Storrs, CT 06269-1110
Douglas J. Casa, Ph.D., ATC, FACSM, FNATA
Professor, Department of Kinesiology
Director, Athletic Training Education
Chief Executive Officer, Korey Stringer Institute
Research Associate, Human Performance Laboratory
Ph.D. University of Connecticut, 1997
M.S. University of Florida, 1993
B.S. Allegheny College, 1990
Areas of Expertise:
Preventing Sudden Death
Exertional Heat Illnesses
Exercise & Heat
Physiology – Environmental
The amazing Marie Curie once said, “I was taught that progress is neither swift nor easy.” Given that she is the only person in history to win a Nobel Prize in two different scientific disciplines, and the only female to ever win two Nobel Prizes, the quote takes on even greater relevance. I chant a section of her quote, “neither swift nor easy,” over and over in my head hundreds of times a day. Starting the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI), a not-for-profit organization, from scratch was a much bigger undertaking than I could have ever imagined (and I thought it would be brutally hard when I started!!!), but every ounce of the effort over the past 6.5 years since the idea first took shape has taken KSI to where it is now.
KSI celebrated its’ 5th anniversary on April 23, 2015. There was no big fanfare on that day; just business as usual for 12 employees and 35 volunteers as everyone continues to work towards the goal of preventing sudden death in sport and physical activity. We are thankful and honored to have the opportunity that was first conceived in late 2008 when Korey’s widow- Kelci Stringer, agent- James Gould, and their lawyer Paul Demarco, approached me with an idea on how best to honor the legacy of a husband and a dear friend. With this initial idea and the support of the NFL and Gatorade, the scope of KSI’s evolutionary potential began to take shape.
In this first issue of our KSI newsletter, which can be found here, you will get a glimpse of the incredible activities of KSI. I often get credit for many of these accomplishments, but I stand on the shoulders of the incredible KSI workforce, our dedicated corporate and educational partners, and the friends around the country who have embraced what we are doing, thereby helping to catapult KSI into national consciousness when it comes to health and safety issues for athletes, soldiers and laborers. The only credit I can take is that I assembled the team, because trust me, they have done the heavy lifting. Since we began, I think the most thrilling part of this wild ride has been to see the need for an organization like KSI. We filled a niche that can serve society and make things better across a huge swath of the population.
So, when you see KSI on your caller ID or social media feed, please take a listen to what we are doing. I invite you to get involved; interact with us on social media, provide advice and wisdom on current issues at hand, and donate if you can (we are a not-for-profit after all, so we need to grovel occasionally). The modus operandi of KSI has been to build the team to take on the challenge, so we welcome your partnership and support. I have a favorite word that I have rarely shared with many people; pertinacity. It is defined as the stubborn pursuit of a goal, never giving up, never giving in, never letting up, and seeing a task through to the end. That is the story of KSI on the road to here and I hope the story we continue to write on the road ahead. Combining our strength certainly allows for more potential to accomplish big things, and KSI has never backed down from a big challenge.
Full Circle: A Heat Stroke Journey (click to access article)
2014/2015 (2 studies) Principal Investigator, A study to investigate the thermoregulatory efficacy of various shirt materials.
2015- Principal Investigator, Quantifying the value of athletic trainers through insurance and medical costs
2015- Principal Investigator, First international roundtable on malignant hyperthermia in physically active individuals
2015- Principal Investigator, Assessing the validity of wearable technology and physiological function during exercise in the heat
2015- Principal Investigator, Characterizing performance variables and biomarkers in collegiate soccer players
2015- Principal Investigator, A study to investigate field expedient cooling methods during transport
2015- Principal Investigator, Temperature assessment during intense exercise in the heat
2015- Principal Investigator, Utilizing objective measures for concussion assessment in collegiate club and varsity athletes
2014- Principal Investigator, Examining the efficacy and validity of a head cooling device on cooling body temperature after intense exercise in the heat
Selected Publications in the last 5 years:
Casa, D.J, J.K Demartini, M.F Bergeron, D. Csillan, E.R. Eichner, R.M. Lopez, M.S. Ferrara, K.C. Miller, F. O’Connor, M.N. Sawka, S.W. Yeargin. National Athletic Trainers’ Association position statement: exertional heat illnesses. J Athl Train. 2015. Epub ahead of print. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26285091
Adams, W.M, Y. Hosokawa, D.J. Casa. The timing of exertional heat stroke survival starts prior to collapse. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2015;14(4):273-274.
Adams, W.M., Y. Hosokawa, D.J. Casa. Body cooling paradigm in sport: maximizing safety and performance during competition. J Sport Rehabil. 2015 Jun; Epub ahead of print.
Flouris, A.D., B.J. Friesen, M.J. Carlson, D.J. Casa, G.P. Kenny. Effectiveness of cold water immersion for treating exertional heat stress when immediate response is not possible. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2015;Suppl 1.:229-239.
Pryor, R.R., D.J. Casa, L.W. Vandermark, R.L. Stearns, S.M. Attanasio, G.J. Fontaine, A.M. Wafer. Athletic training services in public secondary schools: a benchmark study. J Athl Train. 2015 Feb;50(2):156-62. http://natajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.4085/1062-6050-50.2.03
Demartini, J.K., D.J. Casa, R.L. Stearns, L.N. Belval, A. Crago, R.J. Davis, J.J. Jardine. Effectiveness of cold water immersion in the treatment of exertional heat stroke at the falmouth road race. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2015;47(2):240-5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24983342
DeMartini, J.K., D.J. Casa, L.N. Belval, A. Crago, R.J. Davis, J.J. Jardine, R.L. Stearns. Environmental conditions and the occurrence of exertional heat illnesses and exertional heat stroke at the Falmouth Road Race. J Athl Train. 2014;49(4):478-85. http://natajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.4085/1062-6050-49.3.26
Adams, W.M., S.M. Mazerolle, D.J. Casa, R.A. Huggins, L. Burton. The secondary school football coach’s relationship with the athletic trainer and perspectives on exertional heat stroke. J Athl Train. 2014;49(4):469-77.
Adams, W.M., E.M. Ferraro, R.A. Huggins, D.J. Casa. Influence of body mass loss on changes in heart rate during exercise in the heat: a systematic review. J Strength Cond Res. 2014;28(8):2380-2389.
Pryor, R.R., R.A. Huggins, D.J. Casa. Best practice recommendations for prevention of sudden death in secondary school athletes: an update. Pediatric Exercise Science. 2014;26(2):124-126.
Pryor, R.R., D.J. Casa, W.M. Adams, L.N. Belval, J.K. DeMartini, R.A Huggins, R.L. Stearns, L.W. Vandermark. Maximizing athletic performance in the heat. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 2013;35(6):24-33.
Kerr Z.Y., S.W. Marshall, R.D. Comstock, D.J. Casa. Exertional heat stroke management strategies in United States high school football. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2013;42(1):70-77. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24013346
Kerr, Z.Y., S.W. Marshall, R.D. Comstock, D.J. Casa. Implementing exertional heat illness prevention strategies in US high school football. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2013;46(1):124-130. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Implementing+exertional+heat+illness+prevention+strategies+in+US+high+school+football
Pryor, R.R., D.J. Casa, J.C. Holschen, F.G. O’Connor, L.W. Vandermark. Exertional heat stroke: strategies for prevention and treatment from the sports field to the emergency department. Clinical Pediatric Exercise Medicine. 2013;14(4):267-278.
Casa, D.J., J. Almquist, S.A. Anderson, L. Baker, M.F. Bergeron, B. Biagioli, B. Boden, J.S. Brenner, M. Carroll, B. Colgate, L. Cooper, R. Courson, et al. The Inter-Association Task Force for Preventing Sudden Death in Secondary School Athletics Programs: Best Practices Recommendations. Journal of Athletic Training. 2013;48(4):546-553. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3718357/pdf/i1062-6050-48-4-546.pdf
Kerr, Z.Y., D.J. Casa, S.W. Marshall, R.D. Comstock. Epidemiology of exertional heat illness among U.S. High School Athletes. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2013;44(1):8-14.
Casa, D.J., S.A. Anderson, L. Baker, et al. The Inter-Association Task Force for preventing sudden death in collegiate conditioning sessions best practices recommendations. Journal of Athletic Training. 2012;47(4):477-480. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3396308/pdf/i1062-6050-47-4-477.pdf
Casa, D.J., L.E. Armstrong, G.P. Kenny, F.G. O’Connor, R.A. Huggins. Exertional heat stroke: New concepts regarding cause and care. Current Sports Medicine Reports. 2012;11(3):115-123. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22580488
Casa, D.J., K.M. Guskiewicz, S.A. Anderson, R.W. Courson, J.F. Heck, C.C. Jimenez, B.P. McDermott, M.G. Miller, R.L. Stearns, E.E. Swartz, K.M. Walsh. National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Preventing Sudden Death in Sports. Journal of Athletic Training. 2012;47(1):96-118. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3418121/pdf/i1062-6050-47-1-96.pdf
Lopez, R.M., D.J. Casa, K.A. Jensen, J.K. DeMartini, K.D. Pagnotta, R.C. Ruiz, M.W. Roti, R.L. Stearns, L.E. Armstrong, C.M. Maresh. Examining the influence of hydration status on physiological responses and running speed during trail running in the heat with controlled exercise intensity. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2011;25(11):2944-2954.
National Athletic Trainers’ Association Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, 2013
University of Florida Hall of Fame Inductee, 2012
National Athletic Trainers’ Association Fellow, 2008
The Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, 2008
American College of Sports Medicine Fellow, 2001
Served on the medical staff and assisted with policies for most of the following: Boston Marathon, NYC Marathon, Falmouth Road Race, Hawaii Ironman Triathlon, Marine Corps Marathon, Five Points of Life Marathons (Gainesville, FL), and other numerous events
Successfully treated 202 exertional heat stroke victims with a 100% survival rate
Associate Editor, Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport
Section Editor, Journal of Athletic Training
Editorial Board, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
Editorial Board, Current Sports Medicine Reports
Selected In the News:
ESPN (TV), Outside the Lines: “Girls Youth Football: Is it Safe?”, August 2015 http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=13356382 (video clip of show)
http://youtu.be/9IYLvMhJLIo (discussion panel from show)
http://youtu.be/i5vXBZR5GYc (discussion panel from show)
http://youtu.be/R8CE3xAhpQc (online discussion)
USA Today, March 2015
TED-Ed – “What Happens When You Get Heat Stroke?”, July 2014 http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-happens-when-you-get-heat-stroke-douglas-j-casa
The Washington Post, August 2014
NFL Network (TV), June 2013
ESPN (TV), Outside the Lines, August 2013
New York Times, May 2013