Gretchen D. Oliver, PhD, FACSM, ATC is the director of the Sports Medicine and Movement Laboratory at Auburn University. She is a certified athletic trainer, a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology.

Dr. Oliver's primary research focus in on injury prevention and performance enhance with particular interest in youth overhead throwing, baseball pitching and softball pitching. Dr. Oliver received her PhD from Texas Woman's University and returned to the University of Arkansas as faculty from 2006 to 2012. She was the Clinical Coordinator of the Graduate Athletic Training Education Program and Director of the Sports Biomechanics Group. While at Arkansas she was awarded the departmental Outstanding Service Award in 2008 and the Outstanding Research Award in 2010 and 2011. She also received the College of Education and Health Professions Rising S.T.A.R. award in 2010. 

Dr. Oliver was very active in the Honors College with successful mentoring and funding of many honors students. In 2011, she was recognized as Distinguished Faculty from the University of Arkansas Honors College as well as granted promotion and tenure in 2012.  Dr. Oliver is active with the American College of Sports Medicine, American Society of Biomechanics, International Society of Biomechanics, International Society of Biomechanics and Sport, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In 2012, Dr. Oliver was granted Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine for her research and service to the College.

Since 2009, Dr. Oliver has published over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than 50 abstracts. She has performed over 100 presentations at the state, national and international level.  Just recently, she was elected to the Journal of Athletic Medicine Editorial Review Board.

Dr. Oliver is currently an Assistant Professor at Auburn University and is the Director of the Sports Medicine and Movement Laboratory. She continues to mentor both undergraduate and graduate students and to share her research locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Oliver plans to continue her line of research examining youth injury prevention and performance enhancement particularly in the area of extended performances in baseball and softball pitching and throwing.  Currently she is one of the elite biomechanists in sports medicine who exams youth overuse injuries in baseball and softball.

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Last Updated: October 10, 2013


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