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Gunnar Brolinson, DO

Per G. Brolinson

Gunnar Brolinson, DO

Vice Provost for Research
Virginia Campus


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Curriculum Vitae: 

Dr. Brolinson is Vice Provost for Research, Professor of Family and Sports Medicine and the Discipline Chair for Sports Medicine at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine and Team Physician for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech.  He is the director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at VCOM and Virginia Tech. He is also a volunteer physician for the United States Olympic Committee and a team physician for the United States Ski Team and was head team physician for the Freestyle Ski Team at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. He was also named to the medical staff for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, BC and was medical director of the USOC performance services center. He obtained his undergraduate training from the University of Missouri at Columbia earning a degree in biology.  A 1983 graduate of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Brolinson is board certified in family practice and holds subspecialty certification in sports medicine.  Prior to coming to Virginia, he was the co-director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship training program at The Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio and Team Physician for University of Toledo.  He has extensive experience in undergraduate and post-graduate medical education. Dr. Brolinson has served on the boards of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is a past president of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.  Dr. Brolinson is a fellow of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Family Practice and the American College of Osteopathic Family Practice.  In 1997 he was named outstanding young physician in Ohio by the Ohio State Medical Association. He is a former associate editor for the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine and a former member of the editorial board of the Physician and Sports Medicine.  He is former section editor for Competitive Sports and Pain Management in the journal Current Sports Medicine Reports. Dr. Brolinson is a frequent speaker at national sports medicine meetings and often teaches didactic laboratory sessions on the use of osteopathic manipulative therapy for athletic injuries. Dr. Brolinson is a contributing author in the latest edition of Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine and he has published several scholarly articles and book chapters in the area of sport and exercise medicine. His research interests have included exercise and immune function, exercise and bone mineral density, mild traumatic brain injury in sports, impact biomechanics, human factors in auto safety, sports performance and manipulation and other health and disease prevention related topics. 


1983 Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine DO
1983 Family Medicine Parkview Hospital Traditional Internship
1983 Institute for Human Fitness, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine Pre-doctoral Clinical Fellowship - Sports & Preventive Medicine
2005 Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine Post-doctoral Clinical-research Fellow
1978 University of Missouri, Columbia BA

Awards and Honors

  • Recipient of 2010 Beehler Research Mentor of the Year Award
  • Named in America’s Top Family Physicians, 2008-2009 Edition
  • William J. Legg D.O. Distinguished Lecture Award
  • Fellow, American College of Osteopathic Family Practice, 2006
  • Named in America's Top Family Physicians, 2004-2005 Edition
  • Named Outstanding Young Physician by the Ohio State Medical Association
  • Fellow of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice

Current Professional Organizations

  • Olympic Sports Medicine Society, 2006 - Present
  • Board Certification of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine
  • Board Certified in Family Practice
  • Editorial Board Member, JAOA
  • Board Member, Center for Innovation in Construction Safety & Health Research, Blacksburg, VA
  • Editorial Board Member, Current Sports Medicine Reports

Current Research Projects

  • Atypical presentation of anterior ankle impingement in high jumper
  • Biomechanical basis of pediatric mTBI due to sports related concussion
  • Development of an Image-Guided Focused Ultrasound System for the Non-invasive Treatment of Injured Tendons
  • DOD-NCAA Grand Challenge: Concussion assessment, research and education (CARE) consortium 2
  • Gender differences in the performance response to brace wear following ACL reconstruction
  • Head impact biomechanics, concussion and osteopathic structural diagnosis and treatment
  • Mechanisms of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Snow Sports
  • Valgus extension overload in young gymnast leading to osteochondritis dissecans of the left capitellum


Year Published Faculty Citation PMID

Tobey H, Lucas T, Paul S, Berr SS, Mehrkens B, Brolinson PG, Klein BG, Costa BM. Mechanoceutics Alters Alzheimer's Disease Phenotypes in Transgenic Rats: A Pilot Study. J Alzheimers Dis. 2020 Feb 5;. doi: 10.3233/JAD-191071. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32039851.


Tobey H, Lucas T, Bledsoe D, Mykins M, Campbell C, Berr SS, Sasser T, Helm R, Brolinson PG, Klein BG, Costa BM. Effect of Osteopathic Cranial Manipulative Medicine on an Aged Rat Model of Alzheimer Disease. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2019 Oct 15. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2019.121. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 31613309.


Campolettano ET, Gellner RA, Smith EP, Bellamkonda S, Tierney CT, Crisco JJ, Jones DA, Kelley ME, Urban JE, Stitzel JD, Genemaras A, Beckwith JG, Greenwald RM, Maerlender AC, Brolinson PG, Duma SM, Rowson S. Development of a Concussion Risk Function for a Youth Population Using Head Linear and Rotational Acceleration. Ann Biomed Eng. 2019 Oct 28 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 31659605.


Jones D, Brolinson PG, Patton S, Wong C. Hydrodissection of an Achilles Tendinopathy on a Professional Athlete. MOJ Orthopedics & Rheumatology. 2017 Apr 19;8(1).


Fino PC, Becker LN, Fino NF, Griesemer B, Goforth M, Brolinson PG. Effects of Recent Concussion and Injury History on Instantaneous Relative Risk of Lower Extremity Injury in Division I Collegiate Athletes. Clin J Sport Med. 2017 Aug 16: Epub ahead of print. PMID: 28817411.


