People of the Injury Prevention Center

James Eckner, MD, MS

Associate Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, U-M Medical School




Dr. Eckner is an Associate Professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Michigan Medical School. He is the Director of Clinical Research for the Michigan NeuroSport and PM&R Concussion Programs. He has worked with the sports medicine programs at the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and the USA Hockey National Team Development Program. His current research funding includes a R01 Award from the National Institutes of Health, as well as research grants from the National Collegiate Athletic Association/US Department of Defense.

Research Interests

Dr. Eckner's research addresses mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, in athletes. He is interested in concussion prevention through neck strengthening exercise, concussion biomechanics, determining the role of reaction time testing in this population, long term effects of concussion on cognitive and mental health, as well as, in the rehabilitation of athletes with mild traumatic brain injuries.