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Robert J. Elbin

Robert J. Elbin

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Director, Office for Sport Concussion Research

College of Education and Health Professions

(HHPR)-Health, Human Performance, & Recreation

Phone: 479-575-5262

Fax: (479) 575-2853

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Dr. Elbin currently studies the neurocognitive, physical, and psychosocial effects of sport-related concussion in youth and college-age athletes. Specifically, his research focuses on identifying factors that influence concussion risk and recovery outcomes as well as the chronic effects of concussion in youth athletes.

Sport and exercise psychology, exercise physiology, motor control, motor development, research methods and statistics

  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, UPMC Sport Concussion Program
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, Kinesiology, 2010
  • M.A., University of New Orleans, Health and Human Performance, 2005
  • B.A., University of New Orleans, General Studies/Healthcare Marketing, 2002

Reches, A., Kutcher, J., Elbin, R.J., Or-Ly, H., Sadeh, B., Greer, J., McAllister – Deitrick, J., Geva, A., Kontos, A.P. (2017). Preliminary investigation of brain network activation (BNA) and its clinical utility in sport-related concussion. Brain Injury. 5, 1 – 10. PMID: 28055228

Collins, M.W., Kontos, A.P., Okonkwo, D.O., Almquist, J., Bailes, J., Barisa, M. Bazarian, J., Bloom, O.J., Brody, D., Cantu, R., Cardenas, J., Clugston, J., Cohen, R., Echemendia, R., Elbin, R.J., Ellenbogen, R., Fonseca, J., Gioia, G., Guskiewicz, K., Heyer, R., Hotz, G., Iverson, G.L., Jordan, B., Manley, G., Maroon, J., McAllister, T., McCrea, M., Mucha, A., Pieroth, B., Podell, K., Pombo, M., Shetty, T., Sills, A., Solomon, G., Thomas, D.G., Valovich McLeod, T.C., Yates, T., Zafonte, R. (2016). Statements of agreement from the targeted evaluation and active management (TEAM) approaches to treating concussion meeting held in Pittsburgh, October 15 – 16, 2015. (2016). Neurosurgery. 79(6), 912 – 929. PMID: 27741219

Elbin, R.J., Sufrinko, A., Schatz, P., French, J., Henry, L., Burkhart, S., Collins, M.W., Kontos, A.P. (2016). Removal from play after concussion and recovery time. Pediatrics. 183, 1 – 8, PMID: 27573089.

Sufrinko, A., Mucha, A., Covassin, C., Marchetti, G., Elbin, R.J., Collins, M.W., Kontos, A.P. (2016). Sex differences in vestibular/ocular and neurocognitive outcomes following sport-related concussion. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, PMID: 27379660

Manners, J., Forsten, R., Kotwal, R., Elbin, R.J., Collins, M.W., Kontos, A.P. (2016). Role of premorbid factors and exposure to blast mild traumatic brain injury on post-traumatic stress in U.S. military personnel. Journal of Neurotrauma. 33(19),1796 – 1801, PMID: 27027526

Kontos, A.P., Sufrinko, A., Elbin, R.J., Puskar, A., Collins, M.W. (2016). Reliability and associated risk factors for performance on the Vestibular/Oculomotor Screening (VOMS) Tool in healthy collegiate athletes. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 44, 1400. PMID: 26980845

Kontos, A.P., Elbin, R.J., Dakan, S., Bookwalter, K., Price, A., Meehan, W.P., Collins, M.W. (2016). Incidence of concussion in youth ice hockey players. Pediatrics. 137(2), 1 – 6. PMID: 26746405

Covassin, T., Moran, R., Elbin, R.J., (2016). Sex differences in concussion injury rates and time-loss from participation: An update of the NCAA ISS from 2004-2005 to 2008 – 2009. Journal of Athletic Training. 51(3), 189 – 94. PMID: 26950073

Elbin, R.J., Knox, J., Kegal, N., Lowder, B.H., French, J., Burkhart, S., Collins, M.W., Kontos, A.P. (2016). Assessing symptoms in adolescents following sport-related concussion: A comparison of four different approaches. Applied Neuropsychology: Child. 22, 1 – 9. PMID: 27105069

Custer, A., Sufrinko, A., Elbin, R.J., Covassin, T., Collins, M.W., Kontos. A.P. (2016). High baseline postconcussion symptom scores and concussion outcomes in athletes. Journal of Athletic Training. 51(2), 136 – 141. PMID: 26885702

Henry, L., Elbin, R.J., Collins, M.W., Marchetti, G., Kontos, A.P. (2016). Examining recovery trajectories following sport-related concussion using a multi-modal clinical assessment approach. Neurosurgery. 78(2), 232 – 41. PMID: 26445375

Kontos, A.P., Reches, A., Elbin, R.J., Dickman, D., Luafer, I., Geva, A., Shachman, G., DeWolf, R., Collins, M.W. (2016). Preliminary evidence of reduced brain network activation in patients with post-traumatic migraine following concussion. Brain Imaging and Behavior. 10, 594 – 603. PMID: 26091725


  • 2013 American College of Sports Medicine Best Clinical Abstract Award
  • 2012 Womack Army Medical Center Research Award
  • 2010 Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, Department of Kinesiology, Michigan State University
  • 2010 College of Education, “Dissertation Completion Award,” Michigan State University
  • 2009 College of Education “Alumni Award,” Michigan State University
  • 2009 Department of Kinesiology Research Fellowship Recipient, Michigan State University
  • 2008 College of Education “Excellence in Teaching and Innovation Award” Nomination, Michigan State University
  • 2008 Summer Research Fellowship, Michigan State University
  • 2005 Crescent City Doctoral Scholarship Recipient, University of New Orleans