Grace Golden first came to the University of Oregon’s campus in 1984 as an undergraduate student in the College of Human Development and Performance and as a member of the university’s track and field team. She completed her M.S degree in 1991 in the same department, specializing in athletic training. Traveling a diverse professional career by working as an athletic trainer in Longview, WA, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Stanford University, she returned to pursue her doctorate at Oregon State University, completing her degree in Sports Medicine in 2007. She’s come back to the University of Oregon’s Department of Human Physiology in the Fall 2009 after serving as the Associate Head Athletic Trainer at the University of California, Los Angeles for the past 3 years.
Dr. Golden’s clinical interests have been strongly focused on lower extremity rehabilitation, particularly the integration of athletic performance and development into post-surgical recovery. Her research has focused on anterior cruciate ligament injury mechanisms and the effects of dynamic warm-up on athletic performance, namely muscular strength, reaction time, and flexibility. In the Department of Human Physiology, her primary responsibilities are teaching the undergraduate students in addition to serving the Graduate Program in Athletic Training through teaching, mentoring, and assisting in the coordination of sports medicine clinically based research projects.