Ekwueme EC, Mohiuddin M, Yarborough JA, Brolinson PG, Docheva D, Fernandes HAM, Freeman JW. Prolotherapy Induces an Inflammatory Response in Human Tenocytes In Vitro. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2017 Aug;475(8):2117-27. PMID: 28451864.


Brolinson PG, Rogers M, Edison J.  Functional and Kinetic Chain Evaluation of the Hip and Pelvis. The Hip and Pelvis in Sports Medicine and Primary Care, 2nd Edition. [Eds. Seidenberg PH and Bowen JD.]  Springer Media: New York; 2016 Dec 16: p. 37-64.


Fino PC, Nussbaum MA, Brolinson PG. Locomotor deficits in recently concussed athletes and matched controls during single and dual-task turning gait: preliminary results. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. 2016;13:65. DOI: 10.1186/s12984-016-0177-y.


Maerlender AC, Masterson CJ, James TD, Beckwith J, Brolinson PG, Crisco J, Duma S, Flashman LA, Greenwald R, Rowson S, Wilcox B, McAllister TW. Test-retest, retest, and retest: Growth curve models of repeat testing with Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT). J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2016 Oct;38(8):869-74.


FIno PC, Nussbaum MA, Brolinson PG. Decreased high-frequency center-of-pressure complexity in recently concussed asymptomatic athletes. Gait Posture. 2016 Aug 26;50:69-74.


Brolinson PG, Rogers M, Edison J. Functional and Kinetic Evaluation of the Hip and Pelvis. In The Hip and Pelvis in Sports Medicine and Primary Care 2nd Edition. Eds. Seidenberg PH, Bowen JD. Springer Media; New York, NY: 2016.


Champion A, Goodwin T, Brolinson PG, Werre S, Prater M, Inzana T. Prevalence and characterization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates from healthy university student athlete. Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials. 2014 Aug 2; 13(1):33.


Rowson S, Duma SM, Greenwald RM, Beckwith JG, Chu JJ, Guskiewicz KM, Mihalik JP, Crisco JJ, Wilcox BJ, McAllister TW, Maerlender AC, Broglio SP, Schnebel B, Anderson S, Brolinson PG. Can helmet design reduce the risk of concussion in football? Journal of Neurosurgery. 2014 Apr; 120(4):919-22.


Brolinson PG. Management of sport-related concussion: A review. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. 2014 Jan; 24(1):89-90.


Empson YM, Ekwueme EC, Hong JK, Paynter DM, Kwansa AL, Brown C, Pekkanen A, Roman M, Rylander MN, Brolinson PG, Freeman JW. High elastic modulus nanoparticles: a novel tool for subfailure connective tissue matrix damage. Translational Research. 2014 Sep; 164(3):244-57.


Beckwith JG, Greenwald RM, Chu JJ, Crisco JJ, Rowson S, Duma SM, Broglio SP, McAllister TW, Guskiewicz KM, Mihalik JP, Anderson S, Schnebel B, Brolinson PG, Collins MW. Timing of concussion diagnosis is related to head impact exposure prior to injury. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2013 Apr; 45(4):747-54. PMID: 23135364.


Beckwith JG, Greenwald RM, Chu JJ, Crisco JJ, Rowson S, Duma SM, Broglio SP, McAllister TW, Guskiewicz KM, Mihalik JP, Anderson S, Schnebel B, Brolinson PG, Collins MW. Head impact exposure sustained by football players on days of diagnosed concussion. . Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2013 Apr; 45(4):737-46. PMID: 23135363.


Duhaime AC, Beckwith JG, Maerlender AC, McAllister TW, Crisco JT, Duma SM, Brolinson PG, Rowson S, Flashman LA, Chu J, Greenwald R. Spectrum of acute clinical characteristics of diagnosed concussions in college athletes wearing instrumented helmets. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2012 Dec; 117(6): 1092-9. PMID: 23030057.


McAllister TW, Flashman LA, Maerlender AC, Greenwald, RM Beckwith JG, Tosteson TD, Crisco JT, Brolinson PG, Duma SM, Duhaime AC, Grove MR, Turco JH. Cognitive effects of one season of head impacts in a cohort of collegiate contact sport athletes. Neurology. 2012 May 29; 78(22):1777-84. PMID: 22592370.


Rowson S, Duma SM, Beckwith JG, Chu JJ, Greenwald RM, Crisco JJ, Brolinson PG, Duhaime AC, McAllister TW, Maerlender AC. Rotational head kinematics in football impacts: an injury risk function for concussion. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 2012 Jan; 40(1):1-13. PMID: 22012081.


Freeman JW, Empson YM, Ekwueme EC, Paynter DM, Brolinson PG. Effect of prolotherapy on cellular proliferation and collagen deposition in MC3T3-E1 and patellar tendon fibroblast populations. Translational Research. 2011 Sep; 158(3): 132-9. PMID: 21867978.


Crisco JJ, Fiore R, Beckwith JG, Chu JJ, Brolinson PG, Duma S, McAllister TW, Duhaime AC, Greenwald RM. Frequency and location of head impact exposures in individual collegiate football players. Journal of Athletic Training. 2010 Nov-Dec; 45(6):549-59. PMID: 21062178.


Brolinson PG, Rogers M. Functional and kinetic chain evaluation of the hip and pelvis. In: The Hip and Pelvis in Sports Medicine and Primary Care. PH Seidenberg, JD Bowen, eds. New York, Springer, 2010; p. 37-69.