sensor inserts in Virginia Tech football player’s helmets, which detect the number, location and severity of head impacts during play. Based on a computerized system to monitor the impact data and correlate it with other physiometric data, Dr. Brolinson is able to determine when each player has received a head impact consistent with that causing mild traumatic brain injury, and intervene to prevent further potentially more severe injury to the player. This research will lead to better methods for detecting, preventing and treating sports-related concussion.
Dr. Brolinson is co-author of several recent papers that have resulted from this research, including “Frequency and Locations of Head Impact Exposures in Individual Collegiate Football Players” [JATA. 2010 Dec; 45(6)], “Linear and angular head acceleration measurements in collegiate football” [J Biomech Eng. 2009 Jul; 131(6):061016], and “Correlating cumulative sub-concussive head impacts in football with player performance-biomed 2009” [Biomed Sci Instrum. 2009 Feb; 45:113-8]. He also contributed chapters to Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine Vol. 3 [Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkens, 2011], The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine [SAGE Publications, 2010], and The Hip and Pelvis in Sports Medicine and Primary Care [Springer, 2010].
Dr. Brolinson co-authored two recent sports medicine consensus statements including: "Sideline Preparedness for the Team Physician" (PDF) and "The Team Physician and Conditioning of Athletes for Sports" (PDF).
Dr. Brolinson is a frequent presenter at national sports medicine meetings on subjects such as the biomechanical basis of mild traumatic brain injury, osteopathic manipulative therapy for athletic injuries, exercise, and his experiences as an Olympic physician.
|Certifications:||Board Certified Family Practice
Board Certification of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine
Dr. Brolinson was the co-director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship training program at The Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio and has extensive experience in post-graduate medical education. He was a head team physician for the Freestyle Ski Team at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, and director of the Performance Services center at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancoucer British Columbia. Dr. Brolinson has served on the boards of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is a past president of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.
He is a former associate editor for the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine and a former member of the editorial board of the Physician and Sports Medicine. He is former section editor for Competitive Sports and Pain Management in the Journal of Current Sports Medicine Reports. Dr. Brolinson is a frequent speaker at national sports medicine meetings and often teaches didactic laboratory sessions on the use of osteopathic manipulative therapy for athletic injuries and he has published several scholarly articles and book chapters in the area of sport and exercise medicine