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Phone: (703) 993-4638
Fax: (703) 993-2025
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George Mason University
Science and Technology Campus
Katherine G. Johnson Hall 201
10890 George Mason Circle
MS 4E5
Manassas, VA 20110


Dr. Caswell is a Professor of Athletic Training and founding Executive Director of the Sports Medicine Assessment, Research & Testing (SMART) Laboratory where he and colleagues conduct research to prevent injury and optimize human performance. His research and outreach efforts have contributed to advancements in the prevention, diagnosis and management of concussion and improved access to healthcare for children participating in sport. 

Professor Caswell initiated and leads the Advancing Healthcare Initiatives for Underserved Students (ACHIEVES) project that provides accessible athletic training health care services for middle school students. He also leads the Virginia Concussion Initiative ( where he and colleagues work to empower Virginia schools and their local communities to implement best practices for concussion management. 

Dr. Caswell is the recipient of the Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association Researcher of the Year Award and the George Mason University College of Education and Human Development Scholarly Achievement Award. His publications appear in prominent scientific and medical journals and he has delivered scholarly presentations nationally and internationally. He serves as a member US Lacrosse Sport Science and Safety Committee and is on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Athletic Training, Injury Epidemiology, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Dr. Caswell earned his B.S. in Physical Education Teacher Certification and Athletic Training from the State University of New York at Brockport; an M.S. in Athletic Training; and his Ph.D. from Ohio University.

Research Interests
  • Pediatrics
  • Sports Injury prevention
  • TBI and Concussion 
  • Repetitive Head Impacts
  • Biomarkers 
  • Lacrosse
Recent Publications

Selected Pulications

Pin, E., Petricoin, E. F., Cortes, N., Bowman, T. G., Andersson, E., Uhlén, M., Nilsson, P., & Caswell, S. V. (2021). Immunoglobulin A Autoreactivity toward Brain Enriched and Apoptosis-Regulating Proteins in Saliva of Athletes after Acute Concussion and Subconcussive Impacts. Journal of Neurotrauma.
Kelshaw, P. M., Cook, N. E., Terry, D. P., Iverson, G. L., & Caswell, S. V. (2021). Child Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 5th Edition: Normative reference values in demographically diverse youth. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.

Guillaume, S., Lincoln, A. E., Hepburn, L., Caswell, S. V., & Kerr, Z. Y. (2021). Rule modifications to reduce checking-related injuries in high school boys’ lacrosse. Journal of Athletic Training, 56(4), 437–445.Kerr, Z. Y., Lincoln A.E., Caswell, S. V.,

Caswell, S. V., Kelshaw, P. M., Lincoln, A. E., Herman, D. C., Hepburn, L. H., Vincent, H. K., Dunn, R. E., & Cortes, N. (2020). The Effects of Headgear in High School Girls’ Lacrosse. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, 8(12), 2325967120969685.

Bowman, T. G., Breedlove, K. M., Lininger, M. R., & Caswell, S. V. (2020). Impact Mitigation Properties of Women’s Lacrosse Headgear. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 48(5), 1491–1498.

Cook, N. E., Kelshaw, P. M., Caswell, S. V., & Iverson, G. L. (2019). Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder perform differently on pediatric concussion assessment. The Journal of Pediatrics, 214, 168–174.

Ambegaonkar, J. P., Cortes, N., Caswell, S. V., Ambegaonkar, G. P., & Wyon, M. (2016). Lower extremity hypermobility, but not core muscle endurance influences balance in female collegiate dancers. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 11(2), 220.

Iverson, G. L., Kelshaw, P. M., Cook, N. E., & Caswell, S. V. (2019). Middle School Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Have a Greater Concussion History. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 34(5), 748–748.

Carey, L., Stanwell, P., Terry, D. P., McIntosh, A. S., Caswell, S. V., Iverson, G. L., & Gardner, A. J. (2019). Verifying head impacts recorded by a wearable sensor using video footage in rugby league: A preliminary study. Sports Medicine-Open, 5(1), 1–11.

Ambegaonkar, J.P. Mettinger, L., Burtt, A., Caswell, S.V., Ambegaonkar, S. J. & Cortes, N. Hip strength, balance, and risk of ACL injury (2015) Lower Extremity Review, June, 51-61.

Kerr, Z. Y., Roos, K. G., Lincoln, A. E., Morris, S., Yeargin, S. W., Grant, J., Covassin, T., Dodge, T., Nittoli, V. C., & Mensch, J. (2019). Injury Incidence in Youth, High School, and NCAA Men’s Lacrosse. Pediatrics, 143(6).
Kerr, Z. Y., Cortes, N., Ambegaonkar, J. P., Caswell, A. M., Prebble, M., Romm, K., & Caswell, S. V. (2019). The epidemiology of injuries in middle school football, 2015-2017: The advancing healthcare initiatives for underserved students project. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 47(4), 933–941.
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