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Brant Berkstresser
Brant Berkstresser
Title: Associate Director of Athletics - Head Athletic Trainer
Organization: Sports Medicine
Phone: (617) 495-2200
Email: bberkstr@fas.harvard.edu
College: West Virginia 1991

Brant Berkstresser oversees Harvard's Sports Medicine Department which includes 3 team physicians, 14 certified athletic trainers, sports dietician, chiropractor, physical therapist, 12 athletic training students as well various specialists.  Berkstresser works directly with Harvard's football, sailing and golf teams.  In addition, he is also a preceptor within Boston University, Lasell College and Salem State University CAATE approved undergraduate athletic training program. 

Berkstresser began his tenure at Harvard in July 2008. Berkstresser came to Harvard after spending five years as Georgia Southern University’s Head Athletic trainer and Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine.

While at GSU, Berkstresser oversaw a staff of 11 certified athletic trainers (ATC) and 24 student assistants in the care of roughly 400 student-athletes. Berkstresser served as the primary athletic trainer for the football team in addition to managing the entire sports medicine department.  Additionally he also served as a preceptor in the CAATE approved undergraduate athletic training program.

Berkstresser has given presentations for the College and University Sports Medicine Foundation and the Eastern Athletic Trainer’s Association. He was co-author of "Traumatic Injuries of the Cervical Spine" and co-author of an abstract presented at the 2008 National Strength and Conditioning Symposium, "Physiological and Perceived Psychological Responses of Collegiate Football Athletes to Ventilated Shoulder Pads during a Scrimmage." He is currently assisting Harvard's team of cardiologists and a co-author on various studies evaluating sudden death in athletics, and the effects of training on the heart.

He also serves as a member for both the Ivy League Ad Hoc Committee on Concussions and a Core Committee Member of the Big Ten/Ivy League Collaboration on Concussions, where he is involved in research development with both committees.

At the NCAA level, Berkstresser is part of the Bylaw 17 Working Group, Health and Safety Cross Functional Team and currently serves as the chair for the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport Committee. 

Prior to joining Georgia Southern, Berkstresser served as an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Maryland from 1997-2003, working as the Terrapins' football athletic trainer and conducting rehabilitation and treatment.

Berkstresser previously spent four years as assistant athletic trainer at Kansas State and was the Wildcat men's basketball program's top athletic trainer while also assisting in the athletic training efforts during football season. He also oversaw efforts in one of the school's three athletic training rooms.

From 1991-93, he earned an appointment in KSU's graduate assistant program while working on requirements for a master's degree. During the summer of 1990, Berkstresser completed an internship with the New York Jets Football Club.

A native of State College, Pa., Berkstresser earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from West Virginia University in 1991 and then earned a Master's Degree in Kinesiology from Kansas State in 1993.

Berkstresser is married to the former Gretchen DeForeest.