University of Oregon

Department of Human Physiology Graduate Studies in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine

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Grace Golden
Grace M. Golden, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Office Location: 107 Bowerman
Phone: (541) 346-4286

Grace M. Golden returns to the University of Oregon, after an adventurous career path in athletic training since completing her masters here in 1991. Her teaching expertise is in the area of sports medicine and her clinical expertise is related to rehabilitation of orthopaedic injuries, particularly of the lower extremity. Dr. Golden's research has focused on anterior cruciate ligament injury mechanisms and possible means of intervention and prevention.

Upon graduation from the University of Oregon in 1991, she served as a lecturer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the athletic training education program for two years. Afterwards she expanded her athletic training skills in a sports medicine clinical outreach program in Longview, WA as part of Sports Care Washington from 1993-1997. This was truly a multi-faceted job, requiring her to work with patients in the physical therapy setting, in addition to providing athletic training services for a community college, local high school, and serve as the health and fitness director at the local YMCA. Returning to the traditional setting of athletic training in 1997, Dr. Golden served in the capacity as the Head Women's Athletic Trainer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before relocating to the bay area to work at Stanford University as an athletic trainer for the women's basketball, women's golf and football programs. In 2002, Dr. Golden attended Oregon State University to pursue her doctorate in sports medicine. She returned to clinical practice, serving as an associate head athletic trainer at the University of California, Los Angeles from 2006-2009, meanwhile defending her doctoral work in 2007.

Her career over the past two decades have provided her with a variety of clinical experiences which serve to bring a eclectic perspective to the classroom and clinical rotations for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in sports medicine. Dr. Golden is an enthusiastic advocate for the role of athletic development at all levels of sport participation and maturation for the prevention of sports related injury. Dr. Golden's goal in the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon is to champion clinically based research for the masters students in the graduate athletic training program in order to give athletic trainer's support for the "why of what we do".


PhD: Sports Medicine, 2007- Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
MS: Athletic Training, 1991- University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
BS: Physical Education and Teacher Preparation, 1989- University of Oregon

Professional Organizations

Member, National Athletic Trainers Association
Member, American College of Sports Medicine

Professional and Community Service

Dr. Golden currently serves as a guest reviewer for the Journal of Sport and Rehabilitation and the Journal of Athletic Training. Additionally, she has served several times as a session moderator for the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) annual symposium.

Publications and Presentations

Dr. Golden has presented on several occasions at the annual symposium for the NATA, as well as at the district and state level. She has co-authored research related the kinetics of skipping and been the primary investigator on research related to the effects of warm-up type on flexibility, muscular power, and muscle onsets, and the kinematic and kinetics of the knee with different methods for rapidly changing direction. Her research has been presented at the NATA Symposium and at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meetings with additional publications on these research topics in the Journal of Athletic Training, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, and the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation.