Michael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM is the Executive Director of the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute and National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance, as well as a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota at the Sanford USD Medical Center. He also has an appointment as a Senior Scientist in Sanford Childrenâs Health Research Center. Internationally recognized for his research in exercise, heat stress, and youth athletic health and leadership in the sports medicine community, Dr. Bergeron is a Fellow and past Trustee of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and is currently a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. Dr. Bergeron serves as an Editorial Board member for the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism and Journal of Athletic Training. He also serves as a clinical and scientific consultant to the WTA (Womenâs Tennis Association) Professional Tour Medical Services.
Dr. Bergeron has participated recently as a leading faculty member and author on Department of Defense consensus panels and published papers on Exertional Heat Stroke: Return to Duty; Extreme Conditioning Programs; and Sickle Cell Trait â Mitigating Risks for Warfighters and Athletes. He has also worked with a number of junior, collegiate, and professional athletes on training and nutrition related to preparation, competition, and recovery strategies in the heat, with a particular emphasis on helping athletes to avoid exertional heat illness and injury.
Dr. Bergeronâs current research is focused on the effects of exercise in the heat and thermal strain on neuromuscular control and injury risk, as well as glycemic control in youth athletes with Type 1 diabetes. The institute is also examining thermoregulatory and other physiological and autonomic characteristics associated with mild traumatic brain injury and recovery.
Ph.D. - Exercise Physiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
M.A. – Exercise Physiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
B.S. – Computer Science/Mathematics, Central Connecticut State University,, New Britain, CT
Sport Nutrition, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Additional Certifications of Specialty Qualifications
Professional Membership or Societies
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
American College of Sports Medicine, Northland Chapter (NACSM)
American Physiological Society (APS)
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)
United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA)
BERGERON, M.F., Bahr, R., Bartsch, P., Bourdon, L., Calbet, J.A., Carlsen, K.H., Castagna, O., Alonso, J.M., Lundby, C., Maughan, R., Millet, G.P., Mountjoy, M., Racinais, S., Rasmussen, P., Singh, D.G., Subudhi, A.W., Young, A.J., Soligard, T., and Engebretsen, L. International Olympic Committee consensus statement on thermoregulatory and altitude challenges for high-level athletes. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2012 Jun 9. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 2685119
Mountjoy, M., Alonso, J-M., BERGERON, M.F., Dvorak, J., Miller, S., Migliorini, S., and Singh, D.G. Hyperthermic-related challenges in aquatics, athletics, football, tennis and triathlon. British
Journal of Sports Medicine, 2012 (In Press).
Alosco, M.L., Knecht, K., Glickman, E., BERGERON, M.F., and Gunstad, J. Concussion history and exertional heat illness-related symptomatology among Division-I collegiate athletes. International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training, 2012 (In press).
Casa, D.J., Anderson, S.A., Baker, L., Bennett, S., BERGERON, M.F., Connolly, D., Courson, R., Drezner, J.A., Eichner, R., Epley, Fleck, S., Guskiewicz, K.M., Harmon, K.G., Hoffman, J., Holschen, J.C., Jost, J., Kinniburgh, A., Klossner, D., Lopez, R.M., Martin, G., McDermott, B.P., Mihalik, J.P., Myslinski, T., Pagnotta, K., Poddar, S., Rodgers, G., Russell, A., Sales, L., Sandler, D., Stearns, R.L., Stiggins, C., and Thompson, C. The Inter-Association Task Force for Preventing Sudden Death in Collegiate Conditioning Sessions: Best Practices Recommendations. Journal of Athletic Training, 47(4): 2012 (In press).
Connes, P., Harmon, K.G., and BERGERON, M.F. Pathophysiology of exertional death associated with sickle cell trait: can we make a parallel with vaso-occlusion mechanisms in sickle cell disease? British Journal of Sports Medicine, published online May 19, 2012, doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2012-091223.
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