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Melissa Kossman

Dr. Melissa Kossman

Assistant Professor


Dr. Melissa Kossman is the Director of the School of Health Professions and an Assistant Professor in the Athletic Training Program. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Indiana University in 2013 and became a certified athletic trainer. She received her Master of Science degree in Athletic Training from A.T. Still University in 2015 while working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer with Arizona Christian University's football and basketball teams. In 2019, she received her Doctor of Philosophy in Human Movement Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Kossman's research is focused on understanding cultural phenomenon in the sport environment using mixed methodological approaches. This includes concussion-related education and behaviors, policy design and implementation, and the preparation of healthcare professionals to work in the sport environment.

  • Human Movement Science - Motor Control and Neuroscience (PHD) - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2019)
  • MS - A.T. Still University (2015)
  • BS - Indiana University-Bloomington (2013)

HPR 311 - AT Emergency Care
HPR 311/L - AT Emergency Care Lab
HPR 319 - Organization and Administration in Athletic Training
HPR 374 - Clinical Exam and Diagnosis I
HPR 375 - Clinical Exam and Diagnosis II
HPR 375L - Clinical Exam and Diagnosis II Lab
HPR 378L - Rehabilitative Exercise Lab
HPR 502L - Foundational Concepts in Athletic Training Lab
HPR 503 - Emergency and Preventive Care
HPR 503L - Emergency and Preventive Care Lab
HPR 571 - Clinical Exam and Diagnosis I

*Previous course experience in Undergraduate Anatomy and Cadaver Anatomy

  • Athletic trainers' perceptions of academic adjustments procedures for student-athletes with concussion, Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, 2018, 10.3928/19425864-20180306-02
  • Mixed Methods Designs for Sports Medicine Research, Clinics in Sports Medicine, 2018, 10.1016/j.csm.2018.03.005
  • The Effect of Concussive Injury on Individual Game Performance in Professional Collision-Sport Athletes., Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 2019, 10.1123/jsr.2018-0168
  • Influence of concussion education exposure on concussion-related educational targets and self-reported concussion disclosure among first-year service academy cadets, Military Medicine, 2020, 10.1093/milmed/usz414
  • A review of analytical methods used for evaluating clustering in concussion-related symptoms, Current Epidemiology Reports, 2020, 10.1007/s40471-020-00254-1
  • Factors and Expectations Influencing Concussion Disclosure within NCAA Division 1 Athletes: A Mixed Methodological Approach, Journal of Sport and Health Science, 2023, 10.1016/j.jshs.2021.09.006
  • Athletic Trainers Perceptions of Health and Safety Best-Practice Policy & Procedure Implementation in United States Secondary Schools, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 2021, 10.1080/2159676X.2019.1685586
  • Barriers and facilitators faced by athletic trainers implementing NATA-IATF preseason heat-acclimatization guidelines in United States high school football, Journal of Athletic Training, 2021, 10.4085/321-20
  • Association between Sensation-Seeking Behaviors and Concussion-Related Knowledge, Attitudes, Perceived Norms, and Care-Seeking Behaviors among Collegiate Student-Athletes, Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 2022, 10.52082/jssm.2022.33
  • Biopsychosocial Experiences of Elite Athletes Retiring from Sport for Career-Ending Injuries: A Critically Appraised Topic, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 2022, 10.1123/jsr.2021-0434
  • National Athletic Trainers' Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Southeastern Athletic Trainers' Association
  • Mississippi Athletic Trainers' Association
  • Mixed Methods International Research Association
  • English (Native or Bilingual)

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Areas of Expertise

Athletic Training, Sport Safety, Sport Culture, Concussions, Mixed Methods Research, Qualitative Research