|Title:||Assistant Director of Athletics - Head Athletic Trainer|
|College:||West Virginia 1991|
Brant Berkstresser oversees Harvard's Sports Medicine Department and works directly with Harvard's Football, Sailing and Golf teams. He is also a preceptor within Boston University’s and Salem State University’s 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. In 2013, Berkstresser was
named a recipient of the Dean's Distinction Award.
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 ATC for the football team in addition to managing the office and additionally serving as a clinical instructor in the CAATE approved undergraduate athletic training program.
Berkstresser has given regional and international presentations for College and University Sports Medicine Foundation. 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 involved in two current studies here at Harvard; the effects of training on the heart, and an injury rate study.
He also serves as a member of the Ivy League Ad Hoc Committee on Concussions, Core Committee Member of the Big Ten/Ivy League Collaboration on Concussions and the NCAA Competitive Safeguards 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